Explorers Camps

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Explorers day camps are offered to children entering 3rd or 4th grade, unless otherwise noted.

Explorers camps are held Monday–Thursday.


  • 4-day camp session: $199
  • 3-day camp session: $150


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 Explorers 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

Survivor Child

June 28–July 1
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Have you ever eaten stinging nettle or shot a bow and ar­row? Make your way through the forest and endure the elements to discover what it takes to be a survivor child. Help us uncover the secrets of life in the wild.


July 6–8 (Three day camp session)
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Decode the mysteries of three “ologies” — geology, archeology and paleontology! Research rocks, excavate an “ancient” dig, and learn the science behind fossilization as you try your hand at uncovering Minnesota’s past.

Backyard BioBlitz

July 12–15
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

How many species of plants, animals and microorganisms can you find in Tamarack’s fields, pond and forest? Prepare for a weeklong field study where you’ll conduct real data collection for Tamarack! Sharpen your science skills by using microscopes, binoculars and dragonfly nets.

Water Wild

July 19–22
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Water, water everywhere…what’s a kid to do? Play, of course! Stomp in the marsh, find critters in the pond and play games with water. How long does it take water to evaporate? Find the answer to this while designing a special “Water Olympics” to satisfy your curiosity.

CSI: Critter Scene Investigations

July 26–29
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Grab your investigation gear, because it’s time to probe the secrets of the animal world! View live critters under microscopes, learn what makes Minnesota mammals special, set up experiments to study behavior and play games to understand the challenges animals face. Can you solve the final critter mystery?

Animal Care Camp

August 2–5 or August 9–12
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Do you know how the Nature Center cares for our resident animals? Learn the answer while getting hands-on expe­rience caring for their special needs. From bees to birds discover what it takes to create a comfortable habitat for our animal ambassadors.

Best of Explorers

August 16–19
9 a.m.–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 the “best of” list.