Every summer YMCA Nature in the Neighborhood provides innovative programming to connect young people everywhere to nearby nature. By partnering with Schools, government agencies and other non-profit organizations we outdoor programming tailored to the community is provided. Nature in the Neighborhood promotes a sustainable connection to nearby green spaces and natural resources. With most Americans moving towards urban centers, there has never been a greater need to connect young people to nearby nature.

Hidden Falls Day Camp in St. Paul

  • Tuesday, July 26 - Friday, July 29 (4 day program)
  • 9:30am - 3:30pm
  • Entering Grades: 2-6 
  • $230 per week - Member Rate
    $255 per week - Non-Member Rate
  • Before and After Care available
  • Financial Assistance is available.


Hidden Falls Regional Park
North Gate
1313 Hidden Falls Drive
St. Paul, MN 55116

The YMCA has partnered with the City of St. Paul to bring Day Camp into the City! Located on the mighty Mississippi River, Hidden Falls Regional Park is the perfect place to learn about the city’s water source and explore the great outdoors. With the National Park Service as partners, campers will get to meet a Park Ranger and learn how to care for this precious natural resource. And no, YMCA Day Camp would not be complete without traditional camp activities such as Archery, Shelter Building, Camp Songs, Canoeing and Fishing. The best part of this experience is that campers will learn how to experience recreation in a park that is open every day all year long!

For more information contact Hank Carlson.  

Before and After Care

For your convenience and peace of mind, our Before and After Care provides your camper with supervised activities prior to and following the end of the program day. $40 per week. Snacks are not provided. Please send an additional snack if you feel your child will need it.

Midway YMCA
1761 University Ave W
St. Paul, MN 55104


  • Morning drop-off: 6:30am
  • Afternoon pick-up: 6:00pm

MN Zoo Survival Camp

  • Monday, June 27 – Thursday, June 30 *Campers will return Friday, July 1 at 5 p.m. for an overnight tent-camping experience
  • Monday, July 11 – Thursday, July 14  *Campers will return Friday, July 15 at 5 p.m. for an overnight tent-camping experience
  • Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Overnight Friday, 5 p.m. - Saturday 8 a.m.
  • Entering Grades 5 – 6
  • Cost: registration fee of $50 per camper
  • Bus transportation provided from Midway YMCA
  • Location: Minnesota Zoo 13000 Zoo Blvd. Apple Valley, MN 55124

During this nature-based camp program, campers will explore how animals survive in the wild, spend time observing animals around the Zoo, and practice their own survival skills on the Zoo’s nature trails in its undeveloped North Woods. The week ends with the ultimate survival challenge—a staff-facilitated overnight tent-camping experience along the Zoo’s private and secure wooded nature trails.


For more information contact Niall Murton.