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Office Location:

Mecklenburg County
Park and Recreation
5841 Brookshire Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28216




Summer Nature Camps 2017

 Summer is just around the corner, Latta Plantation, McDowell, and Reedy Creek Nature Centers are planning fun and exciting camps. To make sure that your camper has a great time we need your registration packet back to us no later than June 1.


Latta Plantation Nature Center


Scaly Slimy Spectacular

Interested in creatures that are scaly and slimy? Join us for this exciting camp where we become Herpetologists and explore the world of reptiles and amphibians. Get up close and personal with some of our residential herps and be prepared to visit them in the wild as well! 

Ages 4-5 - $85

#54668            Jun 26-30   M - F       9:00am to 12:00pm

#54669            Jul 10-14    M - F       9:00am to 12:00pm


Insect Mania!

What has six legs, three body parts, and can be found just about everywhere you look? Insects! Bring your child out to explore a world so tiny that you need a magnifying glass to see it. Each day will be exciting as we investigate the world of insects through games, hands-on activities, crafts, and more.

Ages 4 to 5 - $85

#54670            Aug 21-25   M - F       9:00am to 12:00pm



Great Big World

It's a great big world out there and this is your chance to learn all about it! In this camp, we'll go creek stomping, build a den, and meet some of the critters that call Latta Plantation Nature Preserve their home. Every day we'll explore a fun new place in the preserve!

Ages 6-7 - $85

#54671            Jun 12-16   M - F       9:00am to 12:00pm



Critter Capers

Are you wild about animals? Have you ever wondered about the creatures that live here at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve? In this camp, we will explore the preserve and look for different kinds of wildlife. Each day we'll focus on a different group of animals and where they like to live in the preserve!

Ages 6-7 - $85

#54672            Jul 17-21   M -F       9:00am to 12:00pm



Junior Biologist Camp


What is a Biologist? Join us for this exciting week as campers become biologists and study the natural world around them from plants to animals. We'll study insects, mammals, scat and tracks, and learn how to use naturalist tools like microscopes, insect nets and hand lenses. We'll also enjoy a fun day of canoeing as we study a lake habitat.

Ages 6 to 7 - $85

#54673         Jul 24-28       M - F       9:00am to 12:00pm



Young Explorers Camp

Not sure if your child is ready for a full day at camp? Then this half-day version of our ever-popular Outdoor Adventure Camp is just what you're searching for! Each day will focus on a different outdoor recreation activity. Campers will explore the nature preserve by going hiking, canoeing, hunting for hidden treasure (geocaching), and more.

Ages 6 to 7 - $85                   

#54674            Jul 31- Aug 4  M – F  9:00am to 12:00pm

#54675            Aug 14-18       M – F  9:00am to 12:00pm



Outdoor Adventure Camp

Your favorite camp is back with five days of exciting adventure! Campers will explore the outdoors and gain skills in hiking, canoeing, fishing, and more. We'll end the week with an awesome full-day field trip.

Ages 7 to 9 - $170                 

#54676            Jun 26-30        M – F  9:00am to 4:00pm

#54677            Jul 10-14         M – F  9:00am to 4:00pm

#54678            Aug 7-11         M – F  9:00am to 4:00pm



Animal Planet

All sorts of creatures call our planet "home". During this week of exploration and fun, campers will discover how much wildlife Charlotte has to offer! Each day, campers will learn about a different group of animals and the habitats they live in. At the end of the week, we'll take our discoveries off-site in a fun field trip!

Ages 7 to 9 - $170                             

#54679            Jun 19-23        M – F  9:00am to 4:00pm

#54680            Aug 21-25       M – F  9:00am to 4:00pm



Paddlesport Adventure Camp

Stay cool this summer! Explore Mountain Island Lake and the Catawba River by canoe, kayak, and stand up paddleboard! This water-based camp allows campers to learn paddlesport skills from American Canoe Association (ACA) Certified Instructors. Topics will include water safety, equipment, maneuvers, rescues, environmental stewardship, kayak fishing and more. After mastering the skills on the lake, paddlers will go on two river adventure trips on the Catawba River. To register for this camp, campers must have strong basic swimming skills (i.e. be able tread water for at least one minute and swim a pool-length unassisted).

Ages 10-12 - $170

#54681 July 17-21 M – F 9:00am to 4:00pm



Mountain Sports Adventure Camp

Back by popular demand is the high energy Mountain Sports Adventure Camp. This year, we'll take a trip by river from Cowan's Ford Wildlife Refuge to Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, shred some single-track mountain bike trails, and climb some rock at Crowder's Mountain State Park. Then as a grand finale, we'll load up the van and take a canoe camping trip Thurs. – Fri. on Falls Reservoir in the beautiful Uwharrie National Forest. Parents prepare to be jealous!

Ages 10-12 – Price $200

#54682            July 31 – Aug 4           M – W   9:00am to 4:00pm;  Th 9:00am to Fri 4:00pm (overnight)



Piedmont Expedition Camp

The expeditions we take in this camp will build your child's outdoor skills and self-confidence.  We'll learn survival skills, Leave No Trace methods, go canoeing, hike a stream, and much more. This fast-paced camp will be a physically intense week focused on outdoor adventure and excitement!

Ages 10-12 - $170                 

#54683            Jun 12-16        M – F  9:00am to 4:00pm




McDowell Nature Center

Itty Bitty Camp 

Little ones and their favorite adult play and learn together, using all their senses to explore the natural world. Each day includes 1-2 themes, games, live animals, crafts, songs and a snack. Parent participation required.

Ages 3 to 4  - $35

# 55227  Aug 28 - Sep 1      M - F     10am - 11:30am


Little Critter Camp

Young children who are crazy about nature love to get outside and get messy. Choose AM or PM per theme.
Wondrous Wildlife campers discover their wild side as they learn about native animals, big and small.
Forest Floor participants explore the woods, top to bottom, to see what makes it such a great habitat.

Ages 5 to 6  -  $85

# 55296 Jun 12 - 23 Wondrous Wildlife    M - F      9:00am to 12:00pm  AM 
# 55297 Jun 12 - 23 Wondrous Wildlife    M - F      1:00pm to 4:00pm PM  
# 55294 Jul 17 - 21 Forest Floor    M - F      9:00am to 12:00pm  AM 
# 55295 Jul 17 - 21 Forest Floor    M - F      1:00pm to 4:00pm PM  


Outdoor Explorers Camp

Adventurous and curious campers venture far and wide to discover the wonders of nature. Choose 1 week per theme. Animal Care campers learn what it takes to care for a variety of wild and captive animals. Camp concludes with a camper-led live animal show! Jr. Naturalists immerse themselves in the outdoors, becoming stewards of nature as they learn about native plants, animals and habitats.

Ages 7 to 9         $170
# 55270   Jul  3 - 7                Animal Care 1       M - F       9:00am to 4:00pm       
# 55273   Jul 24 - 28           Jr. Naturalist 1      M - F       9:00am to 4:00pm       
# 55274   Jul 31 - Aug 4    Jr. Naturalist 2      M - F       9:00am to 4:00pm
# 55271   Aug 21 - 25        Animal Care 1        M - F       9:00am to 4:00pm      

 Adventure Camps

Pre-teens can expect to challenge themselves physically and mentally as they deepen their understanding of the natural world.

Nature Venture
Go on a different Nature Venture every day! Playing and learning go hand-in-hand as campers try Stand-Up  Paddle Boarding, creek walking, geocaching and more. By immersing themselves in the outdoors, campers see how much fun nature can be.

Ages 10 to 12     $170

# 55272   Jun 26 - 30        M - F       9:00am to 4:00pm       

Coastal Explorers
Campers get their toes sandy on this new adventure while they discover how the ocean connects us all. On Monday, they’ll dive into some marine biology and learn how to seine and cast net, identify coastal critters, and set up beach camp. Then they’re off to Huntington Beach State Park for 3 days and 2 night of unforgettable fun and learning.

Ages 10 to 12      $200
#55205 July 10-14  Mon 9am - 4pm;       Tues 9am to Thurs 2pm;       Fri 9am -4pm
*Mandatory prep meeting Saturday, July 8th 3:30-5pm*


 Reedy Creek Nature Center

Mini Naturalist: Summer Safari

Come on the Reedy Creek Safari this summer! We will investigate and observe all of the animals found on the preserve and hear their stories. We will romp in the creek, trek through the forest and leave no habitat untouched in our quest to see every animal! 

Ages 4 to 6  $85

 #55361    Jun 12 - 16                    M - F          9:00am to 12:00pm    



Mini Naturalist: Best of the Best

We took the best activities, games, crafts and packed this camp full of them. You can look forward to bug searches, live animal encounters, water fun and so much more. This will be a crazy and fun week! 

Ages 4 to 6  $85

 #55362    Jun 26 - 30                 M - F          9:00am to 12:00pm    


Mini Naturalist: Wacky and Wonderful Nature

Sometimes when we explore nature, we say, "huh, that's strange." Nature always finds a way to adapt and sometimes it leads to wacky animal and plant characteristics. We will discover these wacky secrets in nature in fun ways that will have campers rolling on their back laughing! 

Ages 4 to 6  $85

 #55363    Jul 17 - 21               M - F          9:00am to 12:00pm    


 Nature Ninjas

What makes a ninja? Lightning speed? Perfect camouflage? The right weaponry? Learn what makes our local predators fearsome warriors. Then you can decide if you have what it takes to be a Nature Ninja.

Ages 7 to 9   $170  

 #55367    Jun 19 - 23               M - F          9:00am to 5:00pm    


Time Travelers

Campers will travel through time at Reedy Creek. We will transport ourselves all the way back to prehistoric times, then make our way to the present and into the future! Join us to track down dinosaurs, live like early human, build a "Robinson Rockhouse" and much more.
Ages 7 to 9  $170

#55368    Jul 10 - 14                 M - F             9:00am to 4:00pm

Reedy Rock Stars

Where did the boulders at Reedy Creek come from? Is there gold in this area? Would you like to learn how to find gems and pan for gold? Join us as we investigate rocks through fun hands-on rock activities, hiking, games, crafts and fieldtrips. You are sure to have a really gneiss time!!!
Ages 7 to 9  $170

#55365     Jul 24 - 28              M - F            9:00am to 4:00pm


Reedy Creek Explorers

How would you like to be come a Reedy Creek Explorer? We are looking for kids that really like to get outside. Our goal is to hike trails, eat outside, climb hills and follow where the creek leads us. Who knows what we will see.

Ages 7 to 9  $170

#55369     Jul 31 - Aug 4       M - F            9:00am to 4:00pm


X-Treme Outdoor Adventurist

 Are you "X-Treme"? Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime? Are you willing to swing in the treetops at the Greensboro Science Center, paddleboard on a lake, trek in the mountains and go camping? If yes, then this is the camp for you!

Ages 10 to 12  $200

#55364    Jul 24 - 28       Mon - Wed  9:00am to 4:00pm;     Thursday 9 am to Friday 4pm (overnight).


Naturally Artful
Calling all creative nature lovers! Adventure and creativity combine in this unique camp. Dress to get messy! We will be knee-deep in mud and elbow-deep in paint!
Ages 10 to 12  $170

#55366     Aug 7 to 11        M - F          9:00am to 4:00pm




Office Location:

Mecklenburg County
Park and Recreation
5841 Brookshire Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28216