Nature Play Camp

Registration for 2017 Nature Play Camp will begin February 1, 2017.

Register Nature Play Camp is a wonderful experience for children ages 3-4, which takes place largely at the Zoo's Nature Discovery Ridge. This fun filled half-day summer camp program allows young explorers to discover natural wonders, play outdoors, tour Zoo exhibits, and even get up close and personal with a few smaller Zoo residents.

Details

Hey little explorers, come spend this summer at the Zoo at our Nature Play Camp!

Nature Play Camp is a wonderful experience for children ages 3-4, which takes place largely at the Zoo's Nature Discovery Ridge.  This fun filled half-day summer camp program allows young explorers to discover natural wonders, play outdoors, tour Zoo exhibits, and even get up close and personal with a few smaller Zoo residents.

Nature Play Camp gives children important opportunities to connect with nature and provides unstructured open-ended creative play and discovery. At Nature Discovery Ridge, children are invited to climb, splash, and explore the six natural Ohio habitats, while learning about essential elements such as water, shelter, and food. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is committed to supporting early learning and development, while connecting children with wildlife and nature. Join us this summer and come out and play with our highly qualified counselors!

*All Zoo Campers must be fully potty-trained and need no assistance when using the restroom.

**Campers may attend multiple sessions; however we ask that you are aware that the curriculum for Nature Play Camp remains the same each week throughout the summer.

Online Registration:

  • Click the 'Register' button in the upper right hand corner of this page to begin online registration
  • Administer Meds Form and Release/Waiver Form – If registering online, a signed copy of these forms MUST accompany your child on their first day of camp

Mail-In Registration:

ATTN: Education Registration Office
3900 Wildlife Way
Cleveland, OH 44109

For more information, contact the Education Registration Staff at (216) 635-3391 or email programregistration@clevelandmetroparks.com.

Limited individual Nature Play Camp scholarships available for eligible recipients. 

If awarded a scholarship, you will be contacted by Zoo Staff.  Those awarded will be based on eligibility and availability. Limit two (2) scholarships per family.  We will begin taking applications on February 1, 2017.

ZOO NATURE PLAY CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS
Limited individual Nature Play Camp scholarships available for eligible recipients. 
If awarded a scholarship, you will be contacted by Zoo Staff.  Those awarded will be based on eligibility and availability. Limit two (2) scholarships per family.  We will begin taking applications on February 1, 2017.  You can click here to apply at that time.
 

Terms & Conditions:

Camp date selection: Camp session dates will be selected by Zoo Staff based on session/age availability.  Individuals may not be able to choose their preferred camp week, but requests will be considered.

Eligibility:  Campers must reside in Ohio and attend a school that has a minimum of 30% student body participation in the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program as verified by the Ohio Department of Education.  Campers must be between the ages of 3-4 by June 5, 2017.  For preschoolers, eligibility will be determined based on the elementary school nearest to your home address.

Transportation: Campers must provide their own transportation to and from the Zoo to attend camp Monday-Friday of the selected camp week.  Camp starts at 9am each day and ends at 12:30pm.



Dates/Times

2017 Dates:
  • Session 1:   June 5-9
  • Session 2:   June 12-16
  • Session 3:   June 19-23
  • Session 4:   June 26-30
  • Session 5:   July 3, 5-8 (Discount Week)
  • Session 6:   July 10-14
  • Session 7:   July 17-21
  • Session 8:   July 24-28
  • Session 9:   July 31 - August 4
  • Session 10: August 7-11
Time:
  • Half Day Only: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost

Cost:

  • Half Day (Member): $115
  • Half Day (Non-Member): $135

Discount Week (July 5-8)

  • Half Day (Member): $95
  • Half Day (Non-Member): $110