Outdoor adventure camps.

Adventure Unleashed

Adventure Unleashed Dog Day Camp

Dates/times: June 13 - July 17, half day (2-5 hours)

Cost: $125, $100 for 4-H members

Camp location: Adventure Unleashed, 6475 East Main Street Suite 100, Reynoldsburg 43068

Contact information: Karin Coyne, adventureunleashed@gmail.com, 614-398-2267

About our camp: Day camp is open to any youth age 8-12 that are interested in dog training. Campers will learn about dog training, play fun games and work with instructors dogs.

Camp Mary Orton

Dates/times: June 15 - Aug.7, full day (6+ hours)

Cost: Base Camp A & Base Camp B $379 per week; Jr. Frontier $439; Advanced Jr. Frontier $479

Camp location: Camp Mary Orton, 7925 N. High Street, Columbus 43235

About our camp

Camp Mary Orton has been home to summer youth programming for over 90 years and awarded the Organization of the year by AEE 2014. Adventure Academy offers nature-based, week-long day camps with trails, swimming, archery range, team building, climbing wall and more.

Contact Information

614-656-2267











Camp Wyandot, Inc.

Camp Wyandot

Dates/times: June 8 - Aug. 14, full day (6+ hours)

Cost: $110-$630; resident option also offered

Camp location: Camp Wyandot, 1890 Northwest Blvd, Columbus 43212

Contact information: Greg, info@campwyandot.org, 614-481-8227

About our camp: Camp Wyandot provides an inclusive nurturing environment for youth to have fun, make friends, serve others, and explore the great outdoors.

Columbus Recreation and Parks, Outdoor Education

Indian Village

Dates/times: June 8 - Aug. 14, full day (6+ hours)

Cost: $120 Columbus resident; $135 non-resident

Camp location: Indian Village Outdoor Education Center, 3200 Indian Village Rd., Columbus 43221

Contact information: Casey Smith, outdooreducation@columbus.gov, 614-645-5980

About our camp: Give your children the opportunity to reconnect with nature this summer! Spend the day outdoors playing games, building forts, creeking, fishing, getting dirty and having a BLAST!

Columbus Recreation and Parks, Outdoor Education

Camp Walnut

Dates/times: June 8 - Aug. 14, full day (6+ hours)

Cost: $120 Columbus resident; $135 non-resident

Camp location: Big Walnut Park, 5000 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus 43227

Contact information: Casey Smith, outdooreducation@columbus.gov, 614-645-5980

About our camp: Give your children the opportunity to reconnect with nature this summer! Spend the day outdoors playing games, building forts, creeking, fishing, getting dirty and having a BLAST!

Columbus Recreation and Parks, Outdoor Education

Camp Terra

Dates/times: June 8 - Aug. 14, full day (6+ hours), please contact camp organzer for more information.

Cost: $120 Columbus resident; $135 non-resident

Camp location: Antrim Park, 5800 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus 43235

Contact information: Casey Smith, outdooreducation@columbus.gov, 614-645-5980

About our camp: Give your children the opportunity to reconnect with nature this summer! Spend the day outdoors playing games, building forts, creeking, fishing, getting dirty and having a BLAST!

Columbus Recreation and Parks, Outdoor Education

Camp Terra Preschool

Dates/times: June 8 - Aug. 14, half day (2-5 hours)

Cost: $55 Columbus resident; $70 non-resident

Camp location: Antrim Park, 5800 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus 43235

Contact information: Casey Smith, outdooreducation@columbus.gov, 614-645-5980

About our camp: Give your children the opportunity to reconnect with nature this summer! Spend the day outdoors playing games, building forts, creeking, fishing, getting dirty and having a BLAST!

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

ZooKids

Dates/times: June 1 - Aug. 14, half day (2-5 hours)

Cost: Early Bird Rates through May 15 - Members $95, Non-members $105. Click on "Discover" then on "Summer Camp".

Camp location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd, Powell 43065

Contact information: Columbus Zoo Education Office, educlass@columbuszoo.org, 614-645-3488

About our camp: Does your child like to ìwalk with the animals, talk with the animals, grunt & squeak & squawk with the animals? If so, ZooKids is the place to be! Join us this summer as we boogie with the animals, set sail with pirates and round up animal superheroes.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Summer Experience

Dates/times:June 1 - Aug. 14, full day (6+ hours)

Cost: Early Bird Rates through May 15: Members $175; Non-members $185. Click on "Discover" then on "Summer Camp".

Camp location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd, Powell 43065

Contact information: Columbus Zoo Education Office, educlass@columbuszoo.org, 614-645-3488

About our camp: Discover the entire Zoo & experience our natural world with engaging activities & up-close encounters with animals. Test yourself in Wildlife Hunger Games, Voyage to Pirate Island, team up with Wildlife Superheroes or embark on Expedition: Ecosystem Challenge.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Bugs, Bats, and Butterflies in the Garden

Dates/times: June 8 - 12, half day (2-5 hours)

Cost: $95 Members/$105 non-members

Camp location: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus 43203

Contact information: 614-715-8028

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Cookbooks & Passports

Dates/times: June 8 - 12, half day (2-5 hours)

Cost: $220 Members; $230 non-members

Camp location: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E Broad Street, Columbus 43203

Contact information: 614-715-8028

About our camp: Campers travel the world and learn about faraway places and cultures as they prepare fresh, healthy, international recipes using organically grown produce from the Conservatory's gardens.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Junior Naturalists

Dates/times: June 15 - 19, full day (6+ hours)

Cost: $200 Members; $210 non-members

Camp location: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E Broad Street, Columbus 43203

Contact information: 614-715-8028

About our camp: Campers explore the gardens and grounds of the Conservatory to discover what is living in our ponds, trees and under the soil. Hands-on experience and experiments educate about water and the natural world. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages 9-11.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Little Pirates

Dates/times: June 22 - 26, half day (2-5 hours)

Cost: $95 Members; $105 non-members

Camp location: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E Broad Street, Columbus 43203

Contact information: 614-715-8028

About our camp: Put on your eye patch and search for treasure! Each day, campers embark on a new adventure through the many habitats of Franklin Park. Using pirate maps & binoculars to find clues, campers discover the creatures & plants that live here. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Ages 4-5. Children must be 4 by June 1 and potty trained.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Little Pirates

Dates/times: July 6 - 10, half day (2-5 hours)

Cost: $95 Members; $105 non-members

Camp location: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E Broad Street, Columbus 43203

Contact information: 614-715-8028

About our camp: Put on your eye patch and search for treasure! Each day, campers embark on a new adventure through the many habitats of Franklin Park. Using pirate maps & binoculars to find clues, campers discover the creatures & plants that live here. 1-4 p.m. Ages 4-5. Children must be 4 by June 1 and potty trained.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Nature Detectives

Dates/times: July 13 - 17, full day (6+ hours)

Cost: $200 Members; $210 non-members

Camp location: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E Broad Street, Columbus 43203

Contact information: 614-715-8028

About our camp: Investigate the habitats of Franklin Park. Campers investigate soil, seeds, and sprouts to learn how plants grow, and make and use gadgets to explore the wonders of animals, plants, and the natural world. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages 6-8.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Green Thumb

Dates/times: July 27 - 31, full day (6+ hours)

Cost: $200 Members; $210 non-members

Camp location: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E Broad Street, Columbus 43203

Contact information: 614-715-8028

About our camp: Campers perform mad botanist experiments, create garden art, enjoy garden-fresh snacks, discover how a garden grows, and learn about all things green. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages 6-8.

Metro Parks

Nature Adventure Camps

Dates/times: June 15 - July 31, full day (6+ hours)

Cost: $70-$175

Camp location: Locations vary

Contact information: naturecamps@metroparks.net, 614-891-0700

About our camp: Metro Parks Nature Adventure Camps are designed to provide central Ohio youth with the opportunity to discover and experience nature in an engaging, hands-on group setting. Campers will participate in fun outdoor activities, crafts and games.

Ohio Wildlife Center

Summer Wildlife Camp

Dates/times: June 15 - Aug. 14, full day (6+ hours)

Cost: $285 for kids ages 7-16; $95 for ages 4-6

Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell 43065

Contact information: Amanda Robinson, arobinson@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453

About our camp: June 15 - August 14, week-long, full-day (9 a.m-3 p.m.) sessions for ages 7-16; three-day mini-camps, (Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-noon or 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.) for ages 4-6. Nature and wildlife studies, including hikes and hands-on activities!

Ohio Wildlife Center

Summer Wildlife Camp

Dates/times: June 15 - Aug. 14, full day (6+ hours)

Cost: $285 for kids ages 7-16; $95 for ages 4-6

Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell 43065

Contact information: Amanda Robinson, arobinson@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453

About our camp: A hands-on wildlife experience for kids 4-16. Explore wildlife and nature in week-long, full-day sessions, and three-day mini-camps for ages 4-6.

Preservation Parks of Delaware County

Summer Explorers Nature Camps

Dates/times: June 1 - Aug. 7, full day (6+ hours)

Cost: Camp fees range from $125 - $150; new this year is an online registration and payment system.

Camp location: Deer Haven Preserve, 4183 Liberty Road, Delaware 43015

Contact information: Rich Niccum, rniccum@preservationparks.com, 740-524-8600 x3

About our camp: Our mission is to inspire children to explore the outdoors and learn about nature through fun hands-on activities and experiences.

Preservation Parks of Delaware County

Summer Explorers Farm Camps

Dates/times: June 8 - July 31, full day (6+ hours)

Cost: Camp fees range from $125 - $180; new this year is an online registration and payment system.

Camp location: Gallant Farm, 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road, Delaware 43015

Contact information: Rich Niccu, rniccum@preservationparks.com, 740-524-8600 x3

About our camp: Our mission is to get children outdoors and provide learning experiences that teach them about life on a 1930's/1940's farm through fun hands-on activities and experiences.

The Dawes Arboretum

Camp Dawes

Dates/times: June 8 - July 31, full day (6+ hours)

Cost: $110 for members ($135 for non-members) per child, per session

Camp location: The Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Rd., SE, Newark 43056

Contact information: Education Department, education@dawesarb.org, 740-323-2355

About our camp: In a week at Camp Dawes, young scientists dig-in to nature, create outdoor-inspired crafts, sing songs, play games and develop their sense of adventure and curiosity. Sessions include a traditional camp experience, combined with themed activities.

The Juniper School

The Juniper School Summer Camp

Dates/times: June 1 - Aug. 28, full day (6+ hours)

Cost: We offer three summer sessions June, July and August. Sign up for 2, 3, or 5 days a weeks. Full or Half days. Cost range $204-$890.

Camp location: The Juniper School, 636 Chase Rd., Columbus 43214

Contact information: Nicole Graf, director@thejuniperschool.org, 937-287-4823

About our camp: At Juniper, we envision a compassionate community where all children are connected to self, to each other and to the rhythms of the natural world.