Explore five major habitats spanning 150 acres with your students at YMCA Camp Minikani. Our environmental education program provides children an experience that will:

  • Teach the importance of ecosystems and humanity’s connection to the environment.
  • Engage students to actively use our natural spaces and adopt sustainable practices.
  • Empower students to embrace nature and new perspectives.

Our passion is to invite students to get their “hands dirty” in nature – whether that be by standing chest-high in the lake learning about aquatic ecology or exploring pine forest learning about ecosystems.



Environmental education programs are designed to meet age-appropriate learning outcomes established by the Wisconsin DPI* We offer lessons in GPS, Star-Lab astronomy, nature photography, forest diversity, earth sciences, watershed and water quality. Our Emriver Stream Table and Enviroscape Watershed Models help students actively explore the interactions between water, land and human activity. Live animal programs are also provided with Wanakia Wildlife. Activities are adapted to the season in which you are visiting and include pre- and post-visit activities. We also offer overnight options for schools and professional food service.
Our well-trained environmental staff are members of the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education (waee.org). Together, we share a mutual goal of promoting responsible environmental action.
* The DPI Standards specify what students should know and be able to do, what they might be asked to do to give evidence of standards, and how well they must perform.


From November through April, we are available to teach a variety of lessons in your classroom. We offer a selection of classes that educate your students on important issues. Our visits are entirely free and require no extra work for teachers. Lessons are broken up into multiple sessions. Lesson topics include:
• Ecological footprint
• Environmental media
• Ecological needs and habitat assessment
• Composting & gardening

Bringing a group is as easy as 1,2,3.

First – Set your dates.

Second – Sign and return your contract and deposit.

Third – Our staff work with you to set up a schedule sure to make your experience unforgettable.

For a complete list of lessons offered, please see our environmental education brochure here, or contact our Conferences and Groups Coordinator at migroups@ymcamke.org.