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Father and son fishing together. Father and son fishing together.


Just because school’s out for summer doesn’t mean that learning has to be out too. A great way to make learning fun, camping will keep your kids intrigued and involved. So this summer, use a good, old-fashioned camping trip to teach your kids a few lessons in geography, nutrition, botany and more!



  • Before you go, involve your children in the planning stages. As you survey the camp map, ask them to point out landmarks like lakes, mountains and streams. This process will get them thinking about all the fun they’ll have there.
  • If you’re camping farther away from home, talk to your kids about how and why the weather may be different.
  • Encourage older children to be your navigators during the drive to the campground.
  • Bring along an adventure kit and empower them to take notes of their outdoor observations.


  • Let smaller children help make individual trail mixes. Explain how pretzels, nuts, raisins, chocolate chips and dried fruit will help them keep their energy up while outdoors.
  • Older children can help plan the meals everyone will eat. Not only will you get their brains working, but they’ll also be less likely to complain about a menu they helped create. Download the Coleman – Get Outdoors app for great recipe and meal-planning ideas.


  • Stop by the library to check out a few books on plants and trees before the drive to the nature trails. Curious children will want to spend more time in the woods if they have something to keep them excited. Search and identify the leaves, flowers, and weeds your kids studied on the ride.
  • Pack some paper and crayons or use your adventure kit to make rubbings of the plants they find.

Other ideas

  • Photography
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Astronomy

Camping is a great way to find the subject that makes your child’s brain go into overdrive!

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