“Great teachers – enthusiastic, worked really well with my “active” child, making sure he was safe.”

Parent of a Discovers Camper

“I love Riveredge camps. By far the best teachers, activities and the most hands-on.”

Parent of Discovers Camper

“I feel this camp creates a craving to understand and experience nature. We love it!”

Parent of Trailblazers Camper

“You are all very patient and gifted individuals (not to mention enthusiastic) and extremely caring and great examples of respect! Thanks a bunch!”

Parent of Explorers Camper

“We can’t believe all he has learned and done in such a short time. The leaders are excellent!”

Parent of Explorers Camper

“Luke enjoys the time he spends at ‘nature’ camp. He looks forward to each day and talks about it the entire year.”

Parent of Pathfinders Camper

“Very pleased with staff energy and professionalism. Riveredge is unmatched with the dedicated staff knowledge and passion abound. Kids love visiting.”

Parent of Trailblazers Camper

“We schedule all other activities around Riveredge Nature camp.”

Parent of Explorers Camper

“She (my child) learned so much, and has such an appreciation and attitude of stewardship towards nature.”

Parent of Trailblazers Camper

“The hands-on inquiry based learning matches his learning style!”

Parent of Trailblazers Camper

“(camp) fostered and nurtured his sense of independence and creativity”

Parent of a Trailblazers Camper

“We love how interactive Riveredge is and how the kids are encouraged to get dirty and really explore without restriction.”

Parent of Discoverers Camper

“Exploration, curiosity, outdoors, nature = one unique camp. Every day was fun and different!”

Parent of a Pathfinders Camper

“We love the camps and will continue each summer! Both boys talk about being counselors someday!”

Parent of a Pathfinders Camper

“It was epic and I had the best time of my life.”

Trailblazers Camper

“We have loved Riveredge’s camps since our now 12-year-old started back at 5! It is one of the best camps around.”

Parent of a Trailblazers Camper

“Free play and exploration is awesome – much different than more scheduled and structured day camp programs”

Parent of a Trailblazers Camper

“She (my child) told me all about what she learned – survival skills and building. She said she never wanted it to end.”

Parent of a Guardians Camper

“The children have such a great time exploring, finding animals, getting dirty.”

Parent of a Guardians Camper

At Riveredge Nature Journeys summer camps, we’re not afraid to let kids get a little dirty. In fact, we encourage it! Our week-long environmental summer day camps are for kids as young as 3 to high school seniors. At summer camp, Riveredge Kids experience the best of life outside: river walking, fort building, and bug finding, not to mention swimming, tubing, and tree climbing (with harnesses!). In a series of nine camps that build upon skills and knowledge, Riveredge summer camps connect kids to the natural world in ways that are both meaningful and fun. This is hands-on environmental exploration: campers ask questions about the natural world, uncover evidence at their fingertips, and draw conclusions based on personal experience. Offered in small groups of around 10 campers, Riveredge summer camps are led by highly qualified and passionate educators—many of whom were Riveredge Kids themselves.  And what do they remember most? The opportunities for unstructured play and discovery. Adventures await for all interests and ages- from our Trailblazers camp exploring the secrets of nature to our Guardians camp tracking down animals and their habitats. Discounts are available for multiple children and multiple weeks, but sessions often fill very quick, so claim your child’s spot now and let the adventures begin!

Hear why Kris, a former Riveredge camper herself, continues to bring her son Jameson to camp each year, even though they now live in Chicago. “You literally find yourself chin deep in all the things you want to learn.”

Discoverers

The Hunt for Nature Tracks

Age Group: Preschool (3-4 years old) with an adult

Session 1: June 19-22, 9:15-11:15 am, M-Th FULL

Session 2: July 17-20, 9:15-11:15 am, M-Th

Session 3: Aug 7-10, 9:15-11:15 am, M-Th

Fees: Member $110 Non-Member $130

Parents join in the fun with their camper as we discover a world of hidden wonders! During our adventure, we’ll experience the thrill of finding nature’s hidden treasures under rocks, in the soil, in the water and air. Our senses will be awakened as we touch, feel, smell and hear the myriad of hidden wonders of our forests, ponds and prairies. Spend time with your child in nature and all eyes will be opened!

Pathfinders

Dare to Explore!

Age Group: Completed Kindergarten (5-6 years old)

Session 1: June 19-23, 9am-12pm, M-F 

Session 2: July 24-28, 9am-12pm, M-F

Fees: Member $150 Non-Member $170

Dig, splash, run and jump into nature in this fun-filled camp. Our mornings will be spent uncovering many hidden wonders of the forests, wetlands and prairies at Riveredge. Whether we’re turning over rocks and logs in search of critters, creating cool nature crafts, playing exciting games or listening to stories, you can be sure of one thing . . . we’ll be having FUN!

Pathfinders

Animal Safari

Age group: Completed Kindergarten (5-6 years old)

Session 1: June 19-23, 1-4pm, M-F

Session 2: July 24-28, 1-4pm, M-F

Fees: Member $150 Non-member $170

Discover all that Riveredge has to offer as you uncover and investigate the wonders of the animal kingdom.  Each day, we’ll learn about a different type of animal including mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles and explore the wild places they inhabit.  The fun-filled exploration will be mixed with games, crafts, stories, and snacks to keep you going.

Pathfinders

Go Wild!

Age group: Completed Kindergarten (6 years old)

Session 1: July 10-14, 9am-4pm, M-F   FULL

Fees: Member $250 Non-member $280

Spend a full day at camp traversing the trails and uncovering many hidden wonders in the nooks and crannies of Riveredge. Let your imagination go wild as you splash in the wetlands, crawl the forest floor and slither through the prairie in search of the creatures that call Riveredge home. All of this hands-on exploration will be blended with games, stories, crafts, and snacks to keep you going.

Trailblazers

Journey into the Heart of Nature

Age Group:  Completed Grades 1 or 2

Session 1: June 19-23, 9am-4pm, M-F

Session 2: July 10-14, 9am-4pm, M-F

Session 3: July 24-28, 9am-4pm, M-F

Session 4: Aug. 14-18, 9am-4pm, M-F

Fees: Member $250 Non-Member $280

Hey campers! Do you like to explore new and interesting places like forests, ponds, rivers, fields and even islands? Then Trailblazer Camp is what you are looking for! During this week full of amazing explorations you will “blaze a trail” to many awesome places at Riveredge. Along the way, you’ll discover that everything in nature is important and special. Each morning, we’ll discover a different habitat and its plants and animals. In the afternoon, we’ll explore Trailblazer Island—our Trailblazer home!

Trailblazers

The Magic of Nature

Age Group: Completed Grades 1 or 2

Session 1: June 26-30, 9am-4pm, M-F

Session 2: July 17- 21, 9am-4pm, M-F

Session 3: July 31- August 4, 9am-4pm, M-F   FULL

Fees: Member $250 Non-Member $280

Imagine a landscape of enchanted forests and fields populated by gnomes, fairies and talking animals. In this session of Trailblazers camp, we’ll discover the magic hidden in nature through exploration, imaginative play and storytelling. Each morning we will read a story or legend and explore its themes in different habitats at Riveredge. Each afternoon we’ll venture to our magical hideaway, Trailblazer Island.

Explorers

Bioquest

Age Group: Completed Grades 3 or 4

Session 1: June 26-30, 9am-4pm M-F no overnight   FULL

Session 2: July 10-14, 9am-4pm M-F no overnight   FULL

Session 3: July 17-21, 9am-4pm M-F no overnight   FULL

Session 4: August 7-11, 9am-4pm M-F no overnight   FULL

Fees:  Member $260 Non-Member $290

Exploring woodland, prairie, pond and creek ecosystems is what Explorers do best. Experience an incredible week of unraveling the secrets of biodiversity at Riveredge as we search for the smallest bugs to the largest trees. We’ll discover the amazing living things that can be found hiding underneath stones in the creek and within the petals of prairie flowers. Join us for a week of wonder and play, including river exploration, swimming, and campfire-roasted s’mores. We’ll also enjoy an off-site field trip to Yahr Park for fishing, hiking, and kayaking.

Explorers

Eco-Adventure

Age Group: Completed Grades 3 or 4

Session 1: June 19-23, 9am-4pm M-Th (overnight Thursday), Early Dismissal on Fri.   

Session 2: July 24-28, 9am-4pm M-Th (overnight Thursday), Early Dismissal on Fri.   FULL

Session 3: July 31-August 4, 9am-4pm M-Th (overnight Thursday), Early Dismissal on Fri. FULL

Session 4: August 14-18, 9am-4pm M-Th (overnight Thursday), Early Dismissal on Fri.   FULL

Fees:  Member $285 Non-Member $305

Explorers, are you ready to make forts, climb trees and crawl through caves? Join us for a week of exciting habitat explorations and learn how to find adventure wherever you are in the great outdoors. During the week we will canoe and swim in Heron Pond, hunt for reptiles and amphibians and explore the Milwaukee River. Under the guidance of a certified instructor, we’ll climb into the treetops using ropes and special equipment. The off-site cave spelunking field trip will give us an opportunity to explore an underground world. Throughout our adventures, we will discover how nature sustains and engages all living things, including us!

Guardians

Outdoor Survival Skills

Age Group: Completed Grades 5 or 6

Session 1: June 26-30, 9am-4pm M-F no overnight   FULL

Session 2: July 17-21, 9am-4pm M-F no overnight

Session 3: August 7-11, 9am-4pm M-F no overnight   FULL

Fees:  Member $260 Non-Member $290

During this exciting, fun-filled week campers will learn how to travel and survive in the wilderness. This Guardian camp focuses on teaching essential outdoor skills such as fire making, water collecting, shelter building and creating camp crafts. These skills help to build self-confidence and deepen the campers’ appreciation of the natural world. We’ll practice orienteering with a compass and hand-held GPS unit, and maybe discover geocaches along the way. Campers will spend a day at Yahr Park hiking, fishing, and kayaking!

Guardians

Wilderness Awareness

Age Group: Completed Grades 5 or 6

Session 1: July 24-28, 9am-4pm M-Th (overnight Thursday), Early Dismissal on Fri.   FULL

Session 2: July 31-August 4, 9am-4pm M-Th (overnight Thursday), Early Dismissal on Fri.   FULL

Session 3: August 14-18, 9am-4pm M-Th (overnight Thursday), Early Dismissal on Fri.

Fees:  Member $285 Non-Member $305

Come explore the wildness of Wisconsin! Venture into the hidden places of Riveredge through the challenge of geocaching, reach new heights with tree climbing, and go for a swim in Heron Pond. Get muddy as we explore the unique cave habitat on a spelunking field trip to Ledge View Nature Center! We’ll top off the week with an overnight at Riveredge and the opportunity to experience the trails after dark.

Garden Wonders

Garden Delights

Age Group: 6-8 year olds

July 31- August 4, 9am-4pm, M-F   FULL

Fees: Member $250 Non-member $280

The Riveredge Children’s Garden is a magical place full of mysteries to explore, plants and animals to meet and delicious sights, smells, and tastes. Be ready for adventure as we journey through forests, prairies, ponds, and rivers to discover how they are similar to our garden. This fun-filled week includes fishing, digging, catching frogs, hosting a kids’ farmers market, feeding chickens at the Woodland Harvest permaculture site, and much more.

Garden Wonders

Green Thumbs and Dirty Knees

Age Group: 7-9 year olds

August 7-11, 9am-4pm, M-F    FULL

Fees: Member $270 Non-member $290

Come and explore the bounty of the Riveredge Children’s Garden as we unravel the secrets of plants, the mysteries of pollinators, and the joy of simply digging in the soil. We will discover how the garden is like other ecosystems as we journey through forests, prairies, ponds, and rivers in search of adventure and fun. Our week will also include swimming, fishing, hosting a farmers market, exploring a harvest quest, taking a field trip to a local organic farm, and many other surprises along the way.

Garden Wonders

Culinary Creations

Age Group: 9-12 year olds

August 14-118, 9am-4pm, M-F   FULL

Fees: Member $280 Non-member $300

Have you ever wished that you could cook like a Top Chef? You are in luck! Garden Wonders: Culinary Creations will push you  to flex your culinary muscles.  With the help of guest Chefs, you will learn new recipes, participate in a culinary cook off, share your delights with other camper families, and spend a week perfecting your foodie skills.  You get all of these great activities with a side of river exploration, hiking, and of course getting dirty all along the way!

Stewards

Outdoor Adventures

Age Group: Completed grades 7-9

July 10-14, 9am-4pm M-Th (overnight Thursday), Early Dismissal on Fri. 

Fee: Members $250 Non-members $280

During this leadership focused week we’ll look inwards and outwards as we learn the skills necessary to be a successful camp counselor, and challenge ourselves in a variety of exciting outdoor pursuits. Spend the week hiking, swimming and canoeing. We will try out our leadership skills with younger campers, and challenge ourselves as we paddle through Horicon Marsh. When the sun sets, we’ll explore the trails in search of wildlife and glimmering stars on our overnight campout. Come prepared to make new friends and experience new challenges – Riveredge style, of course!

Stewards

Devil’s Lake Outpost Adventures

Age Group: Completed grades 7-9

June 26-30, 9am-4pm M-F(overnight Thursday at Devil’s Lake)

Fee: Members $300 Non-members $330

During this leadership focused week we’ll look inwards and outwards as we learn the skills necessary to be a successful camp counselor, and challenge ourselves in a variety of exciting outdoor pursuits.  We will try out our leadership skills with younger campers and build a lasting legacy with land stewardship.  On Thursday we will make our way to Devil’s Lake State Park to rock climb, canoe, and explore one of Wisconsin’s most glacially impacted areas.  We will return from this high adventure trip Friday afternoon.

Registration

We’ve added even more sessions to our Nature Journeys Summer Camps this year.  They fill up fast, so please register early!

Payment Details

50% of camp fees are due at time of registration.

Full payment for all camps is due by May 1st.  You may make payments on your account at anytime through the Active registration system using your log-in information. If full payment is not received by May 1st, we can not guarantee that your child’s space in camp will be held.

Cancellations:  Registrations may be cancelled up to 30 days and receive a refund of registration fees minus a $50 non-refundable deposit.  If you cancel less than 30 days before your week of camp, refunds are only given for medical reasons and family emergencies.  These refunds are also subject to the $50 non-refundable deposit.

Date Changes: If you’d like to move your camp registration to another camp, we are happy to accommodate those requests if space allows. Each date change is subject to a $10 fee. Please contact Riveredge directly at 262-375-2715 to make a date change request.

Multiple Camps/Children Discount: If you register for multiple camps (they can be for the same child or different children), you will receive a 10% discount off of each camp.  Please note, in order to receive the multiple camp discount discount you must complete the registrations for at least two camps at the same time.  If you go back into the registration system at a different time and register for only one camp, you will not receive the multiple camp discount on that camp.

Wait Lists

Wait lists will be formed when camps have reached their capacity. It is beneficial to put your name on a wait list as many times spots open up due to family scheduling conflicts.

If enough campers are on a wait list for a particular camp, we will attempt to add another camp to that session.

Make sure you have all the medical information (insurance, primary doctor, medication, etc.) handy for the child you are registering, you will have to fill out a medical information form during the registration process. We recommend using Internet Explorer or Fire Fox as your browser when registering.

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Is the camp session you want full? Make sure to get on the waiting list for that session. We often have people switch dates and may even open up another session if there is enough interest.

NEW THIS YEAR!

Riveredge Nature Journeys Extended Care

Monday-Friday 7:30-9 am  & 4-5:30 pm

$30 each session/camper or $50 if the family signs up for both.  

Riveredge is happy to announce before & after camp extended care for our full day campers.  Our programs will allow campers to spend just a little more time exploring Riveredge with earlier drop off and later pick up.  Extended care will run from 7:30- 9 am and from 4:00 -5:30 pm.  Families can sign up for either morning or afternoon for just $30 or sign up for both for $50.  Camp counselors will encourage your camper’s imagination through games and activities and they will have plenty of time for free play in our natural playground.  

Questers

Pictured Rocks Backpacking and Canoeing Trip

Age Group: Completed grades 7-12

Saturday, July 8 – Friday, July 14    Additional spots added!

(We will meet at Riveredge at 8am on Saturday, July 8 and return by 8pm on Friday, July 14)

Pre-Trip Meeting: June 27th @ 6:30pm (for parents and trip participants)

Pre-Trip Packing Party: July 7th @ 6:00-7:30pm (for all trip participants, parents welcome)

Fee: Members $600 per person

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has been rated highly in Backpacker magazine as one of the best places to escape to in the Upper Peninsula. Our journey will begin with a sunset cruise aboard Miss Superior, providing gorgeous vistas of sandstone cliffs that tower 50 to 200 feet above the water. Then we’ll head to the Beaver Basin and spend a couple of days canoeing and hiking around the inland lake and exploring the shores of Lake Superior. We’ll camp in backcountry sites in the peaceful wilderness and practice “leave no trace” principles. On the way home, we’ll board an underground train for a mine tour in Iron Mountain and see expert miners in action. You provide a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, hiking boots and backpack and we’ll provide the rest. (Riveredge has a limited number of backpacks and sleeping pads available for those who sign up first.) Space is limited, so sign up early for this exciting adventure!

Expeditioners 

Discover Wyoming CLOSED

Age Group: Completed Grades 9-12 or 7& 8 with tripping experience

Thursday, July 20 – Wednesday, July 28

(We will meet at Riveredge at 7:30 am on Tuesday, July 20 and return by 8pm on Wednesday, July 28)

Fees: $1375

Pre-Trip meeting: Wednesday, July 5th @ 6:00-7:00pm (for all parents and trip participants)

Pre-Trip packing party: Wednesday, July 19th @ 6:00-7:30pm (for all trip participants, parents welcome)

Are you ready to take on a new challenge?!  Join us to explore Big Sky Country at J- L Ranch.  We will hike valleys and along ridges, learn Leave No Trace camping skills,  use navigation skills, go horseback riding, and we will top it all off with campfires under the stars.  We will have the chance to visit Yellowstone National Park & Mt. Rushmore, as well as state parks and recreation areas to learn about Montana’s large mammals and conservation efforts.  Using inclusive decision making instructors will help campers set goals and discover their true abilities and potential while gaining a sense of accomplishment.  The trip starts with several pre-trip planning meetings that will cover basic travel and wilderness safety techniques.  Space is very limited, so sign up early for this exciting adventure!

Family Adventures:

Family Overnight at Riveredge

All Ages

Session 1: Nature After Dark Friday, July 28th, 6pm – Saturday, July 29th, 9am

Session 2: Exploring the Night Sky Saturday, August 12th, 5pm – Sunday, August 13th, 9am

Fee (per family): Member $50 Non-member $65

Join a Riveredge Naturalist for a unique opportunity to experience Riveredge after hours. Spend the evening exploring the trails, looking for night creatures, catching fireflies, or relaxing at the campfire. Pitch your tent on the Riveredge lawn and slumber to the sound of the night choir. We’ll cook supper on the campfire, and in the morning you’ll enjoy pancakes with Riveredge maple syrup. Space is limited so register early. Each family is limited to one tent. Please note: At Nature After Dark  we’ll camp at Woodland Harvest; Exploring the Night Sky we’ll camp near the main building.

Family Adventures:

Family Overnight at Mirror Lake State Park

All Ages

Session 1:  June 16th, 6pm – Sunday, June 18th, 9am

Fee (per family)*: Member $175 Non-member $200

New this year!  You’ve asked for them and now full weekend family trips are here.  Join a Riveredge Naturalist for a unique opportunity to experience what our wonderful state parks have to offer!  This year we will visit Mirror Lake and Devil’s Lake State Parks. Spend the weekend exploring trails, learning the area’s geology, paddling the lakes, or relaxing at the campfire. Pitch your tent on the group camp sites and slumber to the sound of the night choir. We’ll cook all of Saturday’s meals on the campfire, and on Sunday morning you’ll enjoy pancakes with Riveredge maple syrup.

*Transportation and vehicle state park sticker/day passes not included in fee

Parent or Grand Parent/Child Treks

Day time adventures for the whole family (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Ages vary by program

Tree Climbing

Session 1: Tuesday, July 25th, 1:30-3:30pm

Session 2: Monday, August 21st, 10am-12pm

Fee (per person): Member $20 Non-member $35

Explore Riveredge at a new elevation! Our Tree Climbing programs are meant for youth ages 7 and above and adults with little to no tree climbing skills. Ascend ropes and explore the world way above your feet. We make it safe and easy! All equipment is supplied; all you need is loose clothing (T-shirt and long pants recommended), closed toe shoes (hard soles recommended), and an adventurous spirit.


Canoeing Horicon Marsh

Ages 8 and up with an adult

Friday, July 14, 9:00am-3:00pm

Fee (per person): Member $20 Non-member $30

Experience canoeing through Horicon Marsh, the site of both a national and state wildlife refuge, located just one hour from Riveredge. The slow moving waters of the marsh offer relaxing family paddling. The flora and fauna are unmatched, and more than 350 species of birds have been sighted over the years. Join a Riveredge naturalist for an exciting day paddling and discovery. Riveredge will provide the canoes, paddles and lifejackets; you provide a hat, sunscreen, water, lunch and enthusiasm.


Kayak Horicon Marsh

Ages 10 and up with an adult

Friday, August 11th, 9:00am-3:00pm

Fee (per person): Member $35 Non-member $45

Experience canoeing through Horicon Marsh, the site of both a national and state wildlife refuge, located just one hour from Riveredge. The slow moving waters of the marsh offer relaxing family paddling. The flora and fauna are unmatched, and more than 350 species of birds have been sighted over the years. Join a Riveredge naturalist for an exciting day paddling and discovery. Riveredge will provide the kayak, paddles and lifejackets; you provide a hat, sunscreen, water, lunch and enthusiasm. Program limited to 12 participants.


River Rambling

Ages 5 and up with an adult

Session 1: Monday, June 26th, 9:30-11:30am

Session 2: Wednesday, August 2nd, 1:00-3:00pm

Fee (per person): Member $5 Non-member $7

Join a naturalist and step into the Milwaukee River! We’ll explore this wonderful, watery, world and seek out the creatures that call the river home. Bring your favorite wading shoes (old sneakers work best), a towel and a change of clothes. Expect to get wet! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Feel free to pack a snack and stay for a picnic after the program.


Tubing the Milwaukee River

Ages 7 and up with an adult

Session 1: Monday, June 19th, 1-3:30pm

Session 1: Wednesday, July 5th, 1-3:30pm

Fee (per person): Member $7 Non-member $10

After a quick tour of the Sturgeon Streamside Rearing Facility, we’ll hop on inner tubes and float down the Milwaukee River. Along the way, we’ll discover the diversity of living things that make their home in the river. Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that can get wet. Bring a lifejacket and inner tube if you have them. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should be able to hike approximately 1 mile.


Woodland Harvest Quest

Ages 5 and up with an adult

Wednesday, August 16th, 9:30am-12:30pm

Fee (per person): Member $7 Non-member $10

Join a Riveredge Naturalist for a fun-filled morning at Riveredge’s own permaculture site. We’ll sample a variety of fruits and vegetables, meet the chickens and discover other surprises along the way as we embark upon a quest through this unique landscape. Be sure to pack a lunch for a picnic on the shore of Heron Pond. Children must be accompanied by an adult.