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 – $93
Community Members – $102
Payment: Weekly fees are due one week prior to attendance at camp
Registration Fee: $15.00 one time Registration Fee to guarantee your spot
Far Out Fliers [July 8-12]
Explore the aerodynamics of flight! Learn with your camp friends about things that soar above us. Whether it’s as large as an eagle or as small as a hummingbird, we will learn about their habitat, food preferences, and lifestyle.
Archaeological Adventures [July 15-19]
Ever wonder how we know about animals from the past? Uncover the world beneath your feet and find out that answer for yourself! Do some digging as we learn about fossils, extinct animals, and the many cool types of rocks.
Wonders of Water [July 22-26]
Get your wiggles out in the water! Dive into the wonders of the water cycle with hands-on exploration of the arboretum puddles, creeks, and streams. Campers enjoy trail walks, crafts, and learning with new friends. (Water exploration is optional and takes place in shallow water.)
Buggin’ Out [July 29-August 2]
The tiniest creatures of our world can have the biggest impact. This week is all about exploring the lives of bugs, what they do, where they live, what they eat and who eats them! Campers enjoy trail walks, scavenger hunts, and turning over rocks as they study these fun little critters!
Garden Gnomes [August 5-9]
Get down and dirty with the science behind keeping a garden happy and healthy. Learn what helps plans grow and the critters that call a garden home. Investigate soil, witness the plant cycle, and maybe even learn how to start a garden of your very own.
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.