Campers took to the waters Wednesday as part of the Alabama Nature Center's spring break camp.
Campers took to the waters Wednesday as part of the Alabama Nature Center's spring break camp.

ANC Expedition leads campers into the woods

Published 8:00am Saturday, May 25, 2013

As the month of May winds to a close and summer break begins in earnest, the Alabama Nature Center is offering myriad ways for area children of all ages to while away the hours.

“I get told over and over again by returning campers that summer camp at Lanark is one of the best experiences they’ve ever had,” said Elizabeth Johnson, director of the Alabama Nature Center’s summer camps. “Campers get to experience the outdoors in a safe, hands-on environment. They see and do things they can’t get anywhere else and they have fun doing it.”

Expedition Lanark is a full day summer camp that provides outdoor educational activities that teach natural resource stewardship, develop leadership skills, and build character.

Expedition Lanark starts June 3 and each week-long camp session will offer a unique theme using both plants and animals to create a fun, outdoor learning experience. Campers will explore field, forest, stream, and pond environments while participating in activities such as nature discovery hikes, canoeing, swimming, field games, fishing, nature scavenger hunts, and tree, plant and animal identification.

“Not only are we keeping the campers busy and having fun, but they are being active,” said Johnson. “Most parents don’t want their children sitting on the couch all summer and we can help with that.”

Nature Navigators (Ages 6 and 7) and Trail Blazers (Ages 8 and 9) are the first two camps offered, both beginning June 3.

For a complete listing of camps, visit our website:


Tadpole Camp (Age 5) Session dates: June 24-28

Is your little one ready for summer camp, but you’re just not sure? Let Tadpole Camp be your child’s first camp experience! This unique ½ day camp designed especially for 5 year olds will introduce your mini-explorer to the outdoors in a safe, hands-on way. Parent day is Friday so be ready for your own Lanark camp experience! Reserve your child’s spot soon though as space is filling fast.

 Nature Navigators (Ages 6 & 7) Session dates: June 3-7 | June 10-14 | June 17-21 | June 24-28 | July 8-12 | July 15-19 | July 22-26

Get ready to experience Alabama’s natural resources hands-on! Campers will learn about water, plants, wildlife and geology while getting down and dirty. Daily activities include but are not limited to fishing, hiking, outdoor games, observing and collecting wildlife, crafts and swimming. Come prepared to get wet because creek explorations are a must in the summer sun.

 Trail Blazers (Ages 8 & 9) Session dates: June 3-7 | June 10-14 | June 17-21 | June 24-28 | July 8-12 | July 15-19 | July 22-26

Get ready for sand, sun and fun! Campers will enjoy Lanark’s outdoors while fishing, hiking, swimming, and other camper favorite activities. Get wet and dirty in Still Creek while exploring wildlife habitat and competing in the sand castle building competition. Top off your week by making your own ice cream, water wars with our camp counselors and shooting bows and arrows with your friends.


Heritage Explorers  (Ages 10 & 11) Session dates: June 3-7 | June 10-14 | June 17-21 | June 24-28 | July 8-12 | July 15-19 | July 22-26

Participants will experience the thrill of nature while learning about conservation and natural resources through hands-on activities. Activities vary each week to captivate repeat campers as well as one-time campers. Camper favorites include creek hikes, swimming, fishing, water boat races, outdoor games, animal presentations and archaeological excavation. Get ready for the thrill of unlimited outdoor fun!


High Adventure (Ages 12-15) Session dates: June 10-14 | July 15-19

Learn how to sharpen a knife, build a fire without matches, cook on an open fire, and much more! Go beyond band-aids and learn wilderness first aid from an experienced instructor. We’ll mix in a canoe trip down the Coosa River, repelling and a Lanark campout Thursday night too!


Leadership Team Building (Ages 12-15) Session dates: June 24-28

Get exposed to nature through team building activities using a low ropes course that consists of a series of real and imaginary obstacles designed to challenge the individuals to work together to accomplish a task in an outdoor setting, while giving the students an opportunity to form an appreciation for the outdoors.


Boys in Action Week (Boys Ages 10-15) Session dates: July 8-12

Calling all boys! Celebrate what it means to be a boy! If you like to climb trees, carve on sticks, cook outdoors, track animals, sneak through the woods, build forts, or just run, this camp is for you. This week we will explore honor, self-respect, wisdom, and the responsibility that comes with being a boy. We will also give the boys lots of opportunity to be boys. Activities like climbing trees, canoeing and archery will become opportunities to have fun while learning about setting safe and appropriate boundaries for ourselves.


Fishing Fundamentals (Ages 10-15) Session dates: June 17-21

From the tackle to the bait and all the fishing in between, get ready to have some fun catching bass, bream and catfish! Choosing the best bait; learning how to tie a fly; mastering proper casting techniques and taking the “big one” off the hook are part of this adventure.

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