Kids Being Scientists Camp at Kellogg Bird Sanctuary PDF Print E-mail

Returning for its third successful year:

Leadership Camp for 7th-8th graders - June 23-27, 2014

This year's theme: Green Energy Stars!

The flow of energy will guide our week of conservation education! We’ll research biofuel-worthy plants at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) plots at KBS, compile an energy audit of facilities and search for our own fuel/food to survive a campout at the Bird Sanctuary.


  • Hands-on science from experiments and visits with KBS researchers
  • We will learn about energy generation—particularly the plants grown for biofuel research at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.
  • Campers do their part for the planet by calculating camp’s energy usage and finding ways to stop waste and conserve energy.
  • The week concludes with an overnight campout when kids build a campfire, set up tents, cook meals, go fishing and canoeing.

Thursday night will be an overnight at the Sanctuary (tents and 3 meals will be provided).  Of course, we’ll also go swimming in Gull Lake, fishing, and canoeing along with other camp favorites.

Who: Students entering 7th and 8th grade. Leadership Camp is excellent training for campers who would like to become Jr. Camp Counselors (9th – 12th graders).

When: June 23-27, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an overnight stay on Thursday

Fee: Members: $260; Non-members $280 Early bird and Sanctuary member discounts available!

Registration: Begins March 1, 2014. Download a registration form here or call with your information to register over the phone.

Joining our camp staff for the Leadership Camp week will be MSU Extension educators Jan Brinn and Darren Bagley.  Jan and Darren have helped to create an amazing plan for the week and will be on hand to help implement great experiments and activities.

Science Camps for 1st - 6th graders:


Children in grades 1st - 6th (2014-15 school year) will explore the Sanctuary grounds, Kellogg Forest and the Kellogg Biological Station engaging in fun, hands-on games, activities and experiments. Science Camp is a great place to meet new friends and learn about science by exploring the natural world. Each week of day camps includes camp songs and games, swimming in Gull Lake on Friday afternoon and age-appropriate science experiments and activities.

Who: Children in grades 1st - 6th (for the 2014-2015 school year)

Where: Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, located near Augusta, five miles east of Richland and ten miles northwest of Battle Creek

When: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parents may choose an early drop-off time at 8 a.m. for an additional fee.

Registration: Begins March 1, 2014. Download a registration form here or call with your information to register over the phone.

Fee: Members, $140/camper/week; Non-members, $160/camper/week. Early bird and Sanctuary member discounts available.

Discounts: Kellogg Bird Sanctuary members receive a $10 discount. Early bird registration receives a $10 discount. Multiple camp discount is $5 per session.

2014 Day camp session dates and themes:

  • Backyard Biologists - July 7-11, 2014

Study the animals that live in the Sanctuary! Each day will focus on a different group of animals: birds, amphibians & reptiles, insects and more!

  • Survival Scientists - July 14-18, 2014

Test your survival skills by learning about animals and plants around us and what special characteristics they have to survive. Build shelters, identify edible plants, and participate in a zany "Survivor" style obstacle/challenge course.

  • Extreme Ecologists - July 21-25, 2014

Look at the world as an ecologist does. All life is connected! Explore the habitats of the Sanctuary from wetland to forest, to learn how the natural world works together. Experiment with ways humans impact nature.

Parent Information Packet

After registering your child for camp, you will receive a confirmation letter and the forms below in the mail. The Medical Treatment Authorization and Child Information Form must be completed, signed and returned to the Sanctuary Office one week before your child attends camp.




Medical & Media Release


Joining us for Leadership Camp:

Jan is the MSU Extension Educator in Allegan County where she grew up. She has worked for MSUE for 15 years in 4-H Youth Development and is an accomplished professional in Extension Education with a proven record of success in support of Leadership and Civic Engagement through global education, communication & conflict, leadership, global citizenship programming and diversity, and Academic Success in the science areas of animal, plant, environmental and technology/engineering. She works with the 4-H Camp Kidwell in Bloomingdale, MI with a variety of programming opportunities as well. Jan will receive her MSU Masters Degree in Youth Development this Spring.

Darren is the 4-H Youth Development Educator in Gennesee County. He has worked for MSU Extension for over 11 years, and for the past 3 has served as the 4-H Youth Development Educator in Genesee County. His areas of expertise are youth natural resource programming and youth leadership & government engagement. Darren is a Delton Kellogg High School graduate and has been interested in conservation from a young age. Along with his high school biology teacher, he started a water quality monitoring program on four lakes near Delton Kellogg High School.

Camp Scholarships

The Bird Sanctuary Camp Scholarship Fund was created in 2011 with generous donations from Sanctuary members (Membership & Support information). The purpose of the Scholarship Fund is to help families afford a camp experience at the Sanctuary. Funds are limited and are awarded according to need and on a first-come, first-served basis.  Scholarships are valued at 20-80% of the camp registration fee.

Please fill out a camp scholarship application and mail in along with a camp registration form (scroll up for camp registration details).

Interested in donating to the Camp Scholarship Fund?  Find out more information on our Membership & Support page.


Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 21:09