Summer Nature Camp

2018 Nature Camp Sessions

Session 1 June 17th – 22nd: Elementary School Session (Ages 8-11)

Session 2 June 24th – 29th: Mixed School Session (Ages 8-14)

Session 3 July 1st – 6th: Middle School Session (Ages 12-14)

Session 4 July 15th – 20th: Mixed School Session (Ages 8-14)

Session 5 July 22nd – 27th: Mixed School Session (Ages 8-14)

Session 6 July 29th – August 3rd: Mixed School Session (Ages 8-14)

High School Camp August 5th – 9th (Must have completed 9th grade)


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What is Blackwood Nature Camp?

Adventure comes to life at Blackwood during the summer. Our Nature Camp is a week-long overnight camp for ages 8-14 located in Hempstead, TX. Our goal is simple: get kids outside and active! Campers enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, paddleboarding, and forest games. They take classes like natural dyeing, cane-pole fishing, and cooking. They learn about wildlife in workshops hosted by local experts, and go on educational field trips to places like St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary and Huntsville State Park. At night, they stargaze, tell stories, and roast s’mores by the campfire.

Campers learn about nature, animals, sportsmanship, camaraderie, and build lifelong friendships. With the support of highly trained counselors, they’ll explore the wilderness and discover what secrets and wisdom the forest has to tell.  This life-changing week of adventure offers children the opportunity to build a relationship with nature and safely explore the great outdoors.


For more ideas on what to do with kids in Houston, visit Big Kid Small City.


Sessions are Sunday evening through Friday afternoon and limited to 26 campers and CITs.

Scholarships are available! To apply, complete the scholarship section during registration.

  • One Camp: $850/camper
  • Two Camps or Siblings: Save $100
  • Three Camps or Siblings: Save $200
  • Four Camps or Siblings: Save $300


Refer a new camper or underwriter* and for each camper or underwriter referred, you’ll receive the following discount(s) off your final balance, based on month of referral.

  • January/February, save $75
  • March, save $50
  • April, save $25

Interested in sponsoring a camper? Learn more about underwriting.


Pack List

Directions to Blackwood



Blackwood Nature Camp is not just any summer camp. It’s fun and educational at the same time. And every year is better than the last one. – Arlo


JJ really misses camp at Blackwood. I drove the kids to Dallas and back and JJ was longing for Blackwood as we drove by both directions. – Chris, camper parent


….Both kids would like to attend all summer…. The kids said they would rather go to Blackwood for more than four weeks than go to Paris, if it was a choice. – Dorena, camper parent