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Ages 11-14: Wilderness Adventure Camp

June 20-24 (optional overnight June 23)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

July 11-15 (optional overnight July 14)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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/session

Registration Deadline: June 6 and June 27, 2022

Instructors: Jonah Evans is currently attending Northland College studying Sustainable Community Development and Outdoor Education.  Jonah has two years’ experience teaching summer camp at KVR and is excited for another year!  Some of Jonah’s favorite things about the KVR are wandering around the woods, fishing the creeks and showing others interesting places to discover.

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 4-year old son.



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NEW! Wildcrafting Wonders: Foraging & Outdoor Cooking

August 1-5, 2022       9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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 25, 2022

Instructor: Joy Miller is an organic vegetable farmer at Keewaydin Farms and the Executive Director of Driftless Curiosity, a new land based learning nonprofit with the mission of deepening people’s connection to the land through curiosity, experiential education, farming, social justice, and the arts. She has been an instructor with the KVR naturalist education program since 2019. Curiosity and whimsical questions from children are Joy’s favorite parts of naturalist education.