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Metroparks Summer Camps

Summer is prime time for adventure, building new skills, making memories and learning about the natural world around you. Whether it's kayaking at Oak Openings or chasing insects through the meadow at Wildwood, Metroparks offers opportunities for kids to connect with nature and get outside this summer.

Camp registration opens February 1, 2019. Fee includes a t-shirt for all children. The fee also includes field trip transportation, excluding Wee Workshop and Outdoor Skills camps. All participants should bring a packed lunch and a reusable water bottle each day.

Early Bird prices are valid until May 31st. Families with more than one child can take advantage of the multi-child discount until May 31st: sign-up more than one child at a time for camp and receive an additional $10 discount off the price for the other child (children). 

Families who sign up a child for more than one week of camp can take advantage of the multi-week discount until May 31st. Sign up a child for two or more weeks of camp and receive an additional $10 discount off your additional week(s) of camp. Member's discounts are also available. There is a camp for every family's budget and financial assistance is available. Please note that multi-week discounts do not apply to Paddling, Survival and Granger Island overnight camps. The only discount that applies to the overnight camps is a Metroparks Member discount. 

For camp registration assistance call 419-407-9789

For additional information call 419-407-9704

Below is a list of camps being offered in 2019.  

 


Wee Workshop Camp
Child and Parent (Ages 3 to 5)

There is so much magic that awaits us as Metroparks! Sign up for this nature-fueled program where kids will learn about birds, butterflies, flowers and animals while they enjoy outdoor adventures, crafts, story time and nature walks. Dress for outdoor play and bring a water bottle. Children should be toilet independent. Register child only. Fee: $85 (Members $75), Reservations 

JULY 8 THROUGH 12
Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to Noon
Oak Openings Preserve, Buehner Center [Register]


Wee Workshop Camp
Child Only (Ages 3 to 5)

There is so much magic that awaits us at Metroparks! Sign up for this nature-fueled program where kids will learn about birds, butterflies, flowers and animals while they enjoy outdoor adventures, crafts, story time and nature walks. Dress for outdoor play, and bring a water bottle. Fee $105 (Members $95), Reservations

 

JULY 8 THROUGH 12
Monday - Friday, 1 to 3 p.m.
Oak Openings Preserve, Buehner Center [Register]

JULY 29 THROUGH AUGUST 2
Monday - Friday,10 a.m. to Noon
Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall [Register]

JULY 29 THROUGH AUGUST 2
Monday - Friday, 1 to 3 p.m.
Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall [Register]

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Outdoor Explorers Camp
(Ages 5 to 7)

Take advantage of this immersive program, where Outdoor Explorers will have a week-long adventure experiencing how plants and animals at Metroparks use water! Campers will explore how 'water works' and learn their role in water conservation as they chase insects through the meadow, splash in the river and search woodland trails for wildlife. Take part in hands-on experiments, games, crafts and learn new outdoor skills. Camp will be held daily, with rainy day program options if necessary. A daily snack is provided. Fee: $160 (Members $150), Reservations

JUNE 10 THROUGH 14
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall [Register]

JUNE 24 THROUGH 28
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge [Register]

JULY 22 THROUGH 26
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall [Register]

AUGUST 5 THROUGH 9
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. 2 p.m.
Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall [Register]


Nature Camp
(Ages 8 to 12)

Nature, science and history are all related. Join us for Nature Camp, where you'll combine outdoor activities with other disciplines to experience how plants and animals at Metroparks use water! Campers will explore how 'water works' and learn their role in water conservation as they investigate rivers, forest and dunes. Challenge yourself with hands-on activities, games, crafts and learn new outdoor skills. Bring a friend or make a new one here. Camp will be held daily ,with rainy day program options if necessary. A daily snack will be provided. Fee: $210 (Members $200), Reservations 

JUNE 17 THROUGH 21
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall [Register]

JULY 15 THROUGH 19
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge [Register]

 


Survival Camp
(Ages 8 to 12)

Learn how to survive in the wilderness in this exciting and active camp. You’ll face and overcome obstacles during very busy outdoor activities, gaining individual and team skills through hands-on learning activities. You’ll learn about the importance of the basics of life: food, water and shelter. And you’ll gain confidence from knowing what steps to take in the wilderness. Put your skills to work and see if you can survive an optional overnight campout at the Oak Openings Lodge on July 11 and 12. Separate registration required. Fee: $185 (Members $175), Reservations 

JULY 8 THROUGH 12
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge [Waiting List]

AUGUST 5 THROUGH 9
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge [Register]


Archery Camp 
(Ages 8 to 12)

Calling all young Katnisses and Green Arrows! Transform into an archer after a mere five days of instruction. This program focuses on the basics, so it's perfect for beginners and those with some archery experience wishing to practice their skills, too. The camp will conclude in a friendly competition on Friday. Ready, Aim Fire! Hit the bullseye with us at Westwinds. Fee: $185 (Members $175), Reservations 

JUNE 17 THROUGH 21
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Westwinds, Static Archery Range [Register]

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Paddling Camp
(Ages 8 to 12)

Paddlesports are all the rage this summer int eh this action-packed, week-long program! You'll build technique and teamwork skills as you learn the basics of canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleborarding. Most importantly, you'll learn how to stay safe on the water. Paddling Camp includes in-water activities, so campers should be prepared to get wet. Thursday evening, enjoy an optional overnight camping experience and glow paddle after dark? Please register for the Paddling Camp Overnight separately. Fee: $210 (Members $200), Reservations 

JULY 22 THROUGH 26
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Blue Creek Nona France [Register]


Tree Climbing Camp 
(Ages 11 to 14)

Join us for our first offering of Tree Climbing Camp! We will be expanding the tree climbing skills of all participants. Learn more about the trees and how to safely and properly climb them, as well as the science behind it all. Get up close and personal with our majestic Walnut tree at Oak Openings Preserve and see everything from a new point of view. Campers will learn how to assess trees, work with all of the gear and equipment, tie climbing knots and fully set up a tree for climbing (under supervision) Join us on this "tree-mendous" summer camp experience. Fee: $225 (Members $215), Reservations 

JUNE 24 THROUGH 28
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oak Openings Preserve, Buehner Center [Register]


Adventure Camp 
(Ages 11 to 14)

Build skills and confidence through a week of outdoor adventures this summer! Discover wildlife and investigate how 'water works' by exploring trails, rivers and learning new outdoor skills. Campers will explore their important role in wildlife conservation through games, experiments and hands-on activities. Camp will be held daily, with rainy day options if necessary. A daily snack will be provided. Fee: $220 (Members $210), Reservations 

JULY 29 THROUGH AUGUST 2
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge/Buehner Center [Register]


Granger Island - Overnight 
(Ages 8 and Up)

Grab your tent and head to an evening of camping with Metroparks newest overnight adventure on Granger Island. On our walk across the river to Granger Island, you're sure to get your feet wet and muddy as we search for aquatic life and explore the island.

This exclusive experience is only available to campers registered for any 2019 Metroparks Outdoor Skills or Nature Camp or Adventure Camp session and one adult chaperone. Registration is required for both campers and adult chaperones. Please eat dinner before you arrive, but we will provide snacks and a light breakfast the next morning. Old tennis shoes and cool long pants are recommended. No bare feet or flip-flops. Finally, if you do not have a tent or sleeping pad, the Metroparks do have a few to lend, which are available on a first-come, first served basis. Fee: $56 (Members $46), Reservations 

JULY 27 THROUGH 28
Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Farnsworth, Granger Island
Adult [Register]   Child [Register]