Macomb County Metroparks offer plenty of summertime camp fun

By Sarah Cormier
Macomb County Executive Office

With school almost out, parents and kids are wondering what they can do for summer. Of course Macomb County is home to several great activities for families, but many may not know that the summer day camp offerings in particular in this area are abundant.

The Huron-Clinton Metropark Authority (HCMA) boasts three different parks here: Lake St. Clair Metropark, Stony Creek Metropark and Wolcott Mill Metropark. Jennifer Hollenbeck, HCMA interim Interpretive Services manager, said the parks each offer a wide variety of fun day camps for children to participate in.

“The Metroparks are excited to offer children unique experiences that will immerse them in history and nature in a fun, interactive way,” she said.

Of particular focus this year is Stony Creek Nature Center’s Nature Child Day Camp.

At this camp, attendees will get the chance to wade through Stony Creek in search of critters that call the creek home. Crawfish, dragonfly nymphs and fish have been caught in past years. Campers will then step into the life of a voyageur by paddling a 34-foot canoe and cooking food on a fire while finding interesting lake life. Additionally, campers will gather materials from the forest to create a floating boat, then race them down the river. Other activities at the camp will include games that Native Americans played, creating a hiking staff, wagon rides and fishing. To end the camp with a splash, campers will also get a chance to ride down the waterslide.

June 16 – 18, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. or
July 14 – 16, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

$95/camper

Lunch and snack will be provided each day. For children ages 8 to 12.  Pre-registration is required. Call (586) 781-9113 to register.

Other camps available in Macomb County through the Huron-Clinton Metropark Authority this summer are:

Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center – Fish Camp for Kids
June 24-26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

$60/camper

Children will get “hooked on fishing” at camp. Discover fun facts about Michigan fish through hands-on activities, learn fishing techniques, make a fish print T-shirt and try to catch a fish! Fishing rods are provided, or bring your own. Bring a lunch each day and a light-colored T-shirt to make a fish print on your shirt. For children ages 8 to 12. Pre-registration is required. Call (586) 463-4332 to register.

Wolcott Mill Metropark Historic Center – Heritage Crafts Camp

July 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

$25/camper

Campers age 6 and up will have the opportunity to learn about rural community life as they make bread, taffy, candles, rope and other crafts. There will also be a broom-making demonstration. Call (586) 749-5597 to register.

Wolcott Mill Metropark Historic Center – Fish Camp

July 17, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

$25/camper

Campers learn about knot tying, lure making and casting as they try to catch the big one. They will also explore issues like water quality and boat safety during this outdoor experience. Suitable for ages 7 and up. Call (586) 749-5597 to register.

Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center – Farmer’s Camp
July 8-10, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. or
July 22-24, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

$75/camper
This program is designed for junior farmers from ages 7 through 14. Farm Campers will discover hands on, the wonders of life on the farm. Highlights include tours, crafts, farm chores, focus on farm animals (horses, dairy cows, chickens and other fowl, sheep and goats) as well as basics on horticulture and farm crops. Call 586-752-5932 to register.

For additional information on any of the Metroparks, visit www.metroparks.com.

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