Happy Dancing Turtle

Eco Camps

2020 Eco Camps

Happy Dancing Turtle's Eco Camp provides a unique experience that combines environmental education and summer camp. We believe that a passion for stewardship begins with cultivating a love of nature and being outdoors. We'll engage campers in a variety of lessons, activities, games, stories, crafts, outdoor experiences and play, and more, as we learn how to be a responsible caretaker of our local environments! 


Our theme for camp this year is Freshwater Friends, a group of Minnesota’s aquatic critters with one mission: to protect Minnesota’s lakes and rivers!  Each age group will have their own mascot to help them become a Friend to the Planet. Activities will vary by age, but campers will have a chance to: 

  • Turn trash into treasure as we get crafty by reusing common household items

  • Learn about & create animal habitats

  • Dive into predator-prey relationships in the food web through various games of tag 

  • Discover the wonders of animal adaptations with hide-and-seek games of camouflage, goofy dress-up costumes, and creative art activities

  • Get our hands dirty as we learn about plants through gardening and forest exploration

  • Go on daily nature walks to observe the flora & fauna of the area

  • Gain basic outdoors skills through activities like fort-building and outdoor navigation

  • Build our observation skills through interactive games, challenges, & writing activities 

  • Explore how to conserve our resources through interactive lessons, discussions, & science experiments on energy, water, pollution, and consumer choices. 

  • Most importantly, have fun while enjoying the great outdoors! 


June 22 - 26: Loons (1 & 2 Grade) 

July 6 - 10: Brook Trout (3 & 4 Grade)

July 20 - 24: Dragonflies (5 & 6 Grade) 

August 3 - 7: Frogs (Pre-K & K)

Ages: Pre-K-6

Times: Drop off between 8:30-9:00 am

Pick up between 4:15-4:30 pm

Location: Camp Wenonah

Price: Member & Non-Member: $145, Pre-K & K Camp Member & Non-Member: $75


Note: Camps are determined by grade in Fall of 2020. Pre-K/K Camp is only a morning half-day camp. 

For more information about Eco Camps, contact Nora Woodworth at driftless@happydancingturtle.org. 


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