Summer Discovery Camps at Mill Creek MetroParks

Registration is now open

By Leann Rich April 3, 2019


Give your child the gift of exploration and excitement with a week of Summer Discovery Camp at Mill Creek MetroParks. The Summer Discovery Camps provide children, ages 5 -12, with the freedom to discover and experience the outdoors in a safe and fun environment. Our summer camps encourage curiosity, exploration, and investigation that can lead to a greater understanding of the natural world and a lifelong appreciation for our environment. With small group sizes, your camper receives a quality and positive outdoor experience, plus memories that will last a lifetime.

Registration is now open! 

To register you may download a copy of the registration form, or call or stop by Fellows Riverside Gardens, 330.740.7116, to pick one up. Payment, plus completed forms need to be submitted to the Fellows Riverside Gardens one week in advance of your summer camp, see individual camp deadlines. Space is limited. You will receive a confirmation after your registration is complete.

Park Pals - Ages 5-6 / Fee: $80 R; $92 NR

Where the Critters Are

6/10 – 6/14 | 9 am – 1 pm

Various MCMP Locations

Ages 5-6. Do you like to pretend to fly like a bird, chew like a beaver, or buzz like a bee? Do you wonder where critters live and what they do all day? Then this camp is for you! Each day is a new adventure as we become different animals and explore their worlds. We’ll get up close and personal with various critters and go on hikes and hunts. A Lake Glacier passenger boat ride, crafts, games and nature play are all part of the fun. Bring your imagination! Register/pay by 6/4.

Wild Heroes

8/5 – 8/9 | 9 am – 1 pm

Various MCMP Locations

Ages 5-6. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s Super You! Come out to Mill Creek MetroParks and become a Wild Hero. We will learn about our superpowered wild friends that live right here in the park and how they use their superpowers to survive. Then at the end of the week we will transform into our own Wild Heroes and test our skills on the Eco Obstacle Course. Register/pay by 7/30.

Explorers - Ages 7-9 / Fee: $126 R; $140 NR

Extreme Science

6/17 – 6/21 | 9 am – 4 pm

Birch Hill Cabin and Lanterman’s Mill

Ages 7-9. Do you love experiments, rockets, slime, and all things science? Grab your lab coat and a beaker and join Mill Creek MetroParks for one extremely scientific week at our Extreme Science Camp. This week will be full of extreme experiments, spaghetti bridges, magnetic slime, critter catches, artificial lightning, and so many more scientific activities along the way. Your scientist in training will be EXTREMELY excited about this camp! Register/pay by 6/11.

Kitchen Chemist

7/15 – 7/19 | 9 am – 4 pm

MetroParks Farm

Ages 7-9. Become a Kitchen Chemist! Explore where our food comes from at the MetroParks Farm and make your own daily yummy snacks. Answer questions along the way: Why does popcorn pop? Why do onions make me cry? Why does bread rise? How can I stop my apple from turning brown? Work each day on a part or ingredient for assembling our homemade pizza to enjoy as a treat the last day of camp. Come prepared to do some experiments, taste tests foods, along with crafts, games, songs, and hikes.Register/pay by 7/9.

Trekkers - Ages 10-12 / Fee: $126 R; $140 NR

Herbology & Potions

6/24 – 6/28 | 9 am – 4 pm

Fellows Riverside Gardens

Ages 10-12. Park your brooms at the door and line-up for a week filled with magic and mischief at Mill Creek MetroParks. Inspired by Harry Potter, campers will develop skills with botany in Herbology class and chemistry in Potions class. Get your hands dirty learning everything about plants: identification, the benefits of, and how to communicate with them. Wizard activities include wand-making, herbal concoctions, making butterbeer, and garden explorations. Register/pay by 6/18.

Naturalist Boot Camp

7/22 – 7/26 | 9 am – 4 pm

Various MCMP Locations

Ages 10-12. Do you think you have what it takes to be a Nature Cadet? Join the mission and grow your skills during this in the field training program. Build the perfect team. Immerse yourself in your surroundings with all five senses. Develop in-depth investigations of Mill Creek MetroParks habitats. Challenge yourself to build the perfect plant. Hone your animal instincts. Perfect your survival skills. We will do this and more, all the while playing games, enjoying nature, and having fun. Register/pay by 7/16.

Visit Mill Creek MetroParks website to see more about camp attire, what to bring, discounts, and more!