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Ages 8-10:  Nature Nuts 

June 14-18, 2021    9:00 am – 2:30 pm
July 5-9, 2021         9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Note:  Each week includes the same programming; please register for only one.

Each day of Nature Nuts camp brings               exploration, discovery and new skills.  Campers will investigate the realm of plants with            identification games and crafts, they’ll search for animal life, and learn the art of quiet sitting to see who comes along.  We’ll encounter the wonders of the water with a day on the pond learning basic canoe skills and safety and discovering who lives in this watery world. Traditional crafts and demonstrations in the ways that ancient peoples made their fires, shelters, and food will also be part of the adventure. Each day will include hikes, time for guided play, and safe exploration.  We’ll get wet and dirty and gain a new level of comfort and knowledge about nature

Fee:  $150 (child must pack own lunch).
Limit:  12 children per session
Registration Deadline:  May 28, 2021
Instructor: Nicholas WazeeGale is an enthusiastic naturalist, outdoorsman, and craftsperson. The natural world and its gifts have always held a central focus in his life, and he seeks to share this passion for the wilds through teaching outdoor skills like foraging, tracking, and observation; handcraft skills like carving & tanning; and selling handmade wares such as spoons, bowls, birch boxes and baskets. Initially certified in teaching wilderness skills through a year long wilderness lifeway course, he has been instructing courses at the Driftless Folk School, the KVR, and independently for over 15 years. See what he has been up to on              Instagram @nicholas.wazee.gale

Ages 8-10: Four Elements: Where Science & Art Meet

 June 28-July 2, 2021     9:00 am – 2:30 pm 

Calling all dreamers and discoverers! In a camp experience that seeks to unite the artist and the scientist in each of us, we invite children to join us for a week of drawing, painting, crafting, journaling, experimenting and exploring. Who were our famous artist/scientists as children? Who are the da Vincis, the Teslas, the Newtons, the Sybillas and Goldsworthys of today? Campers will create art in nature, and use nature in their own art. We will do science experiments that reveal some of nature's secrets, looking at seeds, sprouts, water, clouds, pond life, and birds.

Fee:  $150/child (child must pack own lunch)
Limit:  12 children per session
Registration Deadline:  June 11, 2021
Instructor: Vicki Ramsay is a Wisconsin certified Biology, Broadfield Sciences, and Environmental Education teacher. She's been teaching Biology, Agriculture, Chemistry, Geometry, and Drawing at Youth Initiative High School in Viroqua for over 14 years. She has two sons, ages 19 and 11, who have been a great source of inspiration. She loves the adventures and lifelong learning that we all receive from Nature just by taking time to notice, explore and spend time in the wild.

Ages 8-10: NEW! KVR Junior Ranger Camp

July 19-23, 2021  9:00 am – 2:30 pm
August 9-13, 2021   9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Note:  Each week includes the same programming; please register for only one.

Campers will get a taste of some of our most popular KVR programming with this camp that devotes a day-long dive into each of these programs: Orienteering, Archery, Canoe Skills and Safety, Survival Skills, and Water Canaries. This camp is specifically designed for first-time KVR campers, but will offer something for returning campers as well. 

Fee:  $150 (child must pack own lunch)
Limit:  12 children per session
Registration Deadline:  July 2, 2021
Instructor: Amanda Fonk is a third grade teacher at La Farge Elementary School and specializes in teaching science. She aspires to advance in her career with a focus on environmental education in the future. Her passion lies in the outdoors and she loves kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking, and animal watching. She has led environmental summer camps for three years and enjoys watching children experience and learn about the wonders of the natural world.

two boys crafting during camp

Ages 8-10: Where the Wild Things Are


August 2-6, 2021  9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Have you ever seen a yellow-bellied sapsucker? Have you encountered a water scorpion? Have you practiced fox-walking? Bring your sense of wonder and an adventurous spirit to explore the wetlands, prairies, and woodlands at the KVR. This will be a week-long nature-themed adventure. Activities will be both engaging and educational with an emphasis on fun! Each participant will take an active role in discovering and learning new things, followed by time to reflect on their experience in an eco-journal. Be prepared for hiking, field  studies, storytelling, nature crafts, and games. Interactive games will stress involvement and de-emphasize competition. Respectful behaviors in nature will be emphasized. There will be ample time for group             collaboration and time to take advantage of the moment. Participants will be introduced to citizen science along with the opportunity to engage in a citizen science survey. 

Fee:  $150 (child must pack own lunch)
Limit:  12 children per session
Registration Deadline:  July 16, 2021
Instructor: Cathy Chybowski is an experienced naturalist and life science teacher whose passion is getting kids outside. She worked for several years as a DNR Naturalist and spent almost 20 years teaching ecology, biology, and A.P. environmental science. She works as a KVR instructor where she spends much time outdoors continuing to be inspired by nature and her students. 

Ages 8-10: NEW! KickaPedal


August 16-17, 2021   9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This two-day, action-packed Mountain Bike Camp is designed to offer young people a positive and fun way to get involved in mountain biking. It is a catalyst for learning such skills as proper bike handling and technical finesse, proper bike maintenance, trail design and building, and respect for both riding and other riders. Through the sport of mountain biking, students develop a strong sense of self-esteem while having great fun in the outdoors and  setting the stage for life-long cycling activities. All abilities welcome. Participants must supply their own fully operational, proper fitting mountain bike (if uncertain, please consult your local bike shop).

Fee:  $110/child (child must pack own lunch)
Limit:  15 children per session
Registration Deadline:  July 16, 2021
Instructor: Pete Taylor has been playing in the woods on mountain bikes since the 80's (yep he's old). He    started coaching and running mountain bike camps in Idaho about 20 years ago and had so much fun with kids on bikes that he never stopped. He moved with his family to the area 15 years ago and created the very popular Camp Bluedog Weekend Mountain Bike Adventure which has hosted over 800 kids since the first year. Pete and his crew of coaches are professionaly trained, first-aid certified, and huge kids-at-heart themselves.         professionally trained, first-aid certified, and huge     kids-at-heart themselves.  


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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