2023 Twin Cities Summer Camps: Nature & Outdoor Adventure Camps


Start planning your 2023 Summer Camp experience by perusing our offerings from 2022. We’ll start updating listings just after the first of the year and keep adding as information comes our way. 


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 2022 Twin Cities Summer Camp Guide possible!


Tamahay Camp for Girls

21566 County 84
Akeley, MN 56433
(218) 652-3033

Tamahay Camp for Girls is beginning its 54th year of operation. Our philosophy remains the same today as it was when Tamahay was established in 1969: we believe in providing a fun-filled, technology free, learning environment in the outdoors at an affordable price. Tamahay believes in empowering young girls to be self-sufficient and to earn self-confidence through activity. We offer horseback riding, canoeing, sailing, archery, tennis, fencing as well as cookouts and overnight camping. Our small sessions of 36 campers enable campers to get to know each other, and every counselor to know every girl.

Click Here to Learn More about Tamahay Camp for Girls.

Camp Sessions: 6/20-7/2/2022 – 7/4-7/16/2022 
Cost: $1750.00 for 2 weeks / $2950.00 for 4 weeks
Ages: 7-16 years old
Sleep Away Camp.

Anoka County Parks 

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, 9750 Egret Boulevard Northwest, Coon Rapids, MN 55433,
Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main Street, Lino Lakes, MN 55038
Pre-K-Grade 8 and Grandparent/child camp. Registration open. Camps offered June 27, 2022 through August 25, 2022. $20-$150/camp.

Base Camp 

201 Bloomington Road, Saint Paul, MN 55111
Discovery Day Camp’s high energy activities are offered 9am-4pm M-F. Kindergarten-8th Grade. Sessions offered June 13, 2022 – Sept. 2, 2022. $200.

Bruentrup Heritage Farm

2170 County Road D East, Maplewood MN 55109
Farm-to-Table, Hmong Language, and Arts on the Farm Day Camps for grades 1-6. Camp sessions run July 11 through August 11, 2022. $80-$190.00

Camp Ajawah

21600 Zodiac Street NE, Wyoming MN 55092
Separate boys and girls sessions both one-week and two-week sleep Away camps. Arts, Active, Sports, Adventure, Nature and Outdoors. Ages 8-15. $375-$625.

Camp Carver

Carver Lake Park, 3175 Century Avenue South, Woodbury, MN 55125
Summer day camp program. Full and half-day options available for ages 6-12. 2022 details TBA.

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
Girl Scout Camp for 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. Registration beings Feb. 22, 2022.

Camp Kota

East Bush Lake Park, 9140 East Bush Lake Road, Bloomington MN 55438

Outdoor skills camp through Bloomington Parks for kids in grades 2-7. Four weekly sessions: July 11-August 15, 2022. $190-$275.

Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center

12805 St Croix Trail S, Hastings, MN 55033
Single half-day camps traditionally offered June through August. Camps for ages 5-15. $35-$275 (fill quickly).

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory 

1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul 55103
Family and youth programs are currently suspended. We will update if this changes on time for 2022 summer camps.

Creekview Recreation Center

5001 Humboldt Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55430
Early Childhood Summer Camps. MPRB 2022 Summer Camps TBA.

Dakota County Parks 

Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan, MN 55123
Thompson County Park, 360 Butler Avenue East, West St Paul, MN 55118
Whitetail Woods Regional Park, 17100 Station Trail, Farmington, MN 55024
Camps offered June through August, 2022. Ages 4-14. Registration beings February 1, 2022. $35-$135/camp.

Dodge Nature Center & Shepard Farm

Dodge Nature Center, 365 Marie Ave W., West St. Paul, MN 55118
Shepard Farm, 8946 70th Street S., Cottage Grove, MN
4-day camps are offered for kids in grades 1-5. Sessions offered June – August, 2022. 2022 registration begins in March.

Gopher Adventures

University of Minnesota Youth Programs, 123 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Fun and active days with small, age-appropriate groups. Sessions run June 13-August 26, 2022. Ages 6-12. $289 per week.

Kerfoot Canopy Tour Zip Line Summer Camp 

30200 Scenic Byway, Henderson, MN 56044
Zip line at the epic Kerfoot Canopy Tour, and learn what it takes to be an adventure guide! Camps are for ages 11-15. $200/camper. Stay tuned for 2022 information and note that they limit camps to 10 people per session.

Loppet Foundation 

The Trailhead, 1221 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55422
Adventure Camp is held at Theodore Wirth Park. Sessions run Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm for ages 9-13. June-August, 2022. $300/week.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318
Half-day to 4 day science-based, nature-inspired outdoor camps. Age categories: Ages 5-7, Ages 7-9, Ages 9-11, Ages 11-15. Summer youth programs June 20-Aug 26, 2022. $147-$295. Also offering Activity-To-Go Kits to bring camp home. Registration begins January 18, 2022.

Minnesota Waldorf School 

70 East County Road B, St. Paul, MN 55117
Outdoor games, natural crafts, water play, gardening on a beautiful eight-acre campus. Pre-k to 6th grade. 2022 details TBA in late February. $98-$315.

Minnesota Zoo

13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley, MN 55124
Minnesota Zoo offers dozens of summer camps for animal-lovers of all ages. Virtual and in person. Limited space. June 13- Aug 26, 2022. $120.

North Mississippi Regional Park – Kroening Nature Center

4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis, 55430
Full and half-day camps, Mondays through Fridays. A new nature theme each week. Single day camps and full weeks. MPRB 2022 Summer Camps TBA. $35-$235.

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

54165 Audubon Drive, Sandstone, MN 55072
Week long camps run in 5-day sessions for ages 9-14. Nature art, farm, outdoor adventure, fishing, animal enrichment camps and more. June 13-Aug 5, 2022. $325.

Raptor Center

1920 Fitch Ave, St Paul, MN 55108
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. June 13-August 12, 2022. $374.

Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center

Sunfish Lake Park, Entry Road, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
1-day and 4-day camps with various nature themes for ages 4-14. June 13 – August 17, 2022. $65-$175. 

Springbrook Nature Center 

100 85th Ave NW, Fridley, MN 55432
Springbrook Nature Camps run weekly sessions for ages 5-12.
June 13 – August 19, 2022. $124-$165/week. 

Tamarack Nature Center 

5287 Otter Lake Rd. White Bear Township, MN 55110
All camps guarantee plenty of nature play, adventure and fun. Camp sessions are 4-day camps and one-day mini camps for ages 5-12. June 21- Aug 18, 2022. $75-$199/week.

Three Rivers Parks Summer Camps

Full lineup of outdoor adventure camps with themes that cover sports, farming, science & nature at 15 locations throughout the western half of the Twin Cities. You will want to check out their summer camp brochure for all the 2022 dates, locations and prices.

Washington County Parks 

Cottage Grove Ravine Park, 9653 Keats Ave. S.
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 1515 Keats Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042  
Camps include outdoor skills, northern explorers and survivor camp. Registration open. Camps offered June 13, 2022 through August 18, 2022. $135-$192.

Wildlife Science Center 

22830 Sunrise Rd NE, Stacy, MN 55079
At Wolf Camp, each session is filled with wildlife activities, games and more. 2022 details TBA.

Wood Lake Nature Center 

6710 Lake Shore Drive, Richfield 55423
Most nature camps are 3 days, with a couple week-long sessions for older grade school kids. Camps for kids in preschool-grade 6. Sessions: June 13-August 25, 2022. $67-$105/camp.

YMCA Day & Sleep-Away Camps:

  • Camp Christmas Tree, 6365 Game Farm Rd. Minnetrista, MN 55364
  • Camp St. Croix, 532 County Road F Hudson, WI 54016
  • Camp Heritage, 7732 Main Street Lino Lakes, MN 55038
  • Camp Icaghowan, 899 115th St, Amery, WI 54001
  • Camp Ihduhapi, 3425 Ihduhapi Road Loretto, MN 55357
  • Camp Kici Yapi, 23701 Zane Ave Lakeville, MN 55044
  • Camp Manitou, 9910 Briarwood Ave NE Monticello, MN 55362 
  • Camp Spring Lake, 13690 Pine Bend Trail Rosemount, MN 55068
  • Day Camp Streefland, 11490 Klamath Trail Lakeville, MN 55044
  • Camp Warren,  3726 Miller Trunk Road Eveleth, MN 55734
  • Camp Pepin, W10915 East Lake Drive, Stockholm, WI 54769

Offer programming for kids Age 4-12th Grade. June 26, 2022 through August 26, 2022; $259-$1,545.

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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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