Day Camps: Nature/Outdoors

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Ages Served: 6-12

Dates/Times: 6/13-8/19; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Reconnect with nature this summer! Spend each day outdoors playing games, building forts, creeking, fishing, and having a BLAST!

Cost: $125 Columbus Resident/$140 Non-Resident

Camp Location: Antrim Park Shelter House, 5800 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus 43235

For more information:Christina Snyder,outdooreducation@columbus.gov, 614-645-3380,columbusrecparks.com

Ages Served: 4-5

Dates/Times: 6/13-8/19; Half-day (2-5 hours)

Description: Reconnect with nature this summer! Spend each day outdoors playing games, building forts, creeking, fishing, and having a BLAST!

Cost: $60 Columbus Resident/$75 Non-Resident

Camp Location: Antrim Park Shelter House, 5800 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus 43235

For more information:Christina Snyder,outdooreducation@columbus.gov, 614-645-3380,columbusrecparks.com

Ages Served: 6-12

Dates/Times: 6/13-8/19; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Reconnect with nature this summer! Spend each day outdoors playing games, building forts, creeking, fishing, and having a BLAST!

Cost: $125 Columbus Resident/$140 Non-Resident

Camp Location: Big Walnut Park Shelter House, 5000 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus 43227

For more information:Christina Snyder,outdooreducation@columbus.gov, 614-645-3380,columbusrecparks.com

Ages Served: 6-12

Dates/Times: 6/13-8/19; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Reconnect with nature this summer! Spend each day outdoors playing games, building forts, creeking, fishing, and having a BLAST!

Cost: $125 Columbus Resident/$140 Non-Resident

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

For more information: Christina Snyder, outdooreducation@columbus.gov, 614-645-3380, columbusrecparks.com

Ages Served: rising 1st graders-rising 10th graders

Dates/Times: 6/6-8/12; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Summer Experience gives your child entering grades 1-10 the opportunity to experience the Columbus Zoo. Your camper will visit all of the Zoo's regions and get an in-depth opportunity to learn about our natural world.

Cost: Rates thru May 15: 4-Day Camps Grades 1-4: $165/members; $175/non-members; 4-Day Camps Grades 5-7: $195/members; $205/non-members; 5-Day Camps Grades 1-7: $185/members; $195/non-members; 5-Day Camps Grades 8-10: $250-$275/members; $275-$285/non-members

Camp Location: 4850 W. Powell Rd, Powell 43065

For more information: (614) 645-3488, columbuszoo.org

Ages Served: 3 years-entering kindergarten

Dates/Times: 5/31-8/12; Half-day (2-5 hours)

Description: ZooKids offers your child the opportunity to experience the wonders of animals in a safe and socially interactive environment. Each class engages in hands-on activity centers, explore the Zoo and have an up-close encounter with an animal visitor.

Cost: Early Bird pricing effective until May 15th. 1 Day camps: $30/members; $35/non-members. 4 Day camps: $95/members; $105/non-members. 3 & 4 week camps (come 1 day/week, for 4 weeks in a row): $71.25-$95/members; $78.75-$105/non-members

Camp Location: 4850 W. Powell Rd, Powell 43065

For more information: (614)645-3488, columbuszoo.org

Ages Served: 7-8

Dates/Times: 7/11-7/15; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Yum, yum, yum, fresh food is fun! Plant, pick and learn in the garden, then wash the dirt from your hands, don an apron, and create in the kitchen using the fresh harvest.

Cost: $220 members; $230 non-members

Camp Location: 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus 43203

For more information:Jeannie Wycinski,jwycinski@fpconservatory.org, 614.715.8028,fpconservatory.org

Ages Served: 7-8

Dates/Times: 6/6-6/10; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Dig into gardening fun! It's time to get dirty in the garden and put green thumbs to work. Plant and pick while discovering how a garden grows.

Cost: $200 members; $210 non-members

Camp Location: 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus 43203

For more information:Jeannie Wycinski,jwycinski@fpconservatory.org, 614.715.8028,fpconservatory.org

Ages Served: 9-11

Dates/Times: 6/20-6/24; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Learn about the homes of plants and animals. Roll up your pant legs and explore the pond for dragonfly nymphs, or use investigative skills in the dense rainforest biome.

Cost: $220 members; $230 non-members

Camp Location: 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus 43203

For more information:Jeannie Wycinski,jwycinski@fpconservatory.org, 614.715.8028,fpconservatory.org

Ages Served: 9-11

Dates/Times: 6/13-6/17; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: It's planting season! Learn the skills to achieve garden greatness. Experts on community gardening and urban garden design lead activities in planting, creating, and learning about all things green.

Cost: $200 members; $210 non-members

Camp Location: 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus 43203

For more information:Jeannie Wycinski,jwycinski@fpconservatory.org, 614.715.8028,fpconservatory.org

Ages Served: 5-6

Dates/Times: 7/11-7/15; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Yo ho ho and a whole lot of fun! Grab a map and spyglass-a treasure hunt and excitement awaits those who are ready for this pirate adventure.

Cost: $200 members; $210 non-members

Camp Location: 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus 43203

For more information:Jeannie Wycinski,jwycinski@fpconservatory.org, 614.715.8028,fpconservatory.org

Ages Served: 7-8

Dates/Times: 6/13-6/17; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Grab some binoculars, roll up your sleeves, and get outside. From pond study to bird watching, investigate the many environments and gardens of the Conservatory.

Cost: $200 members; $210 non-members

Camp Location: 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus 43203

For more information:Jeannie Wycinski,jwycinski@fpconservatory.org, 614.715.8028,fpconservatory.org

Ages Served: 5-6

Dates/Times: 7/18-7/22; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: They crawl, they fly, and they pollinate. With a magnifying glass in one hand and binoculars in the other, spend the week outdoors, searching for the creatures responsible for fruits and vegetables.

Cost: $200 members; $210 non-members

Camp Location: 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus 43203

For more information:Jeannie Wycinski,jwycinski@fpconservatory.org, 614.715.8028,fpconservatory.org

Ages Served: 9-11

Dates/Times: 7/25-7/29; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Grab some water shoes and explore the most important resource in the world. From pond study to water balloons, this will be a week of fun, laughter and learning.

Cost: $200 members; $210 non-members

Camp Location: 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus 43203

For more information: Jeannie Wycinski, jwycinski@fpconservatory.org, 614.715.8028, fpconservatory.org

Ages served: 13-16

Dates/Times: 7/25-7/29; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Campers will use technology and hands-on activities to help solve wildlife and environment crimes using investigations, data collection from our new study pond and forensic science tools.Learn how to set up motion cameras, track wildlife, explore field guides and be up-close with animal ambassadors. Camps include presentations from field experts, animal encounters, crafts, hikes and daily snacks.

Cost: $295 ($10 discount for second sibling)

Camp Location: 6131 Cook Road, Powell 43065

Contact: Stormy Gibson, sgibson@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453,ohiowildlifecenter.org/learn-with-us/wildlife-day-camp/

Ages served: 4-6

Dates/Times: 7/5-7/7; Half-day (2-5 hours)

Description: Come and uncover the mysteries behind wildlife at Ohio Wildlife Center's camp. Owlets enjoy three half-days (morning or afternoon sessions) of hands-on and engaging activities that will have them exploring.

Cost: $110

Camp Location: 6131 Cook Road, Powell 43065

Contact: Stormy Gibson, sgibson@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453,ohiowildlifecenter.org/learn-with-us/wildlife-day-camp/

Ages served: 7-12

Dates/Times: 6/20-8/12; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Help Ohio Wildlife Center solve wildlife mysteries by using forensic science tools, analyzing data from our new study pond, collecting evidence and interviewing suspects to find out about wildlife issues. Camps include presentations, animal encounters, crafts, hikes and daily snacks.

Cost:$295 ($10 discount for second sibling)

Camp Location: 6131 Cook Road, Powell 43065

Contact: Stormy Gibson, sgibson@ohiowildlifecenter.org, 614-734-9453, ohiowildlifecenter.org/learn-with-us/wildlife-day-camp/

Ages Served: 10-year-olds

Dates/Times: 6/27-7/1; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Get outside and get active! Go fishing, hike a trail, learn survival skills, float down a river, climb a rock wall, even go horseback riding! We'll travel to various central Ohio sites.

Cost: $150

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

For more information: Rich Niccum, rniccum@preservationparks.com, 740-524-8600, ext. 3,preservationparks.com

Ages Served: 9-11

Dates/Times: 7/11-7/15; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Step into the time machine and travel back to 1930s rural Delaware County! Experience what life was like on the farm, through games, daily chores, stories and more. Go on hikes, feed the chickens, cook lunch on a wood-burning stove - to name a few!

Cost: $125

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

For more information: Rich Niccum, rniccum@preservationparks.com, 740-524-8600, ext. 3, preservationparks.com

Ages served: 6-7

Dates/Times: 8/11; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Join us for an outdoor adventure. Meet live animals, dip a net in the wetlands, catch insects in the prairie, roll over logs and more. Learn what makes the habitat - and its plants and animals - unique. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $30, or $80 for all three Habitat Thursdays. Register by July 28.

Camp Location: Deer Haven Park, 4183 Liberty Road, Delaware 43015

Contact: Rich Niccum, rniccum@preservationparks.com, 740-524-8600, ext. 3,preservationparks.com

Ages served: 6-7

Dates/Times: 7/14; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Join us for an outdoor adventure. Meet live animals, dip a net in the wetlands, catch insects in the prairie, roll over logs and more. Learn what makes the habitat - and its plants and animals - unique. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $30, or $80 for all three Habitat Thursdays. Register by June 30.

Camp Location: Shale Hollow Park, 6320 Artesian Run, Lewis Center 43035

Contact: Rich Niccum, rniccum@preservationparks.com, 740-524-8600, ext. 3,preservationparks.com

Ages served: 6-7

Dates/Times: 6/9; Full day (6+ hours)

Description: Join us for an outdoor adventure. Meet live animals, dip a net in the wetlands, catch insects in the prairie, roll over logs and more. Learn what makes the habitat - and its plants and animals - unique. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $30, or $80 for all three Habitat Thursdays. Register by May 26.

Camp Location: Emily Traphagen Park, 5094 Seldom Seen Road, Powell 43065

Contact: Rich Niccum, rniccum@preservationparks.com, 740-524-8600, ext. 3,preservationparks.com

Ages served: 8-9

Dates/Times: 6/11; Half-day (2-5 hours)

Description: Do you like rocks and dirt? How about spiders? No matter what your interests are, we have something for you. Experiments, animals, hikes, games, crafts and other hands-on activities will uncover the wonders of nature. 9 a.m.-noon.

Cost: $20, or $50 for all three Science Saturdays. Register by May 28.

Camp Location: Shale Hollow Park, 6320 Artesian Run, Lewis Center 43035

Contact: Rich Niccum, rniccum@preservationparks.com, 740-524-8600, ext. 3,preservationparks.com

Ages served: 8-9

Dates/Times: 7/16; Half-day (2-5 hours)

Description: Do you like rocks and dirt? How about spiders? No matter what your interests are, we have something for you. Experiments, animals, hikes, games, crafts and other hands-on activities will uncover the wonders of nature. 9 a.m.-noon.

Cost: $20, or $50 for all three Science Saturdays. Register by July 2.

Camp Location: Deer Haven Park, 4183 Liberty Road, Delaware 43015

Contact: Rich Niccum, rniccum@preservationparks.com, 740-524-8600, ext. 3,preservationparks.com

Ages served: 8-9

Dates/Times: 8/13; Half-day (2-5 hours)

Description: Do you like rocks and dirt? How about spiders? No matter what your interests are, we have something for you. Experiments, animals, hikes, games, crafts and other hands-on activities will uncover the wonders of nature. 9 a.m.-noon.

Cost: $20, or $50 for all three Science Saturdays. Register by July 30.

Camp Location: Deer Haven Park, 4183 Liberty Road, Delaware 43015

Contact: Rich Niccum, rniccum@preservationparks.com, 740-524-8600, ext. 3, preservationparks.com