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Office Location:

Mecklenburg County
Park and Recreation
5841 Brookshire Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28216




Summer Nature Camps 2016

 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.


Latta Plantation Nature Center

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


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


Eco-Explorers Camp

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



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!

Ages 11 to 13 - $170

#38085 Aug 8 - 12             M – F               9:00am to 4:00pm


McDowell Nature Center

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-out
Relax 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

#37696  Aug 8 - 12  (am)       M - F      9:00am to 12:00pm    Big Backyard -  FULL
#37697  Aug 8 - 12  (pm)       M - F      1:00pm to 4:00pm        Big Backyard


Outdoor Explorers Camp
Adventurous and curious campers venture far and wide to discover the wonders of nature. Wild Wanderers travel to the other nature preserves for hiking and canoeing fun. Splish Splash campers get wet and wild every day. Each week also includes favorite activities like stream walks and live animal encounters. Choose 1 week per theme.
Ages 7 to 9         $170
#37701     July 25 - 29              M - F       9:00am to 4:00pm       Wild Wanderers 2 - FULL
#37698     August 1 - 5             M - F       9:00am to 4:00pm       Splish Splash 1 - FULL
#37699    August 22 - 26       M - F       9:00am to 4:00pm       Splish Splash 2 - FULL

 Adventure Camp

Pre-teens can expect to challenge themselves as they deepen their understanding of the natural world. Naturally Artful campers create various works of art using nature for materials and inspiration. Jr. Naturalists dip their feet into a naturalist’s position as they explore different elements such as animals, plants, and rocks. Choose 1 week per theme.

Ages 10 to 12       $170
#37703  Jul 18 - 22               M - F        9:00am to 4:00pm     Jr. Naturalist 2 - FULL


 Reedy Creek Nature Center

Mini Naturalist: Predator and Prey
This week campers will learn about the relationship between predator and their prey! Explore animal survival strategies like sneaking, stalking and camouflage while searching for these animals throughout the preserve.

Ages 4 to 6  $85

#38300     Jul 18 - 22          M - F          9:00am to 12:00pm    


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 4:00pm

Naturally Artful
Calling 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 Stars
Have 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



Office Location:

Mecklenburg County
Park and Recreation
5841 Brookshire Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28216