Hello from KNC Adventure Camp!

Our Zip Line and the Council House are ready for action! Director Jenny and Assistant Director Lauren are trained and ready to lead an awesome aerial adventure with the Council House as our base of operations for all of our Adventure and Teen Sessions!
We are excited about all of our Adventure and Teen offerings for this summer, from camping, canoeing and more.
If you are interested in applying for our Campership Program or taking advantage of a payment plan, you can contact our Registrar, Sara Rutgers at 269-381-1574 x 24 or email her.
We are so excited for this summer and hope that your teens can join us on an awesome summer adventure!
  Director Jenny

Adventure Skills: Grades 6-8 

Don’t climb the walls at home this summer, go on an ADVENTURE! Learn the skills needed for a lifetime of outdoor adventures. Practice leadership and teambuilding skills in a canoe, on the archery range, at the Low Ropes Course and on the Zip Line Forest Canopy Tour. Practice camping skills like fire building, camp site selection, and orienteering. Go wild with the wildlife and get ready for adventure! 

$275 MEMBER, $300 NON-MEMBER 
ADVENTURE SKILLS RUNS 9 AM - 5 PM MONDAY - WEDNESDAY, OVERNIGHT CAMPOUT IS 9 AM THURSDAY - 5 PM FRIDAY (TENTS AND 3 MEALS ARE PROVIDED. TENTS ARE SHARED WITH SAME GENDERED CAMPERS ONLY.)

Adventure Treks: Grades 6-8 


Are you ready for the ultimate camp experience? Camp out 4 nights and 5 days and REALLY explore the KNC property and beyond. Learn backcountry camping skills like trip planning, food preparation, campsite selection, Leave No Trace Principles and proper gear use. Gain leadership and teamwork experience on our Low Ropes Challenge Course and Zip Line Canopy Tour. Each trek is different, but all are amazing!

$375 MEMBER, $400 NON-MEMBER 
NATURE TREKS RUN 9 AM MONDAY - 5 PM FRIDAY. OVERNIGHT CAMPOUTS ARE MONDAY–THURSDAY NIGHTS. TENTS AND MEALS ARE PROVIDED. TENTS ARE SHARED WITH SAME GENDERED CAMPERS ONLY.


Conservation Leadership Program


2017 Conservation Leadership Program Dates

Research Training Sessions – Weekdays June 19 – 27 from 9am – 5pm

Sleeping Bear Dunes Trip – 9am on Wednesday, June 28 – 5pm on Friday, June 30
Transportation is available; see the Bus Schedule here.


The Conservation Leadership Program is an outdoor experience for 6th-8th grade students to learn about environmental science and biological research in the best laboratory: nature.


Throughout the two-week program, students create their own experiments, draw connections between their everyday life and nature, and build friendships through team games and challenge course activities. Like a nature detective, students gain added STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills through observation, experience with scientific equipment, and interactions with biologists working in the field. These research training sessions teach relevant research techniques and their application and take place across local natural areas and in active science labs and field stations!

The investigative adventure continues as students tie together their knowledge and skills on a three-day, two-night camping trip in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Combining discovery, adventure, and fun with research science, the trip gives insight to the natural and cultural history of the dunes, the interconnection of human and natural environments, and immerses students in the rich biological diversity found in the northern Lake Michigan region.


Total cost: $550 Members, $575 Non-members. Scholarships and transportation are available.  Download a scholarship application here.

Session Options

Adventure Skills Session 1: June 19-23 ~ Wild Work

Adventure Skills Session 1: June 19-23 ~ Wild Work
Get a head start on exploring awesome wildlife careers and get up close and personal with animals. You will get to see the specialist at work at Binder Park Zoo and practice wildlife biologist skills at the W.K Kellogg Biological Station of Michigan State University, to really see what it takes to work with the wild.

Cancelled: KNC Camp Leadership Training Session 1: June 19-23

Cancelled:  KNC Camp Leadership Training

ages 13 and up. 
Take your love for nature camp to the next level and learn what it takes to be a Camp Leader. Develop your leadership skills on the zip line, low ropes and in an adventure race. Learn to lead the songs, games and activities that make a day out on the trail a life-long memory. This training is a great way to find out if being a camp professional is right for you. 
Fee: $50

Adventure Skills Session 2: June 26-30 ~ KNZ

Adventure Skills Session 2: June 26-30 ~ KNZ
Prepare yourself for living in an apocalyptic zombie-infested world! This intense survival camp will have you planning rations, building shelters, gathering resources and practicing defense with archery and camouflage. Experience teamwork, another survival essential, on the highest level at the Adventure Center of Pretty Lake high ropes course. Are you ready?

Adventure Skills Session 3: July 10-14 ~ Inspired By Nature

Adventure Skills Session 3: July 10-14 ~ Inspired By Nature

Seek out the art and song hiding in the world around you. Take a closer look at the beauty of nature with Local Artists as they teach you some of their favorite skills.  Build instruments, compose a symphony of natural sound, and make wearable and classic art as you delve into the natural world of creativity.

Adventure Trek Session 4: July 17-21 ~ Ninja Trek

Adventure Trek Session 4: July 17-21 ~ Ninja Trek

Stealth, sword and strength makes the ninja warrior great. Start with preparing the mind through meditation and team building exercises. Next are the physical challenges of surviving off the land and trying your hand at Prussik climbing. Put it all together to a constant game of camouflage.

Adventure Skills Session 5: July 24-28~ Nature Quest

Adventure Skills Session 5: July 24-28~ Nature Quest
Hone your hero skills in a battle to save the planet. Gather ingredients for potions and fight back against invaders. Team up on Live Action Role Play quest for a mysterious relic that may have the power to save the Earth.  

Adventure Skills Session 6: July 31-August 4 ~ Adventurology

Adventure Skills Session 6: July 31-August 4 ~ Adventurology

If the outdoors is your happy place, you should come explore your options with a bit of everything adventure. Paddle on the local water, bike on the KVRT and hike on an all day Adventure Race. It's a good time to be outside and an even better time with friends.

Adventure Trek Session 7: August 7-11 ~ Pirate Trek

Adventure Trek Session 7: August 7-11 ~ Pirate Trek
Step aboard on a Great Lakes adventure! Learn navigation. take a Kalamazoo River canoe trip, and explore by sail. Don't forget to walk the plank on our zipline and tell swashbuckling tales of great times.

Adventure Skills Session 8: August 14-18 ~ Folk Life

Adventure Skills Session 8: August 14-18 ~ Folk Life
Sing, write, create, and share. Explore how people past and present build their lives out of the natural world. Share in the traditional music, stories and games. Visit with a blacksmith, cook on a woodstove, carve and whittle, get your hands dirty in the garden and get a taste of the folk-life!

6th-12th Grade: Adventure & Teen Camps

 Adventure Skills: 6th - 8th Grade
 S1:
6/19-6/23
Wild Work
S2:
6/26-6/30
KNZ
S3:
7/10-7/14
Inspired by Nature
S4:
7/17-7//21
S5:
7/24-7/28
Nature Quest
S6:
731-8/4
Adventurology
S7:
8/7-8/11
S8:
8/14-8/18
Folk Life
Hurry Full Hurry
Full Full
Full
Adventure Treks: 6th - 8th Grade
  S1: 
6/19-6/23
Camp Leadership
S2:
6/26-6/30
S3:
7/10-7/14
S4:
7/17-7//21
NinjaTrek
S5:
7/24-7/28
S6:
731-8/4
S7:
8/7-8/11
PirateTrek
S8:
8/14-8/18

Cancelled

Hurry

Open
Teen Camps: 9th - 12th Grade
Session 1: Camp Leadership Training
Open
Session 3: July 9-16 ~ Backcountry Adventures: Isle Royale 
Open

Kalamazoo Nature Center • 7000 North Westnedge Avenue  •  Kalamazoo, MI  49009-6309
Phone: 269-381-1574  •  Fax: 269-381-2557


Register

Online Registration and Payment Support: 866 433-4548

For camp questions: Registrar (269) 381-1574 ext 24 or by email

Camp Director: Jenny Metz Brenneman
(269) 381-1574 ext 24 or by email

Please review our Refund and Cancellation Policy
here.