Wander Wisconsin

2018 Summer Information - 2019 Information Available This Winter

Wander Wisconsin offers daily field trips and adventure-themed activities for campers entering grades 3-5. Small group sizes and engaging staff provide the perfect environment for children to challenge themselves and build self-confidence.

Daily Field Trips  |  Spend each day on a different outdoor adventure from the tree tops rope course to underground cave exploration and from kayaking to splashing at Noah’s Ark. Let’s enjoy all summer has to offer together!

Wanderer’s Lunch  |  As a part of Wander Wisconsin’s outdoor focus, one lunch during the week will be prepared in the field. Youth will have an opportunity to help with preparing and cooking the meal under staff supervision. 

The following adventure trips now have wait-lists: 

  • Water Lovers Waunakee
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Packing List

Prepare to swim/get wet daily | Wear sturdy, waterproof shoes with a heel strap | Swim/field trip shirt will be provided | Bring a water bottle & non-refrigerated disposable lunch

Adventure Trips

Adventure Trips

Wander Wisconsin Outpost:  Shorewood Elementary School, 1105 Shorewood Boulevard, Madison  

Waunakee Water Lovers Trip Outpost:  Heritage Elementary School, 501 South Street, Waunakee

Encore! Week Outpost:  Wisconsin Youth Company Office, 1201 McKenna Blvd., Madison

Wander Wisconsin Adventure Trips run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.  Daily drop-off is between 7:30-8 a.m. and pick-up between 5-5:45 p.m. Campers will be transported to and from Shorewood Elementary for daily field trips either by Wisconsin Youth Company van or by school bus.  

Date Trip Price
June 11-15 Water Lovers 1 $275
June 25-29 Up, Down, All Around $275
July 9-13 Water Lovers 2 $275
July 23-27 All About Madison $275
August 6-10 NEW! - Waunakee Water Lovers $275
August 13-17 Summer's End $275
August 20-24 New! Encore! Week $275

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Campers entering grades 3-5

Swim Level

2 or 3

Water Lovers 1

Do you love to swim? How about boating and fishing? And who doesn’t love water parks? Try your hand at canoeing and kayaking with trips along local waterways. Each day we focus on a different aquatic activity plus a chance to go swimming and hiking at Mirror Lake State Park.  We will finish off our week with a visit to Noah's Ark Water Park. Campers, it’s time to get your feet wet, so grab your water shoes and towels! 

Up Down & All Around
Join us as we experience a wide range of activities. Travel high up in the trees at Heightened Adventures Aerial Park and delve deep down underground at Cave of the Mounds. Explore the beautiful natural areas all around southern Wisconsin such as Gibraltar’s Rock and Yellowstone State Park. Hopefully the week will end with a bullseye as we visit the Mackenzie Center for archery and other hands-on nature activities. 

Water Lovers 2
Whether you joined us for Water Lovers 1 or this is your first time getting your feet wet with Wander Wisconsin, you’ll love what we have in store! From swimming to fishing and canoeing to kayaking, we’ll make a splash as we explore our local waterways at various outdoor destinations such as Devil's Lake State Park. Slide into the weekend as we spend Friday at the Kalahari Waterpark. Grab your water shoes and don't forget your towel because this week is going to be a wet one!   

All About Madison
Discover all the fun that is hiding in our own backyard. Explore local landmarks such as Camp Randall and the Wisconsin State Capital. Then head to the other side of Lake Mendota as we swim and hike at Governor Nelson State Park. Get your feet off the ground at Kennedy ROPES course and tree climbing at the U.W. Arboretum. Learn about local wildlife at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. Finish off your week as we splash down at Dolphin’s Cove Waterpark.

NEW! - Waunakee Water Lovers
Water Lovers has made its way to Waunakee! Dip your toes or jump right in, either way you're sure to make a splash. Each day this week we will travel to a new aquatic destination. Activities will include kayaking, canoeing and fishing. We'll even have a chance to hike at Devil's Lake State Park before jumping in for a swim.  Join us as we slide into the weekend and spend Friday at Kalahari Resort Waterpark in WI Dells.

Summer's End
Summer fun doesn't stop! Let's explore the best of what summer has to offer. We'll start our week close to home with a tour of UW Madison. Then, we'll get on the road to visit Devil's Lake State Park for swimming, hiking and fishing. The journey won’t stop there! We will also check out the animals at the Milwaukee County Zoo and experience hands-on fun at Ripley's Believe it or Not and Wizard Quest. Of course, we'll send summer off with a splash at Noah’s Ark Waterpark. Let’s go for one more round of summer fun! All campers must be picked up by 4:45 p.m. on Friday, August 17.​

NEW! - Encore! Week

Just when you thought summer was over... Wander Wisconsin presents your final opportunity for summer adventure! Discover hidden gems and old favorites of Wisconsin. Enjoy a planetarium solar system show at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Delve deep into Wisconsin's largest onyx cave and hike Ferry Bluff along the Wisconsin River. Explore waterfalls at Pewit's Nest and Governor Dodge State Park. We'll make one final splash as we finish off the week at Noah's Ark. Make the last week of summer your greatest adventure yet! All campers must be picked up between 4:45-5 p.m. on Friday, August 24.​