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. Online registration and payment available here. Payment plan option also available.


2019 Turtle Treks Schedule



June 27th - 28th: Mille Lacs Kathio State Park (Boys & Girls, Grades 5-8) 

Join Michelle, Ellie, & Colin 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 13th - 15th: St. Croix State Park (Girls Grades 5-8)

Join Michelle, Nora, & Ellie for a three-day, two-night trip to eastern Minnesota! We'll explore the many trails that wind through the park, take a refreshing swim in Clayton Lake, climb the fire tower, and possibly take a canoe trip down the river!

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 August 27th - 28th: 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!

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