Keep kids moving, engaged, and on a break from screens during the summer months with Nature Power.


It’s a full-day program offering 3-, 4- and 5-day options—each day is different and spent outside at a park.

Kids entering grades K-6 will be active and learning as they explore themes like pioneer life, hiking and climbing, what grows in the wild and more, tapping into creativity through nature-themed arts and crafts and playing sports and games.


Lake Elmo Park - South Pavilion
1515 Keats Ave N
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Vehicle Permits are required for all vehicles entering the park, including vehicles belonging to registered campers.

  • Daily Permit: $7
  • First annual permit: $30 - Vehicle Permit Pass
  • Second annual permit (for same household, must be purchased at same time as first): $20


Dates & Hours

Entering grades K – 6 in fall

June 7 – August 27, Monday – Friday (No program July 5)

Program Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Drop-off: 6:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Pick-up: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Field Trips


Customize your child’s summer to fit the needs of your family. Enroll your child for the whole summer, choose a few weeks, or mix it up even more with full and partial weeks.

Choose from 3-, 4- or 5-day options.

  • $163 – 3 days/wk.
  • $201 – 4 days/wk.
  • $231 – 5 days/wk.

Registration Fee - $50 per child, one-time fee, non-refundable. Weekly fee includes all field trip admissions, open swimming, program t-shirt and program supplies.

Weekly Themes

June 7-11  Beneath our Feet:  Let’s examine the world beneath our feet!  Kids will learn about minerals, rocks, and water systems underground.

June 14-18   Radical Reptiles:  Are they really slippery and slimey? Or are they some of nature’s most misunderstood animals? Kids will discover the truth in this week of adventure and fun!  

June 21-25  Dirt Detectives: Have you ever wondered what lives in the ground?  Kids will investigate what creatures live in the dirt, what they eat, how they survive and what role they play in the chain of life.

June 28-July 2  Exploring the St. Croix:  A National Scenic Riverway, the St. Croix River is full of life and activity just waiting to be discovered! Kids will explore the ecosystems of the river—the plants and wildlife in and around it.  

July 5-9  Ecomania:  Plants, and animals, and habitats, oh my! Kids will spend the week learning about animal interactions with food, predators, and the space within their habitats.

July 12-16  Minnesota Pioneers:  Let’s spend a week living like the pioneers. From pioneer crafts & games to outdoor cooking, kids will learn about the Minnesota Pioneers’ way of life.

July 19-23  Tracks & Traces: What’s that footprint from? Kids will become detectives this week and learn about animals and the clues they leave behind to help us find them. It’s the ultimate game of hide and seek!

July 26-30  Wilderness Survival Skills:  Water, Food, Shelter—the three most important things to find while surviving in the woods. Kids will learn a variety of outdoor living skills in this fun-filled week.  

August 2-6  Creepy Crawlers:  Turn over logs, scoop the pond, and search the soil for wiggling slithering and hopping invertebrates. Kids will explore which bugs live at our very own nature site. We’ll investigate decomposers, predator-prey relationships, and the other strange characteristics of all things that creep and crawl. 

August 9-13  Aquatic Adventures:  Kids will explore lakes, rivers, ponds, and streams. We’ll take a deeper look at freshwater habitats on and off site, to learn about the creatures that live there.

August 16-20  The Power of Weather: Solar power, wind energy, nature can do some amazing things and even bring power to your home! Kids will learn all about the power of weather this week and how we can use it to help us throughout our day!

August 23-27  Things With Wings:  Look in the air!  It’s a bird!  It’s a plane! No, it really is a bird! From early birds looking for worms to robust birds of prey, kids will learn all about our amazing feathered friends.