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A summer of exploration, new friends, and adventure

That sounds like a summer at Riveredge! Beloved by generations of Riveredge Kids, a week of summer camp at Riveredge is an experience like no other.

“It was epic and I had the best time of my life.”

– Trailblazers Camper

From preschoolers to high schoolers, there’s something for everyone this summer at Riveredge and beyond. From wading in the river to look for crayfish to backpacking in the wilderness, the adventures at camp expand even beyond the borders of Riveredge.

We are always looking for volunteers that want to share in the adventure. If you enjoy time in the outdoors and working with children, sign up to volunteer! (We also have volunteers who are past campers… relive those great memories!)

“I’m always impressed by the quality of teachers chosen to lead camps. Their energy and dedication helped my child feel at home while at camp.”

– Parent of a Pathfinders Camper

What makes Riveredge Summer Camp Amazing?

485 acres to explore
Hands-on, adventure-based days
Professional, engaging, and experienced staff
Adult to camper ratio of 1:7 or less!
Freedom to get dirty, swing from the trees, wade in the river…
Hands-on Extended care options for busy families
witnessing rarely-seen areas of the Riveredge sanctuary
Campers gain self-confidence and wilderness skills

CAMPS

Discoverers

Preschool (3-4 years old) with an adult

Eyes on Nature
Session 1: June 10-13, 9:15-11:15 am, M-Th FULL
Session 2: June 24-27, 9:15-11:15 am, M-Th
Session 3: July 8-11, 9:15-11:15 am, M-Th

The Sounds of Nature
Session 1: August 5-8, 9:15-11:15 am, M-Th
Session 2: August 12-15, 9:15-11:15 am,
M-Th

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Pathfinders

(5-6 year olds who have completed half or full day kindergarten)

Search for Nature’s Wonders
Half day
Session 1: June 10-14, 9 am-12 pm, M-F
Session 2: June 10-14, 1-4 pm, M-F

Mission Exploration
Full day
Session 1: June 17-20, 9 am-4 pm, M-Th FULL
Session 2: June 24-27, 9 am-4 pm, M-Th FULL
Session 3: July 8-11, 9 am-4 pm, M-Th FULL

Buggin’ Outdoors
Full day
Session 1: July 15-18, 9 am-4 pm, M-Th FULL
Session 2: July 22-25, 9 am-4 pm, M-Th FULL
Session 3: July 29- August 1, 9 am-4 pm, M-Th FULL

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Trailblazers

(completed grades 1 or 2)

Secrets of Nature
Session 1: June 10-14, 8:50 am-3:50 pm, M-F FULL
Session 2: June 17-21, 8:50 am-3:50 pm, M-F FULL
Session 3: June 24-28, 8:50 am-3:50 pm, M-F FULL
Session 4: July 8-12, 8:50 am-3:50 pm, M-F FULL
Session 5: July 15-19, 8:50 am-3:50 pm, M-F FULL

Nature’s Enchantment
Session 1: July 15-19, 8:50 am-3:50 pm, M-F FULL
Session 2: July 22-26, 8:50 am-3:50 pm, M-F FULL
Session 3: July 29- Aug 2, 8:50 am-3:50 pm, M-F FULL
Session 4: August 5-9, 8:50 am-3:50 pm, M-F FULL
Session 5: August 12-16, 8:50 am-3:50 pm, M-F FULL

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Explorers

(completed grades 3 or 4)

Eco-Mysteries
overnight Thursday – Friday with 9am dismissal

Session 1: June 24-28, 8:40 am-3:40 pm M-Th FULL
Session 2: July 8-12, 8:40 am-3:40 pm M-Th
Session 3: July 29- August 2, 8:40 am-3:40 pm M-Th FULL
Session 4: August 5-9, 8:40 am-3:40 pm M-Th FULL
Session 5: August 12-16, 8:40 am-3:40 pm M-Th FULL

Discovering Watery Worlds
no overnight
Session 1: June 10-14, 8:40 am-3:40 pm M-F FULL
Session 2: June 17-21, 8:40 am-3:40 pm M-F
Session 3: July 15-19, 8:40 am-3:40 pm M-F FULL
Session 4: July 22-26, 8:40 am-3:40 pm M-F FULL

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Guardians

(competed grades 5 or 6)

Animal Tracking
no overnight
Session 1: June 10-14, 8:30 am-3:30 pm,
M-F FULL
Session 2: June 17-21, 8:30 am-3:30 pm,
M-F FULL
Session 3: July 15-19, 8:30 am-3:30 pm,
M-F
Session 4: July 22-26, 8:30 am-3:30 pm,
M-F

Earth Skills
overnight Thursday – Friday with 9am dismissal

Session 1: June 24-28, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, M-Th
Session 2: July 8-12, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, M- Th
Session 3: July 29- August 2, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, M- Th
Session 4: August 5-9, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, M- Th FULL
Session 5: August 12-16, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, M- Th

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Garden Wonders

(options for 6 – 12 year olds)

Roots, Shoots, Buckets, & Boots
6-8 year olds
Session 1: July 29-August 2, 9am-4pm, M-F FULL
Session 2: August 5-August 9, 9am-4pm, M-F FULL

Green Thumbs and Dirty Knees
8-10 year olds
Session 1: August 5-9, 9am-4pm, M-F FULL
Session 2: August 12-16, 9am-4pm, M-F FULL

Cooking Up a Storm!
10-12 year olds
August 12-16, 9am-4pm, M-F FULL

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Stewards

(completed grades 7 – 9)

Outdoor Adventures
overnight Thursday – Friday with 9am dismissal
June 24-28, 9am-4pm M-Th FULL

Mirror Lake Outpost Adventures
overnight Thursday at Mirror Lake
June 10-14, 9am-4pm M-F

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Questers

(completed grades 7 – 12)

Boundary Waters Canoe Trip FULL
off-site

Saturday, July 13 – Friday, July 19

(We will meet at Riveredge at 7am on Saturday, July 13  and return by 8pm on Friday, July 19)

Pre-Trip meeting:  Tuesday June 25@ 6:30 pm (for all parents and trip participants)

Pre-Trip packing party: Friday July 12@ 6:00-7:30 pm (for all trip participants, parents welcome)

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Parent or Grandparent and Child Day Treks

Day adventures for the entire family! Register on our events page to find a trek that’s right for you!

Parent / Grandparent Treks Offered throughout the Summer:

Tree Climbing

Thursday, June 13 | 3 PM – 5 PM

Tuesday, July 30 | 3 PM – 5 PM

River Rambling

Friday, July 12 | 1 PM – 3 PM

Friday, August 9 | 1 PM – 3 PM

Geocaching Adventure   

Friday, June 7 | 1 PM – 3 PM

Friday, July 19 | 1 PM – 3 PM

Tubing the Milwaukee River

Thursday, June 20 | 1 PM – 3:30 PM

Friday, June 28 | 1 PM – 3:30 PM

 

Check out Treks on our Event Page (updated quarterly)

Online Registration

Registration for the Nature Journeys Summer Camps will be taken through our online registration system.

When registering, make sure you have all the medical information (insurance, primary doctor, medication, etc.) handy for the child you are registering. You will have to fill out a medical information form during the registration process. Online registration will close the Wednesday before the week of a camp. Spaces may still be available at that time, call 262-375-2715 for availability.

Registration Portal

Extended Care

Before and After Care for Summer Campers! Riveredge is happy to provide before & after camp extended care for our full-day campers. Our programs allow campers to spend just a little more time exploring Riveredge with earlier drop off (7:30am) and later pick up (5:30pm). Camp counselors will encourage your camper’s imagination through games and activities and they will have plenty of time for free play in our natural playground. Please note that extended care is not available following an overnight program.

Fees: $50 for am and pm (full week); $30 for either am OR pm (full week); 

$10 per care period per day

Payment is due two weeks prior to your child(ren)’s camp week.

Extended Care Registration

Membership Discount

Riveredge Family Membership is $75 annually. Members receive discounts on camps ranging from $20-$30 per child based on the camp. That means that a membership can pay for itself for families with multiple children in camp and still provides many other benefits all year round!

Multiple Camps/Children Discount

If you register for multiple camps (they can be for the same child or different children), you will pay the normal fee for the first camp and receive a 10% discount off of each additional camp.  Please note, in order to receive both the multiple camps and multiple child (i.e. signing up 2 children for 2 camps apiece) discount or the multiple camps for a single child in the same registration, you must pay 50% of your registration cost and contact Riveredge directly at 262-375-2715 to have the remaining balance adjusted.

Payment

50% of camp fees are due at the time of registration. Full payment for all camps is due by May 1st. You may make payments on your account at anytime through the online registration system using your log-in information. If full payment is not received by May 1st, we can not guarantee that your child’s space in camp will be held.

Switching Camps

If you’d like to move your camp registration to another camp session, we are happy to accommodate those requests if space allows. Each date change is subject to a $30 fee. Please contact Riveredge directly at 262-375-2715 to make a date change request.

Waitlists

Riveredge camps are popular and fill quickly!  Waitlist will be formed when camps have reached their capacity.  It is very beneficial to put your name on waitlists as spots do open up due to family scheduling conflicts.  There is no fee to put your child on the waitlist.  If a space becomes available, you will be contacted via email.  You have 48 hours to confirm the spot and pay the deposit.  If we do not hear from you within 48 hours, a call will be made and you will have an additional 48 hours.  If the office does not hear from you, your child will be removed from the waitlist.  Timing will be at the discretion of the camp director.

Cancellations

Registrations may be canceled up to 30 days prior to the week of your camp to receive a refund of registration fees minus a $50 non-refundable deposit. If you cancel less than 30 days before your week of camp, refunds are only given for medical reasons and family emergencies. These refunds are also subject to the $50 non-refundable deposit.

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