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Remember summer camp? Your kids will, too. Metroparks offers weeklong day camps and one-day camps. Applications for financial assistance are available for all camps.

Metroparks summer day camps are held rain or shine, with plenty of rainy day options. Camps are available for variety of ages and interests, and based at Wildwood Preserve and Oak Openings Preserve.

For more information, call 419-407-9701.

Registration for 2014 camps is now open [Click Here]

Summer Camp Financial Assistance Application


Wanted: Counselor's In Training

Teens have a unique opportunity to gain leadership skills while earning service credit as a Counselor In Training at Metroparks summer camps. Click here for more information.


Wee Workshop Camp (Ages 3 to 5)
Explore a different nature theme each day through songs, puppets and games. Enjoy multi-sensory activities, crafts and outdoor exploration. Adults will play alongside their child. Register child only. Camp is held rain or shine, with plenty of rainy day options.
Fee: $65 ($45 Metroparks Members)
All sessions Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to Noon

  • Session 1: June 2 - June 6 [Register]
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
  • Session 2: July 7 - July 11 [Register]
    Oak Openings Preserve, Buehner Center
  • Session 3: July 14 - July 18 [Register]
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
  • Session 4: August 4 - August 8 [Register]
    Swan Creek, Yager Center

Metroparks Explorers (Ages 5 to 7)
Explore the super world of nature at Metroparks Explorers Camp! Campers spend the week learning about the incredible "super heroes" that live in our own backyards. Super-strength, flight and invisibility are just a few of the animal and plant super powers that explorers learn about in this camp. Every week includes two off-site adventures (transportation provided). Pack a lunch and a reusable water bottle for each explorer. Fee covers crafts and activities, one snack per day and a t-shirt.
Fee: $115 ($95 Metroparks Members)
All sessions Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Session 1: June 23 - 27 [Register]
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
  • Session 2: July 21 - 25 [Register]
    Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge
  • Session 3: August 4 - 8 [Register]
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
  • Session 4: August 11 - 15 [Register]
    Side Cut, Lamb Center

Nature Camp (Ages 8 to 12)
Take an adventure through the many places that plants and animals call "home," and meet some dynamic wildlife duos along the way! At Nature Camp, campers discover what makes a habitat, explore different ecosystems throughout the Metroparks and learn about the wild ways that plants and animals live together. Every week includes two off-site adventures (transportation provided). Pack a lunch and reusable water bottle for each adventure. Fee covers crafts and activities, one snack per day and a t-shirt.
Fee: $115 ($95 Metroparks Members)
All sessions Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Session 1: June 9 - 12 [Register]
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
  • Session 2: June 16 - 20 [Register]
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
  • Session 3: July 7 - 11 [Register]
    Swan Creek Preserve, Yager Center
  • Session 4: July 14 - 18 [Register]
    Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge
  • Session 5: July 28 - August 1 [Register]
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall

Teen Camp (Ages 13 to 16)
Nature Camp graduates asked, and Metroparks could not say no - teen camp is back and better than ever! At Teen Camp, participants spend the week taking an in-depth look at the unique habitats of Metroparks, learning about the important roles of keystone species and developing teamwork and leadership skills. Pack a lunch and reusable water bottle. Fee covers all other equipment, field trip transportation (included), one snack per day and a t-shirt.
Fee $140 ($112 Metroparks Members) | [Register]
Monday - Friday, June 23 - 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Side Cut, Lamb Center

Art Camp (Ages 8 to 14)
Nature is the greatest artist of all. At this special camp, use natural materials and nature as inspiration to create one's own works of art. Camper's appreciation and understand of nature is sure to evolve during a week exploring art's connection to the environment. Each day features a new theme making this a great experience for children who enjoy art, nature, history and the outdoors. Wildwood Preserve is home-base with exciting trips planned. Bring your own lunch and reusable water bottle. Equipment, supplies and field trip transportation are provided. Camps are held rain or shine, with plenty of rainy day options.
Fee: $150 ($120 Metroparks Members) | [Regsiter]
Monday - Friday, July 21 - 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall

Family Camp: Fun For The Whole Family (Ages 5 and Up)
Finally, the whole family can enjoy the Nature Camp experience together! Family Camp days are jam-packed with the perfect mix of educational and recreational activities. Campers spend time with both the family and other campers of similar age. Stay late on Wednesday for an evening around the campfire and lots of nighttime fun! Fee covers all other equipment, one snack per day and a t-shirt. Please register all participants. Campers must be at least five years old.
Fee: $15 per person/per day ($12 Metroparks Members per person/per day)

  • Session1: Monday, June 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. [Register]
    Pearson, Packer-Hammersmith Center
  • Session 2: Tuesday, July 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. [Register]
    Oak Openings Preserve, Buehner Center
  • Session 3: Wednesday, July 2, 4 to 10 p.m. [Register]
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall

Overnight Camp: Fun For Everyone
For the busiest beavers out there, Metroparks crammed a while lot of Nature Camp fun into an overnight expedition! Take a weekend getaway to the new White Oaks Campground located in beautiful Oak Openings Preserve. Metroparks naturalist lead canoeing, geocaching, hiking, ghost stories, s'mores and much more. Come alone, with a sweetheart or the whole family! Maximum 32 people, 8 tents, individuals under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Overnight Camp begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday and ends at noon on Sunday. Saturday dinner and Sunday continental breakfast provided. Bring a tent, equipment and sleeping bag, limited camping equipment available to borrow - make arrangements at the time of making your reservation by calling 419-407-9701. Please register all participants. Campers must be five years or older.
Fee: $15 per person ($12 Metroparks Members/per person)
Oak Openings Preserve, White Oak Campground

  • Session 1: Saturday - Sunday, June 21 - 22, 4 p.m. to Noon [Register]
  • Session 2: Saturday - Sunday, July 19 - 20, 4 p.m. to Noon [Register]
  • Session 3: Saturday - Sunday, August 16 - 17, 4 p.m. to Noon [Register]

 

Camp Expedition (Adults)
Ever feel a little jealous when sending the little one off to Nature Camp? Not this summer - go on your own adventure. Spend the week learning some fundamentals of environmental science, and explore Metroparks like never before. Camp specifically focuses on the ecology of the Oak Openings Region. Adults from all educational backgrounds are welcome! Pack a lunch and a reusable water bottle. Fee covers equipment and t-shirt. Different parks each day.
Fee: $60 ($48 Metroparks Members) | [Register]
Monday - Friday, September 8 - 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oak Openings, Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge 



 
 
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