Summer Day Camps- 2017

This summer, in Benzie County, Michigan, choose from five weeks of themed nature camps!


There are three different weeks for ages 7-11, and two weeks for ages 3-6.


The week will be split between two great locations that are only a few miles apart from each other. This will give us ample time to explore the forest and the greenhouses, plus have both classroom and outdoor space for art, games, stories, songs, and more!


Each week will be four days: Tuesday through Friday.


Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s will be at the Grow Benzie Community Center- 5885 Frankfort Highway (M-115) Benzonia, MI.


Thursday’s and Friday’s will be field days to explore the 30 acres of woods behind Hoot and Holler Farm on Adams Rd. in Frankfort.

Make your own schedule! Register for one or multiple weeks, days, or half- days!



Half-day: 10am-1pm or 1-4pm



Weekly rate: $115
Daily rate: $32
Half-day rate: $18
Sibling Discount: 20%


Animal Detectives

June 13-16 for Ages 3-6

June 20-23 for Ages 7-11

Students will explore and classify their local environment through nature walks, animal interactions, games, art, outdoor research, songs, science experiments, stories, and more!

T- Plants & Seeds
W- Insects & Spiders
Th- Reptiles, Amphibians, & Fish
F- Birds & Mammals

Hands-On Earth Science

July 11-14 for Ages 7-11

Participants will gain a greater understanding of our earth’s cycles through conducting science experiments and field surveys. Outdoor exploration and observation, craft projects, songs and teamwork initiatives will all be part of the fun.

T- Rocks & Crystals
W- Volcano Science
Th.- Fossil Fun
F- Water & Weather

Nature Around the World

July 18-21 for Ages 7-11

July 25-28 for Ages 3-6

Students will creatively explore the cultures and major ecosystems of each continent through activities that promote a comprehensive world-view of geography. They will compare and contrast our own native environment while focusing on how our local impact can make a difference at a global level. Daily slideshows of my work with animals and children on nearly every continent will be featured!

T- The Americas
W- Africa
Th- Eurasia
F- Australia & Antarctica


Please explore the following links for more information:


Public Facebook Event





Amalia Fernand is an environmental educator with a Master of Science in Ecological Leadership and Education. She has worked with children and animals in 19 countries on 6 continents. Amalia founded Nature Explorers International with the mission to: “help children foster a stronger understanding of their environment, an excitement for learning and exploration, and a deep-set love of nature that lasts a lifetime.” Amalia has experience working with Montessori, Experiential, and environmental education at nature parks, schools, and community centers. Her undergraduate degree is in Environmental Studies with minors in Marine Science and Anthropology from Eckerd College.



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