2020 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 2020 Twin Cities Summer Camp Guide possible!


Fishing for Life Day Camps | on various metro lakes 
Day Camps explore a different metro lake each day.
Monday-Snail Lake
Tuesday-Lake DeMontreville
Wednesday-Lake Independence
Thursday-Medicine Lake
Friday- Lake Minnetonka.
Parents drop campers off at the lake at 9am and picking them back up at 3pm.  Along with fishing, we have a short Bible study time as well as an instructional fishing seminar during the lunch hour (campers and guides provide their own lunches).

If you are interested and need more information, please email:  Caroline@fishingforlife.org

Sessions: Now-August 28, 2020, camps run Monday-Friday | for ages 10-17 | $150 per week, Scholarships available

Avid 4 Adventure Day Camp | Edina


At Avid4 Adventure, we’re on a mission to get kids excited and empowered by outdoor adventure so they stay active for the rest of their lives. Our day camps support kids to build deep reserves of confidence and judgement through mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and more. Our day camps are carefully customized to kids’ ages and ability levels.

Sessions: June 15, 2020 – August 7, 2020, camps run Monday-Friday | K-7th grade | $349-$399 per week 

Base Camp | Blooomington
Discovery Day Camp’s high energy activities are offered 9am-4pm M-F, June-August | Ages 5-15 | $165

CotterPress.com Backyard Day Camps for Kids | Blooomington
Don’t let Covid ruin summer fun! Safely learn of the world of adventure in your own backyard at Foraging, Gardening, Water Features, and Birds & Wildlife day camps. | June-August | ages 6-12 | Price $50 (use discount code 6WN2KZEE for 20% off).

Bruentrup Heritage Farm | Maplewood
Farm-to-Table Day Camp Aug 3-6 & 10-13 | grades 1-6 | $160

Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center | Hastings
Single half-day camps offered in July & August in 2020 | Camps for ages 5-11 & 10+ | $35/half-day

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | St Paul
Camp-In-A-Box online options. Dates run July 6 to August 10, 2020 | K thru grade 8 | $100.

Creekview Recreation Center | Minneapolis
Offering several Early Childhood VIRTUAL Summer Camp options. Physical materials for various activities are provided and will be shipped to your home or made available for pick-up. Register through Minneapolis Parks & Rec website. | Pre-K + family | $20-$35/family.

Girl Scout River Valleys Summer Camps | Zimmerman & Marine-on-St-Croix
Offers resident, troop and day camps throughout the summer. You need not be a Girl Scout to attend | Sessions run June 19, 2020 to August 30, 2020 | grades 1 & up | $90-$680 per session CANCELLED FOR SUMMER 2020

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! Stay Tuned for 2020 information and note that they limit camps to 10 people per session | ages 11-15 | $200 per camper | Register 2 days prior to first day of camp

Loppet Foundation | Minneapolis
Adventure Camp is held at Theodore Wirth Park. Sessions run Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm; June 15th-August 14th, 2020 | ages 9-13 | $275/week

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | Minneapolis
Half-day to 4 day science-based, nature-inspired camps | New Age Categories: Ages 5-7, Ages 7-9, Ages 9-11, Ages 11-15; June 8th-August 27, 2020 | $35 – $284/camp JUNE CAMPS CANCELLED

Minnesota Zoo | Apple Valley
Minnesota Zoo offers dozens of summer camps for animal-lovers of all ages. Sessions run May26th to August 31st 2020, 2.5 hour classes to 5 days per week | ages 3.5 (with parent)-12th grade | $25-$325 per session CANCELLED FOR SUMMER 2020

North Mississippi Regional Park – Kroening Nature Center | Minneapolis
Full and half-day camps, Mondays through Fridays. A new nature theme each week. Sessions run June 8th through September 4, 2020 | ages 6-12 | 1/2 day $80 & Full day $150/week. CANCELLED FOR SUMMER 2020

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center | Sandstone
Week long camps June 22 to late July 20, camps run in 5-day sessions | ages 9-14 and one grandparent/child session | $320-$1049 

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 | August 2020 | ages 6-14 depending on the session | $130 & up NOT CURRENTLY SCHEDULED FOR 2020.

Springbrook Nature Center | Fridley
Springbrook Nature Camps run weekly sessions June 8th to August 21st, 2020 | ages 4-12 | $145-$155/week CANCELLED FOR SUMMER 2020

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 22-August 13, 2020 | ages 3 through grade 8 | Price $99-$199 | Registration is on-going. CANCELLED FOR SUMMER 2020

Three Rivers Parks Summer Camps
Full lineup of outdoor adventure camps at 15 locations throughout the western half of the Twin Cities | ages 4-18 | $150-$479

Wargo Nature Center / Anoka County Parks | Lino Lakes
Camps vary in length from three to five days, and children as young as four are invited to participate. Sessions run June 15-Aug 20, 2020 | Preschool-grade 8 | $100 to $200/session.

Wildlife Science Center | Columbus/Forest Lake
At Wolf Camp, each session is filled with wildlife activities, games and more. Week-long sessions run June-Aug | ages 8-15 | $265/week NOT CURRENTLY SCHEDULED FOR 2020.

Wood Lake Nature Center | Richfield
Most camps are 3 days, with a couple week-long sessions for older grade school kids. June 9, 2020 – August 27, 2020 | ages 3-11 | $58-$120 CANCELLED FOR SUMMER 2020

YMCA Day Camps: Camp Icaghowan (Amery, WI), Camp Ihduhapi (Loretto), Camp St Croix (Hudson) offer programming for kids ages 5-17.

Is your camp missing? We would love to include it in our Summer Camp Guide. Inclusion is FREE. Contact us to learn more.

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