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Ages 11-14: Wilderness Adventure Camp

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July 10-14 (optional overnight July 13)
9:00am – 3:00pm

Whether you are joining Wilderness Adventure for the first time or returning for another year, there are always new skills to learn and friends to meet!  Join us for a combination of high adventure activities and wilderness living skills that promote self-confidence while developing a sense of wonder about nature.  This camp will include challenge course team building; active adventure elements such as remote backpacking, map and compass navigation; and river paddling.  It will also allow participants to gain knowledge of plants, mammals, tracking, birds and wilderness survival skills.

Our qualified instructors will guide students into new and challenging experiences that nurture their connection to the earth and serve them for a lifetime.  Past Nature Nuts campers will have an opportunity to build the wilderness foundation skills they have already gained.  This camp is also a prerequisite for Wilderness Leadership camp.  The optional Thursday overnight will give participants the opportunity to expand their wilderness cooking skills, fire building, and leave-no-trace camping skills; hone their night-time nature awareness; and do some guided evening star gazing if weather permits.  Additional female staff will chaperone the overnight.

Fees: $165 Monday-Friday (youth must pack own lunch); $45 Optional overnight (fee includes supper and breakfast)
Limit: 15 children
Registration Deadline: June 26, 2023

Instructors Nicholas WazeeGale is a long-time resident of the Driftless region and is a passionate naturalist, outdoorsperson, forager, craftsperson, and dedicated instructor. He has been teaching summer camps and day programs at KVR for 18 years and he teaches a variety of programs in wilderness skills and traditional craft with the Driftless Folk School. He and his wife also run a handcrafts business and conduct programs through their business Wildroots Handcrafts, found on the web at and on Instagram @wildroots.handcrafts

Jordan Marshall is a high school Social Studies teacher with a passion for spending time outdoors. He enjoys wilderness backpacking trips in addition to local adventures with his wife and 5-year-old son.



 NEW! Incredible Insects!

July 31 - August 4, 2023       9:00am – 3:00pm

Have you ever worked up an appetite on a hike and wondered if there is anything to eat in the woods? In this camp, we’ll learn how to safely identify and prepare some simple snacks from Mother Nature. First, we’ll study the rules of foraging safety and respect for plants. Then we’ll take a closer look at plant identification, vocabulary, and using simple field guides. Throughout the week, campers will have an opportunity to create their own KVR field guide and collect a number of safe edible plants. We’ll also explore the joys of outdoor cooking, including fire safety, building and maintaining a fire, brewing tea, roasting kabobs, dehydrating herbs, making wildcrafter’s soup and more!

Fee: $165 (youth must pack own lunch)
Limit:12 children
Registration Deadline: July 17, 2023

Instructor: Willow Lovecky is an ecologist with a particular fondness for insects, but really, she is a naturalist at heart. She graduated from University of Wisconsin - Madison with a B.S. in entomology and certificate in American Indian Studies. Willow has spent a lot of time with bumble bees and other pollinators but loves all insects! She can be found looking through stacks of field guides identifying birds, trees, and bugs. Willow aims to encourage people to slow down and appreciate the natural world, especially the creatures that have six legs.