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Camp Wood YMCA


Hands-on learning in the great outdoors!

Designed to enhance school curriculums for grades 1 to 12, Camp Wood YMCA’s Outdoor School program challenges students with a diversity of study topics for half-day, full-day and overnight experiences. The conservation-minded classes are geared to the student level in order to create an atmosphere where learning is a fun and unforgettable experience.

Camp Wood YMCA offers an excellent opportunity to observe and study one of the last preserved remnants of the Great Plains’ Tallgrass Prairie. The variety of resources at Camp Wood YMCA allows students to explore the natural world through stimulating and exciting hands-on activities.

Camp Wood YMCA has also helped many schools meet state standards. In fact, one school meets 23 state standards with their annual field trip to Camp Wood YMCA.


Camp Wood YMCA is always looking for new classes to incorporate into their offerings. If you don’t see a class you’d like us to build a lesson for, let us know!

Choose the length of program to meet the needs of your group. Half-day, full-day, and extended-day outings can be booked.
Weekday and weekend trips can be booked from mid-August to late May.

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Students will be given instruction on how to shoot a bow and arrow and take turns shooting.

Birds of a Feather

Learn important characteristics of local birds and study the different habitats and niches they occupy.


Students will be given instruction on how to follow simple canoeing techniques and have the opportunity to canoe with a buddy.


Following a discussion of basic ecology of fresh water fish, students will learn fishing safety techniques using fishing poles. The students will bait their hooks and cast from shore, returning any fish that are caught back to the lake.

Fossil Pit

Students will learn what fossils are, how they are made, look for fossils in the Camp Wood YMCA fossil pit and make a fossil imprint to keep.


Students will learn at least three new games they can take back and play at recess.


Students will be in groups of 7-15 working together to accomplish a number of different tasks. This class can be taught to meet goals of the teachers or work on getting along with each other better.

Life or Death

A great game to learn survival – each student takes a roll of carnivore, herbivore and omnivore and must try to survive.

Night Hike

Students are taken on a hike while learning about our surroundings at night. Activities along the hike describe how animals are adapted to nightlife.


Students will learn to use a compass. Students will use this knowledge to navigate through a course using paces. Depending on time, students maybe able to make their own courses.

Outdoor Cooking

Students learn how to build a safe fire using four kinds of wood and prepare a treat over the fire.

Owl Pellets

Students will learn how an owl eats and why the produce an owl pellet. Students will take apart an owl pellet and reconstruct the skeleton of the animal. Students will use a key to determine what animal was eaten. Students will talk about the owl’s food web.

Prairie Life

Learn and look for the characteristics, key species and conservation practices of the Flint Hills Tallgrass Prairie. Learn the big four grasses native to the Flint Hills.

Reptile & Amphibians

Become more comfortable with the reptiles and amphibians of the Flint Hills. Learn to properly handle the animals and distinguish characteristics unique to each.

Stream Exploration

Students will examine the amazing variety of life in a stream using simple collecting equipment and gives the students a chance to explore and identify aquatic animals in different stages of life. The students will explore an aquatic habitat and discover the macro organisms living there using a dichotomous key.

Tree to Turf

Students will watch a log decompose as it goes through a time machine. Students will then go on a hike to find different stages of decomposing logs.