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Summer is just around the corner, Latta Plantation, McDowell, and Reedy Creek Nature Centers are planning fun and exciting camps. To make sure that your camper has a great time we need a few forms filled out before June 1.
Art in Nature Camp
Join us for a fun week of creativity and experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of nature. Campers will become nature artists as they explore the natural world around them and create an array of projects inspired by nature. We'll learn to make plant prints, make our own nature journal, play with mud, make music inspired by nature, and much more.
Ages 4 to 5 - $85
#38070 Jul 25 - 29 M – F 9:00am to 12:00pm
#38071 Aug 8 - 12 M – F 9:00am to 12:00pm
Animal Olympics Camp
There are amazing animals all over the world that can run, swim, and jump better than the best human athletes. At 68mph, sailfish are fifteen times faster than Olympic swimmers! Cheetahs can sprint up to 75mph, three times faster than humans! Each day campers will investigate a new "Animal Olympian" with games, crafts, and more..
Ages 4 to 5
#38072 - $70 Jul 5 - 8 Tu – F 9:00am to 12:00pm
#38073 - $85 Jul 11 - 15 M – F 9:00am to 12:00pm
Young Explorers Camp
This half-day version of our ever-popular Outdoor Adventure Camp is just perfect for the Young Explorers in your family. Each day will focus on a different outdoor recreation activity. Campers will explore the nature preserve by going canoeing, hiking, hunting for hidden treasure, fishing and more! Warning: Our expeditions may lead to a lifelong passion for adventure in the Great Outdoors!
Ages 6 to 7 - $85
#38074 Aug 1 - 5 M – F 9:00am to 12:00pm
#38075 Aug 15 - 19 M – F 9:00am to 12:00pm
Junior Biologist Camp
What is a Biologist? Join us for this exciting week as campers become biologists and study the natural world around them from plants to animals. We’ll study insects, mammals, scat and tracks, and learn how to use naturalist tools like microscopes, insect nets and hand lenses. We’ll also enjoy a fun day of canoeing as we study a lake habitat.
Ages 4 to 6 - $85
#38076 Jun 20 - 24 M – F 9:00am to 12:00pm
#38077 Jun 27 - Jul 1 M – F 9:00am to 12:00pm
Join us for this exciting week of camp as we explore the natural world around us. Discover aquatic ecology as we learn to canoe and go on a stream study hike. Learn about animal homes while we build shelters. Discover edible plants while we go on a hike and so much more. We will also end the week with a field trip to Crowder’s Mountain State Park.
Ages 7 to 9 - $170
#38078 Jul 18 - 22 M – F 9:00am to 4:00pm
#38079 Aug 22 - 26 M – F 9:00am to 4:00pm
Outdoor Adventure Camp
This classic favorite is five full days of outdoor fun and exploration. We’ll learn a variety of outdoor skills including hiking, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, and more! A hike through a beautiful wooded stream will keep us cool and take us to places our camps have never been. We’ll wrap up the week with a field trip adventure to the mountains.
#38080 Jun 13 - 17 M – F 9:00am to 4:00pm
#38081 Jul 11 - 15 M – F 9:00am to 4:00pm
Piedmont Expedition Camp
We’ll go on five expeditions in this exciting camp! These treks will give us the opportunity to learn survival skills, Leave No Trace ethics/methods, go canoeing, hike an off-site stream, build Atlatls, start fires and do some trekking/ canyoneering. This fast paced camp will spend most of its time outside of the preserve and will be a physically intense camp focused on outdoor adventure and excitement!
Ages 10 to 12 - $170
#38082 Jun 20 - 24 M – Th 9:00am to 4:00pm Friday - 8:00am - 5:00pm
#38083 Jun 27 - Jul 1 M – Th 9:00am to 4:00pm Friday - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Paddlesports Adventure Camp
Stay cool this summer! Explore Mountain Island Lake by kayak, canoe, and paddleboard! This water-based camp will allow campers to learn advanced paddlesports skills from American Canoe Association (ACA) Certified Instructors. Topics will include water safety, equipment, advanced maneuvers, rescues and more. After mastering the necessary skills on the lake, campers will go on two river adventure trips to the Catawba and PeeDee Rivers. To register for this program, campers must have strong basic swimming skills (i.e. be able tread water for at least one minute and swim a pool-length unassisted).
Ages 11 to 13 - $170
#38084 Aug 1 - 5 M – F 9:00am to 4:00pm
Mountain Sports Adventure Camp
Beat the heat and escape to the mountains this summer! If you’re looking for high adventure, then this is the camp for you! From rock climbing to bouldering to exploring caves, this camp has it all. Monday and Tuesday will be spent in the Charlotte area, but Wednesday through Friday will be a 2-night trip to the mountains. Highlights will include sliding down a waterfall at Sliding Rock, swimming in Lake Fontana, and spending a night in Craighead Caverns. This camp is limited to 9 campers, so act quickly to reserve your child’s spot!
#38085 Aug 8 - 12 M – F 9:00am to 4:00pm
Itty Bitty Camp
Little ones and their favorite adult play and learn together, using all their senses to explore the natural world. Each day includes 1-2 themes, games, live animals, crafts, songs and a snack. Parent participation required.
Ages 3 to 4 - $35
#37693 Aug 29 - Sep 2 M - F 10am - 11:30am
Family Camp-outRelax and play together in the great outdoors while meeting other families and learning new skills. Enjoy activities such as fire building, fishing, kayaking, outdoor cooking and more. Friday evening, sit around the campfire telling stories and roasting s'mores the old fashioned way, then settle down for the night in your private family tent. Gear and all meals are provided (Friday lunch and dinner; Saturday breakfast and lunch).Ages 5 and up - $60/person#37692 Jun 17-18 Fri 9am – Sat 3pm - FULL
Little Critter Camp
Pre-schoolers who are crazy about nature love to get outside and get messy. Animal Adventure campers discover their wild side as they learn about local animals, big and small. Big Backyard campers explore all 1,100 acres of the preserve to see what makes nature so exciting! Choose am (9am-12pm) or pm (1-4pm) per theme.
Ages 5 to 6 - $85
Ages 10 to 12 $170
Ages 4 to 6 $85
Ages 4 to 6 $68
Ages 4 to 6 $85
#38300 Jul 18 - 22 M - F 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 7 to 9 $170
#38301 Jun 20-24 M - F 9:00am to 4:00pm
Reedy Creek Time Travelers
#38303 Jul 11 - 15 M - F 9:00am to 4:00pm
Reedy Residents Around here, there is a lot of water and a lot of woods! These are great places for animals to live. We will go on a creek walk, explore pond life, hike in the woods, and dig in the dirt. How many wild Reedy Residents do you think will we find?Ages 7 to 9 $170
#38305 Aug 1 -5 M - F 9:00am to 4:00pm
Miniature & Magnificent
Calling all kids with a love for little things! In this camp, we will use microscopes, magnifying glasses, even just our hands to look at everything that is small, smaller, and smallest. Come get up close and personal with the teeny tiny living things!. Ages 7 to 9 $170
#38307 Aug 22 - 26 M - F 9:00am to 4:00pmR.O.S.S (Reedy Outdoor Survival School Camp)Connect to the land like you have never done before by learning the "old ways" in life. Learn an appreciation of primitive and survival skills and the artistic beauty of traditional crafts. In this camp you make cordage, create fire, rock knap, build shelters, track and go on adventurous hikes. Immerse yourself in the environment and be one with nature on this journey to a forgotten way of life. Ages 10 to 12 $180
#38302 Jun 27 - Jul 1 M - F 9:00am to 4:00pm
Naturally ArtfulCalling all creative nature lovers! Adventure and creativity combine in this unique camp. Dress to get messy! We will be knee-deep in mud and elbow-deep in paint!Ages 10 to 12 $170
#38304 Jul 25 - 29 M - F 9:00am to 4:00pm
Reedy Rock StarsHave you ever noticed the interesting boulders in the nature preserve? Where did they come from? Investigate their origin along with many other rocky activities such as gold panning, gem mining, hiking, games and rock related crafts. We are going to have a really gneiss time!!!Ages 10 to 12 $170
#38306 Aug 8 - 12 M - F 9:00am to 4:00pm