Metroparks Summer Camps

Whether it's kayaking at Oak Openings or chasing insects through the meadow at Wildwood, Metroparks offers an opportunity for kids to connect with nature and get outside this summer.

Camp registration is now open. Fee includes a t-shirt for all children. The fee also includes field trip transportation, excluding Wee Workshop camps. All participants should bring a packed lunch and a reusable water bottle each day.

Early Bird prices are valid until May 31st. Families with more than one child can take advantage of the multi-child discount until May 31st: sign-up more than one child at a time for camp and receive an additional $10 discount off the price for the other child (children). The $10 discount will apply to the lowest cost camp(s). The multi-child discount is not available to online registrants. Member's Discounts are also available. There is a camp for every family's budget and financial assistance is available.

For more information call 419-407-9789.

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Wee Workshop Camp
Child and Parent (Ages 3 to 5)

Introduce your child to nature, and have fun at the same time! This child/adult companion day camp will feature outdoor adventures such as crafts, story time and nature walks. Learn about birds, butterflies, flowers and  animals. Dress for outdoor play, and bring a water bottle. Register child only. Fee: $75 (Members $ 65), Reservations 

  • Session 1: JULY 9–13
    Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to Noon
    Oak Openings Preserve, Buehner Center
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Wee Workshop Camp
Child Only (Ages 3 to 5)

The camp focuses on children only, so they can bond with nature and make new friends. Kids will learn about birds, butterflies, flowers and animals while they enjoy outdoor adventures, crafts, story time and nature walks. Dress for outdoor play, and bring a water bottle. Fee $95 (Members $85), Reservations

  • Session 2: JULY 9–13
    Monday through Friday, 1 to 3 p.m.
    Oak Openings Preserve, Buehner Center
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  • Session 3: JULY 30–AUGUST 3
    Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to Noon
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
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  • Session 4: JULY 30–AUGUST 3
    Monday, July 30- Friday, August 3, 1 to 3 p.m.
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall 
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Outdoor Explorers Camp
(Ages 5 to 7)

Outdoor explorers will have a week-long adventure experiencing the many habitats of the Metroparks, from sandy dunes to shady forests. Chase insects through the meadow, splash in the river and search woodland trails for wildlife. Challenge yourself to try canoeing, archery and exploration during field trips. Take part in hands-on experiments, games and crafts. New this year: experience life as a kid 100 years ago! A daily snack is provided. Fee: $150 (Members $140), Reservations

  • Session 1: JUNE 11–15
    Monday through Friday, 9 to 2 p.m.
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
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  • Session 2: JUNE 25–29
    Monday through Friday, 9 to 2 p.m.
    Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge
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  • Session 3: JULY 23–27
    Monday through Friday, 9 to 2 p.m.
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
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  • Session 4: AUGUST 6–10
    Monday through Friday, 9 to 2 p.m.
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
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Nature Camp
(Ages 8 to 12)

Nature camp combines outdoor activities with history, challenging yourself with enjoying games. Investigate the parks’ rivers, forests and dunes, and learn about the plants and animals living there. Try canoeing, archery, fishing, tree climbing and stream exploration on your fieldtrips. Experience life in the park 100 years ago. Take part in hands-on activities, games and crafts. Bring a friend or make a new one here. A daily snack will be provided. Fee: $210 (Members $200), Reservations 

  • Session 1: JUNE 18–22
    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
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  • Session 2: JULY 16–20
    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge
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Survival Camp
(Ages 8 to 12)

Learn how to survive in the wilderness in this exciting and active camp. You’ll face and overcome obstacles during very busy outdoor activities, gaining individual and team skills through hands-on learning activities. You’ll learn about the importance of the basics of life: food, water and shelter. And you’ll gain confidence from knowing what steps to take in the wilderness. Put your skills to work and see if you can survive an optional overnight campout at the Oak Openings Lodge on Thursday, June 28th. Separate registration required. Fee: $175 (Members $165), Reservations 

  • JUNE 25–29
    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Oak Openings Preserve, Buehner Center
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Survival Camp Overnight

Survival campers, are you ready to take on the Oak Openings overnight? Here is your chance to put your survival skills to the test. With your adult chaperone, you will set up camp and participate in a variety of fun campout activities. A special glow kayak paddle on Mallard Lake is sure to be the highlight of your evening. Eat dinner before you come, snacks and a light breakfast will be provided. Limited camping equipment available to borrow upon request. This overnight is available only to survival campers and one adult chaperone. Please register adult and camper. Fee: $35 (Members $28), Reservations 

  • JUNE 28
    Thursday, 7 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
    Oak Openings Preserve, Lodge
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Archery Camp
(Ages 8 to 12)

Channel your Katniss or Green Arrow to transform from a camper to an archer with five days of basic archery instruction. We’ll start at square one, so no prior archery experience is required. The archery journey will end with a friendly competition on Friday. Fee: $175 (Members $165), Reservations 

  • JULY 9–13
    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Westwinds, Turkey Foot Shelter
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Paddling Camp
(Ages 8 to 12)

Build your paddling skills while also learning how to stay safe on the water. Campers will learn the basics of canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. Be prepared to get wet! Fee: $200 (Members $190), Reservations 

  • JULY 23–27
    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Blue Creek Conservation Area, Nona France Area
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  • AUGUST 6-10
    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Blue Creek Conservation Area, Nona France Area
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Adventure Camp
(Ages 11 to 14)

Enjoy the challenge of a whole week of outdoor challenges! Explore trails, streams and forests. Climb a tree, paddle a canoe, draw a compound bow and walk a slackline. Discover science, history, outdoor adventure and stewardship. Camp will be held daily, with rainy-day options if necessary. A daily snack will be provided. Fee: $210 (Members $200), Reservations 

  • JULY 30–AUGUST 3
    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge
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