Nature Camps


M-F June 20-24 from 9AM-NOON

Join us for a week of adventure as we explore the Spring Valley Nature Preserve. We will build forts using only natural materials, get wet in the stream as we follow animal tracks, and use nature to create art. Come use all of your senses to connect with this beautiful natural area and discover a deeper sense of place. Instructor: Grace Gordon – Columbus Academy Teacher, Outdoor Educator & Traditional Teacher for a combined 11 years.

ECO TOWN – Ages: 7-10
M-F June 27- July 1 from 9AM-NOON

Join us for a week of outdoor exploration and ingenuity. We will spend the week exploring Spring Valley Nature Preserve and choose the best spot to create a community. Campers will build shelters and make collective decisions as to how our community will function. The week will be about connecting to the earth, making new friends, and challenging ourselves in new ways. Instructor: Grace Gordon – Columbus
Academy Teacher, Outdoor Educator & Traditional Teacher for a combined 11 years.

M-F June 20-24 9AM-3PM* June
M-F July 11-15 9AM-3PM* July
M-F July 25-29 9AM-3PM* July

Get ready for the adventure of your life! Returning for an eighth year in partnership with the Licking Park District, we are offering three fun-filled weeks of day camp held at Infirmary Mound Park. Each week opens the door for imagination, exploration, trails, pond exploration and indoor facilities for inclement weather. Campers will enjoy crafts, games and hikes plus orienteering, archery, canoeing and kayaking. Love to fish? Learn to cast, how to put bait on a hook and take the fish off. Friday field trips are also back this year; we will be going to the Johnstown Skating Rink. Spending time outdoors will make this the best Adventure of the summer. Instructor: GRD Staff

FLUTTER & FLY – Ages 4-6
M-Th June 27-30 from 1-3:30PM

Soar into this camp and learn about all the things that fly; birds, bugs, butterflies, and bats. Join for an exciting week of crafts and hands on fun. Campers will have a blast using butterfly nets and binoculars to catch and see all the things with wings. Instructor: Meg Olbur

M-Th July 18-21 from 9:30-11:30AM

Explore the many wonders of water. Join us for a wet and wild week of water play. Learn how plants and animals use water to survive, build a boat to race down the stream, and much more. Campers will enjoy many hands-on activities, games and crafts including an adventure to the local creek at the park. Instructor: Meg Olbur

M-Th August 1-4 from 9:30-11:30AM

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Join us for a week of adventure, crafts and outdoor fun. Take a walk through the woods, sift through a creek and spy nature all around. Campers will explore plants and animals through crafts, games and nature play. Instructor: Meg Olbur Spring Valley Nature Preserve, Shelter $80 (R), $100 (NR) Register By 7/25
*Drop-Off 9-9:30AM, Pick-Up 11:30AM-NOON

“FISH ON” Grades: 5-6
M-F June 13-17 from 6-8PM

This camp is designed for the beginning angler and/or individuals who want to progress from bobber fishing and bluegills to other species of game fish (bass and catfish). Basic fishing knowledge (knots,
tackle and equipment) along with skills (casting, presentation of lures and handling of fish) will be taught. In addition, classes will cover conservation, natural history and identification of Ohio game species. Classes will be 2 hours long with roughly 30 minutes of instruction, 30 minutes of hand-on application and an hour of supervised and instructed fishing. All instructors are seasoned anglers and will be able to demonstrate effective techniques and “pro” tips throughout the fishing portion of the class.
Requirements: Having your own equipment (rods, reels, tackle and tackle box) is not required, but encouraged. Campers will be receiving some tackle (and a small “pond” box) during the week but they might want to supplement with their own tackle. Talk with instructors before or during the camp for
suggestions. Bring water and dress for the weather. Instructors: Jim Reding, GHS Science Teacher
& Emma Reding, GHS Fishing Club Member