summer camps

Summer Camps

Explorers (7-9 year olds)

SUMMER CAMP 2018 

MEMBER REGISTRATION OPENS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd
NON-MEMBER REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 9th

 

 
 

2018 PRICING

Camp sessions are available in combinations of 1 (F), 4 (M-R), or 5 (M-F) days with either half or full day options.
–  Full Week Package (includes Lunch Bunch*): $335 ($268 for week of July 4th)
–  Half Day (Monday – Thursday) Session: $125 (*$94 for week of July 4th)
–  Half Day (Friday) Session: $32
–  Lunch Bunch* (Monday – Thursday): $40
–  Lunch Bunch* (Friday only): $10.00
–  Extended Day: Runs from 8:00-9:00am and 4-5:30pm each day. You can drop off and pick up your child anytime within those windows. Activities during Extended Day include free choice of arts and crafts, reading, games, and/or additional outdoor time.     

  • Extended Day– AM & PM: M-F = $100
  • Extended Day– AM only: M-F = $40
  • Extended Day– PM only: M-F = $60
  • Extended Day– AM only: Mon-Thur. = $32
  • Extended Day– PM only: Mon-Thur. = $48
  • Extended Day– AM & PM: Friday = $20
  • Extended Day– AM only: Friday = $8
  • Extended Day– PM only: Friday = $12**

* ALNC does not provide a lunch. We provide a morning and afternoon snack.
**Call (608)-221-0404 x 1 for pro-rated registration for Extended Day single days other than Fridays (AM = $8.00; PM = $12.00).
 
 

FULL WEEK PACKAGE OPTIONS – REGISTER HERE!

1Q. Week 1 Package (Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm) June 11-15
2Q. Week 2 Package (Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm) June 18-22
3Q. Week 3 Package (Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm) June 25-25
4Q. Week 4 Package (Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm) July 2-6* (no camp on Wednesday, July 4)
5Q. Week 5 Package (Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm) July 9-13
6Q. Week 6 Package (Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm) July 16-20
7Q. Week 7 Package (Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm) July 23-27
8Q. Week 8 Package (Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm) July 30-Aug 3
9Q. Week 9 Package (Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm) Aug 6-10
10Q. Week 10 Package (Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm) Aug 13-17
11Q. Week 11 Package (Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm) Aug 20-24
12Q. Week 12 Package (Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm) Aug 27-31
 
 

HALF DAY OPTIONS (Monday – Thursday): $125/session

 

1E. MUCKIN’ IN THE MARSH

June 11-14 • 9am to 12pm

Put on your muckin’ shoes and follow us through the marsh in search of cattails and heron wails. Our marsh is filled with great blue herons, muskrats, frogs, toads, ducks, geese and even fox—we’ll discover them all! Please wear sturdy shoes that can get wet and bring a change of clothes.

1F. THE BIG CHILL

June 11-14 • 1pm to 4pm

When the summer sun makes us sweat, we’ll travel back in time to the ice ages. Search for the great wooly mammoth, make a glacier, learn about ice and icebergs and have all sorts of frosty fun.

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2E. LIVING LIKE LAURA INGALLS

June 18-21 • 9am to 12pm

As Laura Ingalls lived and played on the banks of Plum Creek, she learned things that few children today know how to do. As a young child, she used Wisconsin’s woods, waters and prairies as her playground. Learn how you can have fun in these same places the way Laura did!

2F. PHE-KNOWLEDGE-Y BOWL

June 18-21 • 1pm to 4pm

Do you know the date the first mosquito is usually seen? What about when the cranes arrive for the spring? Put your nature knowledge to the test in this fun quiz bowl camp! We’ll spend our afternoons learning and exploring all about phenology in true Aldo Leopold fashion and challenge our trivia knowledge daily!

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3E. THE GREAT OUTDOORS

June 25-28 • 9am to 12pm

Learn how to create a base camp, set up a tent, start a fire and cook in the outdoors! We’ll hang bear bags, assemble and use mess kits, go on a hike, learn basic knot tying and how to plan a camping trip using “Leave No Trace” principles.

3F. PINE CONE PICKERS

June 25-28 • 1pm to 4pm

Sounds abound this week as we spend our days finding and creating music in and from nature. Make instruments from natural objects & recycled objects, listen to and be inspired by the music that nature creates, and pick, jam and strum our way through our prairie, pond, and woodland.

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4E. BAT & OWL PROWL

July 2-5* • 9am to 12pm

Discover all about the creatures of the night and what makes them unique! From bats and owls to tarantulas and fireflies, we’ll learn about the critters that come out when the sun goes down. *No camp on Wednesday, July 4th.

4F. IT’S A HARD ROCK LIFE

July 2-5* • 1pm to 4pm

This camp rocks! Have fun exploring Wisconsin geology as we learn about the rocks and minerals beneath our feet. Go with the flow as we learn about lava, volcanoes, and other geologic events! *No camp on Wednesday, July 4th.

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5E. AMAZING RACE

July 9-12 • 9am to 12pm

Can your team be the first to meet each challenge? Each day we’ll have different physical and mental challenges for your team to overcome. The obstacles will take you through woods, forests and wetlands! Come prepared to get dirty and have fun!

5F. HAWK-WARTS

July 9-12 • 1pm to 4pm

Calling all muggles! Meet us at platform nine and three quarters for a thrilling adventure at Hawkwarts! During this Harry Potter themed camp, we’ll discover some of ALNC’s magical beasts, create potions using science, discover herbology in the prairie, and maybe even play a game of Quidditch!

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6E. INSECT-IGATIONS

July 16-19 • 9am to 12pm

It’s a buggy world out there-insects are the most abundant and fascinating life form on Earth. Explore the 8 most common orders of insects from butterflies and moths to beetles and true bugs. If you think insects are interesting, this is the place to be!

6F. ULTIMATE SURVIVOR I

July 16-19 • 1pm to 4pm

Do you have what it takes to survive in the woods? Each day we’ll have different challenges like shelter building, fire making, orienteering and relay races. Win immunity and have a blast as your team strives to survive!

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7E. CAMPFIRE GOURMET

July 23-26 • 9am to 12pm

What do you know about the wild edible plants in the forest and prairie? Can you create a scrumptious meal using raw ingredients and aluminum foil? From Dutch oven masterpieces to quick, no-cook snacks, learn how to make many tasty treats for the trail.

7F. MIGRATE-EST HITS

July 23-26 • 1pm to 4pm

Learn to identify the birds of ALNC as we adventure to various habitats in search of the fine feathered friends that call ALNC home. Fill bird feeders, make a field guide, monitor bluebird & owl boxes and observe the birds that use them.

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8E. OUT OF THIS WORLD

July 30-Aug 2 • 9am to 12pm

Blast off as we delve deep into the solar system to study about stars, constellations, galaxies, meteor showers and planets. We’ll even make and launch our own rocket!

8F. WILD DISCOVERY

July 30-Aug 2 • 1pm to 4pm

There won’t be any cows at this camp, but it will be a badger bash! Discover why Wisconsin is the badger state, learn all about the special plants, animals and trees that call Wisconsin their home and are symbols for our state. We’ll explore a different aspect each day and make a Wisconsin field guide to carry with you on local adventures!

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9E. PARKS & RE-CREATION

Aug 6-9 • 9am to 12pm

We’ve got a camp you can’t refuse! It’s litter-ally the BEST! By creating art out of waste, artists are showing that one person’s trash is another’s treasure. We’ll start our search by doing a trash audit at ALNC, search the ALNC grounds for trash & treasure, and then use our imagination to create upcycled works of art!

9F. WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE

Aug 6-9 • 1pm to 4pm

Join us for a wet week of fun as we learn about lakes, rivers, and even the ocean, and how we can help keep our these bodies of water clean & healthy. We might get a little wet as we explore water cycles, water quality and critters in the pond and marsh.

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10E. PIONEER WAGON TRAIN

Aug 13-16 • 9am to 12pm

This adventurous camp will test if you could be a pioneer traveling across the prairie! Load up your wagons and follow the wagon master! Share some Dutch oven grub from the chuckwagon and head out on an across-the-land adventure, but beware of bandits and other dangers. Wagons ho!

10F. BORN TO BUILD

Aug 13-16 • 1pm to 4pm

Animals (including humans) live in many different kinds of homes. We’ll learn about, explore or build survival shelters, reed huts, groundhog burrows, beaver dams, anthills and other kinds of animal homes.

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11E. ULTIMATE SURVIVOR II

Aug 20-23 • 9am to 12pm

Back by popular demand – new challenges coming your way! Teams will work together to complete challenges such as raft building, outdoor puzzles and skills, cooperative challenges and more. It’ll be a thrill!

11F. SCIENTIFIC ADVENTURES

Aug 20-23 • 1pm to 4pm

Explore various fields of science including ornithology, geology, ecology and limnology. We’ll learn how to use tools and equipment used by real scientists, such as water quality testing equipment, soil probes and binoculars.

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12E. IT’S ALL GOOD IN THE WOODS

Aug 27-30 • 9am to 12pm

It’s the last week of camp! We’ll hit all the best spots and camper favorites in this week of fun. From building forts in the basswoods to camouflage games, we’ll do it all one last time!

12F. FULL STEAM AHEAD!

Aug 27-30 • 1pm to 4pm

Come tinker with us as we go full STEAM ahead as we get ready for the new school year! Delve into science, technology, engineering, art, and math as we collaborate and innovate creative solutions to real-world problems.

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HALF DAY OPTIONS (Friday Only): $32/session

 

1K. SPITTLE ME THIS…

June 15 • 9am to 12pm

Who spit on the grass? It’s not bad manners, it’s a bug! Slip into the world of the spittlebug and learn all about these incredible nymphs and the insects they become.

1L. LEAPIN’ LIZARDS

June 15 • 1pm to 4pm

Lizards are under-appreciated and often unnoticed in Wisconsin. Meet some of our lizard neighbors and learn their secrets for survival in Wisconsin’s diverse habitats!

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2K. GEOCACHING I

June 22 • 9am to 12pm

Join us for an outdoor adventure game where you’ll use a GPS to find “caches” hidden throughout the ALNC grounds. Learn how to use a GPS, search for hidden treasures, and observe the natural world while you wander. Similar activities to camp 10K, Geocaching II.

2L. PIONEER GENERAL STORE

June 22 • 1pm to 4pm

From buttons to burlap, the ALNC General Store is stocked with everything a pioneer needs! We’ll complete our daily work to earn play pioneer money to purchase and barter for our daily essentials in the General Store!

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3K. O SAVANNA!

June 29 • 9am to 12pm

The oak savanna is a rare historic landscape that can be found right here at ALNC! Is it a prairie or woodland? We’ll spend our morning exploring the savanna learning all about fire, restoration and oaks.

3L. THAT’S DISGUSTING!

June 29 • 1pm to 4pm

Explore the darker, slimier side of nature. No stone shall be left unturned, no log unrolled in our quest to find the parts of nature that can make you queasy. Scat, worms, frogs, decomposers, fungus and slime molds will leave you absolutely awfully amazed.

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4K. SHOO FLY

July 6 • 9am to 12pm

Flies are some of the lesser loved critters of summer…they can bite, buzz in your ear and land on your food. But, they’re pretty fascinating! What’s the difference between a horsefly and a deerfly? Do houseflies live in houses? There are over 100,000 species of flies on earth and we’ll swat around some knowledge about at least a few of them.

4L. LOST & FAWNED

July 6 • 1pm to 4pm

Have you ever come across an animal in the wild that is injured or orphaned and not known what to do? In this camp, we’ll meet a wildlife rehabilitator to learn all about when humans should or shouldn’t help and how.

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5K. NATURE SCORES AGAIN

July 13 • 9am to 12pm

Turn trees into goals, pine cones into balls and leaves into camouflage as we play a variety of your favorite outdoor games while experiencing nature. Spend the day running, playing and having fun! No experience required, just excitement.

5L. BEETLE MANIA

July 13 • 1pm to 4pm

Beetles are incredible insects! Beetles can lift more than any other animal, turn into submarines, and eat dung: that deserves a round of applause! We’ll search for beetles and even contribute to the citizen science “Lost Ladybug Project.”

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6K. AMPHIBIAN ADVENTURES

July 20 • 9am to 12pm

Discover the antics of these amazing amphibians! What’s the difference between a tadpole and a polliwog? We’ll search for frogs in and around the pond, learn to identify common Wisconsin frogs by their call and conduct our very own “frog chorus.”

6L. HOOK, LINE, & SINKER

July 20 • 1pm to 4pm

This camp is “reel”-y cool! Fishing is an easy and fun way to enjoy the outdoors. Learn all about fish families, practice casting, learn to stock a tackle box and head outside for “catch and release” fishing in the pond.

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7K. PALEO-ADVENTURES

July 27 • 9am to 12pm

Discover the world of ancient plants and animals through the study of paleontology. Excavate a fossil, go on a fossil hunt, and make your own fossils to take home. It’ll be fossil-riffic!

7L. COMPOST CRITTERS

July 27 • 1pm to 4pm

Explore the wonderful world right under our feet! See what slimes, slithers and scoots through the soil and discovery how important the underground world is to all of us above ground.

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8K. SKULLS & CROSSBONES

Aug 3 • 9am to 12pm

Arghhhh! Can you find the pirate’s gold hidden in the woods, wetland and prairie? Use a treasure map to find where “X” marks the spot – retrieve three medallions and return them to the treasure chest! Can you lift the pirate’s curse?

8L. DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE

Aug 3 • 1pm to 4pm

Green Herons, Wood Ducks, Sora Rails… We love birds, it never fails! Explore the shore of ALNC’s pond to learn about our water-loving fowl! Come take a quack at it!

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9K. TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE

Aug 10 • 9am to 12pm

Calling all budding – or should we say buzz-ing – young naturalists! This camp is fit for a queen (bee, that is!). You won’t bee-lieve all there is to know about our planet’s most fascinating insects! Learn about hives, pollination, honey and the ‘waggle dance’!

9L. THE SAVAGE GARDEN

Aug 10 • 1pm to 4pm

Carnivorous plants, such as Venus fly traps, pitcher plants and bladderwort all capture and eat animals and digest their prey the same way you digest food. Learn all about the plants that bite back and the tricks they use to trap their food.

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10K. GEOCACHING II

Aug 17 • 9am to 12pm

Join us for another outdoor adventure game, using a GPS to find “caches” hidden throughout the ALNC grounds. Learn how to use a GPS, search for hidden treasures, and observe the natural world while you wander. Similar activities to camp 2K, Geocaching I.

10L. ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE

Aug 17 • 1pm to 4pm

Experience “school” as you never have before! We’ll travel back in time to a one-room schoolhouse and learn what was actually taught in the 1800’s. We’ll have fun doing the chores of pioneer students, including fetching water and wood, using quill pens and personal chalkboards.

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11K. GOODNESS SNAKES ALIVE

Aug 24 • 9am to 12pm

Snakes slither and slide, but they’re not slimy! Learn to love our friends without feet by discovering where they live, what they eat and how they move. We’ll also delve into the world of other reptiles and learn what makes them unique.

11L. H2O OLYMPICS

Aug 24 • 1pm to 4pm

Come join us for the H2Olympics! We’ll learn about all the properties of water by conducting some very wet experiments. We’ll also be heading through the pond and marsh, so come prepared to get wet.

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12K. WOODLAND CHAMPIONS

Aug 31 • 9am to 12pm

Are you ready for nature’s obstacle course? Compete in atl atl throwing, potato sack races, water carrying and other challenges to see if you are a Woodland Champion!

12L. MYTHBUSTERS!

Aug 31 • 1pm to 4pm

Spend an afternoon as a MythBuster and uncover the truth behind some of nature’s myths. Are bats really blind? Can lightning strike the same place twice? Learn the answers to these nature questions and see if we can bust any nature myths.

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ALNC members receive a 10% discount to all Summer Camp programs.

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