Summer Nature Camp at Sarett offers children an excellent opportunity to learn about Michigan’s ecology and natural history by exploring and playing in nearly 1000 acres of woodlands, wetlands, meadows and swamps at Sarett and other Michigan locations. We get up, get active and get outdoors daily!
Our summer camps are divided by age groups described below.
Nature Discovery Camps – BUDS – Ages 4-6
Young campers will use their senses to explore the great outdoors and discover different plants and animals along the way. Fun-filled activities include trail walks, nature games, crafts, stories, and animal encounters.
Nature Discovery Camps – TADPOLES – Ages 7-8
Older campers will investigate their natural surroundings and learn to understand the relationships of plants and wildlife to the ecosystem. Each camp lets your child be a real explorer, using science in fun ways to better understand the natural world! Environmental games, animal encounters, nature crafts, and other nature activities help to illustrate and reinforce the ecological concepts covered in daily adventures.
Nature Explorers Camps – Ages 9+
The Nature Explorer Camps are designed to engage your camper mentally and physically. Most camps are designed to introduce your camper to a particular skill. Campers should come dressed for the weather, plan to bring a lunch (if camp runs over the lunch hour), water, hat, sunscreen, and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Kayaking Camps – Ages 10+
Explore our area’s waterways and learn how to kayak! Kayakers should always dress as if they are going to get wet, especially the footwear. Wear old shoes or water shoes so you can learn to launch yourself. You are welcome to bring a set of dry clothes to change into after the class. Everyone must wear the provided PFD (life vest) the entire time we are on the water. Kayaking takes a lot of energy so please bring a good lunch, snacks and a lot of water to drink. A hat for sunshade, sunglasses, bug repellent, and sunscreen are also necessary. Please wear a mask around Sarett staff. Participants should have their own transportation to and from drop-off and pick-up locations.
Each session will be led by experienced naturalists. These energetic leaders provide a safe, fun, and educational outdoor experience for campers of all ages. All naturalists are required to pass a background check, have first aid/CPR training and are knowledgeable in Michigan ecology, natural history and more. Most importantly our naturalists inspire kids to explore, respect, and protect nature!
PRE-REGISTRATION and PRE-PAYMENT FOR CAMPS ARE REQUIRED.
Please visit Sarett’s online store or call us to sign up for camps at 269-927-4832. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.
Please feel free to call us for more information on any of our camps. It is important for the enjoyment of all students that your child be the appropriate age for the camp. Our naturalists want your child to have a great time so choose the camps your child will enjoy.
Campers should dress appropriately, wear a hat and good walking shoes, and bring a drink and lunch if class is over the noon hour. Flip–flops are not a good shoe for walking on nature trails.
FAMILY MEMBERSHIP = $50 – To become a member please call or go to our membership page to sign up!
16-30 days prior to camp:
• A full refund will be issued.
8-15 days prior to camp:
• A 50% refund will be issued.
0-7 days prior to camp:
• No refund will be issued.
Sarett Nature Center follows the Michigan Health Department and CDC guidelines for COVID-19. Wearing a mask within the building and outside with staff is currently optional. If cases increase within Berrien County, Sarett Nature Center will review advised guidelines and update the mask policy as needed. Full refunds will be given for any cancellations due to conflicts with our policy.