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Best Summer Day Camps Preview 2021

2021 Explore Nature Summer Camp photograph

Best Summer Day Camps Preview 2021

Ready for exploring this summer at camp? Cincinnati Parks’ Explore Nature! section offers one week award-winning summer camps at various locations for ages 3 1/2 – 14 years old. By our very nature, our team strives to serve all people of all backgrounds with the goal to instill and foster a sense of wonder in the world around us. Our camps include daily hikes, games, live animal encounters, experiments and make & take projects to keep campers active all day.

Camp Policies

Expectations of Campers:

Campers should be:

  • Toilet trained and able to use the toilet without assistance.
  • Able to stay with their assigned group with minimum reminders.
  • Able to explore the natural world and move themselves along trails, over uneven ground, up and down hills, and across bridges and streams.
  • Able to interact with their peers in group games and activities and maintain appropriate self-control in social situations.

Cincinnati Parks has a zero tolerance policy on drugs and violence.

Parents with questions regarding the staffing needed to meet a child’s needs should contact us at 513-321-6070. We are happy to make reasonable accommodations with adequate advance notice.

COVID-19 Policies:

Cincinnati Parks is committed to providing a safe environment for our campers and staff. Due to current circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic we will be following the State, Center for Disease Control (CDC,) and American Camp Association (ACA) guidelines to keep everyone safe.  These include:

  • Adhering to the 9:1 child to staff ratio, with each group treated as a “cohort” to limit contact between groups
  • Campers are encouraged to remain socially distanced at all times and cohorts will not combine
  • Mandatory hand sanitizing and a daily healthcare assessment for staff and campers
  • All campers must be sent to camp with a mask.  Campers are required to wear a mask during camp. Mask breaks will be given throughout the day, outside, when appropriate.
  • Counselors will always wear masks when interacting with camp families and caregivers and when in proximity to campers – less than 6’ if in their own cohort, 15’ if near a different cohort
  • Check-in procedure includes taking each camper’s temperature and answering questions about symptoms and exposures. Check-in policy states that any individual answering “yes” to any questions or with a fever of 100 degrees or higher may not stay at camp.
  • Adults are asked to stay in their vehicles and wear a facial covering during check-in/check-out

2021 REFUND POLICY:

  • Cincinnati Parks will fully honor refunds at any time a camp family chooses to withdraw their camper(s) registration due to COVID-19 concerns.
  • Cincinnati Parks will refund camp if we must cancel camp due to infectious diseases.
  • Cincinnati Parks will not refund in the event of weather that either causes campers to be picked up early or to entirely miss a day of camp.

Registration opens on Saturday, February 27 at 12:00 pm

Registration Link

Summer Camps 2021 Overview

2021 Summer Camp Scholarship Application


Nature Camp in the Parks Summer 2021 Schedule

Ready for exploring this summer?  Join Naturalists and summer day camp leaders for a one week day camp in a park near you!  Hands on games, crafts, activities and hikes are part of each day as we focus on The Summer Olympic Games!  Children who are 5 years old entering 1st grade through 12 years of age can participate in this completely outdoor camp. Campers are grouped by age. Ault and French Parks have multiple sessions but to ensure a fun time and room for everyone, please register for only ONE Nature Camp session at one of these parks. Please choose another park for a maximum registration of 2 camps in these neighborhood parks.

Children ages 5 (entering 1st grade) – 12
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Monday – Friday
Price: $125* (*Except July 6-9 $100)

Stanbery Park (Mt. Washington) | June 14-18 | $125

French Park I (Amberley Village) | June 21-25 | $125

Ault Park I (Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout) | June 28 – July 2 | $125

French Park II (Amberley Village) | July 6-9 | $100 (No camp on Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day)

Ault Park II (Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout) | July 12-16 | $125

French Park III (Amberley Village) | July 19-23 | $125

Ault Park III (Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout) | July 26-30 | $125

Mt. Airy Forest, Stone Steps Shelter | August 2-6 | $125


Preschool Discovery Mornings in the Parks Summer 2021 Schedule

Preschool Explorers age 3 ½ to 5 years who have not attended/finished kindergarten explore their neighborhood park through games, hikes, crafts and activities. This year’s theme is Colors!  Enjoy discovering and actively participating in the world around us. Note: Children attending this camp do NOT need to bring a lunch.

Program repeats and is the same each week: please schedule your child for ONE session only so there will be room for new children this summer.

Children ages 3 1/2 – 5 
9:45 am – 11:45 am, Monday – Friday
Camp programming repeats; Register for only one week.

Price: $75* (*Except July6-9 $60)

Stanbery Park (Mt. Washington) | June 14-18 | $75

French I (Amberley Village) | June 21-25 | $75

Ault Park I (Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout) | June 28 – July 2 | $75

French II (Amberley Village) | July 6-9 | $60 (No camp on Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day)

Ault Park II (Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout) | July 12-16 | $75

French III (Amberley Village) | July 19-23 | $75

Ault III (Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout) | July 26-30 | $75

Mt. Airy Forest, Oak Ridge Lodge | August 2-6 | $75


California Woods Summer Camps
5400 Kellogg Ave, California/ Anderson

Preschool Nature Camp (ages 4 – 5, preKdg) must be toilet trained
Price: $100

10:00 am – 1:00 pm: June 28 – July 2 (Mon. – Fri.)

Children will use all 5 senses to experience and learn about nature.  This year we will explore Nature Tales! Each day will have its own theme related to a nature-based story, and we will explore aspects of that theme. Please pack a lunch with your child each day.

Nature Detectives (ages 6 – 8, post Kindergarten)
Price: $125

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session I: June 21-25 (Mon. – Fri.)
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session II: July 19-23 (Mon. – Fri.)

This camp program introduces children to the amazing natural world we live in.  Campers will unlock mysteries of nature with a new topic each day.  We visit each of California Woods’ distinctly different habitats: forest, creek, and meadow and have a scavenger hunt on Friday! Friday also includes a cookout!  Please include a hot dog, bun drink and s’mores items in place of your child’s typical lunch. We provide ketchup, mustard, sticks and fire.

Creek Week (ages 7 – 9)
Price: $125 (**Week July 6-9 $100) (Space is limited.  Please register for ONLY ONE week of Creek Week camp to allow other children the opportunity to attend).

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session I: June 14-18 (Mon. – Fri.)
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session II: July 6-9 (Tues. – Fri.) NO CAMP Monday, July

Get wet and have fun! Enjoy a week of water-based fun and education as we explore California Woods’ Lick Run Creek. Learn about water quality and sampling, clay, the water cycle, find fossils and play games.

Nature Art and Theater (ages 7-9)
Price: $125

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, July 12 – 16 (Mon. – Fri.)

Campers work together to create their own costumes and practice for the performance of their nature themed drama. Each day is essential as activities build upon each other.  The week culminates in a Friday performance for all to enjoy. Friday performances will be recorded for family to enjoy.

Outdoor Skills Camp: Camp repeats, you may only register for one! (Ages 10 – 14)
Price: $125 (Space is limited.  Please register for ONLY ONE week of Outdoor Skills camp to allow other children the opportunity to attend).

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session I: July 26 – 29 (Mon. – Thurs.) *Special Evening Program 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Friday, July 30. NO DAYTIME CAMP on Friday.
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session II: August 2-5 (Mon. – Thurs.) *Special Evening Program 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Friday, August 6. NO DAYTIME CAMP on Friday.

Older campers become survivors as they learn fire building, foil cooking, basic shelter building, canoeing, hike, play games and have fun!  Cook your own dessert on a campfire and experience the nighttime forest on Friday night for our special evening program. One camp day will meet at Burnet Woods Lake.  The complete schedule will be provided by email the week before camp.


 LaBoiteaux Woods Summer Camps

NEW! Eco Warriors Camp (Ages 11-14)
Price: $125

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, June 14-18 (Mon. – Fri.)

We’re here to save the planet!  Join us for a week of nature camp where we up the recycle game, tend to mother earth, and have a lot of fun while we do it.  Creek exploration and clean-up, forest hikes, arts and crafts, invasive plant removal, shelter building, composting, nature games, and more!  Dress to get dirty and have a ton of fun.

Nature Wizards Camp (Ages 7-12)
Price: $125 (These popular camps repeat, please register for ONLY ONE week of Nature Wizards Camp to allow other children the opportunity to attend).

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session I: June 21-25 (Mon. – Fri.)
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session II: June 28 – July 2 (Mon. – Fri.)

This camp for young wizards and witches will be a blast with games, animal encounters, wand making, and more fun in this magic and nature focused camp.

Preschool Nature Camp (Ages 4-5; must be toilet trained)
Price: $80

10:00 am – 1:00 pm, July 6-9 (Tues. – Fri.) NO CAMP Monday, July 5

Let’s explore nature found inside and outside the Nature Center with stories, crafts, hikes, and hands-on activities geared toward the preschool aged camper.

Back to Nature Camp (Ages 9-12)
Price: $125 (These popular camps repeat, please register for ONLY ONE week of Back to Nature Camp to allow other children the opportunity to attend).

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session I: July 12-16 (Mon. – Fri.)
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session II: July 19-23 (Mon. – Fri.)

Let’s unplug and get back to nature! We will explore the forest, the meadow, and the creek, learning about the animals and plants that make up each ecosystem. Nature crafts and games will make learning fun. Daily hikes, nature play, fossil searches, looking for insects, toads and fungi are just a taste of what we will do in this back to nature day camp.

Art & Nature Camp (Ages 8-11)
Price: $125

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, July 26-30 (Mon. – Fri.)

Young artists can explore their wild sides through art projects using a variety of media, nature hikes, animal encounters, games and more.  Each day we will focus on a different artist or art technique. Plan to get messy and be creative!

Art & Nature Camp (Ages 6 -7, must have completed Grade K)
Price: $125

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 2 – 6 (Mon. – Fri.)

Younger campers can try their hand at art activities and explore the great outdoors. A mix of art projects, games, and outdoor fun create a truly unique way to make new friends and be creative.


Trailside Summer Camps

Habitat Hunt (Ages 4-5; must be toilet trained)
Price: $100

10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Nature Preschool I: June 21 – 25 (Mon. – Fri.)

Whether it’s floppy ears or furry tails, all animals have cool creature features that make them unique!  Young children will explore the differences in the animal world through stories, crafts, hikes and hands-on activities.

Urban Safari (Ages 6-8)
Price: $125 (Camp repeats, you may only register for one!)

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session I: June 14 – 18 (Mon. – Fri.)
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session II: July 26 – 30 (Mon. – Fri.)

This exciting camp offers a more in-depth look at nature as campers explore Burnet Woods in search of the many plants and animals that make their home here.  Through the use of experiments, hikes, games, crafts and other hands-on activities, campers will become junior field naturalists as they discover the natural wonders of the world around them.

Mission to Mars (Ages 9-12)
Price: $125

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, June 28 – July 2 (Mon. – Fri.)

Ground Control, we’re ready to launch…  Come join us on our Mission to Mars.  Join us for a week of outer space fun as we embark on a journey to the Red Planet.  Who knows what exciting discoveries await us… or what dangers we may face along the way.

Frozen Fun! (Ages 6-8)
Price: $125 (Camp repeats, you may only register for one!)

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session I: July 12 – 16 (Mon. – Fri.)
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session II: August 2 – 6 (Mon. – Fri.)

What better way to beat the heat than Frozen Fun in July??? Join us for a week of icy escapades as we explore the world of icicles, icecaps and ice age fun!  From frozen treats to frost bites… this camp’s so cool… your lips will turn blue!

Bugs! (Ages 6-8)
Price: $100

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, July 6 – 9 (Tues. – Fri.) NO CAMP Monday, July 5

They’re creepy, crawly, and all together fascinating!  We’ll track them, catch them, study them… and we may even eat a few!  Discover the exciting world of insects as we go Bonkers for Bugs!

Movers and Shakers (Ages 4-5; must be toilet trained)
Price: $100

10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Nature Preschool II:  July 19 – 23 (Mon. – Fri.)

Fun in the forest designed to appeal to a preschooler’s sense of wonder!  Each day children will explore the park in search of amazing animals and will discover who’s the fastest, slowest, strongest and more.


Counselors-In-Training Program Seeks Summer Camp Volunteers!

The Explore Nature department of Cincinnati Parks enlists the invaluable assistance of teen volunteers to serve in the Counselors-In-Training Program. This is an awesome opportunity for teens to learn new skills in a fun and safe environment. Our Counselors-In-Training (CIT) assist group leaders during games, give guidance during crafts time, and provide an additional watchful eye during hikes and other engaging activities. A CIT may also be paired as a “buddy” with a special needs child who requires more personal attention during camp activities. This volunteer opportunity is a great chance for teens to become engaged in their community and build their leadership skills.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be at least 13 years old
  • Complete the application process
  • Two weeks commitment, every day of the week, for half-day or full day camps. Half-day (9:30 – 11:30 or 9:30 – 1:30) Full-day (9:00 – 3:30)

 

STEP ONE:
ALL CIT’s must create an online profile in Better Impact, the website we use for posting volunteer opportunities and tracking hours.
Visit CincinnatiParks.com > Click on Volunteer >  Click on “CLICK HERE TO VIEW CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES” > Click on “Fill in an Application” > Sign up for the Counselors in Training activity. Further instructions will be provided after your application is received.

STEP TWO:
All CIT’s (new and returning) must attend a mandatory Orientation before they are ready to have a great summer engaging with our campers and staff!

For more information please call: 513-321-6070 or email Brittany.ashcraft@cincinnati-oh.gov