Children ages 1 through 5 will explore nature with an adult buddy through crafts, activities, songs, and stories. These camps are a great stepping stone for little ones to spend time with other children and have the comfort of a loved one nearby.
Fee $6. Min/Max: 4/12.
Mini Camps are held all year round. They provide a great stepping stone for little ones to spend time with other children and have the comfort of a loved one nearby. In camp, children ages 1-5 explore nature with an adult companion through crafts, activities, songs, and stories.
One hour camps are $6/child and 1.5-hour camps are $8/child. All camps meet at Rock Springs Nature Center. Each camp accepts a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 12. Mini Camps are tailored to two age groups:
|Nature Play Camp||Ages 1-5 with adult companion||Includes activities, craft, snack, songs, and 15-20 minutes outside|
|My First Camp||Ages 3-5 with adult companion||Includes activities, craft, snack, songs, and 30-40 minutes outside|
Fall Mini Camps
I Spy the Night Sky
Explore the night sky filled with stars, planets, and Earth’s moon through hands-on activities and songs.
Register online by November 7.
I Spy Turkeys
Turkeys are one of the biggest birds in our forest. Feel turkey feathers and look for clues to see what we can learn about them.
Register online by November 20.
Winter Mini Camps
Learn what animals do during the cold months. Join in the fun by wearing your favorite pajamas, which keep us warm just like the animals’ fur!
Register online by December 26.
Uncover why bats and groundhogs take a long winter’s nap through exploration and play.
Register online by January 16.
Discover native red fox that live and play in our wooded areas and view a fox skull, fur, and tracks.
Register online by February 12.
Mini Camps in the News
From time to time, Mini Camps appear in local media. Take a look at the fun we have during camp:
Kids, Outdoors Natural Fit – June 2016 (Decatur Herald & Review)
Warm Thoughts: Pajama Party Learns about Animal Winter Survival – January 2016 (Decatur Herald & Review)
Bite-Sized Turtle Lessons: Little Ones Introduced to Sometimes-Shy Beings – July 2015 (Decatur Herald & Review)
Collecting Colors: Rainbows Set the Tone for Rock Springs Campers – April 2015 (Decatur Herald & Review)
Need more information? Call (217) 423-7708 or visit the Camps page.