Summer Camps

Join us for Carroll University’s Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center and Greene Field Station’s nature-based summer camps. All camps sessions include indoor and outdoor activities and provide a unique combination of content-rich programming and complementary games and crafts. All programs are designed to encourage the curiosity of the natural world, allow exploration of natural areas, and promote a sense of stewardship in the next generation.

Water Detectives

Summer camp students in creek

Time: 9 a.m.–Noon daily
Ages: 6–8
Cost: $75
What to bring: Check out our Preparing for Camp list

Get ready to uncover the natural water wonders of Genesee Creek and the springs of the Greene Field Station as you become a Water Detective! Throughout the week, we will explore what makes freshwater so important for both plants and animals (including humans like us). We’ll investigate wetlands, wade in the creek collecting macroinvertebrates, and discover how we can help to keep our waters clean.

Outdoor Adventurers

Summer camp students sitting on bench

Time: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. daily
Ages: 9–11
Cost: $175
What to bring: Check out our Preparing for Camp list

Get off the beaten path and join us for this week of outdoor adventures!  Learn how to identify the plants and animals that call southeast Wisconsin home. Learn about the uniqueness of Genesee Creek, the impacts of invasive species, and the importance of interconnectedness in our local ecosystems. We’ll explore the Greene Field Station property as well as take a few adventures off-site to make some comparisons and learn how to live more responsibly. It’ll be a week to remember.

Pioneer Rangers Program

Summer camp students doing outdoor activity

Time: Time varies per camp
Ages: 12-17
Cost: Free (Limited positions available)

Returning this year, we will be offering the opportunity for students aged 12-17 to serve as mentors and assistants in the Water Detectives and Outdoor Adventurers summer camps. Rangers must commit to helping for at least three days of a camp and will receive instructions and training from the Prairie Springs educators before that camp begins. This is a great option to get to have fun outside while building useful skills.

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Camp Resources

Parent Packet 

Download a printable checklist for what to bring to camp, safety information, contact forms and waivers needed for your student to participate in camp. 

Download the Summer 2021 Camp Parent Packet

Camp Confirmation

Your child will be enrolled once we have received your completed registration and payment. Please  call 262.524.7283 if you have questions regarding the processing of your registration.

Camp Refund/Cancellation

There are no refunds for cancellations within 14 days from the camp start date including illness or injury. A $10 processing fee could also be charged for any cancellation prior to one week before a camp start date. If a camp needs to be canceled, you will be notified by the Tuesday before the camp start date and you will receive a full refund.

Camp Location

All camps are held at the Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center located at W307 S4706 Hwy. 83, Genesee Depot, WI 53127. We are on the northeast corner of the Highway 59 and 83 roundabout. Our drive is off of Highway 83.

Download directions to Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center


Todd Levine, PhD
Senior Lecturer
Director of Greene Field Station & Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center
Education Scholar & Certified Senior Ecologist, Ecological Society of America
262.524.7283 |

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