Summer Day Camps

Throughout the summer, we provide various nature-themed camps for children ranging from ages 3 to 8. These programs have a low teacher-camper ratio for the best nature learning experience. Children spend time outdoors, investigate critters living in their natural habitat in the adjacent marsh and forest and engage in games, crafts, and activities based on the week’s theme. See below for program descriptions.


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Day Camps for Ages 3, 4 & 5

• Must be 3 when camp begins and must be
toilet trained
• Fee $75
• Maximum per session: 12 children

Gills & Chills

June 5–9, 8:30–11:30 am
Dive into the world of cold-blooded animals through songs, stories, hiking, and games! Using the La Crosse River Marsh as nature’s classroom, campers will discover the world that swims, slithers, crawls, and hops as they learn about frogs, fish, snakes, and so much more. Come get your feet wet with us! Gills & Chills is currently full – please contact Steph Hanna at to inquire about a wait list!

Itty Bitty Bugs

June 26–30, 8:30–11:30 am
Get buggy and join in the search for creepy crawlies! This great big group of tiny bugs has a lot to teach, and through play, exploration, hikes, stories, and crafts, campers will learn about the diversity found in the grass beneath their feet. Itty Bitty Bugs is currently full – please contact Steph Hanna at to inquire about a wait list!

Feathers & Fur

July 10–14, 8:30–11:30 am
Did you know that some birds can’t fly? Or that some animals sleep all winter? Come explore the amazing world of feathered fliers and furry walkers! Though games, crafts, stories, and much more, campers will discover what makes birds and mammals so great, especially the ones right in their own backyard. Feathers & Fur is currently full – please contact Steph Hanna at to inquire about a wait list!

Day Camps for Ages 6, 7 & 8

• Must be 6 when camp begins
• Fee: $75
• Maximum per session: 16 children

Summer Survivor

June 12–16 1, 1–4 pm
Test your ability to survive in the wild! Through
the completion of physical and mental
challenges, campers will Outwit, Outplay,
and Outlast other teams. Thought-provoking
puzzles, games, and other adventures will give
this camp a thrilling and competitive edge! Do
you think you have what it takes to survive?


July 17–21, 1–4 pm
What has six legs, three body parts, and more
than 1 million species? You guessed it—insects!
Campers will spend the week investigating
nature’s most diverse group of animals through
exploration, crafts, stories, and plenty of time
outside searching through the grass. Get your
magnifying glass ready—we’re going buggy.

Muddy Marshes

August 14–18, 1–4 pm
Ever wondered what kind of creatures are
dwelling within Wisconsin’s wetlands? Muddy
Marshes will explore just that! Come explore
the La Crosse River Marsh and learn about
some of the cold-blooded critters that call this
space home! A week filled with games, crafts,
hikes, stories, and much more will be sure to
spark campers’ curiosities.

For day camps for students entering grades 4-6, see UW-L’s Environmental Explorers page!

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