Nature Center Camps

The Pioneers Park Nature Center day camp programs are designed to inspire curiosity and build understanding of others and of their surroundings through guidance of caring staff, featuring the outdoors, and natural wonder. Pioneers Park Nature Center offers day camp programming during the summer and other school breaks. Day camp and leadership opportunities are also available for teens.

Scholarships are available. 

Contact the Nature Center for more info including scholarships details, current dates, and pricing; 402-441-7895.

How to Register for Nature Camp:
  1. Enroll and pay the non-refundable enrollment fee online or by phone.
  2. Complete online Participant Information and Waiver form; one per camper per calendar year.

Discovery Camp

Two campers show off their masks.

Participants: 3-6 year-olds 

Discovery Camp is a half-day camp for young children to learn about the world around them. Camp activities and experiences are planned around seasonal changes and happenings at the Nature Center. Children have time to explore and investigate, play with other children in social setting, and express themselves through arts and crafts. Come prepared to be outdoors, get dirty, and have fun! 

Sessions are offered in June and July.

Each session is held Monday - Thursday; 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Explorers Camp

Participants: Elementary School, completed grades K-5 
Nature Center campers explore the ecosystem they walk on.

Explorers Camp activities include: hikes, creek exploration, pond investigations, archery, fishing, arts and crafts, and more. Participants will be outside most of each day and will need to bring a lunch, water bottle, and an extra change of clothes and closed-toe shoes daily. Guest presenters, special activities, and off-site (field trip) experiences are also planned throughout the summer. Details and other important information about the program and specific weekly activities will be emailed to registered participants prior to camp.

Summer day camps are held June, July, and August, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Additional day camps for elementary age youth are held throughout the year during school breaks; including spring and fall breaks. Dates vary.

Extended hours for early drop-off and late pick-up are available, 8:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Navigators Camp

Participants: Middle School, completed grades 6-9 A young Nature Center camper shows the small fish they caught. The fish is about the same size as the campers hand.

The Navigators camp immerses youth in outdoor learning and leadership building experiences. The Navigators camp experience includes outdoor recreation and nature exploration including, canoeing, archery, fishing, and hiking. Participants will also have opportunity to explore and learn about various habitats, native and invasive species, and build on their understanding of conservation and environmental issues. Guest presenters are also incorporated into the Navigators' experience. Participants will be outside most of each day and will need to bring a lunch, water bottle, and an extra change of clothes and closed-toe shoes daily. Details and other important information about the program will be sent out prior to camp. 

Jr. Leaders

Participants: Middle School and High School, grades 6-12

The Jr. Leader program offers youth the opportunity to be involved throughout the year in Nature Center activities. This program aims to provide opportunities for youth to gain job and life skills while being introduced to the fields of outdoor recreation, environmental education, and natural resources conservation. Jr. Leader activities include leadership development and building awareness and understanding of Nebraska's natural history.

Jr. Leaders can also be involved with the Nature Center's summer day camp programs. Participants interested in summer Jr. Leader (also known as a JC) opportunities are encouraged to participate in the Jr. Leader activities throughout the year. Summer Jr. Leaders (JCs) will be selected in May through an application and interview process.

For more information about the Jr. Leader program please contact the Camp Director at 402-441-7895

Nature Camp Program Information

Scholarship Form

Nature Day Camp Program Guide(PDF, 2MB)