Nature Day Camps for Kids

Nature Day Camps for Kids

Give your child a treat this summer… a chance to immerse him or herself in a week of nature exploration and learning at the IndiGo Birding Nature Day Camp for Kids!  Does your child thrive in small-group settings?  Does your child learn better by doing, not watching?  Does your child have a fascination with birds, bugs, and the outdoors?  Then this might be the camp you are looking for!

Join us for a week full of discovery at Mt. Gilead Friends Retreat, a 60-acre paradise only a few miles northeast of Bloomington.  The property has a beautiful creek, both forest and field habitats, plenty of hiking trails, and a picnic shelter for crafts and lunch. Most days will include a hike, a “bird of the day,” creek exploration, a nature-related game, and much, much more!

This is the fourth year of IndiGo Birding Nature Day Camp for Kids. Previously, I have instructed children in several camp settings: A year as the camp naturalist at Amigo Centre in southern Michigan, three years of running nature day camps for the Indianapolis Parks Department, and even time supervising after-school programming for the YMCA in Asheville, NC. More recently I have led the Li’l Hikers outings for Sycamore Land Trust.  Now I’m excited to continue the tradition at Mt. Gilead of connecting people to nature!


Simply click on the green “register” button below on the right and fill in your child’s info on the Google form. I will then email you a waiver to sign. Please return the waiver and a check made out to IndiGo Birding Nature Tours for $120 to:

2432 E. Rock Creek Dr.
Bloomington, IN 47401

I will email you a confirmation once I have received your payment.

Dates for 2018 Camps

June 18-21 for children ages 7-10 (Camp Cancelled)
July 9-12 for children ages 9-12 (Camp is full)

More Camp Details

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Monday – Thursday)
Only 12 spots available per week

What to bring each day:

  • lunch (a cooler will be provided to store the lunches)
  • water bottle
  • water shoes, towel, and change of clothes
  • a great attitude

**Please apply sunscreen before camp.


  • Child First Aid & CPR Training certification
  • Children supervised at all times, without any one-on-one situations
  • Multiple phone numbers for emergency contact
  • Fully insured

More information about Mt. Gilead:
Mt. Gilead Friends Retreat


Directions from Bloomington:
Go east on Highway 45 (10th St.). One mile after University Elementary School, turn right onto Mt. Gilead Rd. Go three miles and you will see a green mailbox on your right (3355 and 3363). Turn left onto the gravel driveway and park in the gravel lot (left) just prior to the ford across the creek.