Nature Day Camps

Summer Nature Camps - Oglebay Institute's Schrader Center

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 3-7, 2019: 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 3-7
Begins: Monday, June 3
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

June 10-14, 2019: 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 10-14
Begins: Monday, June 10
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

June 17-21, 2019: 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 17-21
Begins: Monday, June 17
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

June 24-28, 2019: 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 24-28
Begins: Monday, June 24
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

July 8-12, 2019: PAW Patrol (NEW!)
Join the PAW Patrol! We’ll work together, using everyone’s special skills, for our rescue missions around the Schrader Center. No challenge is too great for our heroes, who will have plenty of time to relax after each mission for games and laughs. (Limit 12)

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

$75/$65 OI members

July 15-19, 2019: Water Exploration (NEW!)
Get ready to dive into the wet and wild world of water! We’ll learn about water’s unique properties as we conduct science experiments, participate in the ‘Water Olympics’ and explore the waterways near the Schrader Center. (Limit 12)

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

$75/$65 OI members

July 22-26, 2019: 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 22-26
Begins: Monday, July 22
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

July 29-August 2, 2019: 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 29-August 2
Begins: Monday, July 29
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 3-7, 2019: Where Two Worlds Meet (grades 1-3) (NEW!)
Our planet is filled with many people, all who have different beliefs, languages and customs. We’ll compare ancient civilizations that once called this planet home while learning different totems, songs and warrior games. Join us in a journey to the past…if you are brave enough! (Limit 20)

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

$125/$110 OI members

June 10-14, 2019: Survive and Thrive
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 20)

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 10-14
Begins: Monday, June 10
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

June 17-21, 2019: 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 20)

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 17-21
Begins: Monday, June 17
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

June 24-28, 2019: Undercover Nature (NEW!)
Our planet holds many secrets, some of which can only be found by going undercover. Assume the identity of a spy and follow the clues to the secrets of our Earth. Work together with other members of your agency and crack the codes before the week is up. Do you have what it takes? (Limit 20)

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 24-28
Begins: Monday, June 24
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

July 8-12, 2019: Water You Doing This Week? (grades 1-3)
Cool down! Join us on an exploration of our water world and discover how it supports all life on Earth. Play water games, catch water 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 8-12
Begins: Monday, July 8
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

July 15-19, 2019: DragonCraft (grades 1-3) (NEW!)
Dragons have been a part of our culture since the dawn of time and many mythical beasts were once believed to have roamed the land. Magic was plentiful and their truths became our fairy tales. Discover a world of fantasy as we learn about these ancient myths, create amazing potions, design you own wand/spells and enter the world of magic! (Limit 20)

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

$125/$110 OI members

July 22-26, 2019: The Many Faces of Earth (NEW!)
Nature is a beautiful thing, full of wonderful mysteries and amazing creatures, but it also has a darker, creepier side. Learn about both sides of nature from fantastic to fearsome, adorable to un-huggable, and mundane to miraculous in this eye-opening week. (Limit 20)

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

$125/$110 OI members

July 29-August 2, 2019: The Unseen World (NEW!)
Learn about the small but mighty creatures that surround us every day. Explore the macro-world of insects, bacteria, mushrooms and more as we take an up-close look at the small parts of our world. (Limit 20)

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Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm, July 29-August 2
Begins: Monday, July 29
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

Nature Explorers
(Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 6)

June 3-7, 2019: Where Two Worlds Meet (grades 4-6) (NEW!)
Our planet is filled with many people, all who have different beliefs, languages and customs. We’ll compare ancient civilizations that once called this planet home while learning different totems, songs and warrior games. Join us in a journey to the past…if you are brave enough! (Limit 20)

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

$125/$110 OI members

June 10-14, 2019: Survive and Thrive (grades 4-6)
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 20)

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 6
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 10-14
Begins: Monday, June 10
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

June 17-21, 2019: The Art of Nature
Create a nature journal, craft works of art inspired by nature, and discover how and why nature can shape, color, move and create the things we take for granted. (Limit 20)

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 6
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 17-21
Begins: Monday, June 17
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

June 24-28, 2019: Black Ops (NEW!)
Become an agent for E.I.A (Ecological Investigative Association) and go deep undercover to discover the mysteries surrounding our planet. Develop codenames, secret messages, solve puzzles and rise through the ranks of E.I.A. [- …. .. … / -.-. .- — .–. / .– .. .-.. .-.. / -.-. . .- … . / – — / . -..- .. … – / .- ..-. – . .-. / .— ..- -. . .-.-.- / .-. . — . — -… . .-. / -.– — ..- .-. / – .-. .- .. -. .. -. –. .-.-.-]. Can you crack the code? (Limit 20)

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 6
Meets: 9am-3pm, June 24-28
Begins: Monday, June 24
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

July 8-12, 2019: Water You Doing This Week? (grades 4-6)
Cool down! Join us on an exploration of our water world and discover how it supports all life on Earth. Play water games, catch water 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 6
Meets: 9am-3pm, July 8-12
Begins: Monday, July 8
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

July 15-19, 2019: DragonCraft (grades 4-6) (NEW!)
Dragons have been a part of our culture since the dawn of time and many mythical beasts were once believed to have roamed the land. Magic was plentiful and their truths became our fairy tales. Discover a world of fantasy as we learn about these ancient myths, create amazing potions, design you own wand/spells and enter the world of magic! (Limit 20)

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 6
Meets: 9am-3pm, July 15-19
Begins: Monday, July 15
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

July 22-26, 2019: Eco Engineers (NEW!)
Learn some tricks from nature’s most successful animal engineers, and then design and build a catapult that launches seed bombs. This hands-on STEAM camp includes science and art projects designed to encourage creative thinking. (Limit 20)

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Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 6
Meets: 9am-3pm, July 22-26
Begins: Monday, July 22
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

July 29-August 2, 2019: The Final Fortnite (NEW!)
The time has come to test your true skills! Join us for a week of competition, where the final round will consist of a massive capture the flag event on the trails at Oglebay. Learn and design quick fortifications that can give you and your team an edge. Stealth and illusion will be key to success. Can you win the final fortnite? (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