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 8 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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Payment: Once your $25 deposit has been made below, the remaining balance can be paid via cash, check (written to Lokai Rose Foundation), or credit card. If you would like to pay your balance online with your card, please click here.

Spring Training


April 11 - 13, 2022

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2022

April 18 - 20, 2022

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2022

Current 2nd graders & up

10am - 3pm •  $140

We are so excited to expand our explorations and spend our spring break on the beautiful grounds of Camp Hope again this year! On this 3 day expedition, recruits will explore local hiking trails while analyzing species of backyard birds, critters, and insects. The importance of plants and trees will be discussed with an emphasis on their role during the spring and each recruit will even create their own personal garden. Adventures allow recruits to expand their knowledge and most importantly, gain respect for the natural world.

Camp Hope, West Milford


Night Owls

July 7 - July 8, 2022

Current 4th graders & up

6pm - 9:30pm • $80

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 make their very own citronella candles. 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!

Camp Hope, West Milford

The Wilderness Club

July 11 - July 15, 2022

Current 2nd & 3rd graders

9am - 3pm  •  $250

Calling all explorers! Join us for our 8th 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 will participate in a respectful wildlife experience and earn their own animal name.

Ringwood State Park


Summer Night Games


July 18 - 20, 2022

Current 2nd - 8th graders

4pm - 8pm •  $150

Join the ladies of Lokai Rose as they team up with Physical Education Teacher, Ryan Leaf! This evening summer camp experience will feature old fashioned games like Kick the Can, Man Hunt, Capture the Flag, Ghost in the Graveyard, and so much more! Campers will also explore by hiking along the grounds of Camp Hope, and meeting some of Lokai Rose's rescued ambassador animals. We hope the skills they learn with us will inspire them to love the outdoors and to try new games with their friends during summer break!

Camp Hope, West Milford


Scientist Academy

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July 25 - 29, 2022

Current 3rd graders & up

10am - 3pm •  $250

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

On this 5 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 current environmental discussions, and meet some of Lokai Rose's rescued ambassador animals. 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 22 - 24, 2022

Current 2nd graders & up 

10am - 3pm •  $175


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. 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. Our campers will come home with confidence in knowing whats in our water and how to better take care of our incredible natural resource.

Ringwood State Park