2013 WildeCamp at the Wilds!
Hey Kids, this summer is going to be WILD! WildeCamp is a week-long camp filled with canoeing, swimming, hiking, crafts, games and some pretty exotic animals. We offer a variety of topics for youth of all ages from 8-19 years. See below for specific topics. Scholarship funds are available.
ANIMAL EXPLORERS – Ages 8-9 years
For kids who love adventure, Animal Explorers campers are encouraged to be at home in the woods, wetlands and grasslands. Wilds staff will give them the attention younger campers need (ratio 1:4) to develop lasting friendships and wonder about the world!
CONSERVATION CREW - Ages 10-11
Here's a camp for those truly "wild" kids who like learning by doing and getting their hands into nature! Staff trained in wildlife science encourage learning and inspire a life of caring for our world. Campers enjoy adventures like rappelling, canoeing, horseback riding and wildlife game days!
EARTH KEEPERS - Ages 12-15
Enjoy all the camp fun and add real-world wildlife projects like planting trees, building trails, improving habitats and exploring new parts of the Wilds. Earth Keepers develop a sense of concern for healthy habitats and the wild places of Earth as they learn about animals at the Wilds and think about careers in conservation work. Earth Keepers will work closely with our Restoration Ecology department on real time restoration projects! This camp also includes horseback riding.
ECO AMBASSADORS - Ages 12-15
Discover what it takes to be an animal field researcher at the Wilds! Campers will work side-by-side with some of the Wilds highly trained animal scientists to learn about different methods of observing, tracking, collecting, and monitoring wildlife – from native to rare and endangered species that roam the Wilds rolling hillsides. Participants will form an understanding of the science that goes into animal conservation efforts both at the Wilds and in wild Ohio! This camp also includes horseback riding.
ADVENTURE CAMP - Ages 13-16
Backpack the unseen areas of the Wilds for two days as part of this WildeCamp experience. Adventure Camp is a weeklong camp for those eager to live in the wild as well as learn about it. Campers enjoy parts of the 14-square-mile property that others have never seen, and will get into the wildest activities of all, while treading lightly on the land. Campers will hike, rappel, go horseback riding and even ZIPLINE!
Note: In addition to the standard WildeCamp registration forms, Adventure campers must fill out a zipline permission form included in the registration forms.
DIRTY WILD JOBS: A Conservation Career Camp for Teens - Ages 15-19
Learn about being a wildlife veterinarian, animal management specialist or wildlife habitat manager during this innovative, hands-on practicum experience. Lab and field classes with veterinarians, animal management professionals, restoration ecologists and conservation educators provide many opportunities to learn about careers in conservation. All campers participate in group activities together, in addition to attending smaller focus sessions of up to 12 campers per area-specific program. Choose from two programs: Conservation Medicine or Animal Management.
Note: Dirty Wild Jobs campers must be entering 10th grade or above.
To ensure a quality learning experience, each concentration group will be limited to 12 campers. Dirty Wild Jobs campers will be chosen through an application process. All Dirty Wild Jobs applicants must fill out the Dirty Wild Jobs application (in addition to the registration forms). The selection process will begin May 1. Any applicant not accepted will be issued a full refund.