This program is a 5-day-a-week, half-day nature camp based at Carleton’s Farm House. This program is a collaboration with Carleton College, which gives us daily access to the rich resources of the Cowling Arboretum.
Camp activities include exploring nearby prairie, woodland, bog, marsh, ponds, lake and river ecosystems; learning about rocks, trees, plants and animals; creating environmental arts and crafts; conducting experiments; and taking weekly trips to various nearby nature areas. Come one week or come all summer. Each week is unique, educational and tons of fun!
Low 1:5 staff to youth ratios for extra educational opportunities and fun.
Camp each week is Monday-Friday
Time: 8:30-11:30am (drop off is 8:15-8:30am)
Location: Carleton College Farm House (Hwy 19 just outside of Northfield, near the Arboretum)
Cost: Y Members – $89
Community Members – $98
Payment: Weekly fees are due one week prior to attendance at camp
Deposit: $20 per week deposit at the time of sign-up to guarantee your spot
Meet the Neighbors [July 9-13]
Kick off PAW camp by using your senses to discover all of our animal neighbors in the Cowling Arboretum. Adventure with new friends to study wildlife big and small in the woods, creeks, and prairies.
Leave No Trace [July 16-20]
Venture into the woods and prairies with friends as we learn how to respect the natural world around us. We’ll learn out to respect our forest friends and be kind to others by playing exploration games and doing natural crafts.
Green Science [July 23-27]
Delve into the science side of nature! We will explore the fascinating world around us through fun experiments and crafts that teach.
Circle of Life [July 30-August 3]
Animals grow up too! Connect with creatures and plants through discovering how they grow and change during their life cycles.
Water World [August 6-10]
Dive into the water cycle with us at Cowling Arboretum! We will learn about water from the largest ocean to the tiniest raindrop. Examine how water travels and why it’s vital for life, all while having plenty of time to explore the water of the Arboretum hands-on! (Water exploration is optional and takes place in shallow water.)
For questions related to Y Day Camps, please contact Alison Haider, Program Director, at 507-645-0088 or Alison@northfieldymca.org. At the Y, we are determined to devote our full strength and concentrated attention to strengthening the community. In order to do so, we believe that everyone should have access to our facilities, along with the programs and services that help us learn, grow and thrive. To apply for financial support please visit our scholarship page.