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Summer Nature Camps - 2016

Summer camp registration is just around the corner! Complete camp information will be available on-line before registration begins in April.  Please click here for a chart of all camps being offered, here for a calendar of all nature camps, or here for a document with all camp details.


Hike in the woods, wade in a creek, create a craft, paddle a kayak, sketch an animal, or play a game. This summer, spend time with Outdoor Experiences staff exploring the outdoor world around you. A variety of summer camps for kids are offered throughout Cleveland Metroparks, each packed full of adventure and activities.

Registration begins April 12th at 9:00 AND 9:30 a.m. for Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township residents.

9:00 a.m. registration will include:
Acacia Reservation · Brecksville Reservation · Euclid Creek Reservation · Hinckley Reservation · Mill Stream Run Reservation · North Chagrin Reservation · South Chagrin Reservation

9:30 a.m. registration will include:
Bedford Reservation · Lakefront Reservation · Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation · Rocky River Reservation · West Creek Reservation

Registration begins April 19th at 9:30 a.m. for all other participants.


Online Registration ONLY

Registration is required for all camps. Register online ONLY at www.clevelandmetroparks.com. Credit card information is required for registration.

Please have the following information ready when you register:
Camper’s name, address, birthday, your name, address, phone number, email address, and your credit card information (number, billing address, expiration date, security code).

If you are in need of a scholarship, call the number listed for that specific camp.

NOTE: Camp fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Donations are welcome to support the Outdoor Experiences Summer Day Camp Scholarship Fund. If you are interested in donating online, please click here.


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Preschool Camp

June 7 - June 9 @ 10am-noon
Ages: 3 - 5 years (at time of camp)
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation

$30 - SOLD OUT

Splish, splash we'll have some fun with water in the park! Each day the wonders of water will be explored through games, activities, and more. We hope your nature preschool camper is ready to get wet. View More >

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Camp Hinckley

June 7 - June 9 @ 10am-2pm
Ages: 10 - 13 years (at time of camp)
Hinckley Reservation

$66 - SOLD OUT

Kids, are you ready for three days of adventure and fun? You will have the opportunity to try your hand at orienteering, fishing, kayaking, fire building and more at Camp Hinckley. View More >

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CanalWay Camper

June 14 - June 16 @ 10am-3:30pm
Ages: 6 - 8 years (at time of camp)
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation

$68 - SOLD OUT

We will spend three days discovering the skills of an extreme camper through fun and games. We will learn how to use a compass, build a fire, hike, play games, and go fishing. Be ready to get dirty exploring as we master the art of camping. View More >

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Primitive Skills Camp (child with adult)

June 15 - June 17 @ 10am-2pm
Ages: 8 - 12 years (at time of camp)
Brecksville Reservation

$100 - SOLD OUT

Join Naturalists Kathy Schmidt and Sharon Hosko to learn primitive skills. Start a fire with flint and steel, build a debris shelter, find your way with a map and compass, make a bowl by burning a piece of wood, and learn how to make a survival kit. This camp is for a child and their accompanying adult.   Please register just the child participating, not the adult. View More >

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CanalWay Nature Explorers

June 21 - June 23 @ 10am-3:30pm
Ages: 6 - 8 years (at time of camp)
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation

$68 - SOLD OUT

Get ready for three fun filled days of exploration at the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. We will play games and activities that are based around the local wildlife. Our time will be spent tracking wildlife, watching for birds, meeting turtles, and searching the fields for insects. View More >

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Folklore Camp

June 21 - June 23 @ 10am-2pm
Ages: 7 - 8 years (at time of camp)
South Chagrin Reservation

$50 - SOLD OUT

Fact or fiction? Real or imaginary? Nature folklore is rooted in our culture and waiting for us to explore its mysteries! Join us for three days of stories, games, treasure, and adventure in South Chagrin Reservation. View More >

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Camp Hinckley

June 21 - June 23 @ 10am-2pm
Ages: 10 - 13 years (at time of camp)
Hinckley Reservation

$66 - SOLD OUT

Kids, are you ready for three days of adventure and fun? You will have the opportunity to try your hand at orienteering, fishing, kayaking, fire building and more at Camp Hinckley. View More >

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Boot Camp

June 27 - June 30 @ 10am-2pm
Ages: 7 - 9 years (at time of camp)
Rocky River Reservation

$88 - SOLD OUT

Bring your boots! This cool and energetic nature camp is designed to maximize outdoor adventure. These four down-and-dirty days will take you salamander-seeking, birding, crayfish-hunting, natural shelter-building, and so much more. Two days will be spent in the Rocky River valley, one at Hinckley Reservation, and our final day we'll visit Lake Erie (transportation provided). View More >

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Nature-Garten

June 28 - June 30 @ 9:30-noon
Ages: 5 - 5 years (at time of camp)
South Chagrin Reservation

$37

Children getting ready to enter kindergarten will enjoy having fun and discovering nature at Look About Lodge. Our motto for the week: No Going Home Clean! The second day of camp will be held at our Arboretum. View More >

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Hidden Valley Survival

June 28 - June 30 @ 10am-3:30pm
Ages: 11 - 14 years (at time of camp)
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation

$91 - SOLD OUT

Join us for three days of early survivor skills, activities, and games. We will enjoy many American Indian skills like archery, atlatl, canoeing, stalking prey, and relating to nature. Thursday will be held at the Hinckley Lake Boathouse. Registration closes June 20th at 3pm View More >

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Primitive Skills Camp

June 28 - June 30 @ 10am-2pm
Ages: 9 - 12 years (at time of camp)
Mill Stream Run Reservation

$66 - SOLD OUT

Join naturalists to learn primitive skills. Start a fire with flint and steel, build a debris shelter, create a deerskin pouch, and find your way with a map and compass. Participants must come all 3 days. View More >

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Small Wonders-Big Adventures

June 28 - June 30 @ 10am-noon
Ages: 4 - 6 years (at time of camp)
Rocky River Reservation

$30 - SOLD OUT

Big adventures await our smallest explorers in this camp where curiosity and discovery will be a part of each day along with games, stories, art and music. We will hike new trails, explore the river's edge and play amongst nature's wonders. View More >

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My Grandperson and Me Camp: Forest and Shore

June 30 - July 1 @ 10am-1pm
Ages: 4 - 6 years (at time of camp)
North Chagrin Reservation

$30 - SOLD OUT

Young children will love bringing their own grand-adult to spend a couple of days at summer camp! We'll do all the things we love about camp: hike, explore, play games and get dirty! The first day will be spent enjoying the forests of North Chagrin Reservation. The second day we'll head to the shores of Lake Erie at Euclid Beach (not a swim experience). It's okay if siblings share a grand-person. Only children need to register. View More >

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Bedford Explorers

July 5 - July 7 @ 10am-3:30pm
Ages: 7 - 10 years (at time of camp)
Bedford Reservation

$68 - SOLD OUT

We will spend three days exploring Bedford Reservation, hiking along Tinker's Creek and through the forest. We will play games and do activities that relate to the animals of the forest. View More >

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Super Science Camp

July 5 - July 7 @ 10am-3:30pm
Ages: 7 - 9 years (at time of camp)
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation

$68 - SOLD OUT

If you love science and discovery, this is the camp for you. We will spend our time exploring nature under the microscope, get our hands dirty indoors and outdoors and do some super science experiments too! View More >

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Sun and Moon Camp

July 6 - July 8 @ 10am-3pm
Ages: 9 - 11 years (at time of camp)
South Chagrin Reservation

$66

Kids will love experiencing camp in the bright of the day and as the sun sets in this three day exploration of nature and fun. We'll explore the depths of South Chagrin from the deep forests to deep ravines and even into the deep night. The third day of camp will be held at our Arboretum, where we will cook dinner over a campfire. NOTE : Friday will be 5pm-10pm. View More >

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Primitive Skills Camp

July 6 - July 8 @ 10am-2pm
Ages: 9 - 12 years (at time of camp)
Mill Stream Run Reservation

$66 - SOLD OUT

Join naturalists to learn primitive skills. Start a fire with flint and steel, build a debris shelter, create a deerskin pouch, and find your way with a map and compass. Participants must come all 3 days. View More >

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Young Birders Camp

July 6 - July 7 @ 10am-2pm
Ages: 8 - 12 years (at time of camp)
Rocky River Reservation

$66 - SOLD OUT

Is there a budding Roger Tory Peterson or Audubon in your family? They will enjoy hanging out with other kids who share their love for birds and nature in this two day camp. On our first day we will do some hands on learning about birds and contribute to citizen science through a bird banding experience. Our second day will take us on the road where we will explore some of Northeast Ohio's premiere birding spots in woodland, field and lake habitats in this unique birding field experience. (Transportation... View More >

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Appalachian Lifestyles Camp 101

July 11 - July 15 @ 9:30-noon
Ages: 16 - 99 years (at time of camp)
South Chagrin Reservation

$175

Join Naturalist Foster Brown for hands-on study about the life and art of the Appalachian culture. During this week of hands-on exploration, we will build and learn how to play an Appalachian dulcimer. You will also weave a berry basket, make a drinking gourd, learn how to twine inner-bark from a basswood tree, learn the art of spinning a good tale, and taste foods characterized by this mountain lifestyle. All materials included. View More >

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Kayaking/SUP Youth Day

July 12 - July 12 @ 9am-3pm
Ages: 10 - 15 years (at time of camp)
Hinckley Reservation

$50

Have fun on the water learning two new sports. We'll explore nature from a new perspective as you learn to "walk on water" stand up paddleboard (SUP) style. Then, you'll discover the art of paddling as you learn how to kayak. Be prepared to get wet! Please bring a packed lunch. Late fee applies after July 4. Additional Information: Please bring a completed waiver to the first day of camp. Equipment List Directions General Information: By registering, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the&... View More >

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Camp Brecksville JR

July 12 - July 14 @ 10am-2pm
Ages: 6 - 8 years (at time of camp)
Brecksville Reservation

$50 - SOLD OUT

Hey kids! Join naturalists as we explore Brecksville Reservation in search of the many plants and animals that call this reservation home. We will spend three days in the forest, creek and prairie. Plan for hiking, crafts, games and fun! View More >

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Nature Explorers

July 12 - July 14 @ 10am-2pm
Ages: 5 - 7 years (at time of camp)
North Chagrin Reservation

$50 - SOLD OUT

Does your child love getting down and dirty in the great outdoors? Then this is the camp for them! Explore North Chagrin Reservation through pond dipping, creek stomping, fishing, games and more! View More >

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American Girl Camp

July 12 - July 14 @ 10am-2pm
Ages: 8 - 11 years (at time of camp)
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation

$66 - SOLD OUT

Travel back to the 1930s and meet BeForever Girl Kit Kittredge. We will solve a mystery, plan a party and enjoy a fun field trip. View More >

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Kayak Exploration Camp

July 19 - July 20 @ 9am-3pm
Ages: 13 - 15 years (at time of camp)
Hinckley Reservation

$100

Enjoy the water this summer learning basic kayaking skills on flat water before tackling bigger water during a tour on day two. Basic paddling strokes, kayak rescues, and games will fill this two-day camp, so come prepared to learn, get wet, and have fun. *Day 2 will meet at Garfield Park Center for advanced paddling. Please bring a packed lunch. Late fee applies after July 11. Additional Information: Please bring a completed waiver to the first day of camp. Equipment List Directions General Information:... View More >

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Biology Camp II: Scientific Experimenters

July 19 - July 22 @ 10am-3pm
Ages: 12 - 15 years (at time of camp)
West Creek Reservation

$83

Do you enjoy discovering? Coming up with new ideas? Carrying out experiments? Join us this summer to learn how to design and conduct your own experiments. We'll run the best experiments in our meadow, our stream, and our lab. View More >

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Camp Brecksville JR

July 19 - July 21 @ 10am-2pm
Ages: 6 - 8 years (at time of camp)
Brecksville Reservation

$50 - SOLD OUT

Hey kids! Join naturalists as we explore Brecksville Reservation in search of the many plants and animals that call this reservation home. We will spend three days in the forest, creek and prairie. Plan for hiking, crafts, games and fun! View More >

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Woodland, Wetland, and Wildlife Camp

July 19 - July 21 @ 10am-3pm
Ages: 8 - 9 years (at time of camp)
North Chagrin Reservation

$62 - SOLD OUT

Does your child come home dirty or wet from head to toe after playing outdoors? If yes, this camp's for them. Children will get down and dirty exploring North Chagrin Reservation with pond dipping, creek walks, and other outdoor activities. View More >

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CanalWay Adventure Camp

July 19 - July 21 @ 10am-3:30pm
Ages: 9 - 11 years (at time of camp)
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation

$68 - SOLD OUT

We will spend three days doing different recreational activities in nature. Learn about archery, fishing, and biking. You must provide your own bike and know how to ride it for bike day. View More >

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Nature Artists

July 20 - July 22 @ 10am-2pm
Ages: 10 - 12 years (at time of camp)
Rocky River Reservation

$60 - SOLD OUT

Do you love to create? This camp is for you! Immerse yourself into nature's brilliant beauty and create amazing works of art using the natural world as your inspiration. We will explore a variety of media as we create nature inspired pieces while learning the natural history of the subject matter. View More >

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Climb the Ledge Youth Day

July 21 - July 21 @ 9 am-3 pm
Ages: 10 - 15 years (at time of camp)
Hinckley Reservation

$50 - SOLD OUT

Experience the thrill of climbing on natural rock at Hinckley Reservation. Learn proper climbing techniques and knots while learning to talk the climbing lingo. Try slacklining and enjoy a hike through Whipp's Ledges. Please bring a packed lunch. Late fee applies after July 13. Additional Information: Please bring a completed waiver to the first day of camp. Equipment List   Map   Directions General Information: By registering, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the  refund ... View More >

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My Grandperson and Me Camp: Field and Creek

July 21 - July 22 @ 10am-1pm
Ages: 4 - 6 years (at time of camp)
Acacia Reservation

$30 - SOLD OUT

Young children will love bringing their own grand-adult to spend a couple of days at summer camp! We'll do all the things we love about camp: hike, explore, play games and get dirty! The first day will be spent enjoying the fields of Acacia Reservation. The second day we'll head to the creeks of South Chagrin. It's okay if siblings share a grand-person. Only children need to register. View More >

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Chagrin Navigators

July 26 - July 28 @ 10am-3pm
Ages: 8 - 10 years (at time of camp)
South Chagrin Reservation

$62 - SOLD OUT

Does your kid love getting lost in the woods? This week, we'll become confident explorers as we search for natural wonders by map, compass, and GPS. Each day will bring a new challenge as we learn how wild animals find their way through the forest. Send your camper prepared to get wet, muddy, and exhilarated! View More >

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Forest, Field, and Farm Camp

July 26 - July 28 @ 10am-3:30pm
Ages: 6 - 8 years (at time of camp)
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation

$68 - SOLD OUT

Join us for three fun filled days of discovery. We will investigate who lives in the forest, explore fields as we look for insects and take a field trip to farm life. View More >

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Camp Brecksville SR

July 26 - July 28 @ 10am-2pm
Ages: 9 - 11 years (at time of camp)
Brecksville Reservation

$50 - SOLD OUT

Hey kids! Join naturalists as we explore Brecksville Reservation in search of the many plants and animals that call this reservation home. We will spend three days in the forest, creek and prairie in search of the many insects that call these habitats home. Plan for hiking, crafts, games and fun! View More >

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Lakefront Explorers

July 26 - July 28 @ 10am-3:30pm
Ages: 7 - 9 years (at time of camp)
Lakefront Reservation

$68 - SOLD OUT

We will spend three days exploring Cleveland's lakefront; meeting at different sites daily along Lake Erie. Our days will be spent discovering the beach, fields, and forests of Lakefront Reservation. View More >

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Kayaking/SUP Youth Day

July 27 - July 27 @ 9am-3pm
Ages: 10 - 12 years (at time of camp)
Hinckley Reservation

$50 - SOLD OUT

Have fun on the water learning two new sports. We'll explore nature from a new perspective as you learn to "walk on water" stand up paddleboard (SUP) style. Then, you'll discover the art of paddling as you learn how to kayak. Be prepared to get wet! Please bring a packed lunch. Late fee applies after July 19. Additional Information: Please bring a completed waiver to the first day of camp. Equipment List Directions General Information: By registering, you acknowledge that you have read and un3derstand th... View More >

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Birds, Bats & Bugs

July 27 - July 29 @ 10am- 2pm
Ages: 6 - 7 years (at time of camp)
Rocky River Reservation

$50 - SOLD OUT

Learn about all things flying during three days of outdoor adventure and exploration. Each day's focus will involve hikes, crafts and activities centered around winged wildlife, and will be rounded out by free time for nature play and discovery. View More >

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Kayaking/SUP Youth Day

July 28 - July 28 @ 9am-3pm
Ages: 10 - 15 years (at time of camp)
Hinckley Reservation

$50

Have fun on the water learning two new sports. We'll explore nature from a new perspective as you learn to "walk on water" stand up paddleboard (SUP) style. Then, you'll discover the art of paddling as you learn how to kayak. Be prepared to get wet! Please bring a packed lunch. Late fee applies after July 19. Additional Information: Please bring a completed waiver to the first day of camp. Equipment List Directions General Information: By registering, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the... View More >

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Kayak Exploration Camp

August 2 - August 3 @ 9am-3pm
Ages: 10 - 12 years (at time of camp)
Hinckley Reservation

$100

Enjoy the water this summer learning basic kayaking skills on flat water before tackling bigger water during a tour on day two. Basic paddling strokes, kayak rescues, and games will fill this two-day camp, so come prepared to learn, get wet, and have fun. *Day 2 will meet at Garfield Park Center for advanced paddling. Please bring a packed lunch.  Late fee applies after July 25. (Late fee waived) Additional Information: Please bring a completed waiver to the first day of camp. Equipment List Directi... View More >

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Biology Camp III: Natural Science Professionals

August 2 - August 6 @ 9am-5pm
Ages: 15 - 18 years (at time of camp)
West Creek Reservation

$149 - SOLD OUT

Are you interested in becoming a scientist? Perhaps you're not sure exactly what field to go into. In this camp, you'll shadow an aquatic biologist, a zoo veterinarian, a microbiologist and others, to learn what it takes to be a natural science professional. NOTE: Saturday will be 9am-1pm. View More >

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Stream Stomp

August 2 - August 4 @ 10am-2pm
Ages: 7 - 9 years (at time of camp)
Rocky River Reservation

$50 - SOLD OUT

Come stomp, splash and discover the amazing Rocky River at this wet and watery camp. We will explore the river and all the life it holds. We will play, use our imagination, be creative and have a splashing good time. View More >

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Euclid Creek Explorers

August 2 - August 4 @ 10am-3pm
Ages: 8 - 9 years (at time of camp)
Euclid Creek Reservation

$45 - SOLD OUT

Check out this brand new camp! We will traverse the hills and waterfalls of Euclid Creek in search of the landscape's hidden treasures. On our last day we will travel to Euclid Beach to discover where the creek meets the lake, transportation provided. View More >

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Preschool Camp

August 2 - August 4 @ 10am-noon
Ages: 3 - 5 years (at time of camp)
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation

$30 - SOLD OUT

Splish, splash we'll have some fun with water in the park! Each day the wonders of water will be explored through games, activities, and more. We hope your nature preschool camper is ready to get wet. View More >

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Boats, Bridges, and Building

August 2 - August 4 @ 10am-3:30pm
Ages: 9 - 12 years (at time of camp)
Lakefront Reservation

$68 - SOLD OUT

Learn what floats your boat and see why Cleveland is a city of bridges. Meet Tuesday in front of the Science Center, we'll explore the Steamship William G Mather and the USS Cod. Meet Wednesday at Merwin's Wharf, we'll spend the day on our water taxi going up and down the Cuyahoga river. Meet Thursday at Hinckley Lake Boathouse to test your boat building skills. View More >

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Creature Camp

August 2 - August 4 @ 10am-2pm
Ages: 6 - 7 years (at time of camp)
South Chagrin Reservation

$50 - SOLD OUT

This camp will be fun for nature-lovers as we explore creatures in the world around us. We'll search for life in the forests, fields, ponds and streams of South Chagrin while enjoying all the good things camp has to offer. View More >

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Night Camp (child with adult)

August 2 - August 4 @ 6-10pm
Ages: 8 - 12 years (at time of camp)
Brecksville Reservation

$75 - SOLD OUT

Night hikes, campfires, s'mores, owl calling, and so much more! Explore and enjoy twilight and night time through a variety of activities and games. This camp is for a child and their accompanying adult, please register JUST the child . NOTE: Please call Brecksville Nature Center if you have an additional child you would like to register.   View More >

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Trail Blazers

August 8 - August 10 @ 10am-2pm
Ages: 5 - 7 years (at time of camp)
Rocky River Reservation

$50 - SOLD OUT

This cool and energetic nature camp is designed to maximize outdoor adventure. These three down-and-dirty days will take you salamander-seeking, crayfish-hunting, adventure hiking and much more. View More >

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Water Camp

August 9 - August 11 @ 10am - 3pm
Ages: 10 - 13 years (at time of camp)
North Chagrin Reservation

$82 - SOLD OUT

Water is vital for all known forms of life. In this camp we will explore the creeks and ponds of North Chagrin Reservation. On Thursday, we will travel to the lakefront and kayak a small section of Euclid Creek in search of some of the incredible life that thrives along the water's edge. Be prepared with wet-able shoes and clothing, and a thirst for knowledge. View More >



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