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 three exciting 2022 excursions.

“Be Wild” Project
Entering Grades 9 – 12
July 10 – 15
Days are spent being “WILD” experiencing incredible behind-the-scenes tours of nature centers and zoos that excel in conservation education and animal care. Evenings are spent enjoying nature and evening campfires at beautiful campsites around Michigan. Campers explore the challenges involved with captive animal care and apply their learnings by returning to Howell Nature Center at the end of the week and working with our dedicated staff to create their own contribution to HNC’s conservation and education mission.

South Manitou Island
Entering Grades 9 – 12
July 24 – 29
South Manitou Island and the Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore provide the perfect backdrop for exploration and discovery in this six day backpacking adventure. Campers will start their first night at a campground bonding with one another, packing their backpacks, and getting comfortable with their gear. The next day, campers will ride the Manitou Island Transit ferry to embark on their adventure. With a shipwreck, the “Valley of the Giants” grove of cedars, expansive dunes and beachfront to explore, . Whether your camper has been backpacking before or not, our Manitou Island excursion is inclusive of all abilities and expertise!



Mighty Mackinaw
Entering Grades 9 – 12
August 7 – 12
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 bike around Mackinac Island, gather with friends around the campfire and create memories to last a lifetime.


For HNC Classic & Specialty Day Camps and HNC Overnight & Excursion Camps

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. 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 HNC Campership Application, this electronic form is located in Step 3 of the online registration process. Then pay required deposits. You will be notified of your scholarship within three weeks.

Please Note: HNC Campership Assistance is available based on financial need.

Campership Assistance based on availability.

Overnight Excursion Camp Pricing Options

Register early for the best rates.