School is over and time is running out to register children for summer nature and recreation camps offered by Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department. Camps run June through mid-August and range in price from $25 to $150, depending on the length of the camp and activities involved.
“These summer day camps are exactly what children want to do this summer: explore, have fun and get down and dirty with nature,” said Anoka County Commissioner Jim Kordiak, chairman of the county’s Parks and Recreation Committee.
Day camps are held in Anoka County parks, with ecologically diverse forest, meadow and wetland habitats.
This summer, Anoka County is bringing back the popular camps for grandparents and grandkids, as well as offering brand new day camps for children pre-kindergarten through seventh grade.
Camp groups are kept small to give campers individual attention.
Register for all camps at www.anokacountyparks.com or call 651-429-8007.
The camps include:
• Slugs, Bugs and Mud – wear grubbiest clothes to dig and dip and catch some of the critters that live at Wargo Nature Center, June 25-28, 9 a.m. to noon, for campers ages four and five at time of registration; cost $80.
• Hoppers and Ploppers – this camp explores the many ways critters hop, crawl, slither and slide. Learn about flying animals, creeping mammals and slinking reptiles. July 30–Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes, for or campers ages four and five at time of registration; cost $80.
• Eco-Explorers – explore the trees, grass and water through the eyes of these wild residents and learn about their daily lives with games and crafts, Aug. 6-9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes, for campers finishing grades K-2; cost $130.
• Come Back Alive – learn how to build fires, create natural shelters and track animals, Aug. 13-16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes, for campers finishing grades 3-5; cost $130.
• Biking Camp – learn how to maintain and keep a bike running smoothly. A bike officer will teach about biking safety. Campers will be riding every day, traveling longer and longer distances and bringing their own road bike and bike helmet. Bikes need to be road bikes with medium to smooth tires, Aug. 20-23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Coon Rapids, for campers finishing third- through fifth-grades; cost $150.
• Kayak Camp – learn basic strokes, maneuvering and safety then spend the day kayaking the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes. The second day there will be an overnight camp, July 10-12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes, for campers finishing fifth- through seventh-grades; cost $150.
• Outdoor Adventures – experience a wide variety of outdoor activities including rock climbing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, team-building games and biking plus an outing to Bunker Beach Water Park for waterslides, waves and the lazy river, Aug. 6-9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park and Bunker Beach Water Park, Coon Rapids, for campers finishing fourth- through sixth-grades; cost $150.
• Favorite Feathery and Furry Friends – Explore the lives of living creatures and become a friend to nature through fun crafts, games and hands-on activities, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes, for campers ages five and up with an adult; $30 for adult/child pair, $10 for additional campers.