Get ready to dig into adventure at the Dickinson County Nature Center this summer.
Online registration is now open for youth summer camps at the nature center in Okoboji, and there is plenty of fun in store for kids who participate.
“We like to provide summer camps because we think it teaches kids different ways to explore,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator for the Dickinson County Conservation Board.
Summer camps will kick off with two sessions of Kayaking Adventures 9-11 a.m. June 19-20 or 26-27, although the first session has already sold out. Ages 10-14 will learn the basics of kayaking, including paddling techniques and safety skills, from a certified instructor and will put that new-found knowledge to use on the water.
Kayaking Adventures costs $40 for Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County members or $50 for non-members, and there is a maximum of six campers per session.
The second camp of the summer will be Nature’s Fortress, for ages 4-5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 17-18. Kids will learn about different animal habitats and what animals need to live and will meet live animal ambassadors at the Dickinson County Nature Center. They will also spend plenty of time outside looking for animals and animal homes.
“We thought it would be a great way to get kids out exploring,” Kuhlman said.
Nature’s Fortress also costs $40 for CFDC members and $50 for non-members, and there is a maximum of 15 campers.
Then ages 6-7 will get to learn about paleontology, dinosaurs, archaeology and Native American peoples during the Dig Into Adventure camp 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 31-Aug. 1. Campers will learn about hunting and gathering and will participate in Native American games as well.
“I’m excited for Dig Into Adventure. It’ll be a fun take on summer camp,” Kuhlman said. “I haven’t seen this in the Lakes area for summer camps. It’ll be good preparation for some of what they’ll get in their school curriculum, and it will be a new way to explore the environment.”
The final summer camp will be Active Adventurers 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 14-15 for ages 8-9. This age group will head outside to try exciting outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and disc golf.
“It’ll be fun,” Kuhlman said. “It’ll be a very active few days.”
Both Dig Into Adventure and Active Adventurers cost $50 for CFDC members or $60 for non-members and have limits of 15 campers.
All summer camps also include a free T-shirt for campers.
Camp registrations are coming in quickly, so make sure to visit our event registration page to register before each camp fills. The deadline for camp registration is two weeks before each camp.