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, Nature Explorers and Nature Adventurers 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, Nature Explorers and Nature Adventurers.

Budding Naturalists
(Ages 4 – Entering Kindergarten)

June 7-11, 2021: I SPY with my Little EYE (SOLD OUT)
Search for small creatures in streams, ponds, gardens and the forest floor. Look at their strange and interesting features under a microscope.

View Course Details/Register

Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am June 7-11
Begins: Monday, June 7
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

June 14-18, 2021: Superhero Science (SOLD OUT)
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.

View Course Details/Register

Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am, June 14-18
Begins: Monday, June 14
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

June 21-25, 2021: 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.

View Course Details/Register

Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am June 21-25
Begins: Monday, June 21
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

June 28-July 2, 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.

View Course Details/Register

Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am June 28-July 2
Begins: Monday, June 28
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

July 12-11, 2021: PAW Patrol (SOLD OUT)
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!

View Course Details/Register

Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am July 12-16
Begins: Monday, July 12
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

July 19-23, 2021: 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.

View Course Details/Register

Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30-11:30am July 19-23
Begins: Monday, July 19
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

July 26-30, 2021: Habitat Hunt: Bugs
Search streams, ponds, gardens and the forest floor for creatures that magically change into their new adult form. Capture a caterpillar disguised as a butterfly and explore nymphs and larva in different habitats.

View Course Details/Register

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

$75/$65 OI members

August 2-6, 2021: 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.

View Course Details/Register

Ages: 4 – Entering Kindergarten
Meets: 8:30am-12pm August 2-6
Begins: Monday, August 2
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$75/$65 OI members

Nature Investigators
(Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3)

June 7-11, 2021: Nature Discovery Camp
This camp is all about exploring and learning about the natural world around us. Meet the Schrader Center’s animal ambassadors, become familiar with our trails and play lots of nature themed games.

View Course Details/Register

Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm June 7-11
Begins: Monday, June 7
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

June 14-18, 2021: Bio’mon: Gotta Catch ’em (grades 1-3) (NEW!)
Discover the exciting world of Bio’mon! Draw inspiration from nature to create your own trading cards and share them with friends to become the Bio’mon master. Learn about the different biomes on Earth and how plants and animals adapt to survive in the places they call home.

View Course Details/Register

Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm June 14-18
Begins: Monday, June 14
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

June 21-25, 2021: Mad Science (SOLD OUT)
Take part in mind-blowing experiments! Create slime, see amazing chemical reactions and launch rockets. The possibilities are endless!

View Course Details/Register

Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm June 21-25
Begins: Monday, June 21
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

June 28-July 2, 2021: Water You Doing This Week? (grades 1-3) (SOLD OUT)
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!

View Course Details/Register

Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm June 28-July 2
Begins: Monday, June 28
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

July 12-16, 2021: 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?

View Course Details/Register

Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm July 12-16
Begins: Monday, July 12
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

July 19-23, 2021: Undercover Nature
Our planet holds many secrets, some of which can only be found by going undercover. Assume the identity of a detective and follow the clues to the secrets of our Earth. Work together and crack the codes to catch the “Nature Destroyers.” Do you have what it takes?

View Course Details/Register

Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm July 19-23
Begins: Monday, July 19
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

July 26-30, 2021: Minecraft (SOLD OUT)
Gather materials to build shelters, tools and whatever else you can imagine, but watch out for creepers!

View Course Details/Register

Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm July 26-30
Begins: Monday, July 26
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

August 2-6, 2021: Eco Warriors
Find out what it means to be a real eco-warrior and learn how to protect our planet. Create a terrarium of lush and beautiful plants and make unique crafts out of recycled materials.

View Course Details/Register

Ages: Entering Grade 1 – Entering Grade 3
Meets: 9am-3pm August 2-6
Begins: Monday, August 2
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

Nature Explorers
(Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7)

June 7-11, 2021: Frontier Survival (SOLD OUT)
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.

View Course Details/Register

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

$125/$110 OI members

June 14-18, 2021: Nature Adventurer Camp (SOLD OUT)
This camp is all about exploring and learning about the natural world around us. Meet the Schrader Center’s animal ambassadors, become familiar with our trails and play lots of nature themed games.

View Course Details/Register

Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7
Meets: 9am-3pm June 14-18
Begins: Monday, June 14
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

June 21-25, 2021: Wizarding World (SOLD OUT)
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.

View Course Details/Register

Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7
Meets: 9am-3pm June 21-25
Begins: Monday, June 21
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

June 28-July 2, 2021: Water You Doing This Week? (grades 4-7) (SOLD OUT)
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!

View Course Details/Register

Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7
Meets: 9am-3pm June 28-July 2
Begins: Monday, June 28
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

July 12-16, 2021: Survival of the Fittest (SOLD OUT)
Learn to survive outside in nature as we build a shelter, track animals, and learn to hunt using an atlatl. Will you become the ultimate survivor? Extend the week with an evening of special survival hikes, fire building, dinner and marshmallow roasting Thurs., July 15 ($20 add’l fee).

View Course Details/Register

Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7
Meets: 9am-3pm July 12-16
Begins: Monday, July 12
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members
$145/$130 OI members (Includes July 15 campfire.)

July 19-23, 2021: Nature Makers (SOLD OUT)
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!

View Course Details/Register

Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7
Meets: 9am-3pm July 19-23
Begins: Monday, July 19
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

July 26-30, 2021: Beginner Archery (SOLD OUT)
Learn the basics of archery from a certified NASP instructor. Learn how to shoot arrows safely on a shooting range and compete with fellow campers in a shooting contest.

View Course Details/Register

Ages: Entering Grade 4 – Entering Grade 7
Meets: 9am-3pm July 26-30
Begins: Monday, July 26
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members

August 2-6, 2021: Bio’mon: Gotta Catch ’em (grades 4-7) (NEW!)
Discover the exciting world of Bio’mon! Draw inspiration from nature to create your own trading cards and share them with friends to become the Bio’mon master. Learn about the different biomes on Earth and how plants and animals adapt to survive in the places they call home.

View Course Details/Register

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

$125/$110 OI members

Nature Adventurers
(Entering Grade 8 – Entering Grade 10)

June 28-July 2, 2021: Hunger Games
Volunteer as Tribute! Be trained in survival skills like tracking, archery, useful plants, fishing, orienteering, camouflage, shelter building and primitive fire-making. Showcase your skills to gain sponsors before heading into the Arena for some exciting challenges.

View Course Details/Register

Ages: Entering Grade 8 – Entering Grade 10
Meets: 9am-3pm June 28-July 2
Begins: Monday, June 28
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): TBA

$125/$110 OI members