Fitness & Recreation

WINTER TRACKS – Ages 3 – 6 
Winter 2018
Children will explore animal tracks and make and compare tracks of their own in a book they can take home with them.
Thursday January 18 from drop in between 10:00 – 12:00 AM, 
Spring Valley Nature Preserve, Free

Winter 2018
Sunday January 21 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Join us at Spring Valley Nature Preserve for a fun hike! On the hike we will learn about the history of the property and local fauna as we look for tracks and other signs that animals leave behind. Come spend the afternoon with your family and find out why Spring Valley is one of our local natural treasures! End the hike with hot chocolate and s’mores!
No Registration Required

Winter 2018

This class will be a combination of aerobics and endurance, stability and coordination, with an emphasis on arms, abs and legs. Body Tone is targeted for all age groups; participants will use hand weights to help increase endurance and build body mass. Kristina Jackson is the instructor. This is an 8 week class. Classes are ongoing.

Winter 2018
“Offering safe, well organized sports programs in environments that are more focused on the fun and learning than on competition.  Programs are creative and age appropriate and considerate of the needs and time constraints of the whole family.”

Winter 2018
Coaches from Jump Start Sports will run this instructional and recreational basketball program.  Players are taught the basics if dribbling, passing, shooting, positioning, defense and rebounding and then apply what they have learned in fun non-competitive games.
February 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17
Session 01: 10:00 – 11:00AM
Session 02: 11:00AM – 12:00PM

HOOP STARS – Co-Ed Grades 1 & 2
Coaches from Jump Start Sports will run this instructional and recreational basketball program.  Players are taught the basics if dribbling, passing, shooting, positioning, defense and rebounding. Coaches use developmentally appropriate drills to challenge participants while still allowing them to be successful.
February 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17
Session 01: 12:15 – 1:15 PM at the GES Gym

G.O. MULTI-SPORT – Ages 4 – 14
Granville Outreach Sports 
A program supporting Granville area children ages 4 to 14 with disabilities offering a place to run, play individually or join in on group games. Come have fun in a warm gym while playing several different sport themed activities. No sports experience necessary.  Children along with their “buddy” will choose from several different individual activities each week.
The program will run on Saturdays from January 20th until February 17th   with sessions at 5:30 PM at Granville Elementary School.  Registration required.

PURE FUTSAL SOCCER – BOYS Grades 5/6 and 7/8
What is Futsal? Futsal is an indoor variation of soccer that offers your child the opportunity to develop foot skills. The game is played with a smaller and heavier ball, thereby eliminating the kick and run element of soccer. Participants will be playing a 4v4 format with instruction, we will include transitional games and possession games, these are great for teaching while playing. The object is to have very little standing and maximum touches on the ball. Players should bring water, wear shin guards and flat soled shoes.
Session 1: January 6, 13, 27, Feb. 3
Session 2: Feb. 10, 17, 24, March 3
Boys Grades 5&6 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Boys Grades 7&8 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Bryn Du Field House, Instructors: Ian McConnell
Register by 1/2 Sessions 01, 1/27 for Sessions 02

Spring 2018
The GIS Running Club introduces its members to the life-skill of running,  We encourage children of all skill levels to participate.  WE work very closely with the Granville Middle School Cross Country coach in an effort to mimic preparation for MS running sports.  We run the school driveway and surrounding grassy areas for our paths. We will end the season with a Fun Run.   

Spring 2018
This will be a fun program with lots of games and activities to keep little feet moving.  Our goal is to encourage physical activity.  Weekly activities will be pre-planned but volunteer parents will be needed to help manage the program.

LACROSSE CLINIC – Girls and Boys Grades 1 & 2
Spring 2018
This clinic based program is designed to introduce young boys and girls to lacrosse by teaching basic fundamental stick skills and play time activities that develop understanding of simple game concepts.  Participants will be given instruction in lacrosse activities and play-time that promote understanding of lacrosse concepts. Players need to have a boys of girls regulation stick, mouth guard and helmet.

Fall & Winter 2017-18
Ages: 18+ to purchase membership

We are pleased to report that effective June 1, 2015, the Granville Recreation District has taken ownership of the platform tennis facility, affectionately named ‘Coon Creek. This  facility is comprised of 2 platform tennis courts and a warming hut on the property of Spring Valley Nature Preserve. The “Coon Creek” facility will offer a new and exciting opportunity for individuals to learn the best racquet sport known to fall and winter. Platform tennis is an American racquet sport that players can enjoy outdoors in the cold weather. This unique sport attracts people who desire exercise, fresh air, competition and social engagement all on a chilly winters days. GRD is very lucky to be able to provide a NEW and exciting program. GRD will continue to manage, operate and maintain “Coon Creek” as it has in the past.

Fall 2017
Participants will have a sheet of paper with different nature items that can be found on the hike. Their goal is to find all the items pictured on the paper. Some of the finds will be animal signs, animal sounds and different types of plant and animals. Spring Valley Nature Preserve. FREE

Fall 2017

Fall is here and leaves are blowing everywhere. With brilliant colors of orange, red and  yellow our forests are alive with beauty. Come collect the best of the best with us and press and preserve them so they will last. McPeek Lodge, FREE

FULL DAY CAMPS- Grades 2-6

Our camper-to-staff ratio is 5:1. Camp Teacher is Lindy Wicks
Grades: 2 – 6 (entering in fall)
Time for all camps: 9:00AM – 3:00PM (camp day)
Drop-off between 8:00-9:00AM
Pick-up between 3:00-4:00PM
Where: Infirmary Mound Park, 4351 Lancaster Rd, Granville, OH 43023
Fee: $155 (R/NR) per session
Minimum 10, Maximum 20 per session

  • Adventureland Day Camp
    Grades 2 – 6
    Infirmary Mound Park, Granville
    Session 1: June 26 – 30
    Session 2:  July 31 – August 4.
    Get ready for the adventure of your life! This week will be filled with orienteering, fishing, hiking, canoeing and kayaking. Love to fish? Learn casting techniques, how to put bait on and take the fish off. Campers will enjoy crafts, games, hikes and more which will make this the best Adventure of the summer. Last day of camp will include a field trip. Two sessions will be held. This camp is held in partnership with the Licking Park District.
  • Road Trip
    Grades 2 – 6
    Camp will be held at the Granville High School Work & Family Life Room.
    July 10 – 14, 2017
    Our camper-to-staff ratio is 5:1.
    Grades: 2 – 6 (entering in fall)
    Time for all camps: 9:00AM – 3:00PM (camp day)
    Drop-off between 8:00-9:00AM
    Pick-up between 3:00-4:00PM
    Create and taste recipes from around the U.S.A. From deep Southern vittles to spicy Tex-Mex, enjoy America’s spin on traditional foods. Chop, saute and cook your way around the country and hand make fun crafts inspired by road tripping across the U.S. Last day of camp will include field trip.

Grades Kindergarten – 2nd
Held at Infirmary Mound Park, Granville
(In partnership with the Licking Park District)
Half day programs in partnership with the Licking Park District provides a nurturing atmosphere where children will meet new friends while learn listening and socialization skills. Activities focus around a weekly theme with crafts, games, stories and special events. Supervision is at a 5:1 child to staff ratio. Meets rain or shine. Indoor location for inclement weather.
WHAT YOU NEED: Wear appropriate clothing plus 1 change of clothes, snack, water and sunscreen.

  • Amazing Animals – Ages: 5 – 8
    Morning Half Day Camp
    Drop-Off Between: 9-9:30AM
    Pick-Up Between: 11:30AM-NOON
  • Amazing Animals – Grades 2 – 5
    Afternoon Half Day Camp
    Drop-Off Between: 1-1:30PM
    Pick-Up Between: 3:30-4PM
  • Fury, scaly, or feathered, learn about domestic and wild critters and what makes them so amazing. Special guest will surprise and inform you with our incredible animal friends. Enjoy daily presentations and crafts.

Spring 2017
Do you like hiking or camping? Would you like to learn backcountry camping skills? Are You already a skilled backpacker? If you said “YES” to any of these questions, this adventure is for you! No previous backpacking experience necessary; this is a great trip for beginners! You will learn all the necessary skills including: how to plan your trip; selecting what to take, packing your backpack; backcountry camping and cooking; and practicing “leave no trace”. No experience is necessary; however, participants need to be in good physical condition (able to hike 6 miles with 20-30#). We will be traveling to the Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area in the Wayne National Forest . Guides are experienced local expert Craig McDonald and his sister Traci Palmer.

FAMILY BACKPACKING, Ages: All ( at least one parent/guardian, one child)
Summer 2017
Does your family like hiking or camping? Would you like to learn backcountry camping Skills? Do you want your whole family to experience the outdoors together? If you said “YES” to any of these questions, this trip is for you! No previous backpacking experience necessary; this is a great trip for beginners! You will learn all the necessary skills  Including: how to plan your trip; selecting what to take and packing your backpack; backcountry camping and cooking; and practicing “leave no trace”. No experience is necessary. We will be traveling to the South Loop of Zaleski State Forest’s Backpack Trail. Guides are experienced local experts Craig and Dianne McDonald.

FUN IN THE PARKS – FREE! All Ages! (under 8 accompanied by an adult)
Summer 2017

  • Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles…
    June 29 Anytime 10:00am-noon (Wildwood Park Shelter)
    Stop by Wildwood Park and enjoy some time playing with bubbles. Small and large, bubbles are a fun way to spend playing on a warm summer day. Come ready to get wet and have fun with us!
  • Windy Day Fun!
    August 10 Anytime 10:00am-noon (Wildwood Park Shelter)
    Windy days are great for flying kites and windsocks, hearing wind chimes, and watching pinwheels spin. Participants will make their very own windy day project to take with them.
  • Pocket Full Of Love Rocks!
    W 6/28 Anytime 10am – noon
    Th 7/6 Anytime 10am – noon
    Tu 8/8 Anytime 10am – noon
    Inspired by a mother who lost her children, she started the Love Rock revolution! Join us as we take part in the revolution spreading Love and Joy in Granville and the world one rock at a time at our free workshop! Supplies will be on site or bring your own. For more information about this story visit,  . Wildwood Park Shelter
  • Origami
    Tu 6/27 Anytime 10am – noon
    W 7/19 Anytime 10am – noon
    W 8/9 Anytime 10am – noon
    Imagine that square piece of paper turning into an animal, a flower, a box or something that moves. This is the timeless appeal of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. Origami has been captivating people and holding them spellbound for more than a thousand years. It’s believed that by folding, decorating and playing with paper you cultivate your creativity and spark your imagination. Join us for this fun workshop and easily master the techniques of origami. Granville Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room
  • Firefly Fireworks
    Tu 8/15 7:30-9PM
    Explore the fascinating world of brilliant bugs during our firefly watch. We’ll begin the our evening shedding a little light on the secret life of fireflies, while making firefly containers to catch and hold some of these fascinating bugs, then begin our quest at dusk and watch the night time magic begin as thousands of fireflies rise from the park. All ages are welcome. Flashlights recommended. Raccoon Valley Park, meet by the bike path bridge

Summer 2017
Ready to run and have fun? This mini camp is just the fit for your child. They will be introduced to fundamental soccer skills of dribbling, shooting and passing in a fun active environment. Your child will experience the joy of playing soccer while starting the foundation needed to get started in this life long sport. Instructor is Ian McConnell.

Summer 2017
Participants will spend a fun filled week learning the basic skills of basketball through demonstration, practice, contests and games. Sara Lee, Denison University Physical Education Professor and Women’s Volleyball and Basketball Coach will instruct this class. This mini camp will be offered for children entering grades 1 thru 4. 

BLUE ACE BASKETBALL CAMP – Grades: 4th – 8th Boys
Summer 2017
This instructional camp will cover the fundamentals of basketball: shooting, ball handling, passing & catching, defense, rebounding, screening & cutting. Each day will have skill instruction along with competition. Camp will be in the Granville High School Gym.  Instructors are Granville Head Coach Adam Teeters, Granville Varsity Assistant Coach Matt Engler, Granville Junior Varsity Coach Eric Minton, Granville Freshman Coach Derrick Fisher, Granville 7th Grade Coach Paul Drake and members of the Varsity and JV teams from the past five seasons!

Summer 2017
Every child can garden! Gardening allows children to investigate, experiment, problem solve and succeed. Getting them involved in this program will give them a hands on way to promote a love a nature and to connect them with healthy food and lifestyles. Their instructor, Amy Hall will take an explorative route in gardening by introducing cauliflower, artichokes and a variety of flowers.

Summer 2017
Parents and children are encouraged to participate in this fun for the family tournament. Each parent-child team will play 18 holes of miniature golf. Parent and child will alternate shots throughout the game. Plaques for first, second and third place will be presented. Children must be under the age of 18. This tournament will be held at Granville Golfland (located at Ohio Rt. 16 and River Rd.).

Skyhawks programs are the centerpiece in delivering quality sports programs that not only equip the athlete with physical skills, but also teach life skills through athletics! Skyhawks programs develop skills, refine talents, and prepare young athletes for future endeavors and competition. Skyhawks staff members are always experienced in the sport they support and have been trained to share that knowledge with a young audience. Skyhawks level programs teach the fundamentals in an appropriately competitive environment where winning and losing are not everything, but are a simple part of the game on the field and in life. These programs are designed for beginner to intermediate level players. Each camp includes quality instruction, t-shirt and merit award. Skyhawks participants should bring a snack, a water bottle, shoes (running shoes are fine), and sunscreen to each camp. Please put your child’s name and phone number on all personal belongings.


    SUMMER 2017
    This baseball, basketball, and soccer program gives young children a fun and positive first step into athletics. Through games and activities, campers explore balance, hand/eye coordination, and skill development at their own pace.
  • SNAG GOLF (Start New At Golf) – Ages 5-9
    SUMMER 2017
    Campers will learn the fundamentals of swinging, putting, and body positioning. Using the SNAG (Starting New At Golf) system, we have simplified instruction so that young players can make an effective transition onto the golf course. All equipment provided.
  • FLAG FOOTBALL – Ages 7-12
    Summer 2017
    Campers learn skills on both sides of the football including the core components of passing, catching, and defense – all in a fun and positive environment. The week ends with the Skyhawks Sports Bowl!
  • LACROSSE CAMP – Ages: 9 – 12, co-ed
    Summer 2017
    Lacrosse is one of the oldest team sports in America, started on the East Coast by the Native Americans in the 12th century. Suit up and come find out why it has grown to be one of the fastest growing sports in the country.Lacrosse combines the basic skills used in soccer, basketball, and hockey into one fast paced, high scoring game. Athletes will learn all the fundamentals of stick handling, cradling, passing, and shooting, all in a fun, non-checking environment. Our staff will ensure that campers not only learn the sport of lacrosse, but also important life skills such as respect, teamwork, and discipline. Every athlete will come away with a deep understanding of the game and its traditions.
  • BASKETBALL – Ages 7-12 co-ed
    Summer 2017
    This fun, skill-intensive program is designed for beginning to intermediate players. In addition to technical basketball skills, our basketball staff will focus on respect, teamwork and responsibility.
  • TINY-HAWK CAMP – Ages: 3 & 4, co-ed
    Summer 2017
    This multi-sport program was developed to give children a positive first step into athletics. The essentials of baseball, basketball and soccer are taught in a safe, structured environment with lots of encouragement and a big focus on fun. Games and activities are designed to allow campers to explore balance, movement, hand/eye coordination, and skill development at their own pace.
    MULTI-SPORT ALL DAY CAMP – Ages: 7-10, co-ed
    Summer 201
    Our multi-sport camp is designed to introduce young athletes to a variety  of different sports in one setting. Athletes will learn the rules and essentials of  each sport through skill-based games and scrimmages. By the end of the week your child will walk away with knowledge of multiple sports along with vital life  lessons such as respect, teamwork, and self-discipline.

Summer 2017
Beginner and intermediate players learn the basic skills of tennis; these clinics will focus on instruction in basic tennis strokes, volleys, ground strokes and serves. Clinics are held at the Granville High School Tennis Courts. Clint Storey is the instructor.