2021 Summer Adventure Day Camp
Children ages 7-12 will have endless fun exploring the outdoors and interacting with nature at this weekly summer adventure day camp! Each week, campers will spend the day learning about a different topic from a master naturalist (see list of 2021 topics). 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!
What Campers Learn
Campers explore the varied habitats that the nature preserve has to offer and enjoy collecting & observing the many things we see and find.
Our camp fosters teamwork, respect for one another, and the environment.
Earth systems science (how everything in the environment works as a system) is at the core of our learning adventures.
Please contact us ASAP if your child will be unable to attend camp. Notice of cancellation must be received in writing at least 14 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 14 business days notice. Beech Creek Gardens will only cancel a camp due to severe weather warnings and extremely high winds.
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 (spring break camp & summer camp)
Outdoor games / outdoor activity
Art, craft or construction (build something) activity
Free time at Nature Playce
Head for home
Bring: Healthy lunch, water bottle, pump or lotion insect repellent (recommendations), and backpack (label all items with camper's name).
Clothing: We recommend campers wear comfortable, rugged clothes & shoes that can get muddy, or grass & dirt stained. Dress for the weather (layers are best), bring extra socks, and wear hiking boots or shoes. On water days, a change of clothing is recommended for the afternoon.
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.
Theme 1 : Woodland Life
June 2-24, 2021
June 2 & 3 - Here, Birdie, Birdie!
The 2021 camp season opens with an up-close look at our beautiful feathered friends. Campers will learn some basics about Ohio birds and how to make a field identification. You will learn how to use a bird identification app called Merlin and go "birding" off-trail as you look for some of the birds that call Beech Creek Gardens home. As a special treat, Josh and his staff from Raptor Hallow Sanctuary will give you a behind-the-scenes look at their critters now living at Beech Creek Gardens. You'll have an opportunity to ask Josh about caring for rescued animals.
June 9 & 10 - Plop! Buzz! Hop! - Hello Vernal Pools!
Grab your boots and backpack - let's head to my favorite pool. No swimming allowed, but serious exploring encouraged. You will visit two of the vernal pools at Beech Creek Gardens to see what is happening. This year, we are looking for fairy shrimp, emerging toads, salamanders, and all kinds of larvae. AMAZING!
June 16 & 17 - Butterflies & Moths
Time to check out the Beech Creek Gardens Butterfly House and find out what is new this year. Mr. Nero "Jim" and his trusty butterfly dog "Porsche" will again give us a behind-the-scenes look at our unique butterfly and moth habitat.
June 23 & 24 - Snakes
Everyone's favorite critter - or not!! Many common Ohio snakes live within the Beech Creek Gardens boundaries, and you will get a chance to try to find some. Wildlife expert Krista will put out some traps and show you how to enjoy these critters without hurting them or you. It will be fun to see what she finds! You will also get to meet our resident snakes inside the Amazing Garden Plant Science Center.
Theme 2 : Water Life
June 30 - July 22, 2021
June 30 & July 1 - Critters in the Creek (One of our favorite days!)
Frogs, Toads, Salamanders - hurray! Campers will be engaging in the capture, study, and release of whatever water critters they can find. Please bring your camera - you'll want to remember these cool critters. Before you head home, we will make sure the special critters get back to their homes safe and sound.
July 7 & 8 - Macros, Micros, and Crayfish! YES!
Scoop up some tiny water critters and examine them using magnifiers and microscopes. Capture, weigh, measure and then release crayfish. Let's try to top last year's record and add to our data on crayfish. Campers will amaze their friends with what they learn!
July 14 & 15 - Icky - Fishy!
Ichthyology is the study of fish, so today, you will explore what an ichthyologist (fish scientist) does. Miss Krista will lead you in capturing, identifying, measuring, and releasing the different fish species you find in Beech Creek. The variety may amaze you!
July 21 & 22 - Life on the Edge
One of the most exciting places outdoors is where the "edge" of one habitat meets or crosses over another habitat. Waterway edges, also known as riparian ways, are critical habitats that are very important for clean, healthy water. You will investigate insects and plants that live along the edges, plus collect and test water samples. Use a microscope to look for plants and animals in the water that are not easy to see with just your eyes. You will be amazed!
Theme 3 : Life in the Soil
July 28 - August 5, 2021
July 28 & 29 - Stream Soil
This unique habitat is home to a fantastic variety of creatures. Plus, the soil is fascinating and fun to explore. You will use microscopes, some special collecting tools, and your super scientist eyes to examine and learn about life in, on, and around the edges of the amazing Beech Creek.
August 4 & 5 - Let's "Rock"!
Beech Creek flows north, starting right here near Beech Creek Gardens, and heads toward Cleveland. The creek takes a sharp turn east before it gets to Cleveland, so its journey north is cut short. Sorry, but you could not float to the Rock Hall of Fame from here - darn! But, you could "dig" up some fascinating and fun-to-look-at rocks. You will explore the sand bars that develop along Beech Creek, collect interesting rocks, and learning a little about how the stones get carried and shaped by the water as if flows along on its journey. AND you will get your very own geode to break open and take home. Don't know what a geode is? You will be amazed - what a sparkling way to end the summer!
How to Register
You can sign up for one, some or all of the camp topics. Please sign up for either a Wednesday or a Thursday for each week of camp. You are able to mix-and-match Wednesdays & Thursdays, but please do not sign up the same camper for the same topic twice.
Space is limited. Due to COVID-19, we will be limiting each camp date to 18 campers per day (9 campers per adult).
In order to not exceed these new limits, we are only accepting online registration and payment, so that we can most accurately control the number of registrations.
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. Please email the camp instructor, Nancy Baker-Cazan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Members: $40 per day per child
Members: $35 per day per child
Drop Off & Pick Up Times
(Occurs 15 minutes before & after the camp duration)
Camp: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Drop off: 9:15 - 9:30 am
Pick up: 3:30 - 3:45 pm
Online payment is required before registering your camper(s). Visit our online store 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 18 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 and please also add a membership to your cart here. For more information about becoming a member, click here.
You will receive a payment confirmation email after purchasing your camp dates.
Within 3 days after paying, you will receive an email from our camp instructor, Nancy Baker-Cazan, with a link to complete an online registration form for each camper.
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.
Camp Registration Protocol