Kids playing in creek during DMCC summer camp.

Registration for all camps at Starr’s Cave Nature Center (SCNC) will be held online through Links to the SCNC CampDoc registration page will be made available on the DMCC website and SCNC Facebook page prior to registration. Registration generally opens the last Tuesday in April.

All camps are designed to be fun and active and to provide high quality environmental learning experiences through games, crafts, stories, and in-depth exploration. Kids love coming to our camps and look forward to them each summer. Parents love our camps too because they know their kids are having fun AND are learning at the same time! All camps include a mid-morning snack.

Camps usually begin the first full week in of June but may vary depending on the last day of school and run through the first week of August. We have camps for 3 year olds all the way up to 15 year olds.


Caterpillar 1: June 7-10

Caterpillar 2: June 14-17

Firefly 1: June 14-17

Discovery 1: June 21-25

DarkWings 1: June 21-24

Firefly 2: June 28-July 1

Polliwog 1: July 6-7

Top Shot 1: July 7

Polliwog 2: July 8-9

Top Shot 2: July 9

Discovery 2: July 12-16

DarkWings 2: July 12-15

Adventure Camp: July 19-23

Young Naturalist: July 26-30

Camp Descriptions, TImes, Fees:

Polliwog Camp 

Ages 3-4; 9:30-11:30am; 2 days with adult accompaniment- $20.00

Parents can introduce their child to the wonders of nature during this camp. Each day will feature a nature hike, craft, or story, as well as hands-on nature learning that parents or guardians will get to experience along with their children. 9:30am-11:30am at Starr’s Cave Nature Center.

Caterpillar Camp

Ages 5-6; 9:00am-Noon, 4 days. $40.00

In this fun camp, young children explore the outdoor world. Activities include different art projects, stories, hiking, games in the woods, catching bugs, going on bird hunts and much more! 9:00am-Noon at Starr’s Cave Nature Center.

Discovery Camp

Ages 7-9; 9:00am-Noon, 5 days. $50.00

Campers explore the prairie, forest, and creek around the nature center with a focus on ecosystems, habitat, and nature discovery. They look closely at where things live and what they need to survive. They use dip nets to catch aquatic critters; learn about amazing birds and mighty mammals. They play camouflage games to discover how animals survive; discover animal trails, tracks and signs; and learn about the predators who hunt and the prey that escapes. 9:00am-Noon at Starr’s Cave Nature Center.

Firefly Camp

Ages 7-9; Night camp; 7:00-10:00pm, 4 nights. $40.00

Campers learn about what comes out in nature during the night. As the sun sets, they will see bugs that light up, bats that eat them, and extraordinary birds with night vision. They will learn about the stars that light up the night sky and play games in the dark. 7:00pm-10:00pm at Starr’s Cave Nature Center.

DarkWings Camp

Ages 10-13; Night camp; 7:00-10:00pm; 4 nights. $40.00

Campers learn what goes on in the natural world at night. They go hooting for owls, canoe with head lamps, listen for bats, and peer through a telescope at the night skies. This camp includes one or more evenings at Big Hollow Recreation Area. 7:00pm-10:00pm at Starr’s Cave Nature Center.

Adventure Camp

Ages 10-13; 9:00am-Noon, 5 days. $50.00

Students learn about the natural and human history of the land and acquire valuable outdoor living and safety skills. Shelters, knots, rope making, fires without matches and reading the wild are all part of this outdoor experience. Campers learn to use a bows and atlatl; they’ll improve and develop navigation, canoeing, and climbing skills. Campers will also learn to work together to accomplish goals and challenges, building confidence and trust both in themselves and in others. This camp includes one or more days at Big Hollow Recreation Area near Sperry. 9:00am-Noon at Starr’s Cave Nature Center.

Young Naturalist Camp

Ages 10-13; 9:00am-Noon, 5 days. $50.00

Learn what it takes to be a naturalist by investigating the different biotic communities of the creek, cave, prairie, and forest. Band songbirds, ID plants, and conduct citizen science projects at Starr’s Cave Park and Preserve. 9:00am-Noon at Starr’s Cave Nature Center.

Top Shot 1 

Ages 12-15; 9:00am-2:00pm, 1 day. $20

Introduction to shooting sports and a little healthy competition. Learn about firearm safety and test your skills on the range with shotguns and rifles. 9:00am-2:00pm at Big Hollow Shooting Range.

Top Shot 2

Ages 12-15; 9:00am-2:00pm, 1 day. $20

Experience the more traditional side of shooting sports. After a safety lesson, campers will learn how to use bow and arrow, atlatl, throwing knives, and tomahawks. Campers will test their aim on the 3D archery range. 9:00am-2:00pm at Big Hollow Shooting Range.