Since 2000, Gahagan has offered a nature-themed day camp for local students on the third week in July. Nature camp runs for 3 days (Tues, Wed, Thur) from nine to noon, and participation is open to children in the age range of 7-11. We generally have a full complement of 25 campers each year.
Nature Camp is all about interacting with the outdoors. We explore the far reaches of the preserve, investigate the various ecosystems on the property, play games, and work on a few craft projects along the way. Puppet shows, froggin’ in the pond, and designing a nature-themed t-shirt are staples of camp. Students develop new friendships while learning to appreciate the natural world around them!
Nature Camp usually wraps up on Thursday evening with a Family Night Presentation. Family Night is event geared to all ages and open to the public. In the past, the preserve has brought in presenters from all areas of the state for this presentation. These professional programs have covered a variety of subjects including bats, raptors, reptiles and amphibians, mammals of michigan, biodiversity, stargazing, and michigan habitats. The Family Night presentation usually runs for 2 hours with much audience participation. In many cases, attendees are allowed visit and handle various live specimens brought in for the program.