Youth select from a broad menu of local 4‑H programs based on their interests and with the guidance of adults. There are hands-on, learn-by-doing, opportunities for everyone.
River Bend Nature Center
Experience the great outdoors within the city limits at River Bend Nature Center. Multiple hiking trails take you through prairie, woodland and wetland habitats. Check out the “floating bridge”, natural amphitheater or explore the Straight River’s picturesque “bend.”
Summer Camp: Science Camp (Ages 6-8)
Our popular Science Camp is back! Kids will have the opportunity to use critical and creative thinking skills as they are guided through our interactive and hands-on science activities and experiments. A few of the scientific areas that will be covered are: earth science, chemistry, physics and animal science.
Summer Camp: Super Hero Camp (Ages 8-12)
Join the Fun Center Camp staff for a special super hero camp event. There will be a variety of challenges, projects and super hero adventures throughout the week-long camp. A morning snack will be provided. Campers should bring a water bottle and dress to play!
Summer Camps at River Bend Nature Center
Find an adventure without ever having to leave the River Bend Nature Center (RBNC). We’ll spend the week learning new skills and meeting new friends. Camps for grades K - 8!
Summer Camps: Safety Camp (youth entering grades 3 & 4)
Safety Camp teaches participants safety education through demonstrations, influential speakers and hands-on activities in a fun camp setting. Safety topics include water, bike, animal, fishing, electrical, farm, stranger danger and fire safety. Police, firefighters and recreation staff serve as a camp counselors. All campers will receive an informational letter one week prior to the event.
Summer Camps: Water Tigers (Youth entering grades 2-3)
Youth entering grades 2-3 can study the history of our planet through studying geology or exploring plant, animal and human artifacts.