Bailey’s Budding Naturalists

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About the Bailey’s Budding Naturalists day camp and information about making a donation to the program:

For the last six years, the Museum has offered a one-week nature camp – Bailey’s Budding Naturalists – to area children ages six – eleven.  The camp has been very successful, however only 30 children were able to attend.  Therefore the Museum Board decided that in 2018 the camp would offer six one-week sessions making it possible for 180 – 200 children to attend.

In order to accomplish this, the Board is hiring a Camp Coordinator and three assistants; offering transportation; and serving both breakfast and lunch.  The projected cost for this enhanced program is $26,000, approximately $125 per child per week.

Because 85% of the school children in Van Buren County are on free or reduced lunch, most of them cannot afford to attend camp.  This is where you can help.  Consider helping send a child to camp for one-week.  In return for a donation, each donor will be listed on the Museum’s website’s Friends of Bailey’s Budding Naturalists page.

OR, consider making a donation in someone’s honor or memory.  Each person honored will be listed on Friends of Bailey Budding Naturalists page and the Museum will send an acknowledgement of the gift to the honoree.

You can mail a donation to the museum at

PO Box 626

South Haven 49090

Or you can click on the link below to make a secure online donation