Adventure Skills: Grades 6-8
Don’t climb the walls at home this summer, go on an ADVENTURE! Learn the skills needed for a lifetime of outdoor adventures. Practice leadership and teambuilding skills in a canoe, on the archery range, at the Low Ropes Course and on the Zip Line Forest Canopy Tour. Practice camping skills like fire building, camp site selection, and orienteering. Go wild with the wildlife and get ready for adventure!
$275 MEMBER, $300 NON-MEMBER
ADVENTURE SKILLS RUNS 9 AM - 5 PM MONDAY - WEDNESDAY, OVERNIGHT CAMPOUT IS 9 AM THURSDAY - 5 PM FRIDAY (TENTS AND 3 MEALS ARE PROVIDED. TENTS ARE SHARED WITH SAME GENDERED CAMPERS ONLY.)
Adventure Treks: Grades 6-8
Are you ready for the ultimate camp experience? Camp out 4 nights and 5 days and REALLY explore the KNC property and beyond. Learn backcountry camping skills like trip planning, food preparation, campsite selection, Leave No Trace Principles and proper gear use. Gain leadership and teamwork experience on our Low Ropes Challenge Course and Zip Line Canopy Tour. Each trek is different, but all are amazing!
$375 MEMBER, $400 NON-MEMBER
NATURE TREKS RUN 9 AM MONDAY - 5 PM FRIDAY. OVERNIGHT CAMPOUTS ARE MONDAY–THURSDAY NIGHTS. TENTS AND MEALS ARE PROVIDED. TENTS ARE SHARED WITH SAME GENDERED CAMPERS ONLY.
Conservation Leadership Program
2017 Conservation Leadership Program Dates
Research Training Sessions – Weekdays June 19 – 27 from 9am – 5pm
Sleeping Bear Dunes Trip – 9am on Wednesday, June 28 – 5pm on Friday, June 30
Transportation is available; see the Bus Schedule here.
The Conservation Leadership Program is an outdoor experience for 6th-8th grade students to learn about environmental science and biological research in the best laboratory: nature.
Throughout the two-week program, students create their own experiments, draw connections between their everyday life and nature, and build friendships through team games and challenge course activities. Like a nature detective, students gain added STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills through observation, experience with scientific equipment, and interactions with biologists working in the field. These research training sessions teach relevant research techniques and their application and take place across local natural areas and in active science labs and field stations!
The investigative adventure continues as students tie together their knowledge and skills on a three-day, two-night camping trip in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Combining discovery, adventure, and fun with research science, the trip gives insight to the natural and cultural history of the dunes, the interconnection of human and natural environments, and immerses students in the rich biological diversity found in the northern Lake Michigan region.
Total cost: $550 Members, $575 Non-members. Scholarships and transportation are available. Download a scholarship application here.