Aldo Leopold Nature Center Camps

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center is outdoor heaven. Ponds, marshes, trees. Frogs, birds, bugs. Too bad they don’t have classes for adults. But they do have summer camps for ages 2 to 12.

Cass just finished her first experience with Aldo Leopold through two days at their spring break camp. She played in the mud, looked for animals, and learned outdoor skills.

The two instructors we met were almost the opposite that I’d expect from camp counselors. They were easy-going. None of this high-octane “are we going to have fun?” energy blast of the usual camps. It was more about fostering an appreciation of nature and a comfort in exploring the earth. Outdoor discovery is not a “crazy adventure” but a daily part of life. This attitude fits with Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s mission: To teach the student to see the land, understand what she sees, and enjoy what she understands.

Summer camps run from June 13th to August 26th. There are a range of programs — from one hour for the 2-3 year olds; to half-days, full-days, and full-weeks for 4 to 12 year olds. And there are three overnighters for ages 8 and up.

Find out more, and sign up for the summer, at


2 thoughts on “Aldo Leopold Nature Center Camps

  1. i ADORE these camps! my three children have enjoyed them every summer for years. can’t say enough about the amazing, enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff and beautiful grounds! a truly incredible resource for local families. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the great review — we love to get feedback! I’m glad to hear that your daughter enjoyed her Spring Break Mini-Camps!

    Although our primary focus is connecting children and their families to the outdoors, we do from time to time offer some adult classes (though not as many as we’d like to). If you are interested, you can find them on our website under “Workshops & Retreats” ( We have a Wilderness First Aid Certification Course coming up this weekend and will be posting more classes soon.

    Keep up the great blog!

    – Alanna Medearis
    Development & Communications Coordinator
    Aldo Leopold Nature Center

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