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.

Application available here!

2019 EcoRangers Summer Camps are FREE!

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center 2019 EcoRangers Summer Camps Descriptions:

  • Up, Up and AwayAccepting waitlist!
  • Grade: Entering Kindergarten
  • July 9 – 12, 2019 (10-11:30am)
This week at camp, we will soar high, and discover the wonders of the sky. Each day our story-time adventure will give campers a peek into the life of something that flies. We will feed our newfound fascinations with colorful crafts and exciting activities. Stretch your wings at Shangri La Gardens this week as we take you Up, Up and Away!
Parents: As in all of our camps, participants will spend 50-70% of the time outdoors doing hands-on science activities and approximately 30% of the time will be spent indoors working on complementary science and craft activities.
  • Geology Rocks!FULL!
  • Grade: Entering 3rd & 4th
  • July 16 – 19, 2019 (8:30am-12:30pm)
Come join us this week at Shangri La Gardens as we explore the world of geology and discover what makes rocks, ROCK! We will conduct hands-on experiments investigating the powers behind rocks; how they are formed, what they are made of, and even try to make our own! We will head out on adventures in search of the coolest rock and have an explosive time modeling a common rock-creating landform! If you are a budding geologist, this week is for you!
Parents: As in all of our camps, participants will spend 50-70% of the time outdoors doing hands-on science activities and approximately 30% of the time will be spent indoors working on complementary science and craft activities.
  • Swamp ThingFULL!
  • Grade: Entering 1st & 2nd
  • July 23 – 26, 2019 (8:30am-12:30pm)
What is full of snakes, turtles, alligators, trees, and murky waters? The swamp, of course! Campers will discover the importance of this wondrous wetland with nature hikes and a tour of the bayou. They will take a closer look at the unique plants and animals of the swamp habitat. Campers will make swamp slime, swamp themed crafts, and perform experiments during this fun-filled week of exploring our swamp ecosystem.
  • Wondrous WeatherAccepting waitlist!
  • Grade: Entering 5th & 6th
  • July 30 – August 2, 2019 (8:30am-12:30pm)
Join us for Rainy Tuesday, Windy Wednesday, Sunny Thursday, and Wild Weather Friday to discover the wonders of weather as we take a journey to explore the ins and outs of our atmosphere. We’ll spend all week designing a make-and-take weather station, investigating the components that make up our weather, and tackling the challenge of how to stand up to powerful storms. Come on out to camp this week for a hands-on adventure to find out whether you can weather the weather.
Parents:As in all of our camps, participants will spend 50-70% of the time outdoors doing hands-on science activities and approximately 30% of the time will be spent indoors working on complementary science and craft activities.
  • Weird Wonderful World of NatureOnly 5 spots left!
  • Grade: Entering 7th, 8th, 9th
  • August 6 – 9, 2019 (8:30am-12:30pm)
Come join camp this week as we explore weird wonderful things found in nature. We will explore underground, above ground, and flying animals! We’ll take an adventure to investigate the weird life of an underground mole. Campers will even make and take home their own stuffed mole creation. Then, as we climb above the surface and fly into the air, campers will discover how dragonfly and hummingbird wings work through an engineering and design challenge. Come out to Shangri La Gardens and spark your curiosity about what is weird and wonderful in nature.
Parents: As in all of our camps, participants will spend 50-70% of the time outdoors doing hands-on science activities and approximately 30% of the time will be spent indoors working on complementary science and craft activities.
For more information, contact Shangri La’s Education Department at 409.670.0803.