Are you ready for summer?

Because the Dickinson County Nature Center is.

Summer camp registration opens Sunday, March 1, here for camps for preschool- through eighth-grade students.

“It’s a really good way to get kids outdoors, to explore, to get them away from their screens for a little while,” said naturalist Ashley Hansen. “We have a lot of really fun things planned.”

Hansen and environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman have planned Dr. Seuss-themed camps for elementary-aged students.

“The books fit really nicely with nature themes,” Hansen said.

Camps will kick off with My Oh My — a Butterfly! Camp for preschoolers 9 a.m.-noon June 15-16, and then TK and kindergarten students will have the opportunity to attend Fine Feathered Friends Camp 9 a.m.-noon June 22-23.

Register first- and second-graders for Oh Say, Can You Say Di-no-saur? Camp 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 29-30 or third- and fourth-graders for The Lorax Camp 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 13-14.

Dickinson County Conservation is also bringing back its annual Kayaking Adventures Camp for youth in fifth-eighth grade, with sessions 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1:30-3:30 p.m. June 17-18.

“I think it’s really good to teach water safety and the techniques behind kayaking in the fifth-eighth grade community, so they can take good habits with them into the future,” Kuhlman said.

“There’s a lot of interest in the community for that one,” Hansen said. “It fills up quickly. It’s fun and different.”

Campers should be entering the grades specified in fall 2020.

Dickinson County Conservation is also partnering with other local entities for special camps throughout the summer. Register third- through fifth-graders for Pioneer Camp 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 1 or first- through third-graders for Bee Camp 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 7. Both camps are a partnership with Iowa State University Extension & Outreach of Dickinson County.

Then, the nature center is partnering with the Pearson Lakes Art Center and Kindermusik at the Lakes for Jumping Beans Camp for ages 4-5 9 a.m.-noon July 27-30.

Camps have prices ranging from $10-$60 and have limits from five-20 campers, so make sure to click here for more information and to get registered before they fill up.

All registrants for Dickinson County Nature Center’s non-partnership camps receive a free T-shirt, and Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County members also get $10 discounts to those camps.

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