Summer Camps for Kids at Macon County Conservation District
Did you know: children currently spend half as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago? However, according to the Children & Nature Network, research shows that children who play outside are more physically active, more creative in their play, less aggressive, and exhibit better concentration.
Our camps provide the perfect setting for positive, fun, and well supervised opportunities for children to interact with nature. The Macon County Conservation District’s camps are experienced based, so campers do not just hear about the outdoors, they go out and participate in exploring our planet. They are likely to wet their feet wading in a creek, touch a frog, spot birds with binoculars, or catch their first fish.
The Macon County Conservation District has offered memorable camp experiences for the youth of Macon County for over 30 years, since 1982. Our experienced staff provide a safe, caring atmosphere with age appropriate activities for families and children of all ages.
Too old for camp? The Conservation District offers summer camp volunteer opportunities for adults and teens, ages 13-17. For more information, visit our Volunteer Page. The Conservation District screens all applicants before acceptance and volunteers must attend training prior to camps.
Year-Round Nature Camps
Mini Camps – All Year
Ages 1-5 with adult companion
Children learn about the characteristics and beauty of animals, plants, habitats, and more. Adults and their children form a new bond around their common interest and continue to share it as children grow into outdoor activities. Read more.
Summer Nature Camps
Earth Adventures – All Day, All Week
Ages 6 – 12
During this exploration of the natural world children learn to inquire with hands-on activities: see through a bug’s eye view, discover how volcanoes work, swim, paddle a canoe, hike, dig in the dirt, and gain an appreciation for what goes on around us every day. Earth Adventures’ theme for 2016 is Expeditions. Read more.
In Adventure Club, campers experience camp with Earth Adventures once a week on Tuesday mornings, from 9am to noon. Camp activities include fishing, canoeing, hiking, games, crafts, and more. Read more.
Older kids seeking more adventure can pick from four single-day activities. This summer offers canoeing, horseback riding, and a trip to the Indianapolis Zoo. Read more.
Half-Day History Camps
Pioneer Adventure Camp
This camp is perfect for children with a special interest in history. This year, campers will explore famous U.S. Presidents and their impact on America. Read more.