Critters Camps

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Critters day camps are offered to children ages 4–5 and those entering Kindergarten unless otherwise noted.

Critters camps are held Monday–Thursday with a half day or full day option.

Pricing

4-day camp session

  • Half day (9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.): $99
  • Full day (9 a.m.–4 p.m. ): $199

3-day camp session

  • Half day (9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.): $75

Registration

2021 day camp registration has filled. Waitlists are open.

How to add children to a waitlist

  1. Log in or create a user account.
  2. On the top navigation bar, click on Program Registration
  3. Using the left-hand navigation pane, find and click on the Critters category link.
  4. Select the session you'd like to register for by clicking on the Waitlist button.
  5. Proceed to check out.

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View camp schedule by week for all ages

Ready, Set, Grow!

June 28–July 1
9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.
Extended ages day camp

How do you make your garden grow? Explore Discovery Hollow Garden and unearth the secrets that make gardens so special. We’ll make seed art, dig in soil and develop your green thumb. Dress to get dirty!

Sticks and Stones

June 28–July 1
9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.

What do sticks and stones have is common? The endless possibility of play! Use natural “loose parts” to build, create art and invent games. What else can you do with sticks, stones and friends- let’s uncover the possibilities.

Fabulous Flyers

July 6–8 (Three day camp session)
9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.
Extended ages day camp

Flyers abound! Butterflies, bats and birds are just some of the creatures you will explore. What do they eat? Where do they sleep? What makes them so fabulous? Let’s figure it out together!

Making Sense and Nonsense

July 6–8 (Three day camp session)
9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.
Extended ages day camp

All aboard for a “sense”tional adventure! Can you find your way down a path by smell alone? Can you close your eyes and tell one kind of animal fur from another? Explore the world through your five senses to learn how animals survive.

Snug as a Bug

July 12–15
9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.

What makes a bug snug? Their home, of course! Search above and below the surface of the pond, prairie and woods for six-legged critters. Meet backswimmers, four-eyed beetles, green grasshoppers and a dragonfly or two!

Animal Superheroes

July 12–15 or July 19–22
9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.
Extended ages day camp

What can cut through trees, breathe underwater and fly through the sky? Animal superheroes! Explore the world through compound eyes, study creatures up-close and master a super-skill obstacle course. Discover your superpowers to become a superhero-in-training.

Slithering Secrets: Salamanders & Snakes

July 19–22
9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.

What does it feel like to slither like a snake or smile like a salamander? Discover some secrets of these how amazing critters get around through games, live animal encounters and Tamarack trail treks.

Animal Babies

July 26–29 
9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.
Extended ages day camp

What’s cuter than a bug’s ear? Animal babies! From tad­poles to turtles, explore how animals raise their young, what it takes to survive into adulthood and the many ways animals care for their newborns.

Ready, Set, Explore!

July 26–29 
9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.

Grab your backpack and field journal, and get ready for adventure. Lead the way on daily discovery hikes to meet plants and animals that call Tamarack home. Create your own spotting scope, join a sing-along, play games and of course, explore!

Wild for Water

August 2–5
9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.
Extended ages day camp

Join us as we go wild for water! We will play games, ex­periment with and learn what lives within—you guessed it—water! Have you ever played with snow in summer? If not, this camp is your chance!

Young at ‘Art

August 2–5
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Create mini-masterpieces using the amazing art supplies available in our own backyard! Explore the Tamarack trails to collect materials and make the great outdoors your can­vas as you create to your ‘arts content! Each project is de­signed specifically for little hands to make great art, from twig frames to leaf prints.

Habi-Tracks

August 9–12
9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.
Extended ages day camp

Let’s make tracks to uncover the habitats of Tamarack! Who lives in them and why are they so important? Explore field and pond using games, tools and a little creativity!

Dino-Mite!

August 9–12
9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.
Extended ages day camp

Can you walk like a Wuerhosaurus? Dine on a Diseratops? Leap like a Leptoceratops ? Go on a trek back in time as we delve into the world of dinos. Learn all about the different types of dinosaurs in this prehistoric camp. You may even meet a present day dino cousin!

Curiosity Club

August 16–19
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Curious kids rule at Tamarack! Have you ever wondered if fish get thirsty or bats are really blind? Bring all your questions to the Curiosity Club. Let your inquiring mind soar as we search every nook and cranny of Tamarack for answers to nature’s mysteries.

Garden Harvesters

August 16–19
9 a.m.–noon
Extended ages day camp

Help us tend the Discovery Hollow Garden. From tiny seeds to tall plants, get down and dirty in this garden adventure! Play garden games while tending to the plants, while we harvest and prepare for our very own farmer’s market!

Best of Critters

August 16–19
1–4 p.m.

Celebrate the end of summer with a grab bag of camp fun. We’ll keep track of the best, most popular activities and recreate the magic of summer. You never know what’s going to make it on the “best of” list!