Summer Adventure Camp

Summer Campers looking into wetland

Get Outside This Summer at Cope Environmental Center!

Grab your sense of adventure and join our team of naturalists for muddy shoes, exploring trails, and making new friends. Programs are filled with hands-on activities designed to inspire a love of nature and foster connection to our natural world. Enroll today – your adventure awaits!

Interested in registering for Summer Adventure Camp? Email Stephanie at s.mccurdy@copeenvironmental.org to reserve your spot!

 

Register online using the form below.

Online Registration Form

Summer Adventure Camp Registration Form

Summer Adventure Camps for Pre K - K

Nature Buddies

June 21-25                9 am—Noon                Pre K—K

This camp is for the littlest explorers ready for adventures in nature. Discover worms, insects, and millipedes!  Learn  lifecycles and how to be a friend to nature.


Salamander Safari

June 21-25                1 pm—4:00 pm                Pre K—K

Take a walk on the wild side. What will we find? Salamanders, snakes, and butterflies – OH my!  Hike our trails and discover the signs of wildlife!


Puddle Stompers

July 19-23                9 am—Noon                Pre K—K

A little mud and water add to the fun as we explore the watery habitats of CEC. Hop like frogs and get down & dirty in nature. Be amazed by all the fun little critters that live in our wetlands.


Crafty Caterpillars

July 19-23                1 pm—4 pm                Pre K—K

The great outdoors is nature’s masterpiece. Explore CEC’s trails and make your own masterpieces with cool finds from hikes.

Summer Adventure Camps for 1st - 3rd Grade

Hike it! Bike it! Like it!

June 1-4                9 am—noon                 1st—3rd grade

Wayne County is full of opportunities for outdoor recreation and education.  Spend a week exploring our communities hidden gems. Hike nature trails, bike on the Cardinal Greenway, and learn fascinating history.  Campers will need to dropped off and picked up at the destination of the day.

June 1: Cope Environmental Center

June 2: Joseph Moore Museum

June 3: Hayes Arboretum

June 4: Model T Museum, Cardinal Greenway, Ullery’s Ice Cream


Eco Superheroes

June 14-18                9 am—Noon                1st—3rd grade 

Cooking with the sun, discovering the power of water, and capturing the breeze are ways we can be nature superheroes.

Explore the different ways to become more sustainable using the earth’s resources.


Wild About Art

June 14-18                1 pm—4 pm                1st—3rd grade

Explore the habitats of CEC and find inspiration from nature.  Create your own masterpieces out of natural materials and recycled items.  Plan to get down and dirty crafting in Nature!


Who Lives in the Forest?

July 12– 16                9 am— Noon                1st—3rd grade

Explore the woodland habitat around CEC and discover the animals that call Indiana forests home. Examine tracks and scat to gather clues about survival habits. You never know what animal can be seen in the woods!


Aqua Adventures

July 12-16                1 pm—4 pm                1st—3rd grade

Spend the week splashing in the wetlands, catching (and releasing) frogs and discovering macroinvertebrates all while learning the importance of water for all forms of life.  Beware: You will get wet!

Summer Adventure Camps for 4th - 6th Grade

Hike it! Bike it! Like it!

June 1-4                1 pm—4 pm                 4th—6th grade

Wayne County is full of opportunities for outdoor recreation and education.  Spend a week exploring our communities hidden gems. Hike nature trails, bike on the Cardinal Greenway, and learn fascinating history.  Campers will need to dropped off and picked up at the destination of the day.

June 1: Cope Environmental Center

June 2: Joseph Moore Museum

June 3: Hayes Arboretum

June 4: Model T Museum, Cardinal Greenway, Ullery’s Ice Cream


Art of Nature

June 28-July 2                9 am—Noon                4th—6th grade

Awaken your inner artist and gather inspiration from the world around you!  Paint with mud, weave with grass, and turn trash into recycled art!  Plan to get down and dirty crafting in nature!


Backyard Biologists

June 28-July 2                1 pm—4 pm                4th—6th grade

Did you know your backyard is teeming with wildlife? Discover the insects, birds, flowers, trees, and wildlife that are all around us. Be ready to explore the micro-environments that surround CEC.


Conservation Camp

July 26-30                9 am—3 pm                4th—6th grade 

Don’t miss CEC’s most popular summer camp! Tie-dying with natural dyes, participating in our famous “Fear Factor” race and cooking with a solar cooker are just a few of the fun things we have planned for this week!  Don’t forget about the optional overnight on Thursday!

Summer Adventure Camps for 7th - 12th Grade

Jr/Teen Master Naturalist Certification

June 7-11                9 am—3 pm                7th—12th grade  

Learn about plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals while earning your IN DNR Master Naturalist Certification. Complete your classroom hours and volunteer hours all in the same week. Use your certification to become a Summer Camp Ranger for CEC!

*Learn more about the Indiana Master Naturalist program at https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/6321.htm


Wilderness Survival

July 5-9                9 am—3 pm                7th—12th grade

Do you have what it takes to survive?  Develop skills in shelter building, edible plant identification, and basic survival.  Test them out with an optional overnight camp-out in CEC’s woods on Thursday!