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2020 Camp Dates

Dunes Discovery Camp 1 - June 22-26

Mighty Acorns/Nature Navigators Camp 1 - June 29-July 3

Dunes Adventure Teen Camp - July 6-10

Dunes Discovery 2 - July 13-17

Dunes Discovery 3 - July 20-24

Mighty Acorns/Nature Navigators Camp 2 - July 27-31

Critter Camp - August 3-7

Registration will open December 1 - Please check back for details!

Our son’s 1st overnight camp experience was great! He loved all the people, and we loved the size of the camp.

My daughter (self described major introvert) says that last year’s Mighty Acorns Nature Camp “was the best week of her life.” Y’all are doing some kind of magic over there, and I know she, who rarely gets excited, is very much so for the return. Thank you for taking such care, all the time, and extra effort. 

—-A happy parent

“I was sad when it was time to leave - it was the best time of my life." - A Camper

Chellberg Farm Camps
Meet new friends and connect with nature at the farm! Campers feed the friendly animals at the historic Chellberg Farm, conduct scientific experiments, discover life in the forest, and play farm-themed games. All sessions 9am-2pm.

Ages: 5-8
 $79 per session
June - 5-6 year olds: Tuesdays, June 9, 16, 23
June - 7-8 year olds: Thursdays, June 11, 18, 25

July - 5-6 year olds: July 14, 15, 16
July - 7-8 year olds: July 21, 22, 23

Download the 2019 Chellberg Farm parent guide >

Dunes Discovery Camps
From the moment they arrive and tie-dye their signature t-shirts, campers hike, explore, and discover the beautiful natural landscape of Indiana Dunes National Park. During the week, they make new friends, play games, share meals, splash at the beach, gather round the campfire, and spend a night sleeping under the stars in tents.
Download the 2019 Dunes Discovery Camp parent guide >

2020 Dates
Discovery Camp 1: June 22-26
Discovery Camp 2: July 13-17
Discovery Camp 3: July 20-24
Ages: 9–13
Tuition: $479

Información disponible en español >

Guía 2019 para padres >

Dunes Adventure Camp
Teens have the opportunity to explore Indiana Dunes National Park: kayaking and fishing, splashing in Lake Michigan, hiking the trails, and visiting live animals. One day is spent with a ranger, exploring the Dunes and practicing nature photography skills. And of course, favorite activities will be back: singing around the campfire and spending a night sleeping under the stars in a tent!
Download the 2019 Dunes Adventure Camp guide >

Dates: July 6-10, 2020
Ages: 14–17
Tuition: $479
Read about Dunes Adventure Teen Camp in the news >

Critter Camp
The final week of summer camp is reserved for budding naturalists! Campers will spend five days exploring the flora and fauna of Indiana Dunes National Park with new friends during themed hikes, outdoor games, nature crafts, and a day at the beach.
Download the 2020 Critter Camp parent guide >

Dates: August 3-7, 2020
Ages: 6–8
Tuition: $199
Read about Critter Camp in the news >

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Mighty Acorns/Nature Navigators Camps - Limited Space Available
Registration is by invitation only for current students in grades 3-5 enrolled in Mighty Acorns or Nature Navigators.

Students are invited to experience a full week of outdoor fun and exploration in their National Park. They will make new friends, play games, share meals, splash at the beach, gather round the campfire, and spend a night sleeping under the stars in tents.

Download the 2020 Mighty Acorns Nature Camp parent guide >

Descarga la guía para padres en espanol >

Invitations for Mighty Acorns/Nature Navigators Camp registration will be sent via email or flier from DLC or your Mighty Acorns provider early in 2020. Registration will only be accessible by invitation through the provided link.

If you haven’t received information by the end of January, please contact your child’s Mighty Acorns provider.

This opportunity is made possible through major funding of school-year Environmental STEM programs by ArcelorMittal, with additional contributions from corporate supporters, parents, and individual donors.


“Freedom to Explore” by Jaime Golba, Residential Education Coordinator

Feature Article in Camp Business Magazine, July-August 2019

“We have found that the ultimate way to connect campers with nature is simply through free exploration. There is no right or wrong way to explore; just let campers dive into their surroundings with an eye on safety.”

Read the full article HERE >

Pay Your Camp Balance
If you have made a camp deposit and need to pay the balance, please refer to your confirmation email for your personalized link. Any questions, please call 219-395-9555. 

Arts activities made possible by the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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