Nature Summer Camps: Nature camps and summer camps with nature studies as a major activity

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Nature Studies Camps

For a child, the world is a big, exciting place, especially the outdoors. Insects are interesting, tall trees are impressive, and a trip to the park can feel like going to a whole new planet. If you live in a big city, however, your chances to explore nature are limited.

Going to a nature studies summer camp is an excellent opportunity for the budding naturalist in your life. They’ll get to learn more about geography, ecology, plant life, and animal behavior firsthand while getting plenty of fresh air and exercise and making new friends.

The Benefits of Nature Summer Camp

Nature camps provide an educational experience your kids simply can’t get in a classroom. They’ll gain a much better understanding of the natural world from being immersed in a great outdoors environment than they will from a book, and they’ll have help from counselors and instructors who specialize in nature studies.

Being knowledgeable about nature will deepen your child’s connection with it. Taking time to appreciate natural settings and absorb the idyllic sights and sounds without modern technology in the way has been shown to improve one’s mental health and strengthen their sense of self. Nature studies also encourage resourcefulness, teaching people how to live off the land and find their way home if they get turned around on a hike.

Overnight camp programs give your kids the best opportunity to explore nature in depth, but if they aren’t ready to spend too much time away from home, they’ll still learn plenty at a nature day camp. Some camps focus exclusively on nature studies, while others work them into a broader academic program or adventure camp activities. If your kids are jacks of all trades, they can do a bit of everything.

Search for Nature Camps

A nature camp is the perfect place for your child to learn new skills, bond with a close-knit community, and foster a love of the natural world that they can pass on to their own kids someday. Use our camp index to find a nature summer camp in your state.

Featured Camps

Adventure Treks Wilderness adventure program for Teens

Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, British Columbia, & NC

(888) 954-5555 Website
Echo Hill Camp Residential coed summer camp

Worton, Maryland

(410) 348-5303 Website
YMCA Camp Widjiwagan Teen Wilderness Adventure Camp

Ely, Minnesota

612-822-2267 Website
YMCA Camp Takodah Residential camp with separate sessions for boys and girls

North Swanzey

(603) 352-0447 Website
Ekone Ranch Summer Camps Residential Camp with Coed and Girls sessions

South Washington State

509-773-4536 Website
Kickapoo Kamp for Girls Residential girls' summer camp

Kerrville, Texas

(210) 690-8361 Website
Camp Crestridge Residential girls' summer camp

Ridgecrest, North Carolina

(828) 669-8051 Website
Catalina Sea Camp Residential coed summer camp

Avalon, California

(800) 645-1423 Website
Les Elfes International Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring Camps Coed Camps with Residential and Day Camp Sessions

Verbier, La Tzoumaz and Crans-Montana, Switzerland

+41 (0)277753590 Website
Camp Kodiak Residential coed summer camp

McKellar, Ontario

(905) 569-7595 Website
Northwaters Wilderness Programs Girls and Coed Wilderness Adventure Program

Temagami, Ontario

(866) 458-9974 Website
MindStretch Travel Adventures Boys' Adventure Travel Program

Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, New England, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Canada, and more

(828) 863-4235 Website
Camp Quinebarge Residential Coed Summer Camp

Moultonborough, New Hampshire

(603) 253-6029 Website
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