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Office Location:

5841 Brookshire Blvd Charlotte, NC 28216


Stephen Hutchinson

Summer Nature Camps 2015

 Summer is just around the corner, Latta Plantation, McDowell and Reedy Creek Nature Centers have are planning fun and exciting camps. To make sure that your camper has a great time we need a few forms filled out before June 1.


Latta Plantation Nature Center
Latta Plantation registration packet

Wild Endeavors

Test your limits and have fun in the outdoors this summer! During this action-packed week, campers will face team and individual challenges that will enhance their outdoor knowledge and boost their self-confidence. These challenges include hiking up a mountain, traversing streams, completing a high-ropes course, and more. If your preteen enjoys being outdoors and staying active then this camp is a perfect fit!

Ages 10 to 12 - $150

#24414  Jul 27 - 31             M – F     9:00am to 4:00pm


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 canoeing, using a map and compass, hunting for hidden treasure, and more.

Ages 6 to 7 - $75                                              

#24417  Jul 13 - 17             M – F     9:00am to 12:00pm

#24418  Aug 3 - 7               M – F     9:00am to 12:00pm

#24420  Aug 17 - 21          M – F     9:00am to 12:00pm


Nutty Professor

"Why is the sky blue? How do birds fly?" Curious children are scientists in the making! We will encourage your child's inner scientist with fun experiments like making slime and sprouting seeds. Each day will be hands-on and minds-on with experiments, crafts, stories, and more.

Ages 4 to 6 - $75

#24435   Jun 15 - 19           M – F     9:00am to 12:00pm

#24436  Jun 29 - Jul 3       M – F     9:00am to 12:00pm

#24437  Jul 6 - 10               M – F     9:00am to 12:00pm



During this camp, we will encourage your child's imagination to grow while making connections to real animals found in nature. Imagination, creativity and nature education work together in this fun camp week.

Ages 4 to 6 - $75

#24438  Jul 20 - 24             M – F     9:00am to 12:00pm

#24440  Jul 27 - 31             M – F     9:00am to 12:00pm

#24442  Aug 10 - 14          M – F     9:00am to 12:00pm


Outdoor Adventure Camp

Campers will explore Latta Plantation Nature Preserve as they have never done before! Canoeing, fishing, geocaching and hiking are some of the fun activities we will enjoy during this week long day camp. This camp will culminate with a field trip adventure to South Mountain State Park.

Ages 7 to 9 - $150

#24445  Jun 15 - 19           M – F     9:00am to 4:00pm

#24448  Jul 6 - 10               M – F     9:00am to 4:00pm

#24450  Jul 20 - 24             M – F     9:00am to 4:00pm

#24456  Aug 10 - 14          M – F     9:00am to 4:00pm



McDowell Nature Center
McDowell registration packet

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

#24100   Aug 17 - 21       M - F     10am - 11:30am

Family Camp-out
Relax and play together in the great outdoors while meeting other families and learning new skills. Enjoy activities such as fire building, fishing, kayaking, outdoor cooking and more. Friday evening, sit around the campfire telling stories and roasting s'mores the old fashioned way, then settle down for the night in your private family tent. Gear and all meals are provided (Friday lunch and dinner; Saturday breakfast and lunch).
Ages 5 and up - $65/person
#24083 Jun 12-13 Fri 9am – Sat 3pm

Little Critter Camp

Pre-schoolers who are wild about nature love to get outside and get messy. Great Big World campers venture into the different habitats within the preserve, from the forest to the stream. Wildlife Wonders campers learn how the amazing animals that live here survive and adapt.

Ages 5 to 6  -  $70

Choose am (9am-12pm) or pm (1-4pm) per theme.

#24116  June 15 - 19 (am)      M - F      9:00am to 12:00pm   Great Big World   - FULL
#24120   June 15 -19 (pm)       M - F      1:00pm to 4:00pm     Great Big World - FULL
#24121   July 27 - 31  (am)       M - F      9:00am to 12:00pm   Wildlife Wonders - FULL
#24122   July 27 - 31    (pm)     M - F      1:00pm to 4:00pm    Wildlife Wonders - FULL


Outdoor Explorers Camp
Adventurous and curious campers venture far and wide to discover the wonders of nature. Each week includes nature camp favorites like stream walks, live animal encounters, and kayaking at the Preserve, plus special activities and field trips that focus on the weekly theme.
Ages 7 – 9         $160
#24129     July 6 - 10                 M - F      9:00am to 4:00pm        Animal Planet 1 - FULL
#24134     July 13 - 17           M - F       9:00am to 4:00pm       Animal Planet 2 - FULL
#24135     August 3 - 7          M - F       9:00am to 4:00pm       Splish Splash 1 - FULL
#24136     August 10 - 14      M - F       9:00am to 4:00pm        Splish Splash 2 - FULL

 Adventure Camp

Pre-teens can expect to challenge themselves as they climb mountains, paddle lakes, cook their own food and deepen their understanding of the natural world. As always animal encounters, games, and creative play time are part of the camp experience.

Ages 10 – 12       $160

#24137  June 22 - 26  Mon - Fri  9:00am to 4:00pm     Jr. Naturalist 1  - FULL

#24139  June 29 - July 3 Mon - Fri  9:00am to 4:00pm Jr. Naturalist 2 - FULL

#24140  July20 - 24 Mon - Fri 9:00am to 4:00pm Survival - FULL



 Reedy Creek Nature Center
Reedy Creek registration packet

Mini Naturalist   

Be prepared to get on your "wild" side! We are sure to get wet, muddy, and have a blast on our adventures as we learn how everything in nature has a purpose and it all connects  

Ages 4-6 $75

 #21577  Jun 15 - 19  Mon - Fri  9:00am to 12:00pm    Wild Discoveries
#21606  Jun 29 - Jul 2   Mon - Thu  9:00am to 12:00pm    I spy ($60)
#21619  Jul 13-17   Mon - Fri  9:00am to 12:00pm     Animal Safari


 Art Camp

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-dip in paint.  

Ages 7-9 $150

#21588 Jun 22-26     Mon - Fri  9:00am to 4:00pm

Biodiversity Camp 

How many different animals live here? Why are they important? Become a Junior Naturalist and explore the biodiversity within Mecklenburg County. Every day we will learn about different animals and plants, and how they play a role in our environment.  
Ages 10-12 $150

#21618  Jul 6 - 10  Mon - Fri   9:00am to 4:00pm


 Predator and Prey Camp

This week campers will learn about the relationship between predators and their prey. Explore animal survival strategies like sneaking, stalking, and camouflage wile searching for these animals throughout the preserve. We will meet and also care for some of the animals inside the nature center as well.  

Ages 7-9 $150

#21620 Jul 20 - 24   Mon - Fri  9:00am to 4:00pm

The Reedy Green Squad 
We are trying times and need  the help of the green squad. Learn how to be sustainable or "green" and have fun and influence on the environment. Through fun hands-on activities we will discover the awesome powers of renewable energy, turn trash to treasures, and investigate the preserve for environmental health.  Join the Reedy Green Squad today!
Ages 7 to 9 $150

#21621   Jul 27 - 31   Mon - Fri  9:00am to 4:00pm


Wilderness Survival

Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Ever wanted to start a fire with sticks, cook over fire, or build a proper shelter? In this camp we will learn all of those skills by trying them first hand. We will also use bushcraft skills to make rope, baskets, and other tools. Don't miss your chance to learn valuable outdoor skills. Participants will go home with a survival pack of their own and have some snacks cooked on an open flame they created.
Ages 10 to 12 $160

#53360 Jul 28-Aug 1    M Tu W Th F  9:00am to 4:00pm

Water Wonders 
From the water cycle to water games, every day we will focus on water! Take a stream walk, play water games, go kayaking, fishing and more. We will get wet and have fun.
Ages 7-9 $150

#21655 Aug 3 - 7 Mon - Fri  9:00am to 4:00pm

Nature Ninjas
The way of the ninja dates back to 600 A.D. and teir art of stealth still exist today. Their code was to accomplish a  mission by whatever means necessary. Train with master nature ninjas and go on missions right here at Reedy Creek and learn the art of tracking, the language of the birds, go sleuthing through the forest and on water in canoes. Learn to go unknown, unseen, in the forest in search of our observation targets.
Ages 7-9 $150

#21659 Aug 10 - 14    Mon - Fri  9:00am to 4:00pm



Office Location:

5841 Brookshire Blvd Charlotte, NC 28216


Stephen Hutchinson