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Champ Camp Champ Camp


This summer, give them the dream of life outdoors! We’re hosting an unforgettable summer camp adventure at Jay C. Hormel Nature Center that your kiddo will never forget.

Champ Campers nurture their friendships, explore STEM, play games, and reveal new talents in the great outdoors. And it’s all inspired by teamwork, hands-on creations, and endless sprinkles of joy. 

Whether you need full-time or part-time care, our summer camp program is perfect for 5- to 12-year-olds.

LOCATION: Jay C Hormel Nature Center
1304 21st St NE
Austin, MN 55912

: June 19 – August 4, 2023
: 5 – 12
: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FEES: $299/week (snacks included)
PHONE: 800–246–2154     


A summer of fun, challenge, and adventure is a summer that changes you.

playground icon Seeking adventure 
Learn the art of canoeing and kayaking, explore games with international origins, and complete team-building challenges.

watering can icon Exploring outside 
Seek and identify plants like berries and wildflowers. We’ll learn the principles of responsible hiking, bouldering, and geocaching!

camp icon Gaining skills  
Go fish! We’ll design fishing rods and learn outdoor skills like building shelters, filtering water, and using the sun to produce energy.

magnifying glass icon Understanding nature ( and science)
Embrace your investigative  mindset! Small creatures are lurking outside, and as young ecologists we’ll learn how to nurture and care for them and our earth. Become an amusement park ride designer, explore solar and wind energy, and construct underground structures.

mountain icon Field trips
Waterplay is the name of the game. We’ll swim in pools and lakes and fly down water slides!

Camp adventures come in all shapes and sizes! Here’s a sample schedule so you can see how your camper will gain skills and build memories they’ll treasure all year long.

camp schedule

*Program details and availability may vary from week to week.