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The Wilderness Club is a summer camp founded by our Director, Tina Lokai, and our Director of Education, Amanda MacDermid, in the summer of 2014. For years, Tina and Amanda were eager to find a way to share their knowledge and passion for the natural world with all of the wonderful children in their lives. As a result, The Wilderness Club was created; and it has turned out to be everything they hoped and more!

By combining their skill sets and working tirelessly to create extraordinary programs for their campers, Amanda and Tina have successfully become the first and only camp permitted to run in Ringwood State Park, led many exciting hikes, hosted live wildlife presentations, and MUCH more for the past 7 years.

The Wilderness Club Summer Camps by Lokai Rose
The Wilderness Club Summer Camps by Lokai Rose
The Wilderness Club Summer Camps by Lokai Rose
The Wilderness Club Summer Camps by Lokai Rose
The Wilderness Club Summer Camps by Lokai Rose
The Wilderness Club Summer Camps by Lokai Rose
The Wilderness Club Summer Camps by Lokai Rose
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2021 Summer Camps

The Wilderness Club

June 28 - July 2, 2021

2nd & 3rd grade for the 2020-2021 school year

9am - 3pm  •  $250

Calling all explorers! Join us for our 7th year as we embark on a week long adventure along the grounds of Ringwood State Park. Recruits will explore numerous hiking trails while using their personalized identification guides to analyze the environment around them.

Explorations into the Botanical Gardens, streams, forests, and ponds will reveal critters and creatures of all shapes and sizes. Recruits will be expanding their knowledge and appreciation of the natural world in pursuit of an “I Respect My Environment” badge of honor. Recruits get access to an exciting animal show and earn their own animal name.

Ringwood State Park

Night Owls

July 8 - July 9, 2021

4th grade & up​ for the 2020-2021 school year

6pm - 9:30pm • $75

When you go to sleep, the forest awakens! On this 2 day adventure, you will experience the forest like never before. Our Night Owls will use light systems to catch incredible bugs, experiment with black lights, stargaze, and explore the Ringwood graveyard. They will also go on flashlight hikes along the grounds, study nocturnal creatures, and roast marshmallows under the moonlight. This 2 day adventure is perfect for experienced Wilderness Explorers who are ready for a challenge!

Ringwood State Park


Scientist Academy

July 12 - 14, 2021

3rd grade & up for the 2020-2021 school year

10am - 3pm •  $150

Appreciation and knowledge for the natural world is important for all young explorers, but let us help you take the next step!

On this 3 day adventure, recruits will explore the forests and streams as entomologists, herpetologists, and ornithologists. They will learn how scientists observe the environment by collecting creatures and studying them. Each recruit will construct their own personal bug collection, participate in demonstrations, and operate microscopes. You will get to meet groundbreaking scientists who are on the front lines of environmental conservation, and you will discover how you can follow in their footsteps!

Ringwood State Park


Creek Critters

August 9 - 11, 2021

2nd grade & up for the 2020-2021 school year

10am -3pm •  $125


Water covers 71% of our planet, and we believe it is important to understand and observe the incredible creatures that live in the water around us. After all, water is the most precious resource in our world! We will spend most of our time in rivers or streams, analyzing the invertebrates and aquatic life that can be collected and examined. Microscopes will be used to view the microscopic creatures that are too tiny for the naked eye to see. All of the daily activities will take place near or inside the streams at Ringwood State Park. Discussions will be based on the study of water, policies, quality and the diversity of aquatic life.

Ringwood State Park