Thursday, May 23, 2019

Darke County Parks Summer Camps

Darke County Parks summer day-camps have been an annual tradition for many families for over a decade. These camps are a perfect fit as the parks continue their commitment to get kids outdoors to learn, appreciate, and enjoy nature! Each day-camp offered will include hands-on activities, adventure, and fun take-home camp-themed items and/or crafts.

All camps require registration and payment at least 4 weeks in advance and space tends to fill quickly, so don’t delay! Visit to register for camps through our new online registration system. Alternatively, you can stop by the Nature Center or the Bish Discovery Center to register/pay during normal business hours.

Beginning the summer with kayaking fun will be the “Kayaking Discoveries,” a camp for 10-12-year old’s. Campers will explore kayak (and some canoe) paddling techniques. This camp will run June 10th through 14th from 1pm to 4pm. * This camp includes one overnight tent-camping experience on the shores of a State Park lake! Fee: $115

“Grow Your Own Pizza” is an interactive two-part camp for ages 6-9, set to focus on gardening and growing food! Part-one will start things off June 11th through 13th 10am-12pm. After a short break, we will reconvene again for part-two from August 13th through 15th 10am-12pm as we harvest our food and prepare for homemade pizza! Fee: $90

During the week of June 17th through the 21st, 6-7-year-olds will encounter a week of “Grossology,” a discovery of all things “gross” in nature! Camp times will run from 10am to 12:30pm. Fee: $75

The action-packed camp “Outdoor Adventure,” for 13-15-year olds will run from June 24th through 28st from 10am-4pm. This outdoor recreation based camp will include mountain biking, paddling, climbing/zipping and more! * This camp includes one overnight tent-camping experience. Fee: $175

“Fireworks in Nature” is a colorful exploration of the natural wonders of Darke County and the world! This camp is for ages 7-11 and will run July 1st through 3rd from 10am-12:30pm. Fee: $45

8-9-year-olds will enjoy an ecosystem-discovery camp, during “Aquatic Adventures”. As they study all things wet, campers will be sure to enjoy the week of July 8th through 12th from 10am-12:30pm as they venture into ponds, creeks, puddles and more! Fee: $90

New for this summer, preschoolers, aged 3-5-year-old (plus a parent) will join us for “Nature Tykes” and a great time focused on discovering the natural world, from July 30th through August 1st from 10am to 12pm. Please note that a parent/guardian must remain with campers for the duration. Fee: $45

Completing the summer day camp series, “Woodland Survival,” an outdoor survival skills camp for ages 8-9 will take place on August 5th through 9th from 10am-12:30pm. This very hands-on camp will have campers learning about fire, water and shelter while they learn to “survive” in the woods! Fee: $90

Visit to create an account and register today! For more information call the Nature Center (937-548-0165).

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