Introducing Happy Dancing Turtle’s Home Grown Stewards! 


We’ve been working very hard to come up with an alternative to in-person summer programming. We’re excited to announce that both the Pine River and Driftless Region locations of Happy Dancing Turtle will be teaming up to offer you an exciting variety of programs to inspire wonder and keep families engaged with us from your home throughout the summer! Even though we can’t see you at camp, you can continue to learn about nature and the environment as you become a Home Grown Steward. That means you’ll be learning about our planet and what you can do to help Earth, all from the comfort of your home. Check out the three program options below to find the best fit for you and your family this summer. Or, better yet, join us for all three!






Family Activity Kits

These themed kits are designed to engage the whole family in learning about the earth and how to care for it! You’ll receive a kit with the materials and instructions for 10 different activities to complete over a month-long period, including one that will take you the whole month! We’ll send you an email at the start of each week with additional resources, book suggestions, and educational tv/movie suggestions related to the current topic. Families will also have the option of participating in two virtual meet-ups - a halfway checkpoint and a final celebration of your work - and a Facebook group where you can share your progress with other participating families, seek support and ask questions. 

Gardening Kit
Unboxing Video - Monday, June 15
Checkpoint - Monday, June 29
Final Activity Recap - Friday, July 10
Habitat Kit
Unboxing Video Monday, July 20
Checkpoint - Friday, July 31
Final Activity Recap - Friday, August 14

Price: $50/kit +$5 per additional child for materials; $15 flat-rate shipping fee may apply or choose free pick up

Click here to sign up for the Habitat kit - available until the end of July! 



Daily Facebook Activities 

This private Facebook group will feature themed weeks, from June 15 - August 15, where we'll post a new activity every day, Monday - Friday, plus a storytime to fit the theme! Activities will be something your child can complete at home. There will be a post prior to the start of the week with a schedule of upcoming activities and targeted ages for each. You can pick and choose what sounds fun to you!! That's 40 hands-on activities, 5 outdoor challenges, and 9 storytimes that you'll have access to when you join our group! Your kids will love seeing their favorite (and new) Eco Camp Counselors with something new for them each day. 

Price: While there is no cost to join this group and access the resources, if you are able to, we suggest a donation of $25 for these 9 weeks of nature fun! Any bit helps! Thank you!! 

Sign up to join here!



Eco Camp at Homeeco-camp-littles

Although we can’t have camp, we want to offer kiddos a chance to connect with fellow Eco Campers in a camp-like atmosphere! Similar to the Family Activity Kits, your camper will receive a box of activities at the start of their Eco Camp week. Each morning, campers will have a chance to meet with their camp counselors in a brief Zoom Meeting, where they’ll set the theme for the day, do a group activity, and connect with their peers to share what they’ve been working on. Then, your kids have the day to complete a few hands-on Eco Camp activities at their leisure. There will be a chance for an optional afternoon connection with the camp group and an end of the week celebration! 

Registration is no longer available for the summer of 2020. 





As always, Happy Dancing Turtle wants to ensure these programs are accessible to as many families as possible. We recognize these may be tough times for many families, so if fees associated with these programs would prevent you from participating, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 218-587-2303. 


Meet the Summer Programming Staff! 

Click on any of the pictures below for a short introductory video about your virtual counselors this summer! 








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