Nature Camp

2017 Nature Camp at The Bay!

Join us for our 14th year of fun-filled outdoor adventures at Nature Camp! Each year has a different theme, and all are designed to encourage youth’s natural curiosity of the outdoors by engaging them in fun and educational activities.Our days are spent enjoying hands-on nature exploration on the Bass Islands, sign up for one of our several camps.

Nature Educators:                                                                                                        Put-in-Bay Nature Camps- Jackie Taylor, Kate Ptak, Lisa Brohl, and Debbie Larcey                                                                                                                         Middle Bass Nature Camps- Tina Larson and Barbara Pepper

Questions? Visit the Wildlife Center during hours of operation 255 Meechen Rd. or call us at 419.285.3037, and email at

PUT-IN-BAY NATURE CAMP- “Pollinator Power!” Pollinators are the hardest working creatures in the garden, and on mid-summer days they are in large amounts on flowers and fruits at the Wildlife Center and around the Bass Islands. This year we will learn all about bees, butterflies, humming birds, beetles, and other pollinators while practicing safe ways to watch them work with a beekeeper! We will examine the “pollinator evidence” at the South Bass Island Light House and a variety of other places around the islands, and sample edible flowers and fruits on the islands. The older campers will get to kayak for the day, and camp-out one night (9-10 South Bass Island and 11-14 Kelleys Island). PIB Nature Camp Registration Form

Middle Bass Island Nature Camp- Amazing Arthropods! The most numerous animal life forms on the planet. Join kids ages 5-13 in fun to find out about millipedes, centipedes, spiders, crayfish, rolly pollies, and insects June 26-30 on Middle Bass Island. Stories, songs, crafts, and hands-on minds-on activities are all in the week.   Visits from Professor Cara Shillington from Eastern Michigan University (arachnologist), Ranger Kathie Holbrook and Gardner Nancy Tanner (honey bees & insects), and ODNR Wildlife Communications Specialist Meredith Gilbert are scheduled. For a more intimate view of anatomy, 9-13 year olds get to dissect grasshoppers and the 11-13 year olds get to dissect crayfish as well, plus meet Thursday evening of that week to see what kind of nighttime arthropods might be out and about. Register by June 5 to guarantee t-shirt size, or by June 16 to have all of the fun but take your chance on t-shirt size!  Prices are $25 – $50 depending on ages. Questions? Text or email Tina M Larson at 248-320-4529 or  Applications? Email Tina above or print off from the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center website under and scroll down to MBI Nature Camp. Program supported by the Middle Bass Island Local School Board and administered by the LEINWC.



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