The health and safety of our campers, staff and volunteers is our primary focus. Preserve staff are continuing to monitor COVID-19 developments. As of April 28, 2020, camps scheduled through June 26 (Sessions 1A, 1B, 2A, and 2B) are cancelled. If your child is registered for one of these sessions, check your email for information about refunds. The rest of the sessions (3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5 & 6) are still currently scheduled to proceed as planned and will be adapted for current safety protocols. If it is determined these camps will be cancelled, you will be informed via email and issued a full refund. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Wilbourn.
Wetlands & Woodlands summer camps are fun, hands-on learning adventures for children ages 4 to 11. We encourage campers to develop a greater understanding, appreciation of, and respect for God’s amazing creation. Our camps provide a comfortable and safe learning environment where campers become immersed in the outdoors.
All camp registrations must be completed online. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. If you have questions about the registration system, please call (616) 526-7601. A note to parents/guardians: These camps are quite popular and our wait lists can be long; thus we ask you to think of other parents and campers when registering, and only register each of your children for one camp. Thanks in advance for helping us to serve as many children as we can. We can always put you on the wait lists for other camps.
If the registration system indicates that a camp is full, we encourage you put your name on our wait list. Families' summer schedules change regularly; the resulting cancellations allow us to release additional registrations.
Financial Need & Scholarships
At this time, the CCEP does not offer any scholarships for our camps, nor do we offer discounts to children of Calvin staff or faculty. However, for those families that would like to send their children to camp but are experiencing financial hardships, you may pay the camp fee in installments via checks. Please mail a check for 1/2 of the registration fee, payable to Calvin University, within 7 days of registering to reserve your space. The rest of the fee is due by May 29, 2020.
Verification of Age and Ability
Campers must meet the age requirements, be able to attend camp independently, and participate in activities throughout the Ecosystem Preserve (rough narrow paths, wood chipped trails, muddy areas, grassy fields, etc.). Jr. Naturalist campers must also be able to ride in a large passenger van for extended periods of time, participate in various off-site field trips and servicing learning activities (hiking over sand dunes and through prairies, digging holes, walking on uneven paths, etc.), and tolerate a variety of weather conditions.
2020 Camp Themes
Learn about Michigan animals that creep, slither, and wiggle in a safe and fun way. Animals we will study include armored crawlers (millipedes, centipedes & sow bugs), small but mighty ants, and slimy movers (slugs & worms) plus silky spinners (spiders & their webs) for 5 day campers. Activities to look forward to include slug hunts, observing creepy crawlies up close, racing worms, becoming a part of an ant colony, and eating banana slugs.
Learn about the winged creatures that live here in West Michigan and their special adaptions that enable them to fly. Topics we will study include the wonders of flight, bats, birds, dragonflies and damselflies plus ladybugs for 5 day campers. Strap on your wings and start each class with a flight lesson learning the unique way each of these creatures fly. Activities will include observing ladybugs and dragonflies up close in our native gardens, watching cool bat videos, creating your own flying creatures, eating like a bird, and much more!
For 4, 5 and 6 year olds (entering pre-K and kindergarten)
Developed for shorter attention spans, our camps will keep the busiest of 4, 5 & 6 year olds engaged. Campers will explore the theme of the week through outdoor exploration, puppet shows, storybooks, music and movement activities, critter devotions, helping hands service learning activities and nature art projects specifically designed for this age group. Children must be 4 years old by the start of camp, ready to attend independently, and must be toilet trained. The session fee covers healthy snacks, nature art project materials, lots of individual attention, discovery take home sheets, family night activities, and loads of fun. Family Nights are on Thursday evening, June 11 and July 2 respectively. Adult/student ratio is 1:8 (limit 24 participants per session).
|Session 1A: June 8-11, 2020||Mon-Thur||9 am - 12 pm||Creepy Crawlies||$90|
|Session 3A: June 29-July 2, 2020||Mon-Thur||9 am - 12 pm||Winged Wonders||$90|
For 6, 7 and 8 year olds (entering grades 1-3)
This camp is designed to introduce very young scientists to Michigan’s flora and fauna using science inquiry methods. Using our theme of the week, campers will learn about the animals and plants that live in our forests, meadows, and wetlands in a hands-on, feet-in way! With activities appropriate for this curious and excitable age, campers will discover more about their world and their Creator as they spend time exploring the Ecosystem Preserve. Nature art projects, short experiments, critter devotions, helping hands service learning projects and other activities balance outdoor exploration and games. The session fee covers healthy snacks, nature art project materials, lots of individual attention, take home discovery sheets, family night activities, and loads of fun. Family Nights are on Thursday evening, June 18 and July 9 respectively. Adult/student ratio is 1:8 (limit 24 participants per session).
|Session 2A: June 15-19, 2020||Mon-Fri||9 am - 12 pm||Creepy Crawlies||$110|
|Session 4A: July 6-10, 2020||Mon-Fri||9 am - 12 pm||Winged Wonders||$110|
Combined ages: For 4 to 8 year olds (entering pre-K to third grade)
If you have children of various ages, and you want them to attend camp together, then these are the camps for you! (You may register one or more children for these camps.) These camps use the same curriculum and follow the same format listed above. Family Nights are on Thursday evening, June 11, June 18, July 2 and July 9 respectively. Adult/student ratio is 1:8 (participant limit varies by session).
|Session 1B: June 8-12, 2020||Mon-Fri||1:30 - 4:30 pm||Creepy Crawlies||$110|
|Session 2B: June 15-18, 2020||Mon-Thurs||1:30 - 4:30 pm||Creepy Crawlies||$90|
|Session 3B: June 29-July 2, 2020||Mon-Thurs||1:30 - 4:30 pm||Winged Wonders||$90|
|Session 4B: July 6-9, 2020||Mon-Thurs||1:30 - 4:30 pm||Winged Wonders||$90|
Jr. Naturalist Club for 9, 10 and 11 Year Olds (Entering Grades 4-6)
The topics we will study this summer are geology (focus on rocks and minerals) and entomology (study of insects). In addition, campers will learn how to become Citizen Scientists and participate in a service learning project using this knowledge. We will also take an off-site field trip one day during camp to Hoffmaster State Park to study dune ecology.
This camp is designed to engage campers with a strong interest in learning more about a variety of different science fields. Campers will spend time doing various activities related to each field of science, including: explore the preserve, conduct small experiments, journal and sketch, participate in preserve research and service learning activities, create nature art projects, and meet scientists and conservation professionals who work in the different fields (when applicable). On Friday, campers have the opportunity to hike through the wildlife refuge of the preserve and play capture the flag, or participate in our team building orienteering course. The session fee covers materials for activities and experiments, healthy snacks, nature art project materials, transportation cost for field trips, lots of individual attention, and loads of fun. Campers are responsible for bringing their own sack lunches. Camp runs Monday to Friday, with a special family presentation on Friday afternoon from 2:30-3 pm. Adult/student ratio is 1:9 (limit 18 participants).
|Session 5: Jul 20-24, 2020||9 am - 3 pm||Jr. Naturalist Club||$225|
|Session 6: July 27-31, 2020||9 am - 3 pm||Jr. Naturalist Club||$225|
Other Summer Camps at Calvin University
Various departments at Calvin offer a variety of other summer camps for students ages 4-18 years old. Visit Camps at Calvin to find out more.
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