Summer Camps

2021 Nature Explorers Summer Camp

BREC’S PALOMINO DRIVE PARK
14100 Palomino Dr, Central, LA

Nature Explorers Camp is all about getting your child outside for a hands-on exploration of nature. This year we have relocated to BREC’s Palomino Drive Park. Campers will explore the new campus, learn exciting facts and enjoy the great outdoors. Age-specific activities are designed to keep your camper engaged, learning and having a blast all week long. These will include themed outdoor games, fishing, hiking, canoeing, crafts and experiments.

We also offer a week-long Counselors in Training program so that your young adult can learn about becoming a natural resource professional while getting job training and experience. Additionally, we offer Expedition weeks for the campers looking to take their explorations to the next level

COUNSELORS IN TRAINING (CIT): NATURALIST WORKSHOP
This week teens will take their nature interests to the next level. We will cover leadership skills, education program planning, careers skills and options in natural resources and other science fields, camper management, networking and more! Once completing this week, teens have the option of assisting with camp throughout the summer for additional experience.
June 1-4 / Ages: 14-17

SESSION 1 + 2 + 4 + 7: ECOSYSTEM EXPLORATIONS
Ecosystem Exploration sessions will break down the natural world through exploration and play. Campers will learn about nature’s functions and the different ecosystems and the organisms within them. They will venture into swamps, forests and rivers; hiking, splashing, and investigating the who, what and how of local habitats. No bug, fish, bird or fungus is off-limits in this wild exploration of native Louisiana Ecosystems.
SESSION 1 June 7-11 / Ages: 7-10
SESSION 2 June 14-18 / Ages: 10-13
SESSION 4 June 28-July 2 / Ages: 7-10
SESSION 7 July 19-23 / Ages: 7-10

SESSION 3 + 8: EXPEDITION WEEK - FANTASTIC BEASTS + WHERE TO FIND THEM
Resurrecting frogs, invisible insects, immortal jellyfish, supersonic shrimp and glowing sharks? The world is full of truly fantastic beasts and these are only the ones we know about. Join us this week at a look at the cool, creepy, amazing and magical world of beasts. We will take a close look at the spell-binding creatures that have been found on earth and even investigate the cryptid beasts of lore and legend that still perplex researchers to this day.
SESSION 3 June 21-25 / Ages: 7-10
SESSION 7 July 26-30 / Ages: 10-13

SESSION 6: EXPEDITION WEEK - WILDERNESS SURVIVAL ADVENTURE
Ever wonder what it would be like to rough it in the wild? This week we dive headfirst into survival techniques, skills, and knowledge that you would need to survive in the wilderness. Follow us on this adventure where we will paddle, fish, hike and explore what it would be like to survive in the wild.
July 12-16 / Ages: 10-13

SESSION 9: EXPEDITION WEEK - A BUG’S LIFE
What’s small and crawls and is fun to hunt for? Bugs! Join us for a week focused on the insect world where we will be digging in the dirt and swinging nets through the air in our search for bugs. We will explore sampling techniques and spend a moment in their buzzing, flying, crawling world as we learn all about the lives of insects and spiders.
Aug. 2-6 / Ages: 7-10

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Early drop-off 7:30 a.m. / Late pick-up 5:30 p.m.; No additional fee
$125 per East Baton Rouge Parish resident
$150 per out-of-parish resident
Activity #220180
More info: moe.richert@brec.org or 225-246-8021

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