Blackwood’s Summer Nature Camp @ Blackwood Educational Land Institute
Jun 17 – Jun 22 all-day

Blackwood Land

Nature Camp is a week-long overnight camp for 8-14 year olds. Our goal is simple: get kids outside and active for the summer! At Blackwood, we understand the importance of giving kids the chance to play and develop a relationship with the outdoors. Do you have any fond memories of your childhood in nature with friends? We find that those memories are often some of the best, and we want to pass on that opportunity to the next generation.

Adventure comes to life at Blackwood during the summer. Capture the flag through 33 acres of forest? Ultimate frisbee on the prairie? Soccer, tag, Ringalevio!? Not to mention sleeping under the stars at night; with campfires, s’mores, and stories on the back porch of the straw bale house.

Throughout their week of adventure, campers learn sportsmanship, camaraderie, and nature survival skills. Every camper belongs to a tribe and a clan; their tribe becomes their team, and their clan becomes their family. With the support of highly trained counselors, campers get to explore the wilderness and discover what secrets and wisdom the forest has to tell.

2018 Nature Camp Sessions

Session 1 | June 17th – 22nd: Elementary School Session (Ages 8-11)

Session 2 | June 24th – 29th: Mixed School Session (Ages 8-14)

Session 3 | July 1st – 6th: Middle School Session (Ages 12-14)

Session 4 | July 15th – 20th: Mixed School Session (Ages 8-14)

Session 5 | July 22nd – 27th: Mixed School Session (Ages 8-14)

Session 6 | July 29th – August 3rd: Mixed School Session (Ages 8-14)

High School Camp | August 5th – 9th: (Must have completed 9th grade)

Apply one or more campers!

For more information, visit

Want to be a Camp Counselor or Counselor-in-Training? Apply here!

Interested in sponsoring a camper?  Click here to learn about our Underwriting Program.

Blanket Bingo – Pride Edition! @ Market Square Park
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

It’s Pride Week and Downtown District and BBP are raising our rainbow flags! Be entertained by the lovely Violet S’Arbleau, Miss Gay Texas America 2017, who will co-host the evening alongside John Mills McCoin, your favorite zany announcer.

Bring your blanket, lawn chairs or snag one of the tables at the park for a night of fun, music and great prizes! $10 admission includes one bingo packet (approx. 9 games). Additional games and daubers can be purchased for $1 each. Proceeds benefit BBP and Historic Market Square Park. Get there early as cards sell out quickly!

Time: 6-9 pm; sales begin at 6 pm; games begin at 7 pm
Location: Market Square Park (corner of Preston and Travis streets)

Memorial Park Conservation Crew Work Day @ Memorial Park
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Get an up-close look at what it takes to manage a healthy forest, prairie, and bayou shoreline. Volunteers are crucial to Memorial Park Conservancy’s mission to preserve, protect, and enhance Memorial Park for Houstonians of today and tomorrow. Work includes invasive species management, trail work, native prairie plant grow out, seed collection, and more. Join the front lines of our volunteer force today!

Native Plant Propagation @ Edith Moore Nature Sanctuary
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Children’s Nature Classes @ Armand Bayou Nature Center
Jun 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Children's Nature Classes @ Armand Bayou Nature Center | Pasadena | Texas | United States

Looking for a place to get your children outdoors? ABNC’s EcoClasses will allow your child to explore, discover and observe (STEM). Join us for some great nature experiences! Check out their website at for details or call 713-274-2668 to reserve your spot.

EcoTots are for children 18 months to 36 months with an adult every Friday.
EcoKids are for children ages 3 to 6 every Wednesday and Friday.
EcoSchoolers are for homeschool children ages 7 to 12 every Wednesday and Friday.

Turtle Patrol at Galveston Island State Park @ Galveston Island State Park
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

During the warm nesting season, park rangers conserve habitat, eliminate trash, and patrol the beaches for critters. We want you to help our endangered sea turtles and join us to help endangered sea turtles

Park entry fee paid before trip (park permit on vehicle)
All children must be accompanied by an adult

• Be prepared for physical activity
• Small group instruction and guide
• 1 hour program of games, activities, and short hike
• Restrooms available
• Camera-worthy shots of a great Texas beach

NOTE: sea turtles may not be present on the beach during our event, but we need your help to look for them.