Environmental Education

Environmental Education

Camp Edwards has been running a successful Outdoor Education Program since 1958. Combining elements of Environmental Education, Adventure Education, and Social-Emotional Development, we work with our partner schools and organizations to design a custom trip to enrich their curriculum back in the classroom and to build a strong bond between students and teachers.

Environmental Education – With over 130 acres and 6 different ecosystems, the exploration is endless! Click on the class description link to see the classes we offer, from Wildlife Programs to Aquatic Critter Survey.

Outdoor Education – Step outside and get hands-on experience with hard outdoor skills. Try your hand at orienteering, archery, wilderness fire building, and more. 

Adventure Education – With a climbing tower connected to a High Ropes course and an 800’ zip line, challenge yourself with these high elements. Or stay on the ground and work as a team with a variety of teambuilding games and activities.

Living History – Take a trip back in time and learn more about the Native Americans of Wisconsin and Illinois, the French Voyagers that explored the area, and the pioneers that all called the area home. 

Live Cold Blooded Critters – Check out our Nature Center where we keep a variety of live reptiles and amphibians. Have your students hold these critters as they learn about each species and their relatives. 

Maple Syrup - Just us as we walk your class or group through the entire Maple Syrup making process from tree to table. Help us tap a tree, bring the daily collection to the evaporator, and sample some Camp Edwards Maple Syrup. Check out of free community event the first weekend in April, Maple Syrup Day. 

New!   Class List

We have a new class list. As you are preparing for your Camp Edwards expereince, please use this updated list. If you are looking to do a class no longer on this list, materials and lesson plans may still be available, but Camp Edwards staff will not facilitate the class. 



Planning a Trip

We work with you to create a schedule that fits with your trip goals. Prior to contacting us, think about your desired outcome for your trip. Below are the 3 most common goal ideas for a trip to Camp Edwards:

  • Would you like to expand on what is being taught in the classroom? 
  • Are you looking to have your students bond and learn to work together?
  • Are you looking to just get your students out of the classroom and make memories!?

Once you have the goal(s) in mind, contact us! We are more than willing to walk you through each step of the planning process. Below are addition links to aid in your planning process. 

Food Service Information
Creating a Schedule

Coming to camp soon?


If your school or group is coming to camp in the next month, please complete the School Information Sheet. Link provided below.

School Information Sheet

Timeline for your approaching trip:

  • 6-8 weeks out – Contact Camp Edwards and solidify your schedule. Ensure that all paperwork is submitted including the Use Agreement, Group Use Policy, and Certificate of Liability Insurance. The deposit should have been submitted already.
  • 4-6 weeks out – Send parents the packing list, wavier if doing High Ropes, and any other information required by Camp Edwards or your school.  
  • 2-3 weeks out – provide Camp Edwards with a completed School Information sheet. This would include any dietary restrictions and additional information that you feel camp should know about your group. 

Below are links to help teachers, parents, and group leaders.  

Packing List
High Ropes/Zip line Wavier
Lodge Room Assignments
Cabin Assignments 


Have questions or want to book a trip? Contact Katie McCarthy at katiem@campedwards.org or call 262-642-7466 ext. 405.