Summer Day Camps 2023

Summer Camp is SOLD OUT!

Email olivia@louisvillenaturecenter.org to be added to the waitlist.

All Members get two week early access (February 1-14). Members at the “Family” level or above will get access to a $25.00 discount for every camp! Click here to learn more about our membership levels and benefits.

Cost of camp is $250 plus tax/week (without discount) & includes a camp t-shirt!

Camp will be in session for 9 weeks June 5-August 4, Monday - Friday, 9am-4pm.

No camp on Tuesday, July 4th.

Check your email in late January for access to registration and discount codes.

Camp Information

  1. COVID-19 Policy. Please take your child’s temperature in the morning before drop-off. If your child has a temperature greater than 100.4, they will not be allowed to attend camp. If your child has been in close contact with anyone who has had Covid-19 or has experienced any symptoms of illness such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath in the last 3 days, they should not come to camp. We are requiring proof of vaccination for campers. If your child is not vaccinated, we require a negative test no more than 48 hours before the start of camp. A positive test will result in the camper being unable to attend with no refund.

  2. Campers will need to be able to use the bathroom and maintain appropriate self-control independently. Our experience has been that some of the campers need help with the bathroom from time to time. We have also, in the past had to accommodate campers in other ways that require close contact (wiping noses, cleaning faces, etc). We will still try to accommodate your child as best as possible, but we will reserve the right to send your child home in the event that they can not take care of their own needs, within reason. This will include the use of face masks when indoors as recommended by the Governor and CDC at that time.

  3. Camps will accept a maximum of 36 children. Camp will be divided into ages 4-5, 6-7, 8-10 and will have a max number of 12 children per group. Each group will have the same two counselors the entire week, with volunteers/interns floating around to assist as needed. All of our employees, volunteers and interns must pass a background check and our counselors are CPR/First Aid Certified. If your child is enrolled in before or aftercare there is a possibility of them mixing with children or adults from the other group.

  4. We will not be serving snacks or lunches. Campers will need to bring all their own food and drinks. Campers will not be allowed to share food.

  5. We will spend the entire day outside, except for bathroom breaks and in the event of extreme weather. Please make sure your child is prepared to be outside in the weather predicted for the day. Raincoats, sunscreen, sun hats, etc. are all highly recommended.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Olivia Kaiser, Education Programs Manager, at Olivia@louisvillenaturecenter.org.

Information for Camp Parents

  • Camp begins and ends at the Nature Play Area (near the gazebo). Camp starts at 9:00am and ends at 4:00pm. Dropping off or pulling-up to pick up campers is not allowed.  Park in the parking lot and walk your camper to and from the Nature Play Area. You must check your camper in and out; identification may be required. Campers will not be released to anyone other than the person you list on the authorized pick up list.

  • Campers will be grouped by ages 4-5, 6-7 and 8-10.

  • Late pick-up fee: $15 for every 15 minutes after 4:00pm (or 5:00pm for after-care).

  • Cell phones and toys from home will not be permitted during camp time.

  • If your camper has a medical need, please complete a medication form at drop off. If medication is sent for your camper, their name and instructions to administer the medication are required to accompany it. Medications will be administered by an adult. If medication must be kept by the camper, explicit written instructions stating so must be given to LNC staff.

  • Insect repellent and/or sunscreen should be applied before coming to camp.

What to Bring:

  • A reusable water bottle.

  • A nonperishable lunch and 2 snacks.

  • Dress your child in clothes that are suitable for the weather as well as for a variety of activities, which may include hiking, painting, etc. Please pack a rain jacket. Hats are helpful. Shoes need to be closed-toed, able to get dirty, and worn with socks. Sandals or flip-flops are not appropriate.

  • Campers under 6: please pack an additional change of clothes. All campers must be independent in the bathroom.

Refund Policy: Individuals who wish to alter or cancel their registration in any camp must notify LNC in writing, no less than three weeks prior to the date of the camp. We will refund 80% of the camp fee upon receipt of a written cancellation. There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 3 weeks prior to the camp date. We will adhere to our 3-week cancellation policy, with the exception being if LNC has to cancel due to a case of COVID-19, or if the Governor or CDC advises us to close.

CAMP THEMES!

Can You Dig It?

Let's dig deep and explore our soils! Search for critters, try out your green thumb as a gardener, and discover the processes that create plant life. You will definitely get dirty in this camp!

Bird Brained

Do you ever have questions about our winged friends in the sky? Meet the birds of the Beargrass Creek - along with some special guests from Raptor Rehab! Bring your binoculars and become a beginner birder during this high-flying week of feathery fun!

Totally Buggin’

Put on your entomologist hat as we explore the diverse world of bugs! Some crawl, some sting, some jump and some fly, but they all play an important role in our forest ecosystem. You’ll spend your days turning over logs, sifting through leaf litter and searching for perfectly crafted bug homes!

Camp Cold Blood

Turtles, snakes and frogs, oh my! Become a junior herpetologist as you learn about the wonderful world of cold-blooded critters. Learn the language of frogs, search for salamanders, and more when you slither into this camp.

Animal Artist

Have your child be led by nature through our all-natural arts camp! Kids will explore nature through hands-on learning and creating with all sorts of various natural materials.

Watery World

Hop off the couch for a new kind of streaming! Dive into the wonderful world of water as we discover what lies below the surface. Bring your mud boots for a Beargrass Creek exploration!

Nature Detectives

There is much to discover in Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve! All you have to do is know how to look. Grab your detective hat and a magnifying glass as we identify and track animals based on the clues they leave behind. 

Animal Adaptations

Did you know opossums are the only marsupial native to North America and a woodpecker's tongue wraps around the back of its brain?  This week we will investigate unique adaptations that help our forest friends thrive and survive. 

Nature Olympics

There's still time to fit in some nature fun during our last week of camp. Become part of our Beargrass Creek Olympic team through nature-themed games and adventures every day! Do you have what it takes to win a gold medal?

If you have any questions regarding your registration, please contact LNC. 

We look forward to having your child here this summer!