Adventure Summer Camp

Summer vacation is the perfect time for children to explore nature. Our camps are designed to let children ages 6 to 12 discover the natural world, make new friends and gain confidence as they learn new skills and take on outdoor adventures. Camps are led by professional naturalists who nurture each child’s natural sense of wonder.

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Don’t miss our Overnight Adventures Camp for Families!

Astronomy Adventures CLOSED

Thursday & Friday, June 29 & 30

Shoot for the stars in a science summer camp that’s “out of this world”. See planets, moons, stars, and comets in a new light. Campers will “take a tour” of our Solar System, learn the myth and science behind the night sky constellations; and discover what it takes to be a Mars explorer. Specially featured will be Wehr’s portable planetarium – The Starlab! Join us for all the starry fun.

Ages: 9-12     Time: 9 am-4 pm     Fee: $140; $120 for Friends of Wehr members     Location: Wehr Nature Center

Pioneer Trails CLOSED

Tuesday & Wednesday, July 25 & 26

Travel back in time to Wisconsin life in the 1800s. Search fields, woods and waters to create a delicious pioneer lunch over the fire. Visit the old school house and trading post. Master pioneer skills, crafts, and games.

Ages: 9-12     Time: 9 am-4 pm     Fee: $140; $120 for Friends of Wehr members     Location: Ross Lodge in Whitnall Park

Nature Detectives

Session 1: Monday July 31- Friday Aug. 4

Session 2: Monday Aug. 7- Friday Aug. 11

Get ready to be a super sleuth and unearth the mysteries of nature all around us. We will use our detective skills to discover a new nature topic daily. We will take hikes, snack, make crafts, tell stories, and have hands-on fun each day.

These are two sessions of the same camp held two weeks in a row. For this reason, please do NOT sign your child up for both sessions.

Ages: 6-9     Time: 9 am- 12 pm     Fee: $175; $150 for Friends of Wehr members     Location: Wehr Nature Center


NEW! Lunchtime Program

Supervised lunchtime. Please bring your own lunch.

Ages: 6-9   Time: 12-12:30 pm   Fee: $5 per day   Location: Wehr Nature Center


NEW! Afternoon Al a Carte Camps

These camps can be added to our Nature Detectives series to make a whole day of camp for your child or can be attended as individual sessions. A lunch time program is available for a $5 a day fee if your child is staying for a
whole day of camp.

The same a la carte camps are held two weeks in a row, i.e. Minecraft Goes Wild is the same on July 31 and August 7. For this reason, please do NOT sign your child up for more than one of the same camp title.

Ages: 7-9*     Time: 12:30-4 pm     Fee: $50 per camp; $35 per camp for Friends of Wehr members     Location: Wehr Nature Center

*A la carte programs are not appropriate for children under 7 years old

Minecraft Goes Wild CLOSED

Monday, July 31

Enter survival, creative, spectator, and adventure modes simultaneously as we bring Mine Craft to life in this NO TECH camp. Campers will work together in a quest for survival collecting resources, crafting natural tools, and building mini shelters, all while using their imaginations to uncover the magic that hides along the trails of Wehr Nature Center.

Fantastical Beasts  

Tuesday, Aug. 1

Sometimes reality is more amazing than magic. Children will learn about the fantastical beasts that call Wehr home and discover the adaptations that help them survive. Campers will meet real, live critters, hike in search of beasts and their homes, and design their own 3-D magical creature.

Kids Outdoor Adventure Camp

Wednesday, Aug. 2 

Outdoor adventures are the best adventures. This camp is based on The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book by Wehr Naturalist Ken Keffer. Campers will explore favorites of the seasons including Spring: Find a Bird’s Nest, Summer: Go On a Hike, Autumn: Find Unique Leaves, and Winter: Have a Snowball Fight (yes, even in the summer!).

Pollinator Power  

Thursday, Aug. 3 

Do you like chocolate, strawberries, or vanilla ice cream?  Then thank the bees, butterflies, bats, and birds for those delicious treats!  Join us as we explore what pollination is and different animals that make it happen through games, crafts, and a pollinator themed snack.bee drawing


“This program was one of the most well organized, fun-filled, creative, educational programs that my son and I have participated in.” Parent of Summer Camp participant


Registration Information

Registration begins February 1, 2017

3 Ways to Register!  Please Note: Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Online: 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week            Register Your Camper

In Person: Monday – Friday (8:30-4pm)  – 9701 W. College Ave. Franklin, WI 53132

Phone:  Monday – Friday (8:30-4pm)                  Phone: (414) 425-8550

If the camp you are interested in is CLOSED, please contact Holly and include your name, your child’s name, and your contact information to be added to our waiting list: holly.walz@ces.uwex.edu OR (414) 425-8550. We will contact you if an opening becomes available.


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Refund & Cancellation Policy 

If you cancel: If you call at least 2 weeks prior to the start date of camp, you will receive a refund of your camp fee less 25%. No refunds for cancellations less than two weeks prior to the starting date. Refunds will be made by check within 60 days of your cancellation.

If we cancel: Wehr Nature Center reserves the right to cancel sessions; you will receive a full refund.

If you miss your child’s camp: It is important that you check your confirmation material immediately. If you arrive on a day other than the date on your confirmation, we will not be able to accommodate your child or issue a refund.

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Information and Forms for Participants