Our summer camps are the highlight of the season. We offer themed classes over 9 weeks for children grades pre k-9.


Your child will gain a better appreciation for the world around them through interactive discovery, hikes, crafts and field trips, learning about nature while having fun! Our Summer Outdoor Adventure Camp is offered to children grades K through 9, with weekly themes per age group.

Registration will open on November 1, 2018 for members-only. Public registration opens January 14, 2019. Become a member today and register your child for this summer favorite! If you are a member, your Membership ID number is your personal coupon code to receive your discount at checkout. Your ID number and expiration date can be found on your membership card or in the email sent to open registration. Please call the Nature Center Welcome Desk at (216) 321-5935, ext. 235 before registering if you do not have your number. If you've already registered and did not use your Membership ID number or temporary coupon code to receive your member discount, please contact the Nature Center and we will be happy to apply your membership discount, minus a 5% processing fee.

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This year's camp schedule:


3½ to 7 years with adult
Nature Story Time
M, 10-11
Pre K (3½ to 4½ years)
Nature Nursery
M-Th, 9-noon
Entering Kindergarten
Squirrel Scouts: Half Day
M-F, 9-noon
Entering Kindergarten
Squirrel Scouts: Full Day
M-F, 9-3
Entering Grade 1 or 2
Nature's Lifeguards
M-F, 9-3
Entering Grade 3 through 5
Nature's Explorers
M-F, 9-3
Entering Grades 6 through 9
M-F, 9-3

Frequently Asked Questions

Before registering for a class, we suggest you take a look through our FAQ section below. If you have a question that you're unable to find the answer to here, please call us at 216-321-5935.

Do you offer financial aid?

Financial aid packages are available. Need-based financial aid covers 25-75% of the cost of one week of camp. Download the form here to fill out or call the Camps and Adventure Programs Coordinator, Lauren Schmidt at (216) 321-5935, ext. 226 for more information and application materials. Applications are due in March, 2019. Award recipients will be notified in April.

What's your refund/cancellation policy?

Cancellations made before June 1, 2019 will be refunded (minus a $50 processing fee per week). Camp fees may be forfeited if cancellation is not made by June 1. The Nature Center reserves the right to cancel a camp if enrollment is low; in which case, you will receive a full refund. Any camp cancellations are determined two weeks before the start date of each individual camp week. Switching sessions will incur a $25 change fee.

What do I need to do to get my camper ready?

Fill out all applicable forms, including photo release, behavioral expectations, medication administration, emergency medical form and financial aid application during the registration process after clicking to register.

What should my camper bring to camp?

All campers must bring a reusable water bottle, lunch in a reusable container and backpack as access to trash cans and drinking fountains are limited during hikes.

More information about registration:

  • Full payment is due at the time of registration. Member registration begins Thursday, November 1, 2018. Non-member registration begins January 14, 2019.
  • Space is limited, please register early. Each camp typically has a maximum of 12 campers per session, unless it is a double session.
  • All registrations require a valid email address for important and timely camp correspondence. Registered campers will receive a confirmation email with forms that are required to be completed for participation. Please check your spam or promotions folders for these emails.
  • Emergency medical and behavioral expectations agreement forms must be completed and submitted by June 3.
  • To ensure a safe camp environment, the classroom entrance remains locked. Doors open five minutes before camp begins and ends.
  • The Nature Center reserves the right to refuse or discontinue an individual’s participation if his or her welfare or the welfare of others is in jeopardy.
  • Each camp has one environmental educator and at least one teen volunteer. To receive more information about volunteering, contact Kristina Arthur, Volunteer Coordinator, at (216) 3212-5935, ext. 237.
  • All campers receive one T-shirt and a camp photo. Please select desired shirt size when registering.
  • Field trip days and locations are subject to change.
  • If you are picking your child up early please sign them out in their classroom as usual.

Camp Scholarship Fund - Help share the joy your child has for camp with another and consider donating to our Camp Scholarship during registration. Your donation can help a child in need attend a week of camp and explore, connect and become inspired by nature.