Summer Day Camps.

Summer Day Camps

Welcome to Fernwood Summer Camps 2018!

We are excited to welcome returning and new campers to our programs starting in June (see schedule below).

Registration is sponsored and hosted by UltraCamp, based in Niles. If you are new to Fernwood camps, parents will need to set up an account that will serve as their registration portal and the 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). Registration must be done by the parent/legal guardian as they are required to sign camp forms and releases. For others who want to pay for the child's camp, either provide your credit card information to the parent/legal guardian or reimburse them afterwards for the cost of camp. For returning campers, parents can just log into their existing UltraCamp account and proceed with registration and account updates. The direct link below will take you to the Fernwood UltraCamp page.  

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 Tuesday, April 3 at 10:00am; for non-members on Tuesday, April 10 at 10:00am. Enrollment is limited and programs fill quickly, so early registration is strongly encouraged. Please check back with this page on Fernwood’s website regularly for updates.

Click here to access UltraCamp

Click here for information on how to register.
Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Jon Meyer Nature Day Camps

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 12–15; 9:30–11:30am
Children explore the natural world with their five senses.
$71 (Members $58)

Animal Explorers: 5 & 6 year-olds
Choose one session:
June 19–22 OR June 26–29 (FULL), 9:30am–1:30pm
Children are introduced to the birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, and amphibians that call Fernwood home. 
$86 (Members $70)

Habitat Happenings: 7 & 8 year-olds
Choose one session:
July 10–13 (FULL) OR July 17–20, 9:30am–2pm
Join us for a journey into the forest, field, and pond habitats of Fernwood.
$101 (Members $82)

Ecology Explorers: 9 & 10 year-olds
Choose one session:
July 24–27 OR July 31–August 3, 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.
$126 (Members $102)

Earth Day Adventurers: 11 & 12 year-olds
August 7–10, 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.
$142 (Members $114)

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 "Crazy Art," with campers using inspiration from Fernwood's gardens and natural areas to create big, bold, and crazy projects that include drawing, painting, tie dye, sculpture, and much more. 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 19–22 OR REMBRANDTS, June 26–29, 9:30am–2pm
$111 (Members $90)

12–16 year-olds: O’Keeffes
July 10–13; 9:30am–2pm
$121 (Members $98)

6–8 year olds
Choose one session:
MONETS, July 17–20 OR AUDUBONS, July 24–27, 9:30am–1:30pm
$101 (Members $82)

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."

2018 Summer Camps Tshirt
This year’s Summer Camps Tshirt has a wildlife design. All campers receive a shirt as part of their registration. This year’s Summer Camps shirt is forest green and has a wildlife design. Click here to view the shirt design.

Fernwood’s Nature Camps are headed up by Seasonal Naturalist, Corey Hopwood, and Nature Camp Director, Brittney Miller. 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. 


Sponsored and hosted by:


Thank you Martin's Super Market in Niles and Harding's Friendly Market in Buchanan who have generously sponsored Fernwood's Nature Camps.

Harding's Friendly Markets         Martin's Super Markets