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

Lil’ Zookeepers
Week 4: June 27 – July 1
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
Week 9: August 1 – 5, Week 10: August 8-12
“Nature Nuts” will explore a variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, bugs, birds and plants. Kids will enjoy being inquisitive as they learn how to fish, investigate animal tracks and build secret forts, while searching for the largest bullfrog on site!

Grades 3-4

Junior Rods & Reels
Week 2: June 13 – 17
Introduce your little minnow to the world of fishing in this beginner’s camp. Campers will spend the week exploring this popular outdoor recreational activity as they’re introduced to the basics of fishing while learning about common Michigan lake fish.

Critter Keepers
Week 3: June 20 – 24
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.

Junior Bushcrafters
Week 5: July 4 – 8
Campers will be introduced to the world of outdoor survival, learning basic bushcraft skills necessary to live off the land and survive in the wild. They’ll be introduced to real bushcraft tools (always under adult supervision), and the importance of respecting and maintaining these tools. Your child will leave feeling connected to the land and confident in their abilities!

Grades 5-6

Bushcraft Survival
Week 3: June 20 – 24
Give your adventurer a week of outdoor survival fun! Campers will learn bushcraft skills such as foraging for wild plants, building a shelter, tracking animals, cooking food on a fire, orienteering and more!

Rods & Reels
Week 6: July 11 – 15
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.

WILD About Wildlife
Week 8: July 25 – 29
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 care team with all aspects of animal husbandry, including cleaning, feeding, observing and giving enrichment.

Grades 7-8

Week 7: July 18 – 22
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.



Week 8: July 25 – 29
Let us teach your future 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 be able to outsmart “Big Charlie?”

X-Treme Survivors
Week 10: August 8– 12
Campers will enhance their survival skills with activities such as shelter building, cooking food on a fire, foraging of wild plants, and more!

Grades 9-10

Leaders in Training
Week 5: July 4 – 8
Leaders in Training (LIT) blends camp favorites with team 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.

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.