Field Trips at Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center


Plan your field trip

Dates:  Call to schedule a date  (940) 440-8382

Time:  5 hours at the camp / half an hour for lunch

Topics:  Five Day Camps to choose from + Arbor Day!

Grades: 2nd though 8th / camp geared for grade attending

Cost: Wilderness Survival $25/student; all other camps $20/student.

***Large group discounts available.***

Bring your picnic lunches.

Additional Day Camps

Wilderness Survival/Nature Connection

During a one-day workshop, students learn the sacred order of survival: Shelter, Water, Fire, Food. Activities include building debris huts, water purification, learning about fire building and friction fires, studying edible plants, making cordage, and primitive hunting and fishing. Students also learn what to pack in a survival kit.

Native American Indians

Come learn history in a fun, hands-on way. Students learn about the plains Indians’ way of life, including the Tonkawas, who lived in this area. Topics include housing in the tipi, hunting methods and fishing techniques, foraging for food, deer hide tanning, native drumming and other instruments, native songs, dance steps, sign language and written symbols, Indian story telling, and thanksgiving address.

Nov 8th, 2017 Scheduled for Homeschool Families.

Nature in Art

This camp is for those who not only enjoy nature but also enjoy being creative. 

We will take a look at how different famous artists portrayed nature in their work.   

Trees                 Gustav Klimt                       Camo                  Henri Rosseau

Birds                  John Audubon                    Skulls                  Georgia O’Keeffe

Photos               Anesl Adams                      Journaling           Lewis & Clark

Prints                 Currier & Ives/Katsushika Hokusai

We also discuss plant illustrators for ID books. Numerous small art projects will be part of the day, along with time in the woods to inspire your creativity.

Birds, Birds, Birds

We approach ornithology (the study of birds) from a Naturalist’s viewpoint.  Class covers which birds are in our area and their identifying characteristics. We also discuss migration flyways during different times of the year and what birds are saying with their bird songs and calls.  Students learn how beaks are designed for specific diets and how to invite birds to their backyards.  The day includes plenty of woods time, nature awareness activities, songs, and games.

Texas Wildlife  OR  

Seasonal Nature Awareness 

Add to your studies of Texas by immersing your student in a wooded area to learn about the symbols of our state. Their studies will come alive through nature awareness activities, songs, and games. Bring your journals or Texas history notebooks and pencils to sketch and take notes.

Mammal - Armadillo

Bird - Mockingbird

Tree - Pecan

Flower - Bluebonnet

Insect – Monarch

Reptile - Turtles

Habitat Study

You choose which Habitat you'd like to learn about. Example:  Pond Study, Tundra, Prairies, Mountains, Caves to name a few, and then like our  Nature Awareness Day Camps, we teach about one of these Habitats using journaling, games, activities, crafts to learn and experience it.

This is great for children who have come to many of our Nature Awareness Day camps.  It takes the living things in these environments and then brings it together in a collective ecosystem of life. 

Arbor Day Activities

Welcome to our woods. Thanksgiving to the TREES! Activities and studies include:

History of Arbor Day

Songs and Story Time: Great Books about Trees and Nature

HUG A TREE - wilderness survival technique

How old is that tree?  How tall is that tree?

How, where, when to plant a tree. Students get to participate in tree planting.

Nature Poetry - We would love your contributions, a special poem you like or wrote yourself.

Basic Camping Skills

This day camp will get you ready to take a camping trip, prepared!

Tent camping - where to set up a tent, types of tents, how to construct.

Supplies needed to pack - from personal items to camp equipment.

Knife safety - depending on the child's age, a knife is optional, can whittle a marshmallow / hot dog stick.   Younger kids can bring butter knives and a bar of Ivory soap.  

Knot tying - useful camp lashings and knots.

Basic First Aid 

Planning for meals.  bring something to cook over the fire for lunch, grilled cheese, hot dogs, ramen soup, to name a few simple things. 

Concept of Leave No Trace Camping incorporated in all the aspects of camping.