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 1-5, 2020: 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. (Limit 12)

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

$75/$65 OI members

June 8-12, 2020: Creature Features: Wild Kratts (NEW!)
Be like the Wild Kratts as we learn about animals and what threats they may face as they try to survive. Solve problems and save animals by playing games and learn how animals work. (Limit 12)

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

$75/$65 OI members

June 15-19, 2020: Seussical Science
Enter the wacky world of Dr. Seuss! Enjoy classic Seuss stories and conduct crazy experiments like elephant toothpaste, oobleck and more. Then, work with the Lorax to make our world a better place. (Limit 12)

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Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am, June 15-19
Begins: Monday, June 19
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

June 22-26, 2020: Frozen (preschool)
Journey into the unknown to appease the elements! Take part in freezing-cold experiments using dry ice and explore the Schrader’s own forbidden forest during this week of fun and adventure! (Limit 12)

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Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am, June 22-26
Begins: Monday, June 22
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

July 6-10, 2020: 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. (Limit 12)

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

$75/$65 OI members

July 13-17, 2020: 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! (Limit 12)

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

$75/$65 OI members

July 20-24, 2020: 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 we 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, July 20-24
Begins: Monday, July 20
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

July 27-31, 2020: “Marvel”ous Animals (preschool)
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 27-31
Begins: Monday, July 27
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

August 3-7, 2020: 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 each day. (Limit 12)

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Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30am-12pm, August 3-7
Begins: Monday, August 3
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 1-5, 2020: “Marvel”ous Animals (grades 1-3) (NEW!)
Discover the science behind animals that inspired heroes like Spider-Man, Ant-Man and their super powers. Use your own super powers to stop the mad tyrant from destroying nature! (Limit 20)

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

$125/$110 OI members

June 8-12, 2020: Mystery Inc.
Become a member of Schrader’s Mystery Incorporated and follow clues to discover the secrets of our Earth. Work together with Scooby and friends to solve the mysteries before the week is up. (Limit 20)

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 8-12
Begins: Monday, June 8
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

June 15-19, 2020: Survive and Thrive (grades 1-3)
Learn to survive outside in nature as we build a shelter, track animals and harvest wild edibles. Will you become the ultimate survivor? (Limit 20)

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 15-19
Begins: Monday, June 15
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

June 22-26, 2020: Frozen (grades 1-3)
Journey into the unknown to appease the elements! Take part in freezing cold experiments and explore the forbidden forest. (Limit 20)

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 22-26
Begins: Monday, June 22
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

July 6-10, 2020: Water You Doing This Week? (grades 1-3)
Cool down during an exploration of our water world and discover how it supports all life on Earth. Play water games, catch aquatic critters, go fishing and learn the science of water. It will be a splash! (Limit 20)

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

$125/$110 OI members

July 13-17, 2020: Mad Science
Take part in mind-blowing experiments! Create slime, see amazing chemical reactions and launch rockets. The possibilities are endless! (Limit 20)

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

$125/$110 OI members

July 20-24, 2020: Hogwarts Fun (NEW!)
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. (Limit 20)

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

$125/$110 OI members

July 27-31 2020: Minecraft (grades 1-3)
Gather materials to build shelters, tools and whatever else you can imagine, but watch out for creepers! (Limit 20)

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm, July 27-31
Begins: Monday, July 27
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

August 3-7, 2020: Pokémon Go Outside
Draw inspiration from nature to create your own Pokémon trading cards, then battle against your friends to become a Pokémon master. Find places where animals live and learn how they can be like Pokémon in the real world. (Limit 20)

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

$125/$110 OI members

Nature Explorers
(Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7)

June 1-5, 2020: Nature Markers (NEW!)
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! (Limit 20)

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

$125/$110 OI members

June 8-10, 2020: Jumanji Returns
The game becomes real as we complete team challenges and search for treasure in the forest. Can you conquer Jumanji, or will it conquer you? (Limit 20)

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 8-12
Begins: Monday, June 8
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

June 15-19, 2020: Survive and Thrive (grades 4-7)
Learn to survive outside in nature as we build a shelter, track animals and harvest wild edibles. Will you become the ultimate survivor?
(Limit 20)

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 15-19
Begins: Monday, June 15
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

June 22-26, 2020: “Marvel”ous Animals (grades 4-7) (NEW!)
Discover the science behind animals that inspired heroes like Spider-Man, Ant-Man and their super powers. Use your own super powers to stop the mad tyrant from destroying nature! (Limit 20)

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 22-26
Begins: Monday, June 22
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

July 6-10, 2020: Water You Doing This Week? (grades 4-7)
Cool down during an exploration of our water world and discover how it supports all life on Earth. Play water games, catch aquatic critters, go fishing and learn the science of water. It will be a splash! (Limit 20)

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

$125/$110 OI members

July 13-17, 2020: Frontier Survival 
Could you have survived as a pioneer? Learn frontier skills as we make char cloth, build & start fires and cook a variety of delicious treats over the campfire. (Limit 20)

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

$125/$110 OI members

July 20-24, 2020: Wizarding World (NEW!)
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. (Limit 20)

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

$125/$110 OI members

July 27-31, 2020: Minecraft (grades 4-7)
Gather materials to build shelters, tools and whatever else you can imagine, but watch out for creepers! (Limit 20)

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 6
Meets: 9am-3pm, July 29-August 2
Begins: Monday, July 29
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

August 3-7, 2020: The Final Fortnite 
Use stealth, illusion and quick fortifications as your skills will be tested during a week of competition where the final round will consist of a massive capture the flag event using the trails around the Schrader Center. (Limit 20)

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

$125/$110 OI members