Summer Camps

Check out these fun camps for ages 2-16!

For the 2017 year, the Ogden Nature Center is offering a large selection of nature camps specifically designed for ages 2 all the way through 16! Choose a theme that best suites your child. We have week-long day camps — some with an overnighter under the stars — partial-day adventures for the very young, and a family campout for all ages. 

Register for Camps

Or, please call 801-621-7595 to register your child for a camp over the phone.

More Information about Summer Camps

Costs and Discounts

Costs are listed below. Please note that ONC members receive 10% discount at the checkout. We are sorry but we  do not offer discounts for Dinosaur Park members, Tracy Aviary members or Union Station members. We also give 10% discount when your family signs up for more than one camp. (Both discounts are excluded from the Family Camp.)

You will be asked to provide a promotional code at checkout in order to receive these discounts. Please use the following discount codes when applicable.

  • If you're a member use code: ONCMEMBER17
  • If you have registered for more than one camp use code: DOUBLECAMP

Full Week Camps

Become immersed in the outdoors with a week-long nature camp! Held from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Mon. – Weds. with an overnight campout starting at 6 pm Thursday and ending at 8:30am Friday morning. Dinner and breakfast are provided. After-hours care is available until 5 pm Mon. – Weds. Tents and sleeping bags are available for students who do not own their own. Tents are shared with same gender campers only.

Cost: $165/camp, includes camp T-shirt

X-treme Eco-Expedition - Ages 11-14 - June 12th-16th

Think you know what it takes to survive in the wild? Challenge yourself in the ultimate nature adventure. Learn how to read nature and prepare yourself for survival using basic first aid, map reading, fire starting, leadership, tracking and shelter-building skills learned along the way. Conquer the compass and GPS, and put your skills to the test in an all-out, end-of-camp treasure hunt. Who will win in this wild adventure?

Creepy Crawly Critters- Ages 7-9 - June 26th -30th

Would you like an up-close and personal encounter with the creepy crawly critters that are movoing around the nature center? Join us for a weeklong adventure discovering and investigating the flying, crawling, and slithering creatures that call ONC home. Become a nature spy as we dig through pond muck and search fields high and low for snakes, lizards, insects, spiders and more. Play games and enjoy activities that help us understand and appreciate the creepy crawly critters all around us.  

Wild Things- Ages 9-11 - July 31st - August 4th

From forests to fields the Ogden Nature Center is teeming with life. Spend some time this summer exploring all 152 acres. Observe pond life under microscopes, catch insects in the field and travel off the beaten path in search of native species and secret spots. Learn about nocturnal, crepuscular and diurnal creatures. Meet some furry, feathery and funny looking friends up-close as you investigate the wild side of the Ogden Nature Center.

Eco-Art Adventure - Ages 9-12 - July 26th - 28th

8:30am - 3:30pm, Wednesday through Friday

After-hours care is available until 5pm

Cost: $125/camp, includes camp T-shirt

Let creativity be your guide as you explore plants, animals, and nature's cycles through painting, scultping, and mixed-media collage. Show off your efforts the last day with an art show for camper's families.

Single Day Adventures

Single-day adventures are great for those interested in specific topics and they are easy to squeeze into busy summer schedules. One Day Adventures are from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. After hours care is available until 5 pm.

Cost: $45/day, $7 for camp t-shirt

Crafting With Nature- Ages 7-9 - June 6th

Creative campers will enjoy this full day of crafting with nature. From creating river stone and pine cone critters to making sand paintings and nature prints, children will use what nature provides to make fun projects to take home.

Water Beasts - Ages 7-9 - June 8th

What lurks below the surface of our ponds? Spend the day exploring the many different water beasts that call Utah home, from turtles to fish to the tiniest macro-invertebrates, we will uncover the secret life beneath the water.

Sorting It Out- Ages 9-11 - July 6th

From tracks to skulls to animal groups, spend the day sorting it all out. We will use dichotomous keys and indentification games to learn firsthand how scientists sort, categorize and learn about nature.

Working with Wildlife - Ages 12-16 - July 25th

So you want to work with animals? Spend a day with our wildlife specialist to get a taste of the future. Enjoy all the fun of camp along with real-world experience in this hands-on animal adventure. Get up close and personal with our resident animals as you learn what it takes to keep them happy and healthy. Try your hand at radio-tracking, food preparation and race your fellow campers in tying a proper falconers knot. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get a sneak peak at wildlife care usually only available for volunteers over the age of 18.

Caring for Creatures - Ages 9-11 - August 8th

Snakes, Salamanders and Spiders! All of our critters need care. Help us feed, clean and care for our smaller critters as we investigate what animals in captivity need. Feed a tarantula, exercise a desert tortoise and clean a milk snake's cage in this day devoted to caring for creatures.

Nature's Underdogs- Ages 8-10 - August 10th

They are underground, inside ponds, and leaping from branch to branch. They are nature's underdogs! Come learn about some of nature's most fascinating creatures who hid ein plain sight but have amazing abilities. You may have to get a little dirty to do so!


Perfect for the littles who are able to be at the Nature Center without mom or dad! Ages 4-6. Pick one day or stay for the whole week (Mon. - Fri., 9 am – 12 noon).

Cost: $25/day, $7 for camp t-shirt

Animal Explorers - Ages 4-6 - June 19th - 23rd

Scales and skin, fins, fur and feathers - animals have them all! Examine reall skulls and pelts, capture insects, and meet some feathered friends as you explore the fantastic world of animals through songs, games, crafts and stories.

  • Mon, June 19th - Nocturnal Nature
  • Tues, June 20th - Turtle Tails and Fish Scales
  • Weds, June 21st - No Bones About It
  • Thurs, June 22nd - Antlered Friends
  • Fri, June 23rd - Majestic Mammals

Knee-High Naturalist - Ages 4-6 - July 10th-14th

Is your child a budding biologist, ecologist or botanist in the making? At the Ogden Nature Center, it's never too early to begin looking at the world like a scientist. Experience a differnt natural science each day with hands-on activities!

  • Mon, July 10th - Little Botanist
  • Tues, July 11th - Little Biologist
  • Weds, July 12th - Little Chemist
  • Thurs, July 13th -Little Giologist
  • Fri, July 14th- Little Ecologist

Toddler Tracks

Single-day, outdoor learning for the tiniest tots. Ages 2-3. Guardians must accompany children. All Toddler Tracks camps are from 9-11 am.

Cost: $15/day, $7 for camp t-shirt

Trail Tales- Ages 2-3 - June 7th , 9-11 am

Cozy corners out-of-doors are the perfect places for sharing stories! Come walk with us on our trails as we make story stops at our favorite natural hidden spots! Strollers or wagons are welcome for this program.

Nature's Palette - Ages 2-3 - June 9th, 9-11 am

Dress in your not-so-best and join the Ogden Nature Center staff in a messy art exploration day. Play with paint, dirt, leaves, sticks and more as you use nature's palette to create works of art.

Sense-Sational Nature- Ages 2-3 - July 5th, 9-11 am

Explore nature using your five senses. Investigate how animals use sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell to navigate the world around them. Play games, sing songs, and create art as you compare animal senses to your own abilities.

Animal Superheroes - Ages 2-3 - July 7th, 9-11 am

Look to the sky! It's a bird, it's a bat, No! Its a toddler dressed as a dragonfly? From beaver that build magnificent homes with no glue guns, nails or hammers to falcons that dive out of the sky at over 200 miles an hour. You and your child will have fun playing games and exploring as you learn about survival tactics in the animal kingdom.

Bugology - Ages 2-3 - August 9th, 9-11 am

Explore the wild world of insects with your little bug. Play games, sing songs, create art and explore through hands-on investigation. Use magnifying glasses, swing nets in the field, and dig through the soil to find nature's tiniest and most important creatures.

Mudpuppies- Ages 2-3 - August 11th, 9-11 am

Join us as we get our hands dirty for some good old fashion mud fun. Find out what lives in the dirt as we dig holes, find worms, make track and hear stories all about dirt. Dress for the mess.

Family Camp

Songs, Skits, Stars, and Smore's – July 7th-8th – 6 pm Friday to 9 am Saturday

Cost: $50/family of 4 / $5 each additional family member (please note there are no additional discounts for Family Camp)

Camp under the stars with your family at the Ogden Nature Center's Dumke Picnic Grove. Take a guided hike through the center and learn about the nocturnal creatures that inhabit the preserve at night. Songs, skits and s'mores will cap off the evening before you slumber under the stars. We will provide the entertainment, drinks, s'mores and breakfast. Bring your own tent, sleeping bags, mess kit and a picnic dinner. Space is limited to 8 families and registration is required.

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