2021 Twin Cities Summer Camps: Nature & Outdoor Adventure Camps

If you have a kid who is begging to get outdoors in the summer, an outdoor adventure camp may be just the thing for them. Wilderness Adventures offers these 5 Benefits of an Outdoor Education. Another positive is that it wears them out so they can sleep better at night. We’ve listed our favorite Nature & Outdoor Adventure Camps in the Twin Cities. Please check out our Featured Listings – they make our 2021 Twin Cities Summer Camp Guide possible!


Camp Elk River and Camp Lakamaga
Camp Elk River

10775 237th Ave. Northwest
Zimmerman, MN 55398

Camp Lakamaga
12303 Lakamaga Trail N
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047

Grades 1-12.
Camp length: 1-13 days
Both day and sleep-away camps.

Camps range from $40 day camps to $995 thirteen day wilderness excursions. Financial assistance available.

At camp, girls can enjoy a variety of activities like building campfires, swimming, riding horses, shooting arrows, art and crafts, hiking, science experiments, camping, navigating with GPS, canoeing, and kayaking–all while making friends. That’s why many girls consider camp one of their favorite places on earth. Led by Girl Scouts River Valleys, our camps provide a safe, girl-only space for all girls to develop their leadership skills. Open to all girls entering grades 1-12 (fall 2021)—including girls who are not Girl Scout members.

Base Camp | Blooomington

Discovery Day Camp’s high energy activities are offered 9am-4pm M-F, mid-June-September in 2021| Kindergarten-8th Grade | $190

Bruentrup Heritage Farm | Maplewood

Farm-to-Table Day Camp | grades 1-6 | Grades 1-3: August 2-5, 2021; Grades 4-6: August 9-12, 2021 | $160.

Camp Discovery | New Horizons Academy, Twin Cities, St. Cloud, Rochester

Day camps offered in a variety of subjects. Prices vary by location and program | ages 5-10 | June through August 2021 

Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center | Hastings

Single half-day camps traditionally offered in July & August | Camps for ages 5-11 & 10+ | 2021 Summer Camps are Full.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | St Paul

2021 offerings will be available to browse online starting April 5. Registration will open April 12. More details TBA.

Creekview Recreation Center | Minneapolis

Early Childhood Summer Camps. 2021 TBA | Pre-K

Dodge Nature Center | West St. Paul

Sessions offered June 21-Autust 12, 2021  | Grades 1-6  – FULL – Waiting List

Fishing for Life Day Camps | on various metro lakes 

2021 Camp Info TBA.

Kerfoot Canopy Tour Zip Line Summer Camp | Henderson

Zip line at the epic Kerfoot Canopy Tour, and learn what it takes to be an adventure guide! | ages 11-15 | Stay Tuned for 2021 information and note that they limit camps to 10 people per session

Loppet Foundation | Minneapolis

Adventure Camp is held at Theodore Wirth Park. Sessions run Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm | ages 9-13 | Mon June 14 – Fri August 13, 2021 | $300/week.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | Minneapolis

Half-day to 4 day science-based, nature-inspired outdoor camps | New Age Categories: Ages 5-7, Ages 7-9, Ages 9-11, Ages 11-15; Summer youth programs June 18-Aug 20, 2021. $295.00 Selling out fast. Also offering Activity-To-Go Kits – Bring camp home.

Minnesota Waldorf School | Saint Paul

Outdoor games, natural crafts, water play, gardening on a beautiful eight-acre campus| Pre-k to 6th grade | June 21 – August 27, 2021 | $98-$315

Minnesota Zoo | Apple Valley

Minnesota Zoo offers dozens of summer camps for animal-lovers of all ages. 2021 Virtual Summer Camps | June 21 – Sept 3, 2021 | $120

North Mississippi Regional Park – Kroening Nature Center | Minneapolis

Full and half-day camps, Mondays through Fridays. A new nature theme each week. Single day camps and full weeks June 28-Aug 5, 2021.  $35-$235. Filling Fast.

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center | Sandstone

Week long camps run in 5-day sessions | ages 9-14 and one grandparent/child session | 2021 Details TBA. 

Raptor Center | University of Minnesota, St Paul Campus

Summer sessions are run by the University of Minnesota’s Rec & Wellness Camps and specialty camps are also offered in partnership with a variety of other organizations | 2021 camps TBA.

Springbrook Nature Center | Fridley

FULL. Springbrook Nature Camps run weekly sessions June 14 – August 20, 2021 | ages 5-12 | $145-$155/week 

Tamarack Nature Center | White Bear Lake

All camps guarantee plenty of nature play, adventure and fun. Camp sessions are 4-day camps and one-day mini camps. June 28 – Aug 19, 2021 | ages 5-12 | $75-$199/week. Filling fast

Three Rivers Parks Summer Camps

Full lineup of outdoor adventure camps at 15 locations throughout the western half of the Twin Cities | registration opens Wednesday, March 24. 2021. 

Wargo Nature Center / Anoka County Parks | Lino Lakes

Both virtual and in-person camps offered in 2021. Camps vary in length from three to five days, and children as young as four are invited to participate. Sessions June 21 – August 19, 2021 | PreK-Grade 7 | $20-$170/week.

Wildlife Science Center | Columbus/Forest Lake

At Wolf Camp, each session is filled with wildlife activities, games and more. 2021 Details TBA.

Wood Lake Nature Center | Richfield

Most camps are 3 days, with a couple week-long sessions for older grade school kids. Sessions: June 8, 2021-August 26, 201. $65-$100/camp.

YMCA Day Camps: Camp Icaghowan (Amery, WI), Camp Ihduhapi (Loretto), Camp St Croix (Hudson)

Offer programming for kids ages 5-17. June 1, 2021 – through August 31, 2021.

Is your summer camp missing? We would love to include it in our 2021 Ultimate Summer Camp Guide. Basic inclusion is FREE and upgraded entries are very affordable. Click this link to sign up to learn how to be included.

This article contains paid and free submitted entries of summer camps. These camps have been collected as a convenience to parents seeking summer camp options and are for informational purposes only. Inclusion does not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Family Fun Twin Cities.

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