Missouri River Adventure Camp

Cancelled in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
After a successful summer of operating a virtual summer camp, we are preparing to operate virtually for our Summer 2021 camp programs. If you are interested in a 4 week combination of Camp in a Box and Virtual Camp for 4th-12th Graders in July visit our webpage. 
Watershed Expeditions at Home

Are you Ready for a Watershed Adventure?

Explore the Missouri River by motorboat and by land! Be prepared to witness majestic birds, catch slimy fish, and investigate wondrous forest critters. Field trips will be around Columbia, Missouri and include Rock Bridge State Park, Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, and motorboating on the Missouri River.

Day Camp Details

  • July 20- July 24
  • 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Columbia, Missouri
  • Age: 7-11 years old
  • Tuition: $170 per student- Financial Aid is available!

Education Programs

Professional DevelopmentField Trips & PresentationsSummer CampsPast Education ProgramsBig Muddy Speaker Series

Resources

Missouri River Information PacketsMissouri River Virtual Field Trip 

Volunteer with Our Education Programs

Our education programs provide a variety of opportunities for volunteers to connect to the Missouri River. Are you interested in volunteering? E-mail our Education Director, Kristen Schulte

Learn More about Missouri River Adventure Camp 

Program Schedule

Want to know what a typical day is like at the Missouri River Adventure Camp? Review the schedule below or download the detailed program schedule. This schedule outlines the variety of activities and experiences that range from motorboat rides, water coloring, stream exploration and a river clean-up. 

Monday: Welcome to Missouri River Adventure Camp

  • Field Trip Location: Rock Bridge State Park
  • Activities: Get to Know You Activities, Hiking, Stream Exploration and Missouri River Olympics. 

Tuesday: Connecting to the Missouri River

  • Field Trip Location: Missouri River-Near Katfish Katy’s 
  • Activities: On-the-River Experience on Motorboats, Water coloring, Knot Tying, and Missouri River Olympics. 

Wednesday: Behind the Scenes of the Missouri River 

  • Field Trip Location: Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area
  • Activities: Birding, Fishing, Hiking, Education Film (inside) and Missouri River Olympics.

Thursday: Forces that Shape the Missouri River 

  • Field Trip Location: Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area
  • Activities: Visiting Bur Oak Tree, Land-Based Clean Up, Creative Art Project and Missouri River Olympics.  

Friday: Connecting Others to the Missouri River

  • Field Trip Location: Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area
  • Activities: Creative Art Project, Missouri River Olympics, Student Presentations & Closing Celebration 

This schedule could be subject to change due to weather and the availability of resources during the program.

Pick Up & Drop Off 

Each day will begin and end at the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area in Columbia, Missouri. Drop off will be from 7:45am-8:30am and pick up will be from 4:30pm-5:15pm. Simple activities and access to the playground will be provided during pick up and drop off times. Offical Missouri River Adventure Camp activities will start and end between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Please arrive promptly as we will often be traveling for field trips. 

Missouri River Creative Art Project

During the Missouri River Adventure Camps, students will work in partners to use art to communicate about a Missouri River related issue. At the end of their experience, students will present their Missouri River Creative Art Project to an audience of engaged Missouri River advocates. Family and friends are welcome to come and learn about what has sparked their student’s interest. The presentation will take place on Friday at Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area. 

Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated: May 18th, 2020

Each summer, families entrust us with a part of their heart–their children. It is an incredible responsibility that we are honored to have during our Missouri River Adventure Camp. Over the last few weeks we have taken a balanced and active approach to the Covid-19 pandemic. After our most recent consultation with the American Camping Association guidelines, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our staff have made the difficult decision to cancel Missouri River Adventure Camp as scheduled.

The health and well-being of everyone during Missouri River Adventure Camp is our highest priority. While we are heartbroken by this decision, the Covid-19 pandemic compels all of us to deal with forces beyond our control. We will be offering our families the option of a full refund through Columbia Parks & Recreation Department.  

We are thinking of our families as they share this disappointing news with their children, and we want to be there for them. We know that there are no substitutes for the real “river camp magic”, but we will be exploring ways to connect and meet the evolving needs of our campers, families, and local communities. 

During the coming weeks, we’ll learn more about what is possible, and we will be in touch with families about these opportunities. Alternative programs might include small re-imagined river clean ups, content in different formats for campers from our staff or family river trips. We hope that no matter the programs we are able to offer, we will be able to provide financial assistance to the families that have been experiencing hardship during these times. 

Registration Process

If you are applying for financial aid, please refer to the "Financial Aid" section below. You will need to complete this process before registering.

Tuition is $170 per student and includes activities plus two snacks. Students will be required to pack a lunch. 

  1. Registration opens up on March 4th, 2020 and is through the Columbia Parks & Recreation website. Unfortunately, it is not easy, so we recommend the following. Use the link, it will take you to a search form. Enter this number (303917) into the "Activity Number" field and then click search. This should pull up the Missouri River Adventure Camp.
  2. After completing the enrollment/payment process, download the registration packet, fill it out and mail to P.O. Box 463, Columbia, MO 65205 or e-mail. The packet contains the following forms: student medical form and general risk release form. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to qualified participants. To apply for financial aid, fill out the financial aid form below and click the "Submit Form" button.

We will begin awarding financial aid in mid-April and then continue making awards on a rolling basis until all available funds are awarded. We are typically able to notify financial aid applicants of the amount we are able to award within a month of receiving an application. 

Financial Aid Form

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact our Education Director, Kristen Schulte at [email protected] 573-443-0292. 

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