Nature Day Camps

Summer Nature Camps - Oglebay Institute's Schrader Center

Nature Day Camps at the Schrader Center allow children to explore the wonders of nature through a multidisciplinary curriculum. Camps focus on field experience, enrich National Science Education Standards, integrate many other disciplines and promote a healthy lifestyle through hands-on activities.

Nature Investigators, Nature Explorers andNature Scholars swim Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons at Oglebay’s outdoor pool. Pre and post care is available for Nature Investigators, Nature Explorers and Nature Scholars. Please inquire upon registering.

Budding Naturalists
(Ages 4 – Entering Kindergarten)

June 4-8, 2018: Wild Child
Engage all of your senses in the natural world. We’ll smell herbs from our culinary garden, listen for birds, touch soft moss, taste sweet honey, and meet some of our animal ambassadors. (Limit 12)

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Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am, June 4-8
Begins: Monday, June 4
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

June 11-15, 2018: Puddle Jumpers
Splash into summer and the wonderful world of water! We’ll learn how water supports all life on Earth as we explore the stream and pond for frogs, salamanders and other aquatic critters. (Limit 12)

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Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am, June 11-15
Begins: Monday, June 11
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

June 18-22, 2018: Dino Mania
Discover the Jurassic period as you learn about dinosaurs like longnecks (Littlefoot), tri “Cera” tops and Spike the Stegosaurus. Become a paleontologist, build a volcano, and explode a meteor as you learn how the land before time came to an end. (Limit 12)

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Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am, June 18-22
Begins: Monday, June 18
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

June 25-29, 2018: I SPY with my Little Eye
Discover the itty-bitty and teeny-tiny as we search for small creatures in streams, ponds, gardens and the forest floor. Look at their strange and interesting features under a microscope before we carefully return them back to their homes. Great things can be learned from the very small! (Limit 12)

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Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am, June 25-29
Begins: Monday, June 25
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

July 9-13, 2018: The Very “Eric Carle” Camp
Dive into the wonderful world of Eric Carle picture books! Each day will feature a different book and inspired activities. We’ll read The Very Hungry Caterpillar in the butterfly garden and then search for caterpillars munching on leaves! Other books include The Very Busy Spider, The Very Lonely Firefly, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, and The Honey Bee and The Robber. (Limit 12)

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Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am, July 9-13
Begins: Monday, July 9
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

July 16-20, 2018: Forest Fairy Tales
All the best fairy tales are steeped in nature. We’ll explore the enchanted forest for Bambi and his friends, and search for the tracks of the Three Bears. Learn how all your characters like to spend time in nature, and dress up like your favorite character for a Friday performance of our own fairy tale. (Limit 12)

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Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am, July 16-20
Begins: Monday, July 16
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

July 23-27, 2018: Superpowers and Superhero Science
Discover the science behind animals with super strength, x-ray vision, invisibility, shooting webs and other “super powers.” Use your own super powers to beat our obstacle course. (Limit 12)

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Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am, July 23-27
Begins: Monday, July 23
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

July 30-August 3, 2018: From Bees to Butter
Make yummy things as you explore how food gets from the ground to our table. Add a heaping teaspoon of outside exploration and hands-on cooking classes. Camp ends at 12pm every day. (Limit 12)

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Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30am-12pm, July 30-August 3
Begins: Monday, July 30
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$85/$75 OI members (Cost reflects longer session and food supplies.)

Nature Investigators
(Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3)

June 4-8, 2018: Monster Mash
Myths and legends have been around since humans have walked the Earth. Learn about the origins of trolls, gnomes and other mythical creatures. Create your own monster and tell its story and find out the truth behind the myth! (Limit 24)

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 4-8
Begins: Monday, June 4
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$120/$105 OI members

June 11-15, 2018: Survival of the Fittest
In this hands-on, experiential camp, we’ll spend the week learning tips to survive outside in nature. Learn the secret to building a safe, warm shelter in the forest and see if your shelter passes the water and wind test! Search for and identify animal tracks, make tea over the campfire from wild edibles, and discover how nature always provides a way. Will you become the ultimate survivor? (Limit 24)

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 11-15
Begins: Monday, June 11
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$120/$105 OI members

June 18-22, 2018: Titans Go!
Which superpower will you choose – super strength, x-ray vision, invisibility? Discover which animals have their own super powers as you learn about wild animals around the world and meet the animal ambassadors that live at the Schrader Center. Create your own superhero persona (complete with cape and accessories) and journey through the villainous obstacle course as you try and save the world! (Limit 24)

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 18-22
Begins: Monday, June 18
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$120/$105 OI members

June 25-29, 2018: Mad Science
Become a mad scientist and take part in mind-blowing experiments that seem to go against the laws of nature. Create slime, make playdough batteries, and launch rockets to the moon. The possibilities are endless! (Limit 24)

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 25-29
Begins: Monday, June 25
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$120/$105 OI members

July 9-13, 2018: Water World
Beat the summer heat during this week of water exploration. Learn how water supports all life on Earth as we explore the stream and pond for frogs, salamanders and other aquatic critters. Play water games, learn the science of water, and try your hand at fishing. It will be a splash! (Limit 24)

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm, July 9-13
Begins: Monday, July 9
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$120/$105 OI members

July 16-20, 2018: The Force is With You
Travel beyond this world in an epic Star Wars adventure! Discover the ways of the force as you work to master the energy around you. Become a Jedi or Sith, and learn the science behind light as you create your own light saber. Are you brave enough for this adventure? The force will always be with you! (Limit 24)

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm, July 16-20
Begins: Monday, July 16
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$120/$105 OI members

July 23-27, 2018: Bio’mon
Discover the exciting world of Bio’mon! Draw inspiration from nature to create your own trading cards and then battle against your friends to become the Bio’mon master. Learn about the different biomes on Earth that support a diversity of plants and animals that adapt and survive to call these places home (Limit 24)

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm, July 23-27
Begins: Monday, July 24
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$120/$105 OI members

July 30-August 3, 2018: Eco-Warriors
Become an Eco-warrior and learn how to protect our planet. Create a mini-world full of lush and beautiful plants when you make your own terrarium. Make unique crafts out of recycled materials and find out what it means to be a real eco-warrior when we make a solar oven and cook mini pizzas! (Limit 24)

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm, July 30-August 3
Begins: Monday, July 30
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$120/$105 OI members

Nature Explorers
(Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 6)

June 4-8, 2018: Jumanji
Enter the world of Jumanji where the game becomes real! Journey through the forest and complete team challenges as you try to survive the obstacles and find the treasure. Can you conquer Jumanji, or will it conquer you? (Limit 24)

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 6
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 4-8
Begins: Monday, June 4
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$120/$105 OI members

June 11-15, 2018: Survival of the Fittest
In this hands-on, experiential camp, we’ll spend the week learning tips to survive outside in nature. Learn the secret to building a safe, warm shelter in the forest and see if your shelter passes the water and wind test! Search for and identify animal tracks, make tea over the campfire from wild edibles, and discover how nature always provides a way. Will you become the ultimate survivor? (Limit 24)

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 6
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 11-15
Begins: Monday, June 11
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$120/$105 OI members

June 18-22, 2018: Zombie Hunters
Discover nature’s undead as we play zombie tag, learn about insects that paralyze caterpillars, and study mushrooms that turn ants into zombies! Learn about the bacteria that we can’t live without as we grown bacteria cultures in petri dishes and discover the wonders of microbiology.  All parts of nature are important, even the things that aren’t so soft and cuddly! (Limit 24

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 6
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 18-22
Begins: Monday, June 18
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$120/$105 OI members

June 25-29, 2018: Nature Detectives
Rediscover the lost art of reading nature signs! Become a detective as you search for clues to find your way, locate water and predict weather. Learn to speak the language of the forest and track animals, play outdoor games and create a secret journal to record your clues & adventures. (Limit 24)

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 6
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 25-29
Begins: Monday, June 25
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$120/$105 OI members

July 9-13, 2018: Water You Doing This Week?
Beat the summer heat during this week of “Water Wars – Fresh vs. Salt!” Take part in amazing experiments with fresh and salt water, play water games and learn the science of water. Try your hand at fishing, and explore the stream and pond for frogs, salamanders and other aquatic critters. (Limit 24)

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 6
Meets: 9am-3pm, July 9-13
Begins: Monday, July 9
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$120/$105 OI members

July 16-20, 2018: S.T.E.A.M. Nature Camp
Learn some tricks from nature’s most successful animal engineers, and then design and build a catapult that launches seed bombs.  This hands-on camp includes science and art projects designed to encourage creative thinking. (Limit 24)

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 6
Meets: 9am-3pm, July 16-20
Begins: Monday, July 16
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$120/$105 OI members

July 23-27, 2018: Frontier Survival
Could you have survived as a pioneer? Have fun learning frontier skills at the Schrader Center as we make char cloth, build and start fires (carefully supervised), and make a variety of delicious treats over the campfire. Make your own drip candles to take home as a souvenir of your life on a frontier. (Limit 24)

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 6
Meets: 9am-3pm, July 23-27
Begins: Monday, July 23
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$120/$105 OI members

July 30-August 3, 2018: Wizarding World
The world of wizards and witches is mysterious. Learn about herbalism and the medicine found in the forest. Create your own magic spells and wands. Study fantastic beasts and become a legendary wizard in our world of fantasy! (Limit 24)

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 6
Meets: 9am-3pm, July 30-August 3
Begins: Monday, July 30
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$120/$105 OI members