More Than Just a Field Trip

We move students beyond their school desk into a hands-on and cooperative learning environment.

In our beautiful setting, children engage with the natural world and discover the joy of learning. We design our classes to meet the needs of visiting schools. All programs are age and grade appropriate.


Day Programs

Our year-round interactive and experiential day programs supplement your students’ classroom experience.

  • Fun with Foodwebs! (Aquatic or Terrestrial)
  • Astronomy
  • Bird Study
  • Canoeing
  • Challenge Course - Low Elements
  • Compass
  • Crawly Critters
  • Environmental Debate
  • Forest Ecology
  • Group Dynamics
  • High Ropes Challenge
  • Living History
  • Meelewing - Character Development
  • Meteorology
  • Nature Art
  • Pioneer Life
  • Soil Study
  • Wildlife Ecology
Evening Programs

Schools that spend the night at camp get to experience our fun evening programs facilitated by our instructors.  YMCA Camp Thunderbird staff will lead an evening activity with your group after dinner and before lights out.  A typical evening program lasts around 45 minutes.  Some of our most popular options include:

  • Action Auction
  • Campfire and Skits
  • Customize
  • Dance
  • Liars Club
  • Nature Movie
  • Night Hike
  • Science Fair
  • Wacky Olympics