Our youth programs provide fun, engaging, experiences, ranging from fun kayak skill days to hands-on science investigations and everything in between. These programs are perfect for youth groups, schools, camps, and parties. If your school is interested in programs that are tied to standards of learning, please visit our Environmental Education page for specific programs. No experience is required, and all equipment is included.
Kayak Nature Camp: June 18 to 22 and July 16 to 20
We will be offering two four-day kayak nature camps this summer! Campers will build lifelong kayaking and team building skills while exploring their passion for science and our waterways. Each day will provide a wide array of new experiences, from hands-on science activities to developing new kayaking skills using fun games and challenges. Session 1 will take place from June 18 to 22 at our Mattawoman Creek Nature Center, and Session 2 will take place from July 16 to 20 at Gilbert Run Park in La Plata, Maryland, both in partnership with the Charles County Department of Parks & Recreation. No previous kayaking experience is required. Fee: $280 per camper.
Camps - add a day of excitement to your camp!
Contact us if you would like to add a fun day of kayak and nature to your camp!
A typical day of camp includes a kayak lesson; kayaking up a quiet creek with wild rice, cattails, bald eagles and osprey; and landing at a beach to catch fish and other critters with nets. All equipment and safety-certified guides are included. Just bring your campers and counselors. Click here for details, and contact us by phone at 301.292.6455 or email to reserve your date!
Youth Group Rates
Group discounts require a minimum of 14 participants, or payment of the fee for 14 participants. Weekend and holiday discount is 10%; weekday discount is 20%. Maximum for Mallows Bay and Washington, DC, is 22 participants. Maximum for Mattawoman Creek is 54 participants.
Of course you can choose to do any of our programs for your birthday party, but if you prefer a shorter version, we offer a birthday party special that is 1 1/2 hours long, including gearing up, brief kayak lesson, and water time. The minimum fee is $200, and the cost is $30 per participant. You're welcome to explore our nature center and use our picnic tables for refreshments before or after kayaking. What a perfect day!