Overnight Excursion Camps

Howell Nature Center’s Excursion Camps offer campers in grades 9 through 12 an exciting opportunity to challenge themselves and learn new skills in a wilderness setting. Choose your adventure from our exciting 2024 excursions

South Manitou Island
Entering Grades 9 – 12
July 7 – 12
Sleeping Bear Dunes and South Manitou Island are two of the most beautiful locations in Michigan. South Manitou Island, located off the coast of Sleeping Bear Dunes, is a remote wilderness area that is perfect for camping. Campers will have the chance to explore historic buildings, hike scenic trails, and swim in the clear waters of Lake Michigan. Camping in this unique landscape offers the opportunity to climb up, or even roll down, the tallest sand dunes in the Great Lakes.



Mighty Mackinaw
Entering Grades 9 – 12
August 11 – 16
Campers head to the Mackinac Straits to hike, swim, and explore the region’s state parks and beaches. The adventure begins with a rafting trip down the Sturgeon River and stargazing at the International Dark Sky Park. Campers explore Mackinac Island, gather with friends around the campfire, and create memories to last a lifetime.

SOA Scholarships-Tuition Assistance

Because we believe every child should have the opportunity to experience summer camp regardless of their inability to pay, the Howell Nature Center has a Tuition Assistance Program graciously funded by The Spirit of Alexandria Foundation. If your family is in need of financial assistance for your child(ren) to attend summer camp, please start by creating an account and register your campers. Complete all required forms, then fill out the SOA Scholarship Application- this electronic form is located in Step 3 of the online registration process. Then pay required deposits. You will be notified of your award amount via email after your application has been reviewed. Applications are reviewed on the first Monday of every month, January-May.

Please Note: SOA Scholarships are available based on financial need.