Missouri River Adventure Camp

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. Campers will gather at Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area for a new adventure each day!

See our 2022 Adventure Camp Reflection and  Photo Album

Day Camp Details

  • Check back later for our 2023 dates
  • 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, with 45 min drop-off/pick-up periods
  • Columbia, Missouri
  • Age: 9-13 years old
  • Tuition: $170 per camper – Financial Aid has not yet opened for the 2023 season.

Education Programs

Professional DevelopmentField Trips & PresentationsSummer CampsPast Education ProgramsBig Muddy Speaker Series


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? The schedule below 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 - Cooper's Landing Riverside Resort & Marina
  • Activities: On-the-River Experience on Motorboats, Water coloring, Bike Ride on the Katy Trail, 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: Flat Branch Creek
  • Activities: Local Creek Cleanup, 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. Official 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: January 31st, 2022

The health and well-being of everyone during Missouri River Adventure Camp is our highest priority. The status of Covid-19 in our community at the start of camp will determine our approach. Here are a few answers to questions you might have in the meanwhile:

Will masks be required at camp? When indoors all campers and staff will be asked to wear face masks, unless otherwise advised against it for medical or developmental reasons.

Will most activities be indoors or outdoors? In general, most of this camp will be outdoors and masks do not need to be worn for outdoor activities except when in crowded settings where there is a lot of close contact.

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 in March, 2023 and is through the Columbia Parks & Recreation website. Alternatively, you may call (573) 874-7460 and register for Missouri River Adventure Camp via telephone. 
  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 awarded based on the financial need of the family, level of interest in learning more about the environment and the Missouri River, and ability to get to and from the camp each day.

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. 

This form is now closed and financial aid has been awarded for the Summer of 2022.


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

Thank You to Our Partners

We would like to extend a Big Muddy thank you to our partners who help make running the Missouri River Adventure Camp possible. 

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