Specialty Day Camps

(Five-Day Option Only)

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.

Grades 1-2

Fish, Frogs, and Forts
Week 8: July 29 – August 2
“Nature Nuts” will venture into the great outdoors to learn all about the fascinating creatures that call it home. Kids will enjoy a variety of activities from fishing and frog watching to building forts and learning survival skills!

Lil’ Zookeepers
Week 2: June 17 – 21
Kids who love animals will not want to miss this program! Campers experience the basics of animal care, while learning about our wildlife ambassadors through live presentations and unique wildlife education and enrichment activities.

Grades 3-4

Junior Rods & Reels
Week 3: June 24 – 28
Introduce your little guppy to the world of fishing in this beginner’s camp. Campers will spend the week exploring the basics of fishing and conservation practices while learning about common Michigan lake fish.

Critter Keepers
Week 5: July 8 – 12
Critter Keepers 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.

Grades 5-6

Rods & Reels
Week 6: July 15 – 19
Young anglers anglers venture out on a daily quest to catch “Big Charlie”! Campers practice and build on fundamental fishing skills, such as baiting, casting, and catch and release, all while enjoying the serenity of beautiful
Pleasant Lake.

WILD About Wildlife
Week 9: August 5 – 9
Campers Campers will go behind the scenes in our wildlife park where they will learn how to care for animals from real zookeepers! They will assist the wildlife team with some aspects of animal care like, Enrichment, Diet prep, training and habitat design. *Please note campers will not be handling animals.



Grades 7-8

Reel Pros
Week 10: August 12 – 16
Let us teach your pro angler how to catch the BIG one! Campers will learn how to select, care for, and maintain equipment, as well as how to better understand fish behavior. Will they finally be able to out smart “Big Charlie?”

Week 7: July 22 – 26
Budding zookeepers will get to experience various parts of animal care! They will get to see real training sessions, make diets for our animals, and create enrichment items that will go right into our animals habitats! *Please note campers will not be handling animals.

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.