Summer is right around the corner, and we are fortunate enough to have some great camp options here in Austin for kids who love nature. Not only is nature beautiful, but getting kids outside has some great benefits! Nature calms children and initiates peace and curiosity -- inspire your kids to get outdoors and learn more about wildlife and our local community at one of these camps:
Austin Nature & Science Center
The Austin Nature & Science Center provides educational programs and recreational activities, including a summer camp! Kids can increase their awareness and appreciation for nature right here in Austin. ANSC is centrally located in Austin on the west edge of ZIlker Park and inspires children to explore their natural world. There is a half day tadpole camp for children ages 4-6, as well as various camps for children ages 13 and up who are interested in science. Bonus: keep your older kids occupied through their CIT program!
Austin International School
This fantastic summer camp helps kids explore the great outdoors, becoming Nature Detectives and solving mysteries. Your child will work towards keeping Austin green, heading outdoors and learning about weather and the way we grow plants. There’s even a water unit! Each week has seasonally appropriate themes with engaging, energizing activities for children. They also practice French, Spanish, and English skills in fun ways!
McKinney Roughs & Matagorda Bay Nature Park
McKinney Roughs is just east of Austin with 1,100 acres of pine forests and box canyons where kids can explore. Their camp is outdoors based for children ages 5-15. Kids will engage in river rafting, zip lining, and learn about native plant and animal species in the area. Matagorda Bay Nature Park is just south of Bay City and has 2 miles of beach and river access where your child can experience outdoor adventures at weekly camps.
Summergarden and Camp Roadrunner at the Austin Waldorf School
Summergarden at Austin Waldorf School is made for ages four to five and allows children to experience summer camp in hill country. Their well shaded playground is also perfect for outside play. Kids will swim, as well as engage in crafts and games. Camp Roadrunner is for school aged children and has activities that vary each week with different summer themes.
What do you think of these options? Any others you would recommend?