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 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
​All sessions are $199 for a four-day camp session unless otherwise noted.

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Registration is now open for 2020 summer day camps.

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Survivor Child

June 22 - 25

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. Drop-off and pickup is at Tony Schmidt Regional Park on Wednesday, June 24.

Nature’s Chef

June 29 - July 2

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Today’s menu: food, fun and friends! Discover the bounty of nature in the Discovery Hollow Garden as we gather, prepare and cook the harvests of the season. Explore what animals eat, have fun with water and create garden art. Get ready for a smorgasbord of fun. Bon appétit!

CSI: Critter Scene Investigations

June 29 - July 2

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Extended ages camp

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?

Try-ology

July 6 - 9

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Extended ages camp

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.

Flight, Feathers and Feet: A Raptor Exploration

July 13 - 16

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Extended ages camp

Explore the world of raptors up close, as you meet a new bird daily and discover their awesome adaptations. Learn how they use their feet as survival tools and examine the connection between feathers and flight. Wrap up the week with a visit to the Raptor Center, for activities and a behind-the-scenes tour. Offered in partnership with the University of Minnesota Raptor Center. Transportation will be provided for all field trips.

Backyard BioBlitz

July 13 - 16

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Extended ages camp

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, dragonfly nets and watching a bird banding demonstration.​​​​

Animal Care Camp

July 20 - 23

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Get hands-on experience caring for Tamarack's resident animals. From bees to birds, discover what it takes to create a comfortable habitat for our animal ambassadors.

Water Wild

July 27 - 30

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 at Battle Creek Waterworks water park. How long does it take water to evaporate? Find the answer to this while designing a special “Water Olympics” to satisfy your curiosity. Transportation will be provided for all field trips.

HammocKamp

August 3 - 6

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Extended ages camp

Explore the nooks and crannies of Tamarack from a different perspective. Hike with your camp friends to a new area daily, set up and hang out in a hammock.

Best of Explorers

August 10 - 13

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. Drop off and pick up will be at Tony Schmidt Regional Park on Wednesday, August 12.