Sunshine and summertime — admit it; it’s what’s on your mind.
Plan ahead for how much fun your kids can have this summer at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji as registration for summer camps opens March 1 online.
Ages 4-18 have the opportunity to get outside with a variety of summer camps offered this year.
Kayaking Adventures will kick off the season with two sessions, 9-11 a.m. June 20-21 for ages 10-12 and 9 a.m.-noon June 27-28 for ages 13-18. Join our naturalists and certified instructor for lessons on safety and paddling techniques and put your new-found knowledge to use on the water.
“Summer in Okoboji means time on the water, and we had such a great time introducing kids to kayaking last summer that we wanted to bring the camp back this year,” said Kiley Roth, community relations coordinator. “Kayaking Adventures is the perfect camp for teens and pre-teens because it is really active and teaches them skills they can use the rest of their lives.”
Campers may use their own kayak and life preserver or may borrow ours. Kayaking Adventures camp costs $40 for Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County members or $50 for non-members, including a free T-shirt.
July will feature the Outdoor Discoveries camp, with one session 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 18 for ages 4-5 and the next session 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 19 for ages 6-7. Kids will spend a day with naturalists meeting our animal ambassadors, hiking outside, playing games and making crafts to take home. They are sure to make memories and learn about nature without even realizing it.
“These ages are so much fun to have at camp, because they are just so open to the world around them and are so excited to learn and spend time outside,” Roth said. “We had a request from working parents to move the camp to one day so they can drop their children off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon, so we’re hoping people will like this day-long format.”
The final camp of the summer will be Science Quest, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 1 for ages 8-9. Youth will get to explore the world through experiments and scientific endeavors.
Outdoor Discoveries and Science Quest camps are $50 for Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County members and $60 for non-members, including a free T-shirt. Campers should plan to bring a sack lunch.
Registration opens at here on March 1, and the deadline for each camp is two weeks before the camp start date. Make sure to sign up early as spots fill quickly.
In addition to summer camps, the Dickinson County Nature Center also offers free kids programs each week of the summer. To find out more, call 712-336-6352. You can also keep up with the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.