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Metroparks Camps

Any time of the year is prime time for adventure, building new skills, making memories and learning about the natural world around you. Whether it's kayaking at Blue Creek in the summer or exploring a winter wonderland at Oak Openings by snowshoe in winter, Metroparks offers opportunities for kids to connect with nature and get outside all year long.

For camp registration assistance call 419-407-9789.

For additional information call 419-407-9704.

Metroparks will adhere to the recommendations or requirements that come from state for safe camp experiences during COVID.

Youth ages 8 to 12 have a new program opportunity - Adventure Kids Club [details]

Summer Camps

Any time of the year is prime time for adventure, building new skills, making memories and learning about the natural world around you. Whether it's kayaking at Blue Creek in the summer or exploring a winter wonderland at Oak Openings by snowshoe in winter, Metroparks offers opportunities for kids to connect with nature and get outside all year long.

Cancellation: In the event of a cancellation, refunds are issued as follows. If the cancellation is received more than 31 days prior to the start of the camp session, a full refund will be issued. If the cancellation is received 15-30 days prior to the camp session, a 50 percent of the payment price will be refunded. If the notification is received 14 days or less in advance, no refund will be issued.

COVID-19: We will adhere to any recommendations or requirements that come from the state during the time of the program. Metroparks will adhere to COVID recommendations or requirements that come from the state during the time of the program.

Summer Camp registration opened on March 1, 2022

Outdoor Explorers Camp (Ages 5 to 7)

Calling all brave outdoor explorers! Do you have what it takes to become Habitat Heroes? During this exciting, week-long quest, campers will become park protectors immersed in the important ecosystems that need our help. Through nature walks, wildlife viewing, hands-on experiments, crafts, games, archery, and canoeing, courageous campers will hone their hero powers as they learn how to defend our unique northwest Ohio habitats. Camp will be held daily, with rainy day program options if necessary. A daily snack is provided. Reservations Required, Fee: $170, Code 209903101 

  • Session 1: Monday – Friday, June 6 through 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. [SOLD OUT]
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
  • Session 2: Monday – Friday, June 13 through 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. [SOLD OUT]
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
  • Session 3: Monday – Friday, June 27 through July 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. [SOLD OUT]
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
  • Session 4: Monday – Friday, July 18 through 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. [SOLD OUT]
    Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge  
  • Session 5: Monday – Friday, July 25 through 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. [SOLD OUT]
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall 
  • Session 6: Monday – Friday, August 1 through 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. [SOLD OUT]
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
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Outdoor Skills Academy (Ages 8 to 12)

Can't choose just one outdoor skill to hone for the summer? This sampler camp will immerse campers in a new outdoor skill every day. From learning new paddle strokes to sharpening your wilderness survival skills, taking your tree climbing skills to new heights or giving archery a shot this camp has it all! The camp will be held daily, with rainy day program options if necessary. A daily snack will be provided. Reservations Required, Fee: $225, Code 209902106

  • Session 1: Monday – Friday, June 6 through 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. [SOLD OUT]
    Oak Openings Preserve, Buehner Center
  • Session 2: Monday – Friday, August 1 through 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. [SOLD OUT]
    Oak Openings Preserve, Buehner Center

Archery Camp (Ages 8 to 12) 

Give archery a shot this summer at Westwinds Metropark. Metroparks experts will transform participants from "campers" into "archers" over five days of basic archery instruction. Sling arrows at life-sized, 3-dimensional animal targets on the 3D archery course and hone your sharpshooting skills on the static archery range. No experience necessary and all equipment is provided. Please note the release and indemnity agreement that you will receive with your registration receipt. A signed release and indemnity agreement is required of each camper and can be returned to Metroparks electronically or by mail. Reservations Required, Fee: $195, Code 209902103

  • Monday - Friday, June 13 through 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. [SOLD OUT]
    Westwinds, Turkey Foot Shelter
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Nature Camp (Ages 8 to 12)

Come trek into the wilds this summer and see first-hand how to tackle real world conservation issues! Join us for a week-long adventure combining immersive outdoor exploration in the parks, hands-on activities, games, crafts and outdoor skills like archery, canoeing and tree climbing. Your new skills might just make you the next Habitat Hero! Camp will be held daily, with rainy day program options if necessary. A daily snack will be provided.  Metroparks will adhere to COVID recommendations or requirements that come from the state during the time of the program. Reservations Required, Fee: $200, Code 309903105 

  • Session 1: Monday – Friday, June 20 through 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. [SOLD OUT]
    Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall 
  • Session 2: Monday – Friday, July 11 through 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. [SOLD OUT]
    Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge

Tree Climbing Camp (Ages 11 to 14)

Join us for Tree Climbing Camp! We will be expanding the tree climbing skills of all participants. Learn more about the trees and how to safely and properly climb them, as well as the science behind it all! Get up close and personal with our majestic walnut tree, named Old Faithful, at Oak Openings Preserve and see everything from a new point of view. Campers will learn how to assess trees, work with all of the gear and equipment, tie climbing knots, and fully set up a tree for climbing (under supervision). Please note the release and indemnity agreement that you will receive with your registration receipt. A signed release and indemnity agreement is required of each camper and can be returned to Metroparks electronically or by mail. Reservations Required, Fee: $250, Code 209902105

  • Monday – Friday, June 20 through 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. [SOLD OUT]
    Oak Openings Preserve, Buehner Center
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Survival Camp (Ages 8 to 12)

Shelter, water, fire, food! Do you know the basics needed to survive in the out-of-doors? Campers will work with nature to practice techniques and sharpen survival skills to feel at home in the globally unique Oak Openings wilderness during this exciting and active camp! Survival Camp content is designed for the skills and abilities of 8-12 year old campers and is not appropriate for younger children. The camp will be held daily, with rainy day program options if necessary. Campers should pack a lunch and water bottle for each day. A daily snack will be provided.  Please note the release and indemnity agreement that you will receive with your registration receipt. A signed release and indemnity agreement is required of each camper and can be returned to Metroparks electronically or by mail. Reservations Required, Fee: $210, Code 309902102

  • Monday – Friday, June 27 through July 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. [SOLD OUT]
    Oak Openings Preserve, Buehner Center

Paddling Camp (Ages 8 to 12)

Beat the heat and make a splash at this action-packed week-long camp! Build paddling techniques and teamwork skills as you learn the basics of canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding in a safe and fun environment. Paddling Camp includes in-water activities so campers should be prepared to get wet. The camp will be held daily, with rainy day program options if necessary. A daily snack will be provided.  Please note the release and indemnity agreement that you will receive with your registration receipt. A signed release and indemnity agreement is required of each camper and can be returned to Metroparks electronically or by mail. Reservations Required, Fee: $210, Code 309902101

  • Monday – Friday, July 11 through 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. [SOLD OUT]
    Blue Creek, Nona France Quarry
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Mountain Biking Camp (Ages 11 to 14)

Further your mountain biking skills and your love for adventure at this unique Metroparks summer camp experience. Campers will learn bike maintenance, mountain biking essentials and the fundamental skills required to safely conquer the trail. All campers must be able to ride their bikes, use the brakes and shift gears. This camp is suitable for beginner to intermediate riders. All campers will need to supply their own bike and helmet. There will be a mandatory Bike and Helmet inspection scheduled prior to camp for each camper. If a camper's bike and/or helmet does not pass inspection for any reason participants will be responsible for getting it fixed by a professional, renting one, or purchasing a new bike and/or helmet prior to the first day of camp. The camp will be held daily, with rainy day program options if necessary. A daily snack will be provided. Please note the release and indemnity agreement that you will receive with your registration receipt. A signed release and indemnity agreement is required of each camper and can be returned to Metroparks electronically or by mail. Reservations Required, Fee: $225, Code 309902107

  • Monday – Friday, July 25 through 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. [SOLD OUT]
    Oak Openings Preserve, Beach Ridge Area, Flatwood Commons