Anyone can read a book about ecology or see a VIDEO about wild animals. But at Swift Nature Camp, campers dig in to the world of Environmental Science. When campers see, they remember. But when campers do, they understand. Through a child's natural curiosity, experimentation and discovery, rather than a classroom lecture, we entice children to learn about and play Outdoors in NATURE. Swift Nature Camp places a very strong emphasis not only on developing a desire to know more about nature but also on acquiring a deep respect for it. Our Environmental Eduaction philosophy is to engage children in meaningful, fun-filled learning through active participation. We focus on their natural curiosity and self-discovery. This Outdoors Camp is NOT School.
Many of the science activities are part of Nature Quest, the award-winning environmental program designed by the World Wildlife Federation. Thus creating an amazing Wildlife Science Camp. Our Nature Center, zoo camp provides a dynamic setting for learning as campers find themselves doing science experiments, conducting environmental testing, learning about the local wildlife, or participating in our camp recycling program, We Use Worms. A unique pond aquarium, known as Kermit's House, gives kids a chance to see pond life from a frog's point of view, while our Nature's Neighbors live animal collection provides opportunities for up-close study and care of several common Northwoods residents as well as a few exotic immigrants. Campers with their own small animals are encouraged to bring them to camp to share with others. The animals live in the Nature Center and camp Zoo, where all campers can enjoy and learn about them, As part of our environmental education campers can even adopt the pets while they are at camp.
Working in conjunction with the Wisconsin DNR and the U.S. Park Service, Swift Nature Camp has developed a hands-on environmental learning program which includes field trips, such as visits to a fish hatchery and state parks;hands-on field projects, like goose banding and butterfly counts; and exciting camp presentations, ranging from visits with live owls to learning how professionals manage a forest fire. The kids don't just watch the excitement, they are in the middle of it.
Campers enjoy an active Nature Center, Pet Zoo, and Department of Natural Resources sponsored programs, plus recreational activities that include canoe and backpack trips, horseback riding, swimming, arts & crafts, team courses, archery, sailing, water skiing, tubing and sports.
See why SNC is such a special place. Each of the projects is explained in detail before the children begin, so they understand exactly what they are doing and why it is meaningful. "This is a science camp with a purpose," Jeff explains. "Besides all the fun and excitement of a traditional camp, the kids have the joy of discovering Nature and the environment we live in."
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