Hiking, stream-stomping and bug-catching are a few of the key ingredients that have made Riverbend's summer camp a sensation for more than three decades. Riverbend campers aren’t afraid to get a little dirty in our weekly program that runs from mid-June to Labor Day. Children have fun as they connect with nature and build upon skills and knowledge. Our qualified and enthusiastic educators (some who were campers themselves!) guide children in hands-on nature exploration and investigation, games, crafts, hikes and more. Your child’s favorite summer memories await!
Program Descriptions: Ages & Pricing
Tadpoles: Ages 3 - 4
(Half Day 9 am - 12 pm, includes time for lunch)
- Tadpoles will explore nature through activities that engage the 5 senses and encourage curiosity.
$235 per week/per child
Rangers: Age 4
(Full Day 9 am - 3:30 pm)
- Rangers will create and imagine through hands on science activities and nature exploration.
$395 per week/per child
Adventurers: Ages 5 - 6
- Adventurers will explore natural habitats and conduct investigations to discover something new.
$395 per week/per child
Explorers: Ages 7 - 8
- Explorers will experiment in nature and embark on a field trip to a local natural area.
- Optional campfire cookout on Thursday night each week (additional fee applies).
$420 per week/per child (includes 1 field trip)
Discoverers: Ages 9 - 11
- Discoverers will practice new skills, hike to new places, enjoy a field trip, and sleep under the stars.
- Optional campout on Thursday night each week.
$450 per week/per child (includes 1 field trip and 1 overnight campout)
Navigators: Ages 10 - 13
Overnight eXcursion CAmps
Navigators will enjoy an action-packed adventure, traveling to new places on uniquely themed field trips and overnight tent-camping experiences.
- Includes food and lodging fo 4 nights / 5 days
$825 per week/per child
2019 Camp Theme Descriptions
Hike in the forest, splash in the stream, and explore the great outdoors. Discover the variety of habitats on Riverbend’s nature preserve and the creatures that call them home.
Caring for Creatures
Become an animal keeper and help Riverbend care for our resident reptiles and amphibians. Learn how to protect wildlife at Riverbend and in your own backyard.
Peek under rocks in the stream and dip net in the pond to discover the creatures that live in Riverbend’s aquatic habitats. Explore the amazing adaptations aquatic creatures have to live in these wet and wild places.
Become a Nature Scientist and build your own science experiments in nature. Ask questions, make observations, investigate and get a little messy!
Build shelters, tie knots, and learn skills to become a wilderness survivor. Explore what all living things need to survive in the wilderness.
From tadpoles to frogs, caterpillars to butterflies, nature is always changing. Discover mighty metamorphosis and create your own creature life cycle.
Recycle, upcycle, plant a tree! Do all these and more to become planet protectors and help Riverbend think of new ways to protect planet Earth.
Summer Camp Classics
Enjoy one last summer adventure with Riverbend! All in store - nature exploration, hikes, pond and stream exploration, games, and more!
Teen Volunteers Needed!
Educators-In-Training Volunteers are important helpers at Riverbend's summer camp. If you love kids and spending summer days outside consider applying to become an EIT to develop your leadership skills and positively impact younger children. Riverbend has six openings every summer for energetic, motivated students to assist with our camp program. EITs must be able to volunteer for a minimum of the three weeks over the course of the summer.
EITs will assist lead and assistant educators with group management, daily activities, modeling of appropriate behavior, and providing nurturing support of campers. They will participate in game playing, nature exploration, field trips, and more. EITs work primarily with our youngest campers and are a vital part to the success of the program.