Shangri La’s EcoRangers Summer Camps are designed to actively engage students during the summer months.
Discover a variety of ecosystems, study different critters and engage in many hands-on activities and active games! These camps are focused on fun, science and nature & taught by educators at Shangri La.
All camps have a low student-to-teacher ratio, which enhances hands-on learning in all environments. Depending on the camp, students may explore a variety of ecosystems, study different critters, complete art projects, and engage in many hands-on activities and active games.

2018 EcoRangers Summer Camps are FREE!

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center 2018 EcoRangers Summer Camps Descriptions:

  • Nature’s Masterpiece
  • Entering Grades 1 & 2
  • July 10 – 13, 2018 (8:30am-Noon)
Join us at Shangri La to celebrate the beauty nature holds. Campers will explore Shangri La’s hidden trails to collect natural materials that will be used to create works of art! Several art techniques will be explored, while allowing the camper’s to nurture their creativity through nature. Campers will work on their individual ‘nature’ masterpiece and collectively on a mural. Camp ends with an art show of their nature masterpieces!
Parents: This is a nature art-based camp that will engage your child’s imagination. We will spend 100% of our time in Shangri La’s natural areas. We will take short hikes and enjoy excursions on Adams Bayou. As in all of our camps this year, participants will be totally immersed in the outdoors doing hands-on science activities and working on complementary science and craft activities. A mid-morning snack will be provided. Parents are invited to view the campers’ nature masterpieces at the conclusion of camp on Friday July 13th at 12pm.
  • Armored Animals
  • Entering Grades 3rd & 4th
  • July 17 – 20, 2018 (8:30am-Noon)
Crawfish, Alligators and Armadillos– oh my! This week, we will take a tour of the animal kingdom and explore the many unique armored adaptations of our animal friends. We’ll study shells, examine exoskeletons, and meet a few live critters. Campers will use what they learn to design, build, and test their very own armored creations!
Parents: We will spend 100% of our time in Shangri La’s natural areas. We will take short hikes and enjoy excursions on Adams Bayou. As in all of our camps this year, participants will spend the entire camp day outdoors doing hands-on science activities and working on complementary craft activities. A mid-morning snack will be provided. Parents are invited to the testing of their campers’ armored creation at the conclusion of camp on Friday July 20th at 12pm.
  • Back to Nature
  • Entering Grades 5th & 6th
  • July 24 – 27, 2018 (8:30am-Noon)
Come to Shangri La this week to explore the forest trails, tromp along the swamp, float down the bayou, and get back to nature! Campers will learn how to use a compass, make cane poles for fishing, build a survival shelter, develop map making skills, and practice safe camping craft. Campers will learn several skills to help them get back to nature.
Parents: We will spend 100% of our time in Shangri La’s natural areas. We will take short hikes and enjoy excursions on Adams Bayou. We will enjoy nature play while learning many valuable outdoor skills As in all of our camps this year, participants will spend the entire camp day outdoors doing hands-on science activities and working on complementary, craft activities. A mid-morning snack will be provided. This camp culminates with an exploration of campers’ hand-built shelters and a lunch time hot dog cookout on Friday the 27th at 12pm (parents welcome).
  • Tribal Trails
  • Entering Grades 7th, 8th & 9th
  • July 31 – August 3, 2018 (8:30am-Noon)
Step back in time to the era when Native Americans lived in the area of Shangri La. Campers will learn to live off the land by building a natural shelter, tracking animals, weaving with natural materials, working with clay, and fishing, just as Native Americans did long ago. Campers will learn about the history of Southeast Texas by participating in an archaeological dig and speaking the native language. Campers will explore astronomy and mythology in Native American culture and then have the opportunity to navigate the stars during an evening Star Party. Join our EcoRanger Tribe!
Parents: We will spend 100% of our time in Shangri La’s natural areas. We will take short hikes and enjoy excursions on Adams Bayou. As in all of our camps this year, participants will spend the entire camp day outdoors doing hands-on science activities and working on complementary craft activities. A mid-morning snack will be provided. This camp culminates with an evening Star Party held on Friday August 3rd. Parents and family mentors are welcome!
For more information, contact Shangri La’s Education Department at 409.670.0803.