Specialty Day Camps

(Five-Day Option Only)


Overnight & Excursion Camps are SUSPENDED due to COVID-19

Specialty Day Camps offer a perfect mix of specialized programming for half of each camp day and classic camp fun for the other half. Specialty Day Camps differ from our Classic Day Camps in that each session is offered only as a full-week option. Specialty Camps are uniquely catered to specific ages and interests.

Lil’ Zookeepers
Entering Grades 1 – 2
June 29 – July 3
Kids who love animals will not want to miss this program! Campers experience basics of animal care while learning about our wildlife ambassadors through live presentations and unique wildlife education and enrichment activities.

Fish, Frogs and Forts
Entering Grades 1 – 2
August 3 – 7
“Nature Nuts” explore a variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, bugs, birds and plants. Kids enjoy being inquisitive as they learn how to fish, investigate animal tracks and build secret forts, while searching for the largest bullfrog on site!

WILD About Wildlife
Entering Grades 3 – 5
June 22 – 26, July 27 – 31
Wild About Wildlife introduces your junior zookeeper to wildlife and the interesting aspects of animal care. Campers work with zookeepers while exploring all types of wildlife as they enjoy learning about their health, behavior, nutrition and welfare.

Adventures in Imagination
Entering Grades 3 – 5
July 13 – 17
Adventures in Imagination immerses your child in a fictional book series through creative programming. Back by popular demand, Harry Potter and the world of Hogwarts will be featured where your children’s storybook characters and adventures come to life!

Rods & Reels
Entering Grades 4 – 6
June 15 – 19, July 20 – 24
Young anglers venture out on a daily quest to catch “Big Charlie!” Campers learn fundamental fishing skills, such as baiting, casting, tracking and catch and release, all while enjoying the serenity of beautiful Pleasant Lake.

Entering Grades 4 – 6
July 6 – 10, August 10 – 14
Aquamaniacs will love daily water-based activities including swimming, snorkeling for treasure, playing on the aqua toys, fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding, and culminating with a “Splash” in our first annual Aqua Olympics!

Leaders in Training (LIT)
Entering Grades 9 – 10
July 6 – 10
Leaders in Training blends camp favorites with group challenges designed to develop compassionate, confident leaders. LITs work side-by-side with counselors planning and leading Thursday’s Theme Event. A perfect step in becoming a Counselor in Training.

Entering Grades 6 – 8
July 20 – 24
Budding zookeepers will participate in advanced workshops and experiences, working side-by-side with our Wildlife Park experts and veterinarian interns. Children will help care for and enrich our wildlife ambassadors.

Counselors in Training (CIT)
Entering Grades 11 – 12
July 27 – 31
This program is a great way to introduce you to everything that goes into being a camp counselor. CITs will participate in classic camp activities, while spending time developing leadership skills needed to become an amazing counselor.



Specialty Day Camp Pricing Options

Register early for the best rates.


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.