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Summer Day Camps Scholarship 2020

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Summer Day Camps Scholarship 2020

In an effort to bring the joy of summer camps to all of Cincinnati’s children, this year we have standardized our process for providing aid. The gift of learning and growing in the outdoors is worth far more than the monetary value these scholarships provide, but we understand the obstacles these fees can create. Camp fees should not stand in the way of a child’s chance to experience the natural wonders of our world in their neighborhood parks.

Our scholarships pave the way to a week spent building friendships, participating in activities, and interacting with nature. Our Explore Nature staff strives to provide safe, fun, and educational camp experiences for ages 3-14.

This incredible opportunity has been made possible by generous public donors as well as the Stevenson Sisters’ Scholarship Fund from the Cincinnati Parks Foundation.

In order to be considered for a Camp Scholarship, please read over the Camp Scholarship Policy.

Then, complete the Camp Scholarship Form and email it to brittany.ashcraft@cincinnati-oh.gov.


Nature Camps in the Parks 2020

Children ages 5 (entering 1st grade) – 12
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Monday – Friday
Price: $75

Held entirely outdoors, campers participate in active fun centered around “The Summer Olympic Games”. Children are divided into groups by age. Campers look forward to the Friday cookout! To allow room for everyone at French & Ault Parks, please only register for one session at either of these parks with no more than 2 camps overall from the list below:

Stanbery Park (Mt. Washington) | June 8 – 12

French Park (Amberley Village) | June 15 – 19, June 29 – July 2 (No camp Fri., 7/3), July 13 – 17

Ault Park (Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout) | June 22 – 26, July 6 – 10, July 20 – 24

Mt. Airy Forest, Stone Steps Shelter (Mt. Airy) | July 27 – 31


Preschool Discovery Mornings in Parks 2020

Children ages 3 1/2 – 5 
9:45 am – 11:45 am, Monday – Friday
Camp programming repeats; Register for only one week.
Price: $55* (*Except June 29-July 2 $50)

Each day features a different aspect of the theme “COLORS”. Campers enjoy hikes, active games, crafts, songs, live animals and more! As much as possible, children are grouped by age. Children must have turned 3 by Jan. 2019, be toilet trained & are pre-Kdg.

Stanbery Park (Mt. Washington) | June 8 – 12

French Park (Amberley Village) | June 15 – 19, June 29 – July 2 (No camp Fri., 7/3), July 13 – 17

Ault Park (Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout) | June 22 – 26, July 6 – 10, July 20 – 24

Mt. Airy Forest, Oak Ridge Lodge (Mt. Airy) | July 27 – July 31


Trailside Nature Center
3251 Brookline Drive Clifton / C.U.F.

GRAND! Camp (grandparents & grandkids ages 3-4)
Price: $75

10:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 30 – July 2 (Tues. – Thurs.)
Grandparents and grandkids share in the fun of special crafts, hikes and other bonding activities. Learn about plants and animals, and look high and low on guided nature hikes.

Preschool Camps (ages 4 – 5, preKdg)
Price: $75

10:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 15 – 19 (Mon. – Fri.) – Theme: Amazing Animals
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, July 13 – 17 (Mon. – Fri.) – Theme: Creature Features

Each day children explore the park to discover who’s the fastest, slowest, and strongest amazing animals. Whether it’s floppy ears or furry tails, all animals have cool creature features. All activities will appeal to a preschooler’s sense of wonder. Different activities each week. Attend both sessions for loads of fun!

Urban Safari Camp (ages 6 – 8)
Price: $75

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session 1: June 8 – 12 (Mon. – Fri.) 
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session 2: July 27 – July 31 (Mon. – Fri.)
Camp programming repeats; Register for only one week.

Campers take an in-depth look at nature, exploring Burnet Woods in search of the many plants and animals that call this preserve home. Through the use of experiments, hikes, games, crafts and other hands-on activities, campers become junior field naturalists and explore the natural world.

Frozen Fun in July (ages 6 – 8)
Price: $85

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, July 6 – July 10 (Mon. – Fri.)
Do you wanna build a snowman? Join us for a week of Frozen Fun as we beat the heat with Elsa and the gang. From Frozen treats to icy escapades – this camp will help you let it go!

Stars Wars Camp (ages 9 – 12)
Price: $85

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, June 22 – 26 (Mon. – Fri.)
Has the Force awakened in you? Themed crafts & games, singular-star solar system space knowledge, hikes, create your own Droid, work on your light saber skills and train to become a Jedi.

Astronomy Camp: Mission to Mars (ages 9 – 12)
Price: $75

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, July 20 – 24 (Mon. – Fri.)
Based out of the Wolff Planetarium, campers embark on a journey to the Red Planet…who knows what exciting discoveries or dangers there are to be faced! Outdoor fun with games and hikes keeps campers active.


California Woods Nature Center
5400 Kellogg Ave, California/ Anderson

Preschool Nature Camp (ages 4 – 5, preKdg)
Price: $75

10:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 22 – 26 (Mon. – Fri.)
Campers engage all 5 senses to experience and learn about “Nature Tales” each day. Hikes, crafts, stories and games make it fun daily! Pack a lunch.

Nature Detectives (ages 5 – 8, entering First Grade)
Price: $80

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session 1: June 15 – 19 (Mon. – Fri.)
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session 2: July 13 – 17 (Mon. – Fri.)
Unlock a new nature mystery each day by exploring the forest, meadow & creek. Special animal encounter visit. Campers enjoy a scavenger hunt & grill out on Friday!

Creek Week (ages 7 – 9)
Price: $75 (**Week June 29-July 2 $65)

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session 1: June 8 – 12 (Mon. – Fri.)
**9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Session 2: June 29 – July 2 (Mon. – Thur.) (No camp Fri., 7/3)
Camp programming repeats; Register for only one week.
Water based fun and education as campers explore Lick Run Creek. Learn about water quality, water cycle, find fossils and play games. Prepare to get WET!

Nature Art and Theater (ages 7 – 9)
Price: $75

9:30 am -*3:00 pm, July 8 – 12 (Mon. – Fri.)
Campers work together to create costumes and practice for the Friday nature-themed performance. Outdoor fun too! *Early dismissal Friday after all performances end.

Outdoor Skills Camps (ages 10 – 14)
Price: $80

Session 1: 9:30am – 3:00pm (Mon. – Wed.) July 20 – 22; 7:00pm – 9:00 am (Thurs. Evening – Fri. Morning) July 23 – 24
Session 2: 9:30am – 3:00pm (Mon. – Wed.) July 27 – 29; 7:00pm – 9:00 am (Thurs. Evening – Fri. Morning) July 30 – 31
*Overnight on Thursdays start at 7 pm and end at 9 am on Fridays.
Older campers become survivors as you learn fire and shelter building, foil cooking, canoeing and outdoor camping survival skills. Canoeing day will be offsite. Test your new skills in our overnight camp out. Full camp schedule provided the week before.


LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center
5400 Lanius Lane, College Hill/Northside

Dr. Seuss Preschool (age 4 – 5, preKdg)
Price: $75

10:00 am – 1:00 pm; July 6 – 10 (Mon. – Fri.)
Let the silliness begin! Dr. Seuss’s wild creatures will lead us to exploring our own local creatures found inside and outside Nature Center with stories, crafts, hikes and hands-on activities.

ART-Start Camp (ages 5 – 8, entering First Grade)
Price: $80

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, July 27 – 31 (Mon. – Fri.)
A mix of art projects, games & outdoor fun create a truly unique way to be creative. Art Show on Friday.

Back to Nature Camp (age 8 – 12)
Price: $65

9:30am – 3:00pm, June 29 – July 2 (Mon. – Thur.) (No camp Fri., 7/3)
Unplug and explore the preserve’s habitats from fossils to local wildlife. Daily hikes, fossil hunts, looking for insects to fungi are just a taste of what we will do in this back to nature camp.

Harry Potter Wizard Camps (ages 7 – 12)
Price: $85

9:30 am – 3:00 pm, June 8 – 12 (Mon. – Fri.)
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, June 15 – 19 (Mon. – Fri.)
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, June 22 – 26 (Mon. – Fri.)
Camp programming repeats; Register for only one week.
Be sorted into your camp house and prepare for a magical week. Play wizard games, learn potions, make a wand & more wizardy fun based on the series.

ART-Topia Camp (ages 8 – 11)
Price: $80

9:30am – 3:00pm, July 20 – 24 (Mon. – Fri.)
Young Georgia O’Keefes and Charley Harpers explore your wild side through natural art projects, hikes, games and animal encounters. Art Show on Friday.

ART-Rageous Camp (ages 12 – 14)
Price: $80

9:30am – 3:00pm, July 13 – 17 (Mon. – Fri.)
For serious artists; extended time spent on projects plus active games & outdoor fun create a unique way to stretch camper’s artistic abilities. Art Show on Friday.

Registration Link (*DO NOT REGISTER UNTIL SCHOLARSHIP HAS BEEN APPROVED*)


Campers should be able to:

  • Stay with their assigned group with minimal reminders
  • Explore the natural world and move themselves along trails, over uneven ground, up and down hills, and across bridges and streams.
  • Interact with their peers in group games and activities and be able to 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 advance notice.