Summer Nature Camp

 

Cub Creek Nature Camp is on a 240-acre ranch surrounded by glorious nature and wildlife offering opportunities galore to explore, discover, and understand the world around us.

Use the Tabs below to see all the exciting programs we offer at Cub Creek Summer Nature Camp.

Or visit our sister camp Animal Camp Jamaica to see Nature Programs in Jamaica.

 

Overview

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Camp Offers Many Opportunities to Study Nature Up Close
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Many opportunities exist to explore and discover exciting things about the world of nature.Taking time to stop and actually see the wonder of microorganisms, or look closely at the belly of a small salamander, understand what makes crystals, or how plants reproduce: all this and much more are part of the nature programs at camp. At Cub Creek Science Camp we believe learning should be fun and when kids are given the opportunity to investigate their passions, learning happens naturally while they are having a fantastic adventure.  

While several courses could be in more than one category, below is a list of the Nature Courses offered at Cub Creek Science Camp.

  1. Geology
  2. Jr. Naturalist
  3. Pond Study
  4. Botany
  5. Animal Safari

Being located in the woods, doesn't mean that a camp offers a true "nature" focus. At Cub Creek Science Camp, we do offer specific "nature" course. Our on-site Master Naturalist oversees all of the Nature Programs at Cub Creek and is sure to capture the interest of any nature-loving campers.

Science is simply the process of solving a problem or answering a question. Children are born with a natural curiosity about the world around them and at Cub Creek Science Camp we reinforce that curiosity is the fundamental ingredient of all great thinkers.

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Rocking Around/Geology

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Search for Ancient Bones in Our Fossil Pit
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Calling all rock hounds. If you are fascinated by the earth and what it's made of, then this is the summer camp course for you. Learn how to classify different types of rocks and use geologists' methods for discovering their structure. Everyone one will go home with their own rock collection.

Geology, also known as Rocking Around is just one of over 30 courses offered at Cub Creek Science Camp.

For every week you are at camp, you will choose two camp courses. Each summer camp course is made up of five classes.

These classes are part of the GEOLOGY course: 

  • Fossils
  • Quarry Dig
  • Rock Hunt- Geology on the Go
  • Go Eat Rocks
  • Gem Stone Bingo

Geology is the science that studies the earth, rocks and minerals. Rocks may seem dull upon first glance, but understanding the rocks and minerals helps us understand ourselves. The human body contains 30 different types of minerals. From sparkling diamonds to out of this world meteorites, with so many amazing minerals, learning about geology really rocks!

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Pond Study

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Create a Miniature Aquarium
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Put on your boots, grab your collection nets and let's go explore the life in a pond. Cub Creek Science Camp is home to many ponds and during this summer camp course you will get to explore these thriving ecosystems. Be prepared to get wet, muddy and have loads of fun.

Pond Study, also known as Water World is just one of over 30 courses offered at Cub Creek Science Camp. For every week you are at camp, you will choose two camp courses. Each summer camp course is made up of five classes.

These classes are part of the POND STUDY course:

  • Introduction to the Pond 
  • Water Scopes 
  • Mini Aquariums
  • Microscopic Life
  • Gytoku Fish Prints

Limnology is the science that deals with the study of ponds, lakes and streams. Ponds can be home to over 1,000 different animals and even animals who live elsewhere require ponds as a source of drinking water. Ponds are a wonderful place to begin exploring ecosystems because many can be found in our own backyards. 

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Botany

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Botany is a Week-Long Course
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Become a Botanist for a week and learn all about the mysteries of our common plants. Discover the plant that folds its leaves when you touch it. Pick blackberries and raspberries and learn to identify other tasty wild edibles. Learn to identify the 10 most common trees in a Missouri forest  Pick wildflowers and learn how to preserve them using a flower press.

Growing Green is just one of more than 30 courses offered at Cub Creek Science and Animal Camp. For every week you are at camp, you will choose two camp courses. Each summer camp course is made up of five classes. 

These classes are part of the GROWING GREEN Course:

  • Anatomy of a Plant 
  • Tree Hike
  • Time to Smell the Flowers
  • Wild Edibles
  • Edibles for Animals

Botany is science that deals with plants. Plants are all around us. They can be used to make everything from clothes and food to medicine and perfume. Without plants, our planet would not survive.

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Animal Safari

Animal Safari combines hiking with Field Biology – Campers will explore the different parts of the Ranch and search for local wildlife including snakes, lizards, frogs, salamanders, deer, raccoon, fox and more. Live traps are set and checked each day. Campers can bring along a camera or sketchbook / journal to record their findings! To make it even more fun, we bring along a pack llama to carry our equipment and field guides.

Animal Safari is just one of more than 30 courses offered at Cub Creek Science and Animal Camp. 

For every week you are at camp, you will choose two camp courses. Each summer camp course is made up of five classes. 

These are the classes for the week-long ANIMAL SAFARI course.

  • Tracks, scat and other signs
  • Hiking with a purpose
  • Below the surface
  • Invertebrate collection techniques

Early in our American history we had a great expedition that set out to explore and record the geography, the people, the wildlife and the plant life of the great west. Louis and Clark recorded many new species of animals and plants that were currently unknown and greatly increased our knowledge of the great continent on which we live.

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Junior Naturalist

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Jr. Naturalist is a Week-Long
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This is one of our newest courses. Campers will learn about field biology as they trap, track and observe wildlife native to Bear River Ranch. With the assistance of our camps resident Master Naturalist, campers will set up a variety of live traps, wildlife cameras, feeding stations and monitor what type of animals visit each area.

This is the ideal course for anyone interested in conservation and/or wildlife biology.

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