Summer Adventure Camp 

Children ages 7-12 will have endless fun exploring the outdoors and interacting with nature at this weekly day camp! Each week, campers will spend the day learning about a different topic from a master naturalist. Topics could involve anything from butterflies and salamanders to geology and water science. Activities include hikes, crafts, games, and the chance to see wildlife up close!

2020 Camp Topics

  • July 1 & 2 - Leaping for Lepidoptera! (Butterflies, Moths & Caterpillars): Visit the Butterfly House and Caterpillar Nursery, make a moth trap and learn how to capture them at home.

  • July 8 & 9 - Hoppers, Slithers, Sliders: We will spend time exploring the creek and searching for amphibians! We will have “guest” amphibians,  collect salamanders and frogs (and release them) and learn how a frog tongue works.

  • July 15 & 16 - Fabulous Shells & Fins: Get ready for "The Great Beech Creek Fish Catch" (and release). We will collect and identify all sorts of crayfish and fish!

  • July 22 & 23 - H2O Explorers: Investigate water, walk in the creek, and float a variety of objects! We'll set off on a "stream walk and learn", explore ice balls, investigate water chemistry, and make a water paint mural.

  • July 29 & 30 - Macros & Micros: We'll explore water bugs great and small! We'll collect water samples, investigate the “bugs” with a magnifier and microscope, and check out surprises under the leaf litter.

  • August 5 & 6 - Wriggling Reptiles: Get to know all the special reptiles at Beech Creek Gardens. Watch our snake eat, learn about our bearded dragon, take a really close look at our turtles, and make a reptile mask.

  • August 12 & 13 - Pill bug Parade: Learn about everything you never knew a pill bug could do! Enjoy all kinds of informative activities exploring the wonderful world of pill bugs.

About Camp

​What Campers Learn

  • Campers explore the varied habitats that Beech Creek has to offer and enjoy collecting (when appropriate), and observing and taking photos of the many things we see and find.

  • Our camp fosters teamwork, respect for one another and the environment.

  • Earth systems science (how everything works as a system) is at the core of our learning adventures.


A typical day at camp goes something like this...

  • Welcome, introductions, news and important stuff, prep to head out on the adventure

  • Adventure time (see topics listed by dates

  • Lunch

  • Outdoor games

  • Art, craft  or construction (build something) activity

  • Snack time

  • Free time at Nature Playce

  • Head for home

Questions? Please call  330-829-7050  (Nancy or Melinda)

Bring: Sack lunch, water bottle, backpack for your "stuff"

Dress for the weather (layers are best) — bring extra socks, boots and lots of smiles

Cancellation Policy:
Please contact us ASAP if your child will be unable to attend camp. Notice of cancellation must be received in writing at least 10 days prior to the scheduled camp date to receive a refund. You will be refunded the camp fee minus a $20 processing fee. No refunds will be issued with less than 10 business days notice. Beech Creek Gardens will only cancel a camp due to severe weather warnings and extremely high winds.

COVID-19 Modifications

We are adhering to all mandatory protocols for day camps as outlined by the state of Ohio.

Read our Reopening Plan to view a list of all the precautions in place at Beech Creek Gardens.

How to Register

You can sign up for one, some or all of the camp days.

Due to COVID-19, we will be limiting each camp date to 10 campers per day. Please sign up for either a Wednesday or a Thursday for each week of camp.

In order to not exceed these new limits, we have decided to only accept online registration and payment, so that we can most accurately control the number of registrations.

Space is limited.

Register & pay online only here

Note: If a camp date is full, we can add your name to a waiting list for that date if you wish.


  • Wednesdays or Thursdays

  • July 1 - August 13, 2020


  • Camp: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

  • Drop off: 9:15-9:30 am

  • Pick up: 3:30-3:45 pm


  • Non-Members: $35 per day per child

  • Members: $30 per day per child

Camp Registration Protocol

  1. Online payment is required before registering your camper(s). Visit our online store here on to add all your selected camp dates to your cart and pay for all of them in one transaction.

    If the site prevents you from adding quantities, then that specific camp date has reached the 10 person limit and you will be unable to add additional quantities to your cart.

    Members - During online checkout, enter promo code CampMember to receive your $5 discount per camp day.

    If you would like to become a member, you may use the member promo code at checkout and write a note in your order. We will reach out to you to complete your membership registration and receive payment for your annual membership. Click here for more information about becoming a member.

  2. In your payment confirmation email, you will receive a link to complete an online registration form for each camper.

  3. After submitting the online registration form, you will receive a confirmation email with all your responses for your records and also a link to download the "How to Prepare Your Camper" information packet.


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Beech Creek Gardens is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that operates on a 181-acre site in Stark County’s Washington Township in the heart of northeast Ohio. We provide educational opportunities and interactive experiences that inspire people to be good stewards of their communities and the world. 

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Beech Creek Gardens and these participating organizations & businesses in Stark County have pledged to follow Ohio Health Department's Responsible Restart Ohio sector-specific business guidelines for opening. We have implemented guidelines that protect the health of visitors and employees and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.