Hart Area District Library offers opportunities for learning and fun all summer long! Preschool – 2nd grade – Join Miss Suzie for interactive story and craft time every Friday at 11 AM! All Ages Summer Reading Program – Butterflies at Your Library – Visitors will be able to observe butterfly metamorphosis and we will have butterfly themed crafts such as card making and pollinator friendly seed “bombs” available on a drop-in basis. Evening programs involving animals, puppets, and folk tales are also planned. See our website for more information as events are added to our summer schedule – https://www.hartpubliclibrary.org/
Shelby Area District Library
Thanks to donations from the Friends of the Library and Shelby Optimist Club, we will have a virtual program for children. We will also have a reading challenge for teens and adults. Summer Reading Program runs June 21 through July 30. Call the library at 231.861.4565
for more information.
AgriScience Everywhere Camp
AgriScience Everywhere camp for current 5th – 8th graders to explore the wide world of agriscience, hosted by West Shore ESD CTE, in partnership with the West Michigan Research Station. Students will learn the impact biotechnology, chemistry, and ecology have on agriculture and food production. Students will work together using teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. On the last day, everyone will visit the CTE AgriScience program on the campus of WSCC to tour the facilities and take part in hands-on activities like harvesting crops and pond ecology. Camp runs July 19-22 at the West Michigan Research Station at 5185 N. Oceana Dr. in Hart. On the 22nd, a bus will transport students from the Research Station to WSCC and back. Monday – Wednesday the camp runs 9 am – 12 pm and Thursday is 9 am – 2 pm to allow for travel time to WSCC. Instructors are Erika Fatura and Mark Willis.
Learn the skills of golfing while having FUN! The Wednesday golf camp teaches you the skills needed to play golf. The Thursday tour is geared towards encouraging all to know how to play a round of golf. All abilities welcome to join! Golf clubs are available onsite if needed. • Cost: $10 per week
Dune Juniors Camps: Ages 4-17
Dunes Junior Golf Tour: Ages 8 – High School
Offered weekly, July 5 – August 6 at Golden Sands Golf Course
Day Camps – Children ages 5-10 are invited to join Conservation District staff and guest scientists for one (or all) of our fun-filled summer camp weeks. At Pond Camp, Forest Camp, or On the Farm Camp, children will have the opportunity to connect with the natural world and make new friends through games, hands-on activities, crafts and nature hikes. Sign up here – https://www.oceanaconservation.org/summer-day-camp
Camp Counselor Internship – Are you over 14 (16+ preferred), and think the above day camps sound fun? Consider this paid internship position to get right in on the action as a Day Camp Counselor to assist with running these Day Camps! For more information and to apply click here – https://www.oceanaconservation.org/employment
New Era Farmers Market – Kids Power of Produce Club
Check out the great fun offered through the Kids Power of Produce Club at the Farmers Market in the parking lot of New Era Reformed Church at 1820 Ray Ave. Activities for kids ages 4-12 including a Bike Rodeo on June 22nd 4pm (bring your bike), Magic Show on July 13th at 4pm, and story times, exercise fun and even a carnival at future markets! First Market is on June 22nd and are held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 4-7. Follow for more information at https://www.facebook.com/NewEraFarmersMarket/
West Shore CC College for Kids
College For Kids is a unique summer experience designed to challenge students, ages 9-15 years old. With a wide range of courses to choose from, students can discover and develop their talents while engaged in career exploration. Come enjoy the fun and EXCITEMENT on West Shore Community College’s campus. Transportation from Oceana will be provided!
Ludington State Park has beaches, trails and sites to enjoy, and they also have great programming for youth, including Birds of Prey, a Magic Show, and Michigan Reptiles and Amphibians events at the amphitheater and Lake Michigan Beach House. The cost for events is to simply have a daily pass or annual state recreation passport. https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79133_79207_81178—,00.html
Just south of Ludington, MI, White Pine Village offers tours, events, and educational activities for people of all ages. They open May 1, and you can find more information on the website https://historicwhitepinevillage.org/
ACWL Summer Art Camps are the perfect activity for your child this summer! Offerend each year for 10 weeks for only $10 per camp! Camps are fun and educational, taught by experienced artists and art teachers and the 11 camps for this summer cover a variety of topics including: paper mache, acrylic painting, nature art, handcrafted artist books, drawing, dance, and music. Located in Whitehall – check out the options here – https://www.artswhitelake.org/summerartcamps
Ludington Youth Sailing School
Youth ages 8-17 can learn to sail during July and August. There is a cost to this program, so visit the website for more information: ludingtonyouthsailingschool.com
Freedom Martial Arts
Freedom Martial Arts in Ludington, MI has classes for 5-10 year olds that teach the focus, coordination, self-discipline, and confidence that kids need to succeed. Learn more about offerings and costs on their site: freedommartialarts.net
Many universities offer camps, courses, and programs designed for high school students. Programs vary in terms of intensity, cost, and length. Please know that while we encourage you to explore your options for summer experiences, and help by collecting information for you, we cannot endorse any of the programs below. If you are interested in a particular college or university that is not listed here, please contact that school and check their website. Most schools offer outreach or high school programming. Scholarships are often available. This list is a work in progress as many schools add new offerings all the time!