Nature Discovery Camp 2019

By Ready to Grow Gardens (other events)

Mon, Jun 24 2019 9:00 AM Fri, Jun 28 2019 2:00 PM

Nature Discovery Summer Camp 2019 by Ready to Grow Gardens

Join the fun as we follow the trail around the pond for an adventure walk collecting bugs in our bug boxes, finding treasure to use in nature crafts, collecting tadpoles, caterpillars, beetles, and other creepy crawly things to add to our miniature habitats located at base camp. 

Each day campers will enjoy close-up encounters with animals, learn about their role in the environment, and how they survive. Animals ranging from the smallest insects found in a field, frogs in a pond, tortoises living in a desert, and even goats and chicks living on a farm. After their experience campers will spend time writing and sketching in their nature journal about what they've learned.

Guest speakers will join us for "Meet the Expert" hour where they will share their wealth of knowledge. Guests we have planned for this summer are a beekeeper with his traveling beehive, a reptile expert with her snake and reptile collection, two local FFA students with their show animals, and a Texas A& M entomology student with her impressive bug collection.

In our gardening component, campers will learn all about sustainable vegetable gardening, butterfly and hummingbird gardening, as well as native plant and habitat gardening. We will learn about how to grow native plants to attract pollinators, birds, and amphibians as well as methods for storing fresh food from the garden. 

On Friday, each camper will take home seeds for planting, a jar of refrigerator pickles they've prepared themselves, original artwork made throughout the week, treasures they find, a camp t-shirt, and memories that will last a lifetime!

Camp Details:

Campers will spend the morning rotating through fun stations along trails, in pavilions, and under shade trees. Break time will be at base camp, a big air-conditioned log cabin, and picnic lunches that campers bring from home will be enjoyed on a quilt under a shade tree as we reflect on the morning's discoveries!

Each afternoon between 1 - 2 pm is nature outreach hour! We are excited to lead campers in activities with a purpose designed to give back and contribute to the community. Projects such as birdhouses painted for nursing homes, homemade pickles jarred to share with first responders, and seed packets decorate and packaged to share.

Our summer camps is designed for boys and girls ages 4-12.

If your camper is a Girl Scout, she may have the ability to earn all or parts of the following badges.

Girl Scout Badges

DAISY: Make the World a Better Place, Use Resources Wisely, Outdoor Art Maker 

BROWNIE: Hiker, Bugs, Outdoor Adventurer, Outdoor Art Creator, Senses, Animal Habitats, Painting

JUNIORS: Flowers, Gardener, Outdoor Art Explorer, Drawing

CADETTES: Outdoor Art Apprentice, Trees, Animal Helpers


Camp Time: 9am - 2pm
Ages: 4 - 12 years old 

What to bring:

Water bottle with cold water - We will have refill stations!

Sack lunch 

Bug Spray and Sunscreen

Rubber boots for exploring the pond, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, closed-toed shoes, lightweight clothing 

Nature Discovery Summer Camp by Ready to Grow Gardens

  • Adventure and Exploration
  • Hands-on activities
  • A safe environment in a beautiful shaded area at the CyHope campus at Northwest Forest
  • Fun games 
  • Opportunities to create original artwork
  • Science education 
  • Connections to the community through “Meet the Expert"

Ready to Grow Gardens has 17 years of experience working with students in elementary school gardens in CyFair ISD, Spring Branch ISD, and Montgomery ISD and Houston ISD. Our Garden Day program is the oldest Farm to School /garden-based science program in NW Houston. We love outdoor adventure fun!

See web page on summer camps