Summer Camps at the Nature Center provide students with experiential learning opportunities to explore our natural world. A variety of programs offer an interactive, engaging way to learn about wildlife, ecology and the environment with classes ranging from Preschool to 8th Grade.
2023 Summer Camps
NEW! Ancient Mammals Unveiled
Children must be 3, 4 or 5 by the session date in which they are enrolled and must be fully toilet trained and toilet-independent.
Winged Wonders: What would you do if YOU had wings? Learn about some of River Legacy’s wonderful winged creatures and the surprising things they can do with THEIR wings!
June 5-9 | 9am to 12pm | $200 2 SPOTS LEFT
June 12-16 | 9am to 12pm | $200 FULL
Scales & Tails: Spend a week meeting a scaly assortment of River Legacy’s cold-blooded creatures and learn what it takes to be a reptile.
July 10-14 | 9am to 12pm | $200 1 SPOT LEFT
July 17-21 | 9am to 12pm | $200 1 SPOT LEFT
Hide & Seek: What do you do when something wants to EAT you? Learn how some of the animals in River Legacy Park hunt for their food – and how they escape from their predators!
June 5-9 | 9am to 12pm | $200 FULL June 12-16 | 9am to 12pm | $200 FULL
Animal Sense-Abilities: How does an earthworm hear? Why do snails wave their eyes around on stalks? How does a butterfly know it has landed on a flower it likes? You know how we use our senses – now learn how animals’ senses help them survive in River Legacy Park.
July 10-14 | 9am to 12pm | $200 FULL FULL
July 17-21 | 9am to 12pm | $200
Wet & Wild: Join in a hands-on exploration of the special features and abilities that allow certain plants and animals to survive in the watery environments of River Legacy Park.
June 5-9 | 9am to 12pm | $200 FULL FULL
June 12-16 | 9am to 12pm | $200
Mighty Morphs: Meet some of nature’s “transformers” and learn about the mighty big changes they undergo during metamorphosis.
July 10-14 | 9am to 12pm | $200 FULL
July 17-21 | 9am to 12pm | $200 1 SPOT LEFT
Nature’s Art Box: Peek inside River Legacy Park’s “art box” and discover the magnificent materials provided by nature and used by artists to create everything from paints and dyes to paper and clay. Throughout the week, young artists will gather and work with rocks, soil, flowers and vines to create their own natural art materials and original works of art.
June 5-9 | 9am to 3pm | $275 FULL June 12-16 | 9am to 3pm | $275 FULL June 26-30 | 9am to 3pm | $275 FULL June 24-28 | 9am to 3pm | $275 FULL
Spectacular Spiders: Weave puzzling spider questions into answer-catching investigations while spying on the spectacular spiders of River Legacy Park. Young spiderologists will create a Spider Sanctuary and discover the secrets of the Arachnida’s most skillful architects and unusual hunters.
July 10-14 | 9am to 3pm | $275 FULL July 17-21 | 9am to 3pm | $275 FULL July 24-28 | 9am to 3pm | $275 FULL
Texas Predators: Can you imagine what it would be like to have to chase down every meal you eat? Explore the balance of River Legacy Park’s food web through a variety of hands-on activities, including pond investigations, pursuit and capture simulations, and animal observations. By the end of the week, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for both predators and prey and their struggle for survival.
June 5-9 | 9am to 3pm | $275 FULL June 12-16 | 9am to 3pm | $275 FULL
Insect Investigators: Did you know that over 90% of all known species on our planet are insects? Did you know not all insects are bugs? Come find out what makes this group of animals so unique and important. As an Insect Investigator, you will practice lab and field techniques that include identifying species under a microscope, catching and releasing live specimens, and creating your very own field guide.
July 10-14 | 9am to 3pm | $275 FULL July 17-21 | 9am to 3pm | $275 FULL
Wildlife in Action: Is animal training and behavior your thing? Gain incredible training and handling experiences and get the inside track on animal behavior while you work alongside our Naturalists. Use your newfound knowledge to design and build enrichment devices and activities for the wildlife that call our Nature Center their home.
June 5-9 | 9am to 3pm | $275 FULL June 12-16 | 9am to 3pm | FULL
Amazing Animal Careers: Do you have what it takes to be a Zoo Keeper, a Veterinarian, an Aquarist, or a Conservationist? Join the Naturalist team and some special animal and human guests to take a hands-on look at what it takes to work with all kinds of animals!
July 10-14 | 9am to 3pm | $275 FULL
July 17-21 | 9am to 3pm | $275 1 SPOT LEFT
Ages 5 & 6
Millions of years ago, astonishing creatures roamed our earth, but they weren’t all dinosaurs! Join us as we discover some prehistoric mammals and their relatives that are still around today!
June 26-30 | 9am to 3pm | $275 FULL
Entering K-4th Grade
Trees, tents and toads, oh my! Rev up your summer with some exciting outdoor fun! Experience a variety of nature-filled adventures like woodland survival and camping skills, eco-friendly projects and water fun, all in the setting of River Legacy Park’s animal-rich outdoor classroom. Class will meet and dismiss daily at River Legacy Nature Center, but the bulk of the day will take place in “the best classroom of all – nature!”
June 19-23 | 9am to 3pm | $275 (K-2nd Grade) FULL June 19-23 | 9am to 3pm | $275 (3rd-4th Grade) FULL June 26-30 | 9am to 3pm | $275 (K-2nd Grade) FULL
Extreme Outdoor Adventures
Entering 7th-8th Grade
Kick your summer fun up a notch! Spend a week exploring the fun that can be had at River Legacy through kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, archery, compass navigation, Jr. Angler Certification program and so much more!
June 26-29 | MTWTh | 9am to 3pm | $300 FULL
When can I register for Summer Classes?
Registration will begin on February 13, 2023.
We offer lots of great classes for each age group so your child may attend classes at the center multiple weeks throughout the summer, but each class should be different.
Can I drop off my child at the front door of the building?
Because we take our responsibility for your child’s safety seriously, our protocol requires that an authorized adult sign each child in and out at the classroom door each day of camp.
How early can I drop off my child for camp?
Classroom doors will open at 9 am. If you arrive earlier, you and your student can enjoy the activities in the Science Center Atrium until classroom doors open.
How do you handle peanut and other food allergies?
The snacks we provide in all classes every day are commercially produced and peanut free. Packaging with ingredient lists is available for your examination upon request. All students in full day classes are asked to bring a lunch that does not include any nut products. If you would prefer to have your child bring a snack from home that you know will meet his/her health needs, our teachers can readily accommodate that change in snack routine.