12 Outdoor Camps for Your Houston Kid

Looking for a dynamic, hands-on nature encounter? Does your daughter want to learn how to sail? Is your son looking to step-up his tennis game? All these activities are available in the Houston area and the guide below will help you narrow your choices for outdoor spring and summer camps.

And for more summer and vacation camp ideas, check out our comprehensive camp guide and full directory of camp listings.

Rice Owls Tennis Camps
Ages: 5-17
Full or Half Day: Morning half day
Players of all abilities are welcome and will be divided based on ability into beginner, advanced, or intermediate groups. Camp takes place at the George R. Brown Tennis Center and includes fundamentals of forehand, backhand, serve, volley and overhead, and conditioning. Advanced groups can improve their skills with basic strokes, drills, and singles and doubles strategies.  

Sam Houston Equestrian Center
Ages: 7 and up (5- and 6-year-olds with prior riding experience may register)
Full or Half Day: Both
Campers will learn horse care management, English and bareback riding, ring show competitions. These are a few of the activities taking place at the Equestrian Center’s spring break and summer camps. Young blue jean and boot-clad Texans can attend by the day or week.

Armand Bayou Nature Center
Ages: 4-13
Full or Half Day: Morning, afternoon, or full day
On this 2,500-acre nature preserve in southeast Houston, kids can explore the wonders of our natural environment through outdoor activities, including canoeing, fishing, trail hikes, wildlife encounters, and indoor storytelling and crafts.

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
Ages: 5-12
Full or Half Day: Morning half day or full day with after care option
At this 155-acre nature sanctuary, outdoor adventures abound in week-long camps. Learn about city critters or endangered Texas animals, how to fish or kayak, and what it takes to be a forest ranger or inventor.

Nature Discovery Center
Ages: 5-10
Full or Half Day: Full day with after care option
Campers will explore Houston’s wildlife and natural animal habitats at Bellaire’s nonprofit nature center.

Houston Safe Boating Council
Ages: 13+
Full or Half Day: Full day
In this 3-day award-winning program, students have the opportunity to gain their Texas Boater Education Certificate through hands-on training in kayaks, knot applications, personal flotation device, personal watercraft, power boats, sail boats, and even scuba diving. The website doesn't have updated information, but dates and cost can be obtained by calling Candy at 281-685-3225.  

Blackwood Nature Camp
Ages: 8-14
Full or Half Day: Overnight
Blackwood offers week-long overnight nature camping experiences at their Educational Land Institute. In addition to outdoor activities, including nature crafts, adventure games, swimming, farming, nature journaling, and hiking, campers learn about the natural world from experts like fishermen and biologists and go on field trips, to places like a wolf sanctuary. Check back at the end of summer for their fall parent/toddler camp offerings.

Eddie V. Gray Wetlands
Ages: Varies
Full or Half Day: Both
Venture to Baytown for weekly camps featuring outdoor activities and offsite fields combined with fun-filled indoor instruction at the base of the Goose Creek. Students in grades first through tenth can participate in the annual Wade Into Wetlands Summer Science Camp, while younger students can spend spring break at the Swing into Spring Break Camp. The Gator Tales camp is offered to preschool students and an accompanying adult.

Houston Audubon Society
Ages: 2 1/2 – 12
Full or Half Day: Morning half day
There is something for everyone at either the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary or the Sims Bayou Urban Nature Center. Interesting themes range from Potions, Predators, & Poisons, where kids explore “poisonous creatures, stealthy predators and nature’s ultimate potions and powers of survival,” to Imagine & Invent Camp where campers create inventions with items in nature.

Houston Yacht Club
Ages: Varies
Full or Half Day: Full day
Break out the boat shoes for a plethora of water-based camps offered at the Houston Yacht Club in Shoreacres. Summer Fun Camps offer an introduction to sailing and water sports like paddle boarding, kayaking, and fishing. Novice sailors should look into Mini Ragnots or Opti Green Fleet camps, while more experience sailors can opt for Advanced Opti Camp.

Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center
Ages: 5-12
Full or Half Day: Varies based on age
Four-day sessions feature a variety of themed nature subjects and include ranger talks, guided nature walks through the forest, and visits to the ponds, swamps, and Spring Creek. Older campers will embark on canoe training and take a field trip.

Memorial Park Golf Course
Ages: 5+
Full or Half Day: Morning Half Day
Three-day camps are offered for any junior golfer and include all aspects of the game from chipping and putting to course management. More information should be in late spring.

Image courtesy of Houston Audubon Society

Rice Owls Tennis Camps - George R. Brown Tennis Center
2105 Rice Blvd
Houston, TX 77005

Sam Houston Equestrian Center
13551 Lew Briggs
Houston, TX 77047

Armand Bayou Nature Center
8500 Bay Area Blvd
Pasadena, TX 77507

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
4501 Woodway Drive
Houston, TX 77024

Nature Discovery Center
7112 Newcastle
Bellaire, TX 77401

Blackwood Nature Camp
27144 Rock Island Road
Hempstead, TX 77445

Eddie V. Gray Wetlands
1724 Market Street
Baytown, TX 77520

Houston Audubon Society
440 Wilchester
Houston, TX 77079

Houston Yacht Club
3620 Miramar
La Porte, TX 77571
Mars by Luke Jerram
Houston Museum of Natural Science - various times Pick
Garden Railroad Run Days at Rosenberg Railroad Museum
Rosenberg Railroad Museum - 1:00 PM
HMNS at Levy Park
Levy Park Conservancy - 2:00 PM
Sunday Stroll at CityPlace
CityPlace - 3:00 PM
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