Who knew learning about the outdoors could be so fun? Join us for live animal programs, environmental games, nature crafts, hikes, stories, educational programs, guest speakers and a fun field trip each week! Test your skill and safety using archery equipment and bb guns (8 years and older). Your child will never stop exploring and discovering in this camp! Weekly swimming, boating and fishing too!
Locations include Ernie Miller Park, Shawnee Mission Park and TimberRidge Adventure Center.
Camps at a glance
- Nature and Science Preschool and Half Day Camps
- Summer Tots (ages 4-5)
- Summer Vacation (ages 6-8)
- Nature and Science Specialty Camps
- Biking Camp (ages 12-15)
- Climbing and Rappelling (ages 12-15)
- Fine Art of Nature (ages 8-12)
- Fishing and Canoeing Camp (ages 11-14)
- June Bug Camp Favorites (ages 8-11)
- Junior Naturalist Camp (ages 9-12)
- Off the Beaten Path (ages 8-11)
- Outdoor Adventures Camp (ages 11-13)
- Photography Camp (ages 12-15)
- Summer Daze Camp (ages 6-12)
- Wonderful Week of Water (ages 8-12)
- Nature and Science Outdoor Discovery Camp (see 2019 camp themes below)
- Ernie Miller Park (ages 6-8)
- Ernie Miller Park (ages 9-12)
- Shawnee Mission Park (ages 8-12)
Before you register for camp please make sure you read the Nature & Science Camp Refund Policy.
Camp must be paid in full at time of registration. If a camp is full we recommend getting on the waitlist as soon as possible.
Summer Camp forms
Parents, please look carefully over the camp forms below. There are forms that are required before your child can attend a camp. If we do not have their forms on file they will not be able to attend. Forms can be filled out and emailed in to Amy, Administrative Assistant.
If you have any questions email or call the nature center at (913) 826-2800.
Outdoor Discovery Camp and Nature & Science Camp Form
All-Day Camp Forms. (*Required)
Outdoor Discovery Camp Information
Please read the forms! All other Nature & Science camps will have information sent one week prior to camp.
- Outdoor Discovery Camp Information and Policies Packet
- Outdoor Discovery Camp Supply List 2019
- Outdoor Discovery Camp Values
- Ernie Miller Park Camp Schedule
- Shawnee Mission Park Camp Schedule
Summer Tots and Summer Vacation Camp
Half-Day Camp Forms (*Required)
TimberRidge Adventure Center Health & Liability Form
**REQUIRED** if attending Climbing & Rappelling or Outdoor Adventures
This form is required if your child will be using medication while in our care. This includes the use of epi pens, inhalers, and any other daily medications.
2019 Nature & Science
Outdoor Discovery Camp Themes!
Week 1 (May 28 - May 31): Symphony of the Senses - Experience the wild using your senses! Participate in a scavenger hunt. What is that you smell? Explore, feel a furry animal, taste wild edible plants, hear exciting sounds, and take in the outdoors around you.
Week 2 (June 3 - June 7): Pathfinders - Ready, get set, and go! Go off the grid to discover some wild areas! Make some tracks in the natural world. Challenge yourself and try some new skills. Explore TimberRidge Adventure Center. Check out the wonders of nature and learn ways to stay safe in the great outdoors.
Week 3 (June 10 - June 14): Rings and Rattles - Stop! Look and listen! Is that a snake or a lizard slithering through the grass? Kansas is home to more than 60 species of reptiles. See live reptiles close up. Examine turtle shells, snake skins, and skeletons. Decorate a special scaly craft.
Week 4 (June 17 - June 21): Beasts, Bugs, and Bones - Critters big and small make their home in the parks. Catch some bugs in the prairie to learn about nature’s recyclers. Feel the antlers of a deer, and explore the park where wild beasts abound.
Week 5 (June 24 - June 28): Spirits of the Past - What creatures lived here long ago? Giant sloths, woolly mammoths, and Saber-toothed tigers once roam this land. Study the connection of plants, people, and survival on the prairies. Hear ghost stories and legends from days long ago.
Week 6 (July 1 - July 5): Splish Splash - Meet some water-loving animals. Catch aquatic creatures, play water games, and visit the beach! How many amphibians can you find on a creek hike?
Week 7 (July 8 - July 12): Take to the sky - Look up into the sky to spy a hawk zooming by. Let’s discover the animals that fly and glide in the air. Use binoculars to zero in on daytime flyers. Go on a hike to search for bird nests.
Week 8 (July 15 - July 19): Nature Champions - Test your wit by playing “Who wants to be a Naturalist?” Act as a nature ninja playing the game of camouflage. Challenge yourself or others to a boat race on the water. Be a top shot on the range, and try to catch a whopper!
Week 9 (July 22 - July 26): Secret Lives of Mammals - We will uncover the secrets of how mammals survive in Kansas. Let’s inspect the teeth of a raccoon skull, feel a mammal’s fur, and search for squirrels in the trees.
Week 10 (July 29 - August 2): Camp Traditions - Celebrate the glory days of summer with your favorite activities. Enjoy the annual camp talent show. Gather together for yummy food fun. Design your own “art in the park” creation. Make some muddy memories on the Trail of Doom.