Summer Day Camps
Fernwood’s 2017 Summer Camps
Registration for our popular Summer Day Camps opens to Fernwood members at 10am on Friday, April 1; registration for the general public opens at 10am on Friday, April 8. Enrollment is limited and programs fill quickly, so early registration is strongly encouraged to ensure space in the camp of your choice. New this year, registration is sponsored and hosted by UltraCamp, based in Niles. For more information on camp registration and FAQs, please check back soon. If you have any questions, please call Head Naturalist Wendy Jones at ext. 220.
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 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: Monets, 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."