Spearhead Young Naturalist Program


Join a summer tradition on the shores of Spearhead Lake, 9 miles south of Bemidji, sponsored by the Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society. Nature-loving kids have been coming to the YNP since 1985, spending memorable weeks wading in streams and cattail swamps, hiking and foraging on the miles of trails, canoeing and swimming, and listening wide-eyed to tales of Spearhead mysteries. Kids entering grades 2 through 12 are welcome; just bring curiosity and enthusiasm for sometimes muddy and messy fun outdoors.

Sessions run from 9 am to 3:30 pm daily. There's an overnight camping experience on July 27.

See links in the sidebar to the 2017 Registration form, medical release, and information letter.

Grades 8-12       Dan's Crew          June 26-30                  $20/day or $75 for week

 Dan’s Crew is more than just a work week.  You will become part of Neilson Spearhead by experiencing what Spearhead has to offer.  You will “eat” your way through the woods and work on trail maintenance and building projects while learning valuable skills such as woodcraft, survival skills and orienteering.

 Grades 6-8         Pines, Lakes, & Rivers    July 24-28      $170 (includes 1 overnight)

                          SESSION 4  JULY 24-28  IS FULL as of 5/15

 By hiking and canoeing, you will explore the diverse ecology of the woodlands and waterways of Lake Spearhead.  Have a relaxing time around the fire telling stories and listening to the night sounds. Camp out in the woods on July 27.

 Grades 4-6         Nature Mystery       July 17-21   or   Aug 7-11            $150/session

                           SESSION 3  JULY 17-21 IS FULL as of 4/17

                           5 SPACES left in Aug 7 session as of 6/15

 Tracks, carrion, scat, bugs, rubs and gnaw marks.  You will crack the code by using the puzzling clues that nature leaves behind. Hike, swim, and canoe, too.

 Grades 2-4        Trees, Tales, & Trails     July 10-14  or  July 31-Aug 4   $150/session

                          SESSION 5  JULY 31-AUG 4 IS FULL AS OF 4/20

                          ONLY 1 SPACE left in July 10 session as of 6/15

 Focused on activities for grades 2-4, explore the woods and waters as you learn about everything from tasty plants and bugs, to trees and birds. There will be lots of fun but don’t expect to stay clean.

 All Ages           Family Week                  Aug 14-18                                   $150

                         ONLY 1 SPACE left in Family Week as of 6/15

 Siblings, friends and parents welcome during this week of favorite Young Naturalist activities. Swim in the warm sparkling waters of Spearhead Lake, try canoeing, hike on the trails that are now mostly free of mosquitoes and ticks, play games, and listen to the legends of Spearhead.

10% discount for Audubon members and siblings.  Call 218-586-3414 or email headwatersaudubon@gmail.com for more information on the 2017 Young Naturalist Program.

What kind of experiences do the Young Naturalists have?

Check-out our Daily Schedule for each age group!

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