Summer Day Camps.

Summer Day Camps

Welcome to Fernwood Summer Camps 2017!
We are excited to welcome returning and new campers to our programs starting in June (see schedule below).

New this year, registration is sponsored and hosted by UltraCamp, based in Niles. Please click on the link below to be taken to the Fernwood page, where you can set up your account to serve as your registration portal and home for all necessary camp forms. We encourage you to do this before registration opens to simplify the process (see below for information to have ready).  If you need to take out a Fernwood membership or renew your membership, please do so here before you proceed with camp registration. You will need to have a Member Code to enter to receive the member discount on camp fees – please call Fernwood in advance to receive it.

Registration for Fernwood members opens on Saturday, April 1 at 10:00am; for non-members on Saturday, April 8 at 10:00am. Enrollment is limited and programs fill quickly, so early registration is strongly encouraged. We appreciate your patience with this new process and any feedback you have to share.  Please check back with this page on Fernwood’s website regularly for updates.

Fernwood’s Nature Camps are headed up by Seasonal Naturalist Corey Hopwood. Head Naturalist Wendy Jones oversees the Art Camps, which are taught by long-time teachers Katie Jones and Patti Baltazar. Corey and Wendy can be reached at  or 269-695-6491 ext. 221 if you have any questions.

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Jon Meyer Nature Day Camps


Insect Scooping

Fernwood’s forests, pond, river, and prairie serve as the classrooms for these popular day camps. Hikes along nature trails, fun games, educational activities, and crafts open children to the wonders of nature while encouraging appreciation of the plants and animals of Michiana.

Nature’s Sensors: 4 year-olds

June 13–16, 9:30–11:30am

Children explore the natural world with their five senses.

$66 (Members $53)

Animal Explorers: 5 & 6 year-olds
Choose one session: June 20–23 OR June 27–30
, 9:30am–1:30pm

Children are introduced to the birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, and amphibians that call Fernwood home.

$81 (Members $65)

Habitat Happenings: 7 & 8 year-olds
Choose one session: July 11–14 OR July 18–21
, 9:30am–2pm

Join us for a journey into the forest, field, and pond habitats of Fernwood.

$96 (Members $77)

Ecology Explorers: 9 & 10 year-olds
Choose one session: July 25–28 OR August 1–4
, 9:30am–2:30pm

Ecology and the human impact on the environment are the focus of this session. This camp includes a Thursday overnight camping trip at Fernwood with tents, dinner, and breakfast provided.

$121 (Members $97)

Earth Day Adventurers: 11 & 12 year-olds
August 8–11
, 9:30am–3pm

Campers explore Fernwood and other natural areas. This camp includes a Thursday overnight camping trip at Fernwood with tents, dinner, and breakfast provided.

$136 (Members $109)

What parents are saying about Fernwood's nature day camps: 

"In this day of "media saturation" of our children, I treasure the time my child can spend in the beauty of Fernwood and exploring all you offer."

"I must say you all run the best camps around by far! How well organized they are, everyone that works does an excellent job." 

Roy and Ethelbel Knauer Art Camps


An ideal complementary course to the Jon Meyer Nature Camps, Fernwood’s Roy and Ethelbel Knauer Art Camps combine the arts with natural sciences and are designed to stimulate curiosity, appreciation, and knowledge of the natural world. This year’s theme is “Playing with Color,” with campers use Fernwood’s beautiful gardens and natural areas to inspire the creation of diverse mixed media projects including ceramics, tie dye, drawing/painting, sculpture, and much more, that showcase the beauty of color. On the last day of each session parents are invited to a gallery showing of all the children’s wonderful creations.

9–11 year olds
Choose one session: Cassatts, June 20–23 OR Rembrandts, June 27–30
, 9:30am–2pm

$106 (Members $85)

12–16 year-olds: O’Keeffes
July 11–14; 9:30am–2pm

$116 (Members $93)

6–8 year olds
Choose one session:
, July 18–21 OR Audubons, July 25–28
, 9:30am–1:30pm

$96 (Members $77)


What parents are saying about Fernwood's art day camps:

"Wonderful art programs, teachers, beautiful locations."

"My son gets a chance to express his individuality in each project and really likes being a part of the final presentations."

2017 Summer Camps Tshirt
All campers receive a shirt as part of their summer camp registration. Please check back later to find out what design and color are selected for this year.

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