Editor’s note: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, many camp organizers are either moving their 2020 summer camps to online offerings or canceling their programs for this year. The state of Ohio declared May 14 that day camps would be allowed to operate under specific guidelines as of May 31, so some camps are still taking place in person, though with special precautions. This list, part of our 2020 Columbus Parent Summer Camp Guide, was accurate at the time our Spring issue came out in early March, but many camp plans have changed since, so be sure to contact the organizer of any camp you have already enrolled in or are hoping to sign up for to confirm whether it is still taking place.

Camp Mary Orton: Adventure Academy
Ages served: 7-14
Dates/times: 6/1-8/7; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Adventure Academy is a weeklong day camp filled with outdoor activities that help participants learn teamwork and self-confidence. Activities include a climbing wall, a ropes course, swimming, games, the ZipZone adventure park and more.
Cost: $465 (Base Camp A for ages 7-10 and Base Camp B for ages 10-14), $575 (Peak Adventures for ages 12-14)
Camp location: Camp Mary Orton, 7925 N. High St., Columbus
For more information: adventure@campmaryorton.org, 614-885-1023, campmaryorton.org/adventure-academy 

Camp Mary Orton: Discovery Day Camp
Ages served: 6-12
Dates/times: 6/1-8/7; full day (6+ hours)
Description: This traditional, weeklong day camp has different nature themes each week. Activities include crafts, games, hiking, swimming, outdoor education and creeking, with 167 acres of woods and ravines to explore.
Cost: $225
Camp location: Camp Mary Orton, 7925 N. High St., Columbus
For more information: adventure@campmaryorton.org, 614-885-1023, campmaryorton.org/discovery-day-camp 

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks: Metro Parks Summer Camp
Ages served: 3-15
Dates/times: 6/1-8/7; half day (2-5 hours) and full day (6+ hours)
Description: Metro Parks offers a variety of weeklong summer camps for children. Camps introduce participants to new outdoor recreation and nature experiences while providing engaging experiences that lead to lifelong memories and friendships. 
Cost: $75 to $250
Camp location: Metro Parks facilities throughout Central Ohio
For more information: Audrey Beam, naturecamps@metroparks.net, 614-895-6227, metroparks.net 

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Summer Camp at the Zoo
Ages served: Grades 1-10
Dates/times: 6/1-8/7; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Campers will participate in a variety of activities designed to promote environmental awareness. Activities include art projects, songs, games, hands-on learning experiences and spending time outside exploring the zoo.
Cost: $230 to $305
Camp location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 Powell Road, Powell
For more information: Columbus Zoo Education Department, education@columbuszoo.org, 614-645-3488, columbuszoo.org 

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: ZooKids Summer Camp
Ages served: 3-5
Dates/times: 6/1-8/6; half day (2-5 hours)
Description: Campers will learn about the wonders of the animal kingdom in a socially interactive environment through hands-on activity centers, art projects, walks through the zoo and animal visitors.
Cost: $130 to $145
Camp location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 Powell Road, Powell
For more information: Columbus Zoo Education Department, education@columbuszoo.org, 614-645-3488, columbuszoo.org 

Hilliard Recreation and Parks: Rec Camp 2020 – Nature Camp
Ages served: 6-11
Dates/times: 6/8-6/12; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Campers will be bused to Seidle Community Pool daily, with field trips every Friday. A snack is provided daily. Price includes extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $160 resident, $175 nonresident
Camp location: Hilliard Community Center, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive, Hilliard
For more information: Geoff Dew, gdew@hilliardohio.gov, 614-876-5200, hilliardohio.gov/recreation-parks 

Hilliard Recreation and Parks: Wild and Wacky Water Fun
Ages served: 4-6
Dates/times: 7/13-7/16; half day (2-5 hours)
Description: Participate in four days of water play, with the focus on all the things we can do with water. There will be plenty of activities, including a slip and slide, water brigade, splash tag, water balloons and more.
Cost: $20 resident, $24 nonresident
Camp location: Municipal Park Meadow Field, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive, Hilliard
For more information: Geoff Dew, gdew@hilliardohio.gov, 614-876-5200, hilliardohio.gov/recreation-parks 

Ohio Wildlife Center: Art in Nature!
Ages served: 6-12
Dates/times: 6/22-6/26; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Want to combine your camper’s love of nature with their love of art? This camp we will take your budding artist to the wild side, unlocking their creativity and connecting it to a passion with nature.
Cost: $295
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp 

Ohio Wildlife Center: Natural Navigators
Ages served: 13-16
Dates/times: 7/20-7/24; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Seeing like a hawk, hearing like an owl, touching like a raccoon, smelling like a snake and tasting like a frog: Campers will be immersed in nature by learning how animals have their own superpowers. Meet wild animal ambassadors and learn how they use their five senses.
Cost: $295
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp 

Ohio Wildlife Center: Nature Camp
Ages served: 6-12
Dates/times: 6/29-7/3; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Explorers who love adventure, hiking and getting dirty: This camp is for you. This is a great way to reconnect with nature by identifying trees, exploring prairies for insects and helping staff at Ohio Wildlife Center locate and identify birds in nest boxes.
Cost: $295
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp 

Ohio Wildlife Center: Superhero Wildlife
Ages served: 6-12
Dates/times: 7/13-7/17; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Seeing like a hawk, hearing like an owl, touching like a raccoon, smelling like a snake and tasting like a frog: Campers will be immersed in nature by learning how animals have their own superpowers. Meet wild animal ambassadors and learn how they use their five senses.
Cost: $295
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp 

Ohio Wildlife Center: Survival Wilderness Camp
Ages served: 6-12
Dates/times: 6/15-6/19; full day (6+ hours)
Description: This camp will include outdoor adventures of building shelters for both campers and a chosen animal ambassador, discovering what clean water looks like and collecting food.
Cost: $295
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp

Ohio Wildlife Center: Wildlife Rangers
Ages served: 10-12
Dates/times: 8/3-8/7; full day (6+ hours)
Description: This special week focuses on developing your camper’s nature interest and helping them become eco leaders, promoting stewardship of our environment and taking on service learning projects with a focus on recycling, composting and reusing.
Cost: $295
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp

Ohio Wildlife Center: Wizardly Wildlife
Ages served: 6-12
Dates/times: 6/8-6/12, 7/6-7/10; full day (6+ hours)
Description: This wizard-themed wildlife camp will have a sorting hat, houses and ways campers can help save Ohio’s magical beasts. Spend time finding the magic and mystery in our forest, prairie and wetland habitats. Campers will also meet a variety of wise owls.
Cost: $295
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp

Ohio Wildlife Center: Young Naturalist
Ages served: 3-5
Dates/times: 6/29-7/1, 7/20-7/22; half day (2-5 hours)
Description: Little campers will meet and care for the center’s box turtle, Flash, and discover that native animal ambassadors come in lots of different shapes and sizes. Lessons include hands-on activities and wild stories. Morning and afternoon sessions are offered.
Cost: $110
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp

SCRAM! Wildlife Control | Ohio Wildlife Center: Aquatic Adventures
Ages served: 10-12
Dates/times: 7/27-7/31; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Does your child really like to fish and get muddy? This camp may be just what they need. This week focuses on scaly, slimy and cold-blooded wildlife, and campers will do a lot of fishing and exploring around pond habitats.
Cost: $295
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp 

Sunbury Urban Farm: Farm Explorers
Ages served: 5-10
Dates/times: 6/1-7/31; half day (2-5 hours) and full day (6+ hours)
Description: Explore a little of everything the farm has to offer. Grow veggies in the garden, splash in the creek, build forest forts, make a craft and help cook lunch using fresh-picked farm ingredients. Lunch is provided. 
Cost: $150 to $275; financial assistance available
Camp location: Sunbury Urban Farm, 2140 Sunbury Road, Columbus
For more information: Sarah Erickson, info@sunburyurbanfarm.org, 614-285-5172, sunburyurbanfarm.org

Sunbury Urban Farm: Forest Kindergarten
Ages served: 4-5
Dates/times: 8/3-8/14; half day (2-5 hours) and full day (6+ hours)
Description: Using the Scandinavian Forest School model, campers will spend their days exploring the woods, playing in the garden and learning outdoors. For children enrolled in kindergarten this fall. Lunch is provided. 
Cost: $150 to $275; financial assistance available
Camp location: Sunbury Urban Farm, 2140 Sunbury Road, Columbus
For more information: Sarah Erickson, info@sunburyurbanfarm.org, 614-285-5172, sunburyurbanfarm.org 

Sunbury Urban Farm: Nature Camps
Ages served: 8-13
Dates/times: 6/1-8/14; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Explore the outdoors, dig in the garden, splash in the creek and build forest forts—all while forging connections to nature, healthy food and friends. Weekly themes include Survival Skills, Woodland Wizardry and Nature Art. Lunch is provided. 
Cost: $275; financial assistance available
Camp location: Sunbury Urban Farm, 2140 Sunbury Road, Columbus
For more information: Sarah Erickson, info@sunburyurbanfarm.org, 614-285-5172, sunburyurbanfarm.org

Westerville Parks and Recreation: Outdoor Skills Camp
Ages served: 6-13
Dates/times: 6/15-6/19 for ages 6-9, 6/29-7/3 for ages 10-13; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Outdoor-loving campers will learn how to locate a suitable campsite, build a shelter and fire, find clean water, basic plant and animal identification, orienteering skills, how to pack and plan for a trip and leave no trace. Campers will also learn the basics of first aid.
Cost: $135 resident, $150 nonresident
Camp location: Heritage Park - Antrim Shelter, 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville
For more information: Chelsea VanAssche, chelsea.vanassche@westerville.org, 614-901-6500, web1.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/ohwestervillewt.wsc/search.html?SessionID=&module=AR&Type=CAMP