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2018 Cincinnati Parks' Summer Nature Day Camps

If you would like to see the full descriptions in printable form for all of the camps offered and our Teen Counselors in Training (CIT) program, please CLICK HERE . Online registration continues below.

ONLY ONE CAMP CAN BE SELECTED FROM THE FULL LIST BELOW

STEP 1: Select ONE Chosen Camp for ONE Child then click SUBMIT button at bottom of page



 

DISCOVERY MORNINGS IN PARKS (Ages 3½ – 5)
*Monday - Friday, 9:45 - 11:45am
Children must have turned 3 by January 1, 2018 and be toilet trained. Each day features a different aspect of the "SENSES!” theme. Campers enjoy hikes, active games, animal encounters, crafts, songs and more. As much as possible, children are grouped by age. With the exception of Mt. Airy Forest, this camp is held entirely outdoors!
*Week of July 2 at French Park does not have camp on 7/4. 

ALL 3 AULT SESSIONS ARE SOLD OUT!

ACTIVITIES REPEAT; CHOOSE ONLY ONE SESSION 

 

DISCOVERY MORNING AT FRENCH 1 & 3 PLUS ALL 3 AULTS ARE CURRENTLY SOLD OUT! THOSE NEEDING A TRANSFER OR ON THE WAIT LIST, WILL BE CONTACTED IF A SPOTS OPENS!


NATURECAMPS IN PARKS (Ages 5-12)
5 year olds must be entering 1st grade in Fall, 2018.
*Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 3:00pm

Theme this year: Habitats!
Held entirely outdoors, campers participate in active fun centered around a new theme each summer. Children are divided into groups by age. The Friday cookout is a popular activity at camp. *Week of July 2 at French Park does not have camp on 7/4.

*NEW POLICY*  Due to the popularity of our camps, campers may register for ONLY ONE CAMP AT AULT AND FRENCH PARKS.  

To ensure room for everyone, register for no more than 2 of the NatureCamp sessions listed for the summer.

 

ALL OF AULT PARK NATURECAMPS ARE CURRENTLY SOLD OUT! THOSE NEEDING TRANSFERS OR ON THE WAIT LIST, WILL BE NOTIFIED WHEN A SPOT OPENS!


CALIFORNIA WOODS NATURE CENTER
5400 Kellogg Ave, 45230 near Calif. / Anderson Twp

Preschool Camp, ages 4-5, (PreKdg), June 25 - 29, 10am - 1pm   SOLD OUT!

Nature Detectives
ages 6 (entering 1st grade) - 8, 9:30am - 3pm
Register for only 1 session
June 18 - 22  OR  July 16 - 20  BOTH SOLD OUT!

Creek Week, ages 7 - 9, 9
:30am - 3pm
BOTH SOLD OUT!
June 11 - 15  OR  July 2 - 6 (no camp: 7/4)  


Nature Art & Theater, ages 7 - 9, 9:30am-3pm, July 9 - 13  SOLD OUT! 

Outdoor Skills, ages 10 - 14
Register for only 1 session; July 23 - 27  OR  July 30 - August 3  
9:30am - 3pm (Mon. - Wed), Campout: Thurs. 7pm - Fri. 9am   SOLD OUT!

 

ALL CAMPS AT CALIFORNIA WOODS CURRENTLY ARE SOLD OUT!  THOSE NEEDING TRANSFERS TO THESE CAMPS OR ON THE WAITING WILL BE NOTIFIED IF OPENINGS BECOME AVAILABLE.


LABOITEAUX NATURE CENTER
5400 Lanius Ln, 45224 near College Hill / Northside

*NEW* 100 Acre Wood (Winnie-the Pooh) Camp
ages 4 - 5 (preKdg), 10am - 1pm, July 2 - 6 (no camp 7/4)

ART-topia Camp ages 5 (entering 1st grd) - 9, 9:30am - 3pm, July 9 - 13   

Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Camp   
ages 6 (entering 1st grade) - 12, 9:30am - 3pm, July 23 - 27

Return to Narnia Camp
ages 6 (entering 1st grade) - 12, 9:30am - 3pm, July 30 - August 3 

H. Potter's Wizard Camp, ages 7 - 12, 9:30am - 3pm, June 11 - 15
*NEW* H. Potter's Magical World of Fantastic Beasts, ages 7 - 12,
9:30am - 3pm, June 18 - 22  
BOTH SOLD OUT!

Pokémon Camp, ages 7 - 12, 9:30am - 3pm, June 25 - 29   SOLD OUT!


ART-rageous Camp, ages 10 - 13, 9:30am - 3pm, July 16 - 20

 

ART-TOPIA, POKEMON, NARNIA 1 AND BOTH HARRY POTTER CAMPS ARE CURRENTLY SOLD OUT! THOSE NEEDING TRANSFERS AND ARE ON THE WAIT LIST WILL BE NOTIFIED WHEN SPOTS OPEN UP.


 

TRAILSIDE NATURE CENTER, BURNET WOODS
3251 Brookline Drive, 45220 near Clifton / Univ. of Cincinnati

*NEW* My First Nature Camp, ages 3 - 4, child with parent
10am - Noon on Monday, July 2 (only one day)

GRAND! Camp, ages 3 - 4, grandchild with grandparent
10am - 1pm, June 26 - 28, (Tues - Thurs)  

Preschool Camps, ages 4 - 5,  (preKdg), 10am - 1pm   
Creature Feature: June 18 - 22

Amazing Animals: July 16 - 20

Urban Safari Camps ages 6 (entering 1st grade) - 8,  9:30am - 3pm
Register for only 1 session: June 11 - 15  OR  July 30 - August 3
 
Star Wars, a
ges 9 - 12, 9:30am - 3pm, July 9 - 13     SOLD OUT!

Mars - The Red Planet Camp
, ages 9 - 12, 9:30am - 3pm, July 23 - 27 

 

STAR WARS, URBAN SAFARI 1 AND MARS - THE RED PLANET CAMPS ARE CURRENTLY SOLD OUT! THOSE NEEDING A TRANSFER OR ON THE WAIT LIST, WILL BE CONTACTED IF A SPOT OPENS.


STEP 2: PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES NOTED BELOW BEFORE CLICKING SUBMIT

Camps are non-refundable and can not be reduced for partial attendance.

Camp registrations are NON-REFUNDABLE. Please only register for the camps your child can attend and which do not conflict with other summer plans you may have. Camp fees may not be prorated for any days of camp missed due to weather cancellations (see below for more information), homesickness, voluntary withdrawal, behavior challenges, illness or injury.

If you are unable to use your registration for the child listed on the camp, you can transfer it to another immediate family member or choose a new camp if spots are available. All transfers have to be coordinated by our Bettman main office staff at 513-321-6208. ANY TRANSFERS NOT COORDINATED BY OUR OFFICE WILL BE NULL AND VOID. Any changes to a camp registration need to be made by 9am on the Friday before the chosen camp week. 

If you would like to donate your camp spot, please call our main office at 513-321-6208.

Due to the popularity of our camps, we will provide a wait list for all sold out camps in case of a cancellation.  Call 513-321-6208 to be placed on the list.  You should check weekly for openings that may occur in previously sold out camps. Parents will NOT be able to sell their camp registration on the wait list. 

Please remember that several camps have repeated sessions and restrict the number of camps you can register for in that series:  
- only 1 camp at Ault and French Parks with 2 total sessions at NatureCamps in Parks
- only 1 of the Preschool Discovery Mornings in Parks
- only 1 of the Outdoor Skills, Nature Detectives Camps and Creek Weeks at California Woods
- only 1 of the Urban Safari Camps at Trailside Nature Center

Age Appropriateness and Grouping Reminders

Camp Groups: Campers are divided into groups of similarly-aged children for the week's activities. Camp provides an excellent opportunity to make new friends in a fun-filled environment. If your child would like to be placed with one special friend, please name that child on the registration form. 
We can place children with the requested friend only if both children request to be placed together, the children are close in age and space is available.

Age Appropriateness of Campers Registered: The age range per camp is clearly stated on the website and attached materials. Parents should pay close attention and review this before registering campers. For example, a child must be at least 5 and entering 1st grade to be registered for all FULL DAY camps (9:30am - 3:00pm).
If a child of the wrong age is registered for a camp, you will be notified by our main office and we will try to accommodate you in another camp but we can not provide a refund.

Please call 321-6208 with questions.

Weather Conditions

For NatureCamps and Preschool Discovery Mornings in the Parks:
These camps are held completely outdoors in large neighborhood parks without indoor facilities that can accommodate large groups of children. If severe weather (thunderstorms and heavy rain) is predicted during the start or end of camp, a delayed start or early dismissal may occur. If severe weather is predicted for extended hours during camp, these camps may be canceled. Outdoor activities continue during a light rain. If a camp is canceled for the day, parents will be notified by email at least an hour before the starting time. No refund will be given for a canceled camp day. 

For the camps occurring at California Woods, LaBoiteaux Woods and Trailside Nature Center, the buildings provide a safe haven during severe weather (thunderstorms and heavy rain). Camp activities will occur indoors until the severe weather has passed; outdoor activities continue during a light rain.

During heat alerts at all camps, hiking and other lively activities occur earlier in the day and quieter activities later.


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STEP 3:  RECHECK ON THE ONE CAMP SELECTED AND PAYMENT BEFORE CLICKING SUBMIT



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