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Summer Camps - Ages 4-15

Camp details for 2022 will be viewable starting January 17th. Camp Registration will open online starting January 24th at 6 am.

Who knew learning about the outdoors could be so fun? Join us for live animal programs, environmental games, nature crafts, hikes, stories, educational programs, guest speakers and a fun field trip each week!  Test your skill and safety using archery equipment and bb guns (8 years and older).  Your child will never stop exploring and discovering in this camp! Weekly swimming, boating and fishing too!

Locations include Ernie Miller Park, Shawnee Mission Park and TimberRidge Adventure Center.

Camps at a glance

  • Nature and Science Preschool and Half Day Camps
    • Summer Tots (ages 4-5)
    • Summer Vacation (ages 6-8)
    • Outdoor Basics (ages 9-12)
    • Junior Naturalist Camp (ages 9-12)
  • Nature and Science Specialty Camps
    • Biking Camp (ages 12-15)
    • Climbing and Rappelling (ages 12-15)
    • Fishing and Boating Camp (ages 11-14)
    • Outdoor Adventures Camp (ages 11-13)
    • Outdoor Celebration Camp (ages 6-12)
  • Nature and Science Outdoor Discovery Camp (see 2021 camp themes below)
    • Ernie Miller Park (ages 6-7)
    • Ernie Miller Park (ages 8-12)
    • Shawnee Mission Park (ages 8-12)

Before you register for camp please read the Nature & Science Camp Refund Policy.

Camp MUST be paid in full at time of registration. If a camp is full we recommend getting on the wait list as soon as possible.

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Summer Camp Forms

Parents, please look carefully over the camp forms below. There are forms that are required before your child can attend a camp. If we do not have their forms on file they will not be able to attend. Full day camp forms can be filled out in ePACT. Paper printed forms and 1/2 day camp forms can be dropped off at Ernie Miller Nature Center.

If you have any questions email or call the nature center at (913) 826-2800.

Outdoor Discovery Camp and Nature & Science Camp Form

All-Day Camp Forms. (*Required) 

*You will receive a notice via email within 24 hours after registration for these camps with the link and instructions for filling out required forms using our online system. If you are having trouble with the ePACT online camp forms, you may download our 2021 form here to submit a printed copy of your form in advance.EMNC-Download-Forms Opens in new window

Outdoor Discovery Camp Information

Please read the forms! All other Nature & Science camps will have information sent one week prior to camp.

REQUIRED: Half-Day Camp Form 

  • Summer Tots 
  • Summer Vacation
  • Junior Naturalist
  • Outdoor Basics

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Required: TimberRidge Adv. Center Health & Liability Form  

If attending Climbing & Rappelling, Photo Adventure, or Outdoor Adventures

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Medication Form

This form is required if your child will be using medication while in our care. This includes the use of epi pens, inhalers, and any other daily medications.

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2021 Nature & Science

Outdoor Discovery Camp Themes!


Week 1 (June 1 - June 4): BIZARRE & STRANGER THINGS - Say “Cool! Gross! Ewww!” to all the things that animals do. Follow tracks, find scat, and discover how animals defend themselves! Play camouflage and create your own bizarre and stranger creature!

Week 2 (June 7 - June 11): MASTERS OF THE SKY - Soaring and gliding, birds capture our imaginations with graceful flight. Hike through the forest and prairie to catch a glimpse of birds at home. See live birds of prey.

Week 3 (June 14 - June 18): TREASURE ISLAND - We are on the search for nature’s treasures. Follow the map with hidden clues to riches! Dress like a pirate and hear stories of nautical survival.

Week 4 (June 21 - June 25): FAST & FURRY - Discover who is the fastest land mammal in Kansas. Learn about the mammals that make this place home. Try the animal relay race!

Week 5 (June 28 - July 2): NUTS ABOUT NATURE - Do you love nature? Go wild exploring different habitats and meet live animals that live there. Score points with the nature trivia contest.

Week 6 (July 6 - July 9): AUQUA MANIA - Splish Splash make a dash into the water. Discover animals that depend on water and compete in the H2oooOlympics!

Week 7 (July 12 - July 16): LIZARDS OF OZ  - What’s that in the grass? Let’s discover the lizards that run and slither in Kansas. Explore the park to find reptiles and amphibians. 

Week 8 (July 19 - July 23): FAUNA FOLKLORE  - Centaurs, water panthers, and bigfoot were stories told by the campfire. Hear stories of mythical creatures and search for signs of Yeti.  

Week 9 (July 26 - July 30): MAKE YOUR MARK - Try your hand at some outdoor skills. Fling an arrow, drop your line for “Big Bessie,” and catch the most tadpoles and crayfish in the creek! This week will be sure to get you muddy, wet, and smiling.

Week 10 (August 2 -August 6): CAMP WARRIORS  - Do you like animals, fishing and playing camouflage or ambush? Let’s celebrate our camp team and check off our favorite camp bucket list of activities! Show off your crazy kooky skills at our annual talent show!

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