Lake Explorer Camp

Gaining skills as Lake Explorers


Every summer, Lake Explorer Camp gives kids a “crash course” in lake education and recreation. Clean Lakes Alliance partners with Madison Boats, the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, and the Bayview Foundation & Community Center to engage 3rd, 4th and 5th graders with the lakes.

The camp teaches students to identify lake critters under the microscope, learn how to bait a hook and cast a line to fish, investigate water quality, and gain valuable paddling and water safety skills under the guidance of experienced outdoor education staff and multilingual instructors.

The camp is an opportunity for young people to learn about our lakes and waters. Clean Lakes Alliance believes connections to nature begin to develop in childhood. Children who have educational experiences with our lakes will grow to treasure our waters.

The Lake Explorer Camp began in 2014 as a day on the lake for students from the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County. Since that time, it has evolved into a week-long lake immersion program for our community’s youth. Many of the youth involved may not otherwise have access to our lakes.


Lake Explorer Camp 2017 Group


Camp funding

Clean Lakes Alliance currently funds the Lake Explorer Camp with $10,000 raised through donors and grants each year. The program supports approximately 50-200 kids per season, looking to engage a larger group of students while still providing a quality educational experience.

Thank you to the American Girl Fund for Children and the Madison Community Foundation for their support for the 2020 Lake Explorer Camp. The American Girl Fund for Children is providing $5,000 in funding to benefit youth lake education!


American Girl Fund for Children


With additional sponsorship, the Lake Explorer Camp could be expanded to create a more in-depth experience for participating kids or increase the number of kids that can participate. Become a “Lake Buddy” by sponsoring a student to attend camp for $50.