Turtle Treks

Happy Dancing Turtle is excited to offer another summer of overnight camping opportunities for kids! These camping trips provide youth with a chance to visit parks across the state. Through Turtle Treks, children have the opportunity to experience the ins-and-outs of camping while building friendships and enjoying the great outdoors! Youth learn vital camping skills, such as how to set up tents, how to make a fire (and cook over it!), and Leave No Trace responsibilities, as well as information about Minnesota's natural resources! We talk about Minnesota's land, water, plants, animals, and the night sky while kids are entertained with games, lessons, activities, songs, riddles, and stories. Payment plan option available.

 

2018 Turtle Treks Schedule

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June 26th - 27th: Mille Lacs Kathio State Park (Girls, Grades 5-8) -Registration Closed

Join Michelle and Ellie for an overnight at Mille Lacs! We'll explore the park through hiking, swimming, climbing the fire tower, geocaching and/or canoeing, all while we learn about the rich history of the park! Discover Minnesota's natural resources & enjoy a night under the stars, sharing stories around the fire!

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August 14th - 16th: Forestville Mystery Cave State Park (Girls, Grades 5-8) - Registration Closed

Join Michelle, Nora, & Ellie for a three-day, two-night trip to southern Minnesota! We'll visit Historic Forestville, a restored 1800s village operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. Then we'll head underground to check out the stalactites, stalagmite, and underground pools of Mystery Cave. We'll explore the woods, rivers, and bluffs as we learn about the natural history of the area!

Online Registration or Paper Registration

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August 28th - 29th: End of Summer Camp Out at Forbes Park in Pine River

(Boys & Girls, Grades 2-4)

Join HDT staff for one last hurrah before school starts! Come for an afternoon of games, swimming, camping skills, and fun before cooking dinner over the fire, telling campfire stories, & sleeping under the stars. In the morning, we'll cook breakfast & breakdown camp! Children can reconnect with friends and classmates before the new school year begins!

Online Registration or Paper Registration

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A big thank you to all our Turtle Trekkers who joined us in Itasca State Park, Bemidji State Park, Gooseberry Falls State Park, and Forbes Park!

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