Summer Camp 2021

COVID-19 Information

October 29, 2020

Dear Riveredge Camp Families,

As the situation continues to evolve, Riveredge will continue to adapt our programs while keeping the health and safety of our families at the forefront.  We will continue with masks, small cohorts, social distancing, and spending as much time outside as possible.

At the time of this post, we plan to run all of our overnight camps as planned.  In the event that we are unable to do so, sessions with an overnight will instead have a full day of camp on Friday.  If your child or someone in your household has Covid-19 or has a possible recent exposure, please do not attend camp.  We will work with you to find an alternate week to attend, transfer funds to summer 2022, or provide a refund.

Testimonials

Riveredge Camps are the perfect combination of education and unstructured exploration. Our son attended Discoverers and his transformation was nothing short of miraculous this year. He went from crying when someone else was holding a frog near him to trying to catch frogs himself.

-Parent of Trailblazers and Discoverers Campers

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

-Parent of Pathfinders Camper

[My child] couldn’t wait to return each morning and couldn’t stop talking about his experiences each afternoon. Very pleased with the overall experience.

- Parent of a Garden Wonders Camper

I like this camp so much because catching frogs and turtles and being outside in nature is the best thing you can do.

- Explorers Camper

My children had a lot to say when they came home from camp about their fun days. Not only were they dirty, but they were exhausted! They both want this camp to continue and can’t wait to come back again next year.

- Parent of a Trailblazer and Explorer Camper

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

-Parent of Discoverers Camper

(Camp) fostered and nurtured his sense of independence and creativity.

- Parent of a Trailblazers Camper

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

-Parent of Guardians Camper

The camp experience was excellent for all three of my kids. They had fun and had a much needed outdoor camp experience!

-Parent of Trailblazers, Explorer, and Guardians Campers

My child loved camp and every morning was excited to go, and sad to leave in the afternoon. My son asked to go to camp the entire summer! We will definitely be back!

-Parent of Pathfinders Camper

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

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

-Parent of Discoverers Camper

I was impressed with the safety measures taken while also allowing camp to be fun and somewhat normal.

-Parent of Explorer and Discoverer Campers

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

- Parent of Trailblazers Camper

Nature Journeys Summer Camp Brochure

Click here to download a pdf copy of the 2021 brochure.

How much space is left?

Registration is now open for Riveredge All Access Members. Click here to see how full the camps are.

Summer Camp Registration

Click here to register for 2021 Summer Camps

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Online Registration

Registration for the Nature Journeys Summer Camps will be taken through our online registration system.

When registering, 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. Online registration will close the Wednesday before the week of a camp. Spaces may still be available at that time, call 262-375-2715 for availability.

a group of young kids with masks on in front of and climbing on a tree

Extended Care

Riveredge is happy to provide before and after camp extended care for our full day campers. This program allows campers to spend more time exploring Riveredge under the guidance of trained counselors. We offer morning drop off as early as 7:30 am and/or afternoon pick up as late as 5:30 pm, with both daily and weekly options. 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 play area. An option will be provided during registration to receive more information on the extended care program.

4 kids wearing masks and showing off their nature art

Membership Discount

Riveredge Membership starts at $40 and discounts on camps range from $20-$30 based on the camp. That means that a basic membership nearly pays for itself on day one and still provides many other benefits all year round! Click the button below for more information on membership benefits, levels, and signup.

2 kids smiling and sitting on a log in front of a shelter made of sticks

Multiple Camps/Children Discount

If you register for multiple camps (they can be for the same child or different children), you will pay the normal fee for the first camp and receive a 10% discount off of each additional camp.  Please note, in order to receive both the multiple camps and multiple child (i.e. signing up 2 children for 2 camps a piece) discount or the multiple camps for a single child in the same registration, you must pay 50% of your registration cost and contact Riveredge directly at 262-375-2715 to have the remaining balance adjusted.

a young girl is smiling while looking at the camera and holding a frog. Another child is jumping in a creek behind her.

Payment

50% of camp fees are due at the time of registration. Full payment for all camps is due by May 1st. You may make payments on your account at anytime through the online 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.

2 girls wearing masks sitting outside trying to start a fire with a match

Switching Camps

If you’d like to move your camp registration to another camp session, we are happy to accommodate those requests if space allows. Each date change is subject to a $25 fee. Please contact Riveredge directly at 262-375-2715 to make a date change request.

a group of young kids standing socially distanced outside in front of Riveredge's natural playscape

Waitlists

Waitlists will be formed when camps have reached their capacity. It is beneficial to put your name on a waitlist since many times spots open up due to family scheduling conflicts. There is no fee to put your child on the waitlist. If enough campers are on a waitlist for a particular camp, we will attempt to add another camp session to that week depending on staff availability.

a group of kids sitting outside in a spread out circle around another child in the middle

Cancellations

Registrations may be canceled up to 30 days prior to the week of your camp to 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.

a young girl smiles at the camera holding a frog

Discoverers

The Hunt for Nature Tracks

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

Session 1: June 21-24, 9:15-11:15 am, M-Th

Session 2: June 28- July 1, 9:15-11:15 am, M-Th

Session 3: August 9-12, 9:15-11:15 am, M-Th

Fees: Member $110 Non-member $135

Experience the wonders of summertime and learn about the amazing world of insects, flowers, birds and pond life with a Riveredge Educator. Parents join in the fun with their camper as we explore diverse habitats and create projects that go along with our theme. Spend time with your child in nature and all eyes will be opened!

Pathfinders

Dare to Explore

Age group: Completed Half Day/Full Day Kindergarten (5-6 years old)

Session 1: June 14-18, 9 am-12 pm, M-F

Session 2: June 14-18, 1-4 pm, M-F

Fees: Member $160 Non-member $185

Dig, splash, run, and jump into nature in this fun-filled camp.  Our days 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

Leaping Into Adventure 

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

Session 1: June 21-24, 9 am-4 pm, M-Th

Session 2: June 28- July 1, 9 am-4 pm, M-Th

Session 3: July 5-8, 9 am-4 pm, M-Th

Fees: Member $225 Non-member $255

Explore all that Riveredge has to offer as you uncover and investigate the adventures of the animal kingdom.  Each day, study a different type of animals including mammals, birds, and reptiles.  Learn and explore the wild places they inhabit.  The fun-filled exploration will be mixed with games, crafts,and stories to keep you going.

Pathfinders

Go Wild!

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

Session 1: August 2-5, 9 am-4 pm, M-Th

Session 2: August 9-12, 9 am-4 pm, M-Th

Fees: Member $225 Non-member $255

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, crafts, and stories to keep you going.

Trailblazers

Journey into the Heart of Nature

Age Group: Completed Grades 1 or 2

Session 1:  June 14-18, 9 am-4 pm, M-F

Session 2:  June 21-25, 9 am-4 pm, M-F

Session 3:  July 12-16, 9 am-4 pm, M-F

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

Fees: Member $255 Non-member $285

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 28- July 2, 9am-4 pm, M-F

Session 2:  July 5-9, 9am-4 pm, M-F

Session 3:  July 26-30, 9am-4 pm, M-F

Session 4:  August 2-6, 9am-4 pm, M-F

Session 5:  August 9-13, 9am-4 pm, M-F

Fees: Member $255 Non-member $285

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

Eco-Adventure

Age Group: Completed Grades 3 or 4

Session 1: June 14-18, 9 am-4 pm M-Th (Overnight Thursday - 9 am dismissal Friday)

Session 2: June 28- July 2, 9 am-4 pm M-Th (Overnight Thursday - 9 am dismissal Friday)

Session 3: July 5-9, 9 am-4 pm M-Th (Overnight Thursday - 9 am dismissal Friday)

Session 4: July 26-30, 9 am-4 pm M-Th (Overnight Thursday - 9 am dismissal Friday)

Session 5: August 9-13, 9 am 4 pm M-Th (Overnight Thursday- 9 am dismissal Friday)

Fees:  Member $295   Non-Member $320

Explorers, are you ready to make forts, climb trees, and find adventures of all kinds? 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. Throughout our adventures, we'll discover how nature sustains and engages all living things, including us!

Explorers

Bioquest

Age Group: Completed Grades 3 or 4

Session 1: June 21-25, 9 am-4 pm M-F (no overnight)

Session 2: July 12-16, 9 am-4 pm M-F (no overnight)

Session 3: July 19-23, 9 am-4 pm M-F (no overnight)

Session 4: August 2-6, 9 am-4 pm M-F (no overnight)

Fees:  Member $285   Non-Member $310

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 campfires.  We’ll also enjoy an off-site field trip to Yahr Park for fishing, hiking, and kayaking.

Guardians

Outdoor Survival Skills

Age group: Completed Grades 5 or 6

Session 1: June 21-25, 9 am-4 pm, M-F (no overnight)

Session 2: July 12-16, 9 am-4 pm, M-F (no overnight)

Session 3: July 19-23, 9 am-4 pm, M-F (no overnight)

Fees: Member $285 Non-member $315

During this exciting, fun-filled week campers will learn how to travel and survive in the outdoors.  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: June 14-18, 9 am-4 pm, M-Th (Overnight Thursday - 9am dismissal Friday)

Session 2: June 28- July 2, 9 am-4 pm, M- Th (Overnight Thursday - 9am dismissal Friday)

Session 3:  July 5-9, 9 am-4 pm, M- Th (Overnight Thursday - 9am dismissal Friday)

Session 4: July 26-30, 9 am-4 pm, M- Th (Overnight Thursday - 9am dismissal Friday)

Fees: Member $295 Non-member $325

Come explore the wilderness of Wisconsin! Venture to the hidden places of Riveredge through the challenge of geocaching, reach new heights with tree climbing, and go for a swim in Heron Pond.  We will get muddy and explore new locations at Riveredge.  Finally, 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 26-30, 9am-4pm, M-F

Fees: Member $290 Non-member $315

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 the river 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 farm, and much more.

Garden Wonders

Green Thumbs and Dirty Knees

Age Group: 8-10 year olds

 August 2-6, 9am-4pm, M-F

Fees: Member $290 Non-member $315

Come and explore the bounty of the Riveredge Children’s Garden as we unravel the secrets of plants, the glory of pollinators and the joy of simply digging in the soil. 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 river tubing, swimming, fishing, a harvest quest and other surprises along the way. We’ll top our week off with a kids farmers market, and many other surprises along the way.

Garden Wonders

Culinary Creations

Age Group: 10-12 year olds

 August 9-13, 9am-4pm, M-F

Fees: Member $295 Non-member $320

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 along the way!

Stewards

Outdoor Adventures

Age Group: Completed grades 7-9

June 21-25, 9am-4pm M-Th (Overnight Thursday - 9am dismissal Friday)

Fee: Members $295 Non-members $325

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 paddling.  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 14-18, 9am-4pm M-F(overnight Thursday at Devil’s Lake)

Fee: Members $360 Non-members $390

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 hike, paddle, and explore one of Wisconsin’s most glacially impacted areas.  We will return from this high adventure trip Friday afternoon.

Questers

Pictured Rocks Backpacking and Canoeing Trip

FULL

Age Group: Completed Grades 7-12

Saturday, July 10 – Friday, July 16

(We will meet at Riveredge at 7am on Saturday, July 10  and return by 8pm on Friday, July 16)

Pre-Trip meeting:  Tuesday June 29@ 6:30pm (for all parents and trip participants)

Pre-Trip packing party: Friday July 9@ 6:00-7:30pm (for all trip participants, parents welcome)

Fees: $615

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has been highly rated in Backpacker Magazine as one of the best places to escape to in the Upper Peninsula.  Our journey will include views of gorgeous vistas of sandstone cliffs that tower 50 to 200 feet above the water.  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.  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!