Field Trips

At Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center

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Plan your field trip today:

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

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

Topics: Eight different Day Camps to choose from + Arbor Day! See here for Additional Day Camps to choose from

Grades: 2nd though 8th grade

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

Large group discounts are available

  • Bring your picnic lunches.

Wilderness Survival/Nature Connection

During a one-day workshop, students learn the sacred order of survival; Shelter, Water, Fire, and 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, 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 the Thanksgiving Address.

Date can be scheduled for homeschooling families by contacting us.

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. The class covers which birds are in our area and identifying their 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 students 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. Below are the State symbols we will be learning about in the camp:

Mammal - Armadillo

Bird - Mockingbird

Tree - Pecan

Flower - Bluebonnet

Insect - Monarch

Reptile - Turtle

Wonders of water

Best to do this camp during the warmer months of the year so that the children can actually explore the pond life. We look at wildlife that lives around water sources to include, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, mammals. Also fun group water cycle activities. Kayaking and canoeing an add on extra.


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, and 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!

The concepts ARE:

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

  • Supplies you need to pack - from personal items to camp equipment.

  • Knife safety - depending on the child's age, a knife is optional. 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, like grilled cheese, hot dogs, or ramen soup, to name a few simple and inexpensive options. 

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

Habitat Study

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