Camp Mary Orton: Adventure Academy
Ages served: 7-14
Dates/times: 6/3-8/9; 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, ropes course, swimming, games, the ZipZone adventure park and more.
Cost: $449 (Base Camp A for ages 7-10 and Base Camp B for ages 10-14), $549 (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: 6/3-8/9; 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: $215
Camp location: Camp Mary Orton, 7925 N. High St., Columbus
For more information: adventure@campmaryorton.org, 614-885-1023, campmaryorton.org/adventure-academy

Camp Wyandot Inc.: Camp Otonwe
Ages served: 6-12
Dates/times: 6/10-7/26; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Camp Otonwe offers six, five-day camp sessions for youth entering grades 1-6. A three-day mini day camp the week of July 4 also serves students going into kindergarten.
Cost: $100 to $185
Camp location: Camp Otonwe, 4834 Harlem Road, Galena
For more information: Connie Coutellier, connie@campwyandot.org, 614-481-8227, campwyandot.org

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks: Metro Parks Summer Camps
Ages served: 3-15
Dates/times: 6/3-8/9; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Spend the summer outdoors in Metro Parks Summer Camps. Campers will spend their days exploring, fishing, creeking, playing games and learning about the natural world around them.
Cost: $75 to $175
Camp location: Various Metro Parks
For more information: naturecamps@metroparks.net, 614-891-0700, metroparks.net

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Summer Camp
Ages served: grades 1-7
Dates/times: 6/3-8/9; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Children will participate in a variety of engaging experiences designed to promote awareness of the environment. Activities include arts and crafts, songs, games, hands-on animal experiences and group play.
Cost: $255 nonmember, $230 member ($20 discount for July 4 week)
Camp location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Road, Powell
For more information: education@columbuszoo.org, 614-724-3488, columbuszoo.org

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Teen Summer Camp
Ages served: grades 8-10
Dates/times: 6/10-8/9; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Explore interests, make friends and create lifelong memories. Students who like animals will have a chance to connect with wildlife in a whole new way. Three themes are offered.
Cost: Lights, Camera, Action – $325 nonmember, $305 member; Art Studio Camp – $305 nonmember, $275 member; Eco Warriors Camp – $305 nonmember, $275 member
Camp location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Road, Powell
For more information: education@columbuszoo.org, 614-724-3496, columbuszoo.org

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: ZooKids
Ages served: age 3 to kindergarten
Dates/times: 6/3-8/8; half day (2-5 hours)
Description: ZooKids offers the opportunity to experience the wonders of animals in a controlled and socially interactive environment. Each class, campers engage in hands-on activity centers, create an art project, have a snack and see zoo exhibits.
Cost: $145 nonmember, $130 member for traditional and four-day camps; $55 nonmember, $50 member for one-day camp
Camp location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Road, Powell
For more information: education@columbuszoo.org, 614-724-3488, columbuszoo.org

Junior Explorer Club: Summer Adventure Day Camp
Ages served: 5-12
Dates/times: 6/3-8/9; full day (6+ hours) and half day (2-5 hours)
Description: This outdoor adventure day camp offers horseback riding, canoeing, zip lining, hiking, swim lessons, cave exploring, trips to the zoo and Newport Aquarium and more.
Cost: $75 per day, $375 per week; early-bird pricing before April 1
Camp location: 2151 Dorset Road, Upper Arlington
For more information: Michele Rapp, thejrexplorerclub@gmail.com, 614-516-3325, jrexplorerclub.com

Ohio Wildlife Center: Animal Investigations
Ages served: 10-12
Dates/times: 7/15-7/19; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Wildlife leave behind a lot of clues besides scat and tracks. Campers will solve mysteries by searching for other animal signs, such as trails, nipped vegetation, feeding areas, beds, fur and feathers.
Cost: $295
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ext. 6220, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp

Ohio Wildlife Center: Art in Nature
Ages served: 6-12
Dates/times: 6/3-6/7; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Want to combine your camper's love of nature with their love of art? This week will take budding artists to the Wildside—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, ext. 6220, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp

Ohio Wildlife Center: Aquatic Adventures
Ages served: 10-12
Dates/times: 7/29-8/2; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Does your child like to fish and get muddy? This week focuses on scaly, slimy and cold-blooded wildlife, and campers will do more fishing and exploring around our pond habitats.
Cost: $295
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ext. 6220, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp

Ohio Wildlife Center: Eco Adventures!
Ages served: 6-12
Dates/times: 6/10-6/14; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Focus on nature play, being adaptable to one's surroundings, exploring the forests, trekking in the prairie and discovering ways to help the environment.
Cost: $295
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ext. 6220, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp

Ohio Wildlife Center: Naturally Magic: How a wizard would help Ohio's wildlife
Ages served: 6-12
Dates/times: 6/17-6/21; full day (6+ hours)
Description: This wizard-themed wildlife nature week will have a sorting hat, specially assigned houses and ways campers can help save Ohio's native magical beasts. Campers will create their own magic tricks to help wildlife.
Cost: $295
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ext. 6220, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp

Ohio Wildlife Center: Nature's Engineers!
Ages served: 13-16
Dates/times: 7/22-7/26; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Experience team challenges; discover hidden treasures by exploring forests, ponds, prairies and wetlands; and see how wildlife are creative engineers. Guest career speakers round out this special engineering week geared for older campers.
Cost: $295
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ext. 6220, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp

Ohio Wildlife Center: Owlets: Colorful Creatures
Ages served: 3-5
Dates/times: 6/24-6/26, 7/22-7/24; half day (2-5 hours)
Description: Campers will meet and care for our box turtle, Flash, and discover that our native Animal Ambassadors come in lots of different colors. Lessons include hands-on activities and wild stories. Morning and afternoon sessions are available each month.
Cost: $110
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ext. 6220, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp

Ohio Wildlife Center: Planet Protectors
Ages served: 6-12
Dates/times: 8/5-8/9; full day (6+ hours)
Description: This program focuses on developing campers' nature interests and helping them become eco leaders, promoting stewardship of the 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, Columbus
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ext. 6220, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp

Ohio Wildlife Center: Sensing Nature
Ages served: 6-12
Dates/times: 6/24-6/28; 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 sense the world.
Cost: $295
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ext. 6220, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp

Ohio Wildlife Center: Tracks and Traces!
Ages served: 6-9
Dates/times: 7/15-7/19; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Wildlife leave behind a lot of clues besides scat and tracks. Campers will solve mysteries by searching for other animal signs, such as trails, nipped vegetation, feeding areas, beds, fur and feathers.
Cost: $295
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ext. 6220, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp

Ohio Wildlife Center: Water World
Ages served: 6-9
Dates/times: 7/29-8/2; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Get up-close experiences with our reptile Animal Ambassadors, amphibians in our care and our pond life. Each day, we will turn over rocks and logs to look for slimy and scaly wildlife in creeks, ponds and forests.
Cost: $295
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ext. 6220, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp

Ohio Wildlife Center: Where the Wild Things Are!
Ages served: 6-12
Dates/times: 7/8-7/12; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Find out how bugs, birds and reptiles keep the planet going and how the Ohio Wildlife Center helps wild animals stay healthy. Learn how to dig up some good finds, use a magnifying glass in the field, compost with worms and build mini-ecosystems.
Cost: $295
Camp location: Ohio Wildlife Center, 6131 Cook Road, Powell
For more information: Stevie Cisek, scisek@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ext. 6220, ohiowildlifecenter.org/camp

Preservation Parks of Delaware County: Nature Camps
Ages served: 6-12
Dates/times: 6/3-8/2; full day (6+ hours)
Description: Five weeklong day camps offer outdoor adventures and learning about the natural world: Animal Buddies, ages 6-7; World of Water, ages 8-9; Junior Naturalist, ages 9-10; Wildlife CSI, ages 10-11; and Navigating Nature, ages 11-12.
Cost: $150 per week
Camp location: Deer Haven Park, 4183 Liberty Road, Delaware
For more information: Casey Smith, csmith@preservationparks.com, 740-362-0274, preservationparks.com/programs/camps

TimberNook Central Ohio: Summer Camps
Ages served: 4-12
Dates/times: 6/17-8/1; half day (2-5 hours)
Description: TimberNook Summer Camps provide time for children to explore their surroundings, create, build, design, take risks and dive into imaginations, while fostering a love for the great outdoors. We also will take time to interact with the goats.
Cost: $220
Camp location: The Farm at Harvest Hills, 670 Hills Miller Road, Delaware
For more information: Krista Seibert, timbernookcentralohio@gmail.com, 614-204-8856, timbernook.com