Old World Wisconsin, Eagle
Are your kids looking for adventure this summer? They’ll use their wits to solve puzzles and decipher riddles as they compete on a site-crossing, heart-thumping scavenger hunt through the 1800s and early 1900s in the Amazing Race Through Time. It’s just one of many adventures Old World Wisconsin has lined up for this year.
Pioneer Power will teach participants the basics using simple machines and more. See how STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and history connect.
If you like animals, be sure to check out Animals Up Close.
One-Room School House Rocks lets youth experience school like a kid in the 1800s -- down to the lunch basket.
Farm-to-Table Camp is perfect for future foodies, and so is Baking Back in Time.
Plus, the popular Civil War Camp and Little House Adventures transport kids back to the inspirational days of Abraham Lincoln and Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Old World Wisconsin is a living history museum located just south of Eagle on more than 600 acres.
Animals Up Close
Session 1: July 10, 2017
Session 2: July 25, 2017
Lots of people have animals these days, but think what it would have been like to live on a farm in Wisconsin 150 years ago.
Animals need to be fed and cared for, and you can help with all of the chores to make sure they have everything necessary to keep them happy, healthy and ready to help farmers and their families. Get to know the sheep, pigs, chickens, cows, horses or oxen.
Sessions for children entering second through fourth grade run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $50 per single-day session.
Baking Back in Time
Session 1: July 6, 2017
Session 2: July 14, 2017
Create fresh, from-scratch cookies, pies and cakes made like those enjoyed by 19th century Scandinavian immigrants, using an open fire and wood stoves.
Sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for young bakers entering grades four through seven. The cost is $55, which includes ingredients for eight baked items and taste test.
For the full summer schedule, call 262-594-6301 or go online to WisconsinHistory.org
Welty Environmental Center, Beloit
This summer, get your kids outside with a day of adventure and learning at the Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court in Beloit. Children and adults can gain hands-on encounters with biological, physical and chemical elements of nature.
Going Bats on Earth Day
April 22, 2017: Bats make up 20 percent of the world’s mammal diversity and Wisconsin is home to eight of these species. Jennifer Redell, bat biologist/cave and mine specialist, talks about backyard bats and how the Wisconsin Bat Program studies them. Listen to bat echolocation calls and meet bat ambassadors from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The program is free, but donations are accepted.
Junior Naturalist Training
June 12, 2017: Spend a week investigating Wisconsin’s natural history, ranging from geology to aquatic biology, while learning how to teach it. This introduction will be combined with leadership activities so that by the end of the week you will be trained as a junior naturalist and can help out with the rest of the summer camps. When volunteering at two of Welty’s other weeklong camps, fees will be reimbursed. Camp times will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Geared for ages 13 and up. $100 for members/$120 for nonmembers.
How Animals Move
June 21: Discover the many different ways animals get from place to place. Enjoy an interactive story, make a craft and move it like your favorite animal. For children 5 years and younger with a caregiver, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost: $5/$7.
Mother/Daughter Overnight Camp Exploring Science
June 23-24: Perform hands-on science experiments and explore the park while learning about outstanding women across many fields of science. This is an opportunity for mothers/caregivers and daughters to bond while learning about how the natural world works. Scheduled from 3 p.m. Friday through 10 a.m. Saturday. Cost: Mother and daughter $20, each additional daughter is $10.
Planting my own garden
July 19, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Explore a different area each day while getting experience and improving your paddling technique while learning about the local plants and animals. Ages 12-16. Cost: $175/$200
For a complete listing of events, call 608-362-6212 or go to WeltyCenter.org.
Severson Dells Nature Center, Rockford
This summer, get your kids outside with a week of adventure and learning at Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road in Rockford. Spend a week with hands-on explorations, activities and games.
Camps start in June. Friends of Severson Dells receive the lower price, but you do not need to be a member to register for these camps.
June 12-16, 2017: Discover the many critters that call Severson Dells home while hiking the trails, exploring the mud and Hall Creek and playing nature games. Ages 4 to 6; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $80/$95
Art and Nature
July 24-28, 2017: Get crafty and dirty during this week full of finding the art in nature. Explore the many habitats of Severson Dells while playing with paint and making crafts from natural materials. Ages 4 to 6; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $80/$95
Peek Into Creek
Session 1: June 19-23
Session 2: July 17-21
Jump into the science of creek life with a week full of hiking, watery explorations and the legendary slosh through Hall Creek. It’s a week of fun and science in the dells for your young explorers. Ages 7 to 10; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $120/$150
June 26-30: Dive into the ecology, biology, ornithology and many other ologies that make Severson Dells special, while playing nature games and creating a personal field guide to take home. Ages 7 to 10; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $110/$140
Art and Nature
July 24-28: This week full of science, sketching, painting, games and investigations will leave you seeing this place in a whole new light. Ages 12 to 16. Cost: $110/$140
Blazing Paddles Canoe Camp
July 24-28: Explore a different area each day, learning and improving your paddling techniques while learning about the local plants and animals. Ages 12 to 16. Cost: $175/$200
For the full summer schedule, call 815-335-2915 or go to SeversonDells.com.