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
Habitats are Hip!
Every living thing needs a place to call home – and nature is no different. Habitats are where we find our food, water, houses and families. Take this week to seek out different habitats and discover who’s hiding in our parks. Stealth mode and imagination recommended!
Thursday Field Trip: St. Olaf Nature Lands
The Arb’s guinea pig is missing and it’s up to our campers to find her. Learn everything you need to know about forest forensics as we uncover clues about our guinea pig’s whereabouts. Soil analysis, pellet dissection, and shoe-and finger-print comparisons will lead us to the rodent robber at large.
Thursday Field Trip: Cannon River Wilderness Area
Birds of a Feather
Make a new friend! Discover winged creatures around every corner as you imitate bird calls and see who answers back. Pay attention – the birds have a lot to tell us about the forest! Come and learn their secrets…
Thursday Field Trip: Caron Park
Wet & Wild
July 31-Aug 3
Explore the science of rivers, creeks, ponds & wetlands through investigation and observation. Test the water quality, dip for macroinvertebrates, explore for predatory animals who depend on water as a food source. Discover how all creatures are connected through water – including you! (Water exploration is optional and takes place in shallow water.)
Thursday Field Trip: Char Carlson Park and Northfield Y
Look Mom, No Spine!
Snails and slugs, worms and spiders, centipedes and pill bugs – what do they all have in common? They have no backbone! Spend the week searching for and learning about these well-adapted, spineless creatures. Play games that teach the differences and make temporary habitats that match the ones you find.
Thursday Field Trip: Spring Creek Park
For questions related to Y Day Camps, please contact Liz Cooney, Youth Development Program Director, at 507-645-0088 or firstname.lastname@example.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.