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Sand Lake Conservation Camp

Outdoor Adventures in Recreation & Conservation
June 17-19, 2020
Marinette County, Wisconsin


Sand Lake Conservation Camp scheduled for June 2021 has been cancelled due to COVID-19.  We hope to hold camp again in 2022.  


Anne Bartels
Marinette County LWCD
1926 Hall Avenue
Marinette WI 54143-1717
(715) 732-7784

What is Sand Lake Conservation Camp?
Conservation Camp provides positive educational outdoor experiences, helps foster appreciation and understanding of nature, and introduces a variety of opportunities in natural resources and conservation careers. Professionals from various natural resource and conservation agencies present programs on topics like wildlife, habitat, ecosystems, water quality, fisheries, forestry, and conservation career information.  These professionals, as well as adult volunteers, serve as overnight staff and group leaders for the duration of camp. For the safety of your children, we do background information checks on all overnight staff.

Comments from previous participants:
  • "Very fun, you can count on me being there next year!"
  • "I think this is the best camp I went to."
  • "This was my first time coming here and it was a blast!"
  • "I had lots of fun and made friends."
  • "The cook's food was awesome."
Campers - Who can attend?
Students that will be attending grades 6, 7, and 8 in the fall and have an interest in the outdoors are encouraged to attend. Both Wisconsin and Upper Michigan residents are welcome. Space is limited and registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

 If your child is going into 9, 10, 11, or 12th grade and is under 17, the WLWCA Youth Conservation Camp takes place June 22-25, 2020 .  There are 25 spots available.  Please register early.  

To view the camp brochure please click here

Questions?  Contact Kim Warkentin at 608-441-2677, email at ​

The fee for camp is $100 per student. ($150 if postmarked after May 20th). The fee covers food, lodging, instruction, educational materials and a  T-Shirt.

Many county Land & Water Conservation Departments in Wisconsin offer full or partial scholarships to attend conservation camps. If you are a Marinette County resident, please see scholarship information below. Contact your county Land Conservation Office to get more information. Registrations not accepted after June 3rd.

Scholarship Information
Marinette County Land & Water Conservation is offering four scholarships to youth living or attending school in Marinette County. Interested applicants are required to write a 200-300 word essay titled "Why I want to participate in Conservation Camp."  Winners will be chosen based on the content of their essay. We prefer that the essay is typed. Handwritten essays are accepted but if we are unable to read them, they will be disqualified. 

Please send essays with all registration materials by April 17, 2020 to Anne Bartels at the LWCD (address & email above). Remember to include your name, address, telephone number, and school name. If you live outside Marinette County, contact your own county's conservation department to see if they have scholarship opportunities available. 

Sand Lake Conservation Camp takes place at Camp Bird Youth Camp in Marinette County, Wisconsin. This camp is situated on scenic 20-acre Sand Lake. Its sandy swimming beach, dock, canoes, stream and lake access, hiking trails, nature center, and log cabins are essential to the outdoor experience. For convenience, the camp has full kitchen facilities, showers, flush toilets, and electricity. Sand Lake Conservation Camp is located . . .

14.5 miles west of Crivitz 
50 miles east of Antigo
62 miles south of Iron Mountain, Michigan
66 miles north of Green Bay

Here's some of the fun stuff you might do at camp . . .
  • Find out what it takes to be a DNR Conservation Warden
    • Catch aquatic critters and learn how water quality affects them
    • Meet live animals from the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Learn about Wisconsin's native fish and how they are managed by the DNR
    • Learn about protecting and managing wildlife habitats
    • Learn how "Conservation Dogs" detect invasive species
    • Learn about a variety of natural resources and conservation careers
    • Meet reptiles and amphibians in the nature center
    • Play, fish, swim, hike, canoe, shoot a bow, and more
    • Make new friends at the campfire and feast on s'mores and "pudgy pies"
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