Nature Day Camps

Nature Camps - Oglebay Institute

Nature Day Camps at the Schrader Center provide a safe and supportive environment for children to discover the wonders of nature. Our campers spend their days exploring and learning about our woods, meadows, streams and local habitats. We believe that a strong environmental ethic can best develop in children who learn to love being outdoors. Our camp builds the foundation for a lifetime of love and respect for the environment. And it’s fun! 

Nature Investigators and Nature Explorers will swim at Oglebay Park’s outdoor pool on Monday, Wednesday & Friday and will be picked up at the pool entrance. Tuesday and Thursday pickup is at the Schrader Center. Cookouts will take place every Friday at the Schrader Center. Pre and post-care is available for Nature Investigators and Nature Explorers.

Budding Naturalists
(Ages 4 – Entering Kindergarten)

June 6-10, 2022: I SPY with my Little EYE 
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!

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Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am June 6-10
Begins: Monday, June 6
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$80/$70 OI members

June 13-17, 2022: Creature Features 
Calling all Wild Kratts fans! Discover the secrets behind animals with super strength, x-ray vision, invisibility, shooting webs, and other incredible creature features. Use your own superpowers to accomplish our daily challenges, and craft wearable creature features each day!

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Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am June 13-17
Begins: Monday, June 13
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$80/$70 OI members

June 20-24, 2022: Mountaineer Camp
Filled with exploration and discovery of the native plants & animals that call our country roads home! We will test our mountaineer skills as we build shelters, make primitive toys, and practice survival in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Includes a birthday celebration for WV, our beloved mountain momma, who will turn 159 this year!

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Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am June 20-24
Begins: Monday, June 20
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$80/$70 OI members

June 27-July 1, 2022: Dino-RRR-ific Camp
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 we learn how the land before time came to an end.

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Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am June 27-July 1
Begins: Monday, June 27
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$80/$70 OI members

July 11-15, 2022: Space Discovery
Launch your little one into a galaxy of fun and learning as we explore outer space! Create a rocket, hold a star, and eat like an astronaut. This camp will be full of STEAM activities that will connect your child to a universe of possibilities!

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

$80/$70 OI members

July 18-22, 2022: Puddle Jumpers
Splash into summer as we learn how water supports all life on Earth. Explore the stream and pond for frogs, salamanders, and other aquatic critters!

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

$80/$70 OI members

July 25-29, 2022: Paw Patrol
Join the PAW Patrol as we work together, using everyone’s special skills, for rescue missions outside. No challenge is too great for our heroes!

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

$80/$70 OI members

August 1-5, 2022: Ultimate Scavenger Hunt
Become a champion nature observer with a week of immersive outdoor exploration! A new list each day will guide us to discover different areas around the Schrader Center. Learn which animals are Earth’s ultimate scavengers, sustainably collect nature’s treasures, and create a keepsake wall hanging!

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Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am August 1-5
Begins: Monday, August 1
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$80/$70 OI members

August 8-12, 2022: Mini Mad Science
Your child will become a mad scientist for the week, embarking on a series of experiments and discovery. We will dive into the scientific method, with a hands-on week of activities that will connect campers to the “whys” and “hows” of their world. Spark a life-long love of science!

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Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am August 8-12
Begins: Monday, August 8
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$80/$70 OI members

Nature Investigators
(Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3)

June 6-10, 2022: Stream Splashers
Splash into summer as we learn how water supports all life on Earth. Explore the stream and pond for frogs, salamanders, and other aquatic critters!

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm June 6-10
Begins: Monday, June 6
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$130/$115 OI members

June 13-17, 2022: Mad Science
Take part in mind-blowing experiments! Create slime, see amazing chemical reactions, and mess around with oobleck. The possibilities are endless!

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm June 13-17
Begins: Monday, June 13
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$130/$115 OI members

June 20-24, 2022: The World of Colors
Embrace the colors of nature, create mud masterpieces, and jump into a different art adventure each day!

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm June 20-24
Begins: Monday, June 20
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$130/$115 OI members

June 27-July 1, 2022: Water You Doing this Week?
Cool down while exploring our water world! Play water games, catch aquatic critters, go fishing, and learn the science of water. It will be a splash!

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

$130/$115 OI members

July 11-15, 2022: Survive and Thrive
Spend the week learning tips to survive outside in nature, testing your knowledge with daily challenges. Will you become the ultimate survivor?

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

$130/$115 OI members

July 18-22, 2022: Undercover Detectives
Our planet holds many secrets, some of which can only be found by going undercover! Become a nature detective, follow the clues, and crack the code to catch the “Nature Destroyers” before the week is up.

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

$130/$115 OI members

July 25-29, 2022: Minecraft
Take part in a camp inspired by Minecraft. We will be working in creative and survival modes as we gather materials to build shelters, tools, and whatever else you can imagine, but watch out for creepers!

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

$130/$115 OI members

August 1-5, 2022: Wilderness Explorer
Adventure is out there! Explore the forest using a map and compass, build an unbreakable fort, follow animal tracks, and discover new surprises around each corner.

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

$130/$115 OI members

Nature Explorers
(Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7)

June 6-10, 2022: Camp Jurassic
Dinosaurs rule at this camp, with a look at dinosaurs throughout their geological reign – from fossils to movies to new scientific discoveries still being made today!

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7
Meets: 9am-3pm June 6-10
Begins: Monday, June 6
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$130/$115 OI members

June 13-17, 2022: Wizarding World
Enter the world of magic in this Harry Potter-inspired camp. Discover a world of fantasy, mythical beasts and ancient myths. We’ll create amazing potions, design wands, cast spells, and more

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7
Meets: 9am-3pm June 13-17
Begins: Monday, June 13
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$130/$115 OI members

June 20-24, 2022: Star Wars Camp
In a galaxy far, far away…Join forces with the greatest heroes of the universe and take down the darkest evil ever faced. Your week will train you in the ways and honor of the Jedi, while challenging you with daily missions. Gather your courage and prepare to become one with the Force!

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7
Meets: 9am-3pm June 20-24
Begins: Monday, June 20
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$130/$115 OI members

June 27-July 1, 2022: Survival of the Fittest
Spend the week learning tips to survive outside in nature, testing your knowledge with daily challenges. Will you become the ultimate survivor?

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7
Meets: 9am-3pm June 27-July 1
Begins: Monday, June 27
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$130/$115 OI members

June 30, 2022: Survival of the Fittest Late Night Option
For the “Survival of the Fittest” late night option, campers will extend their day with a special survival hike and fire building activity, then enjoy dinner and marshmallows around the campfire.

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7
Meets: 3pm-6:30pm
Begins: Thursday, June 30
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$25

July 11-15, 2022: Water You Doing this Week?
Cool down while exploring our water world! Play water games, catch aquatic critters, go fishing, and learn the science of water. It will be a splash!

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7
Meets: 9am-3pm July 11-15
Begins: Monday, July 11
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$130/$115 OI members

July 18-22, 2022: Space Camp
Blast off into a galaxy of fun and learning as we explore outer space! Create a rocket, hold a star, and eat like an astronaut. This camp will be full of STEM activities that will connect us to the universe around us.

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7
Meets: 9am-3pm July 18-22
Begins: Monday, July 18
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$130/$115 OI members

July 25-29, 2022: Extreme Engineering
Work together with counselors and other campers to create simple circuits & machines, stop-motion animations, and more from natural materials and found objects. The possibilities are endless!

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7
Meets: 9am-3pm July 25-29
Begins: Monday, July 25
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$130/$115 OI members

August 1-5, 2022: Farm Camp
The farm is coming to the Schrader Center! In addition to our classic camp activities, campers will have the chance to meet several different barnyard animals – learning about the special care required for each one, as well as the value they bring. Includes a hands-on session on seed planting and gardening to round out the farming fun.

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7
Meets: 9am-3pm August 1-5
Begins: Monday, August 1
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$130/$115 OI members