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Summer Camps - Ages 4-15

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)
    • Outdoor Basics (ages 8-11)
  • 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 Boating 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)
    • Photo Adventure Camp (ages 11-14)
    • 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 2020 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 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 wait list as soon as possible.

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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: PRK-ErnieMiller@jocogov.org.

If you have any questions email or call the nature center at (913) 826-2800.

Outdoor Discovery Camp and Nature & Science Camp Form

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Outdoor Discovery Camp Information

Please read the forms! All other Nature & Science camps will have information sent one week prior to camp.


REQUIRED: Summer Tots and Summer Vacation Camp

Half-Day Camp Forms

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Required: TimberRidge Adv. Center Health & Liability Form  

If attending Climbing & Rappelling, Photo Adventure, or Outdoor Adventures

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Medication Form

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.

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2020 Nature & Science

Outdoor Discovery Camp Themes!


Week 1 (May 26 - May 29): Our Wild Woods- Escape into the deep dark forest. What secrets and lost trails will we discover? The woods are alive with hidden habitats and wild creatures to 

Week 2 (June 1 - June 5): Zombie Survival School - Be prepared, not scared! Try outdoor skills that’ll help you survive a zombie apocalypse. Build shelters, find water, make fire, gather wild edibles, avoid zombies; survive!

Week 3 (June 8 - June 12): Fantastic Beasts - - We know where to find them. Join us to learn about fanged predators that make Kansas their home. Investigate the teeth on animal skulls.

Week 4 (June 15 - June 19): Call of the Wild - - Step back in time to the wild frontier. Imagine animals who lived on the Kansas Plains and how they survived the changing of the land. 

Week 5 (June 22 - June 26): Navigating Nature -    Some animals navigate south in the autumn to warmer places for the winter. How do they know which direction to go? Let’s discover how animals use their internal compasses to find their way.  

Week 6 (June 29- July 2): Aqua Fest - Stomp in a muddy swamp and race across the water. Look for frogs, crawdads, and water striders. Summer sizzles so splash at the beach and swim in a cool pool.

Week 7 (July 6 - July 10): Flights of Fancy - How do birds crisscross continents? Explore the mysteries of flight and fascinating bird behavior. Examine bird diversity, some bold and bright while others hide in plain sight.

Week 8 (July 13 - July 17): Nature Ninjas - Can you go through the wild undetected? Tap into your senses and learn to be stealthy like an animal. Play camouflage and meet ninja-like animals!  

Week 9 (July 20 - July 24): Animals with Attitude- Animals have emotions too. Speak the language of animals who hiss, snarl, and turn tail! Discover what makes these wild creatures unique.

Week 10 (July 27 - July 31): Camp Spirit - Celebrate the final week of camp with us in spirit! We will have themed days like super hero day and pirate day. Show off your skills in our camp talent show and gather together for our potluck sendoff!

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