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Last week, we listed off 5 art camps sure to keep your kids entertained without exceeding your budget. This week, in celebration of this gorgeous May weather, we’re bringing you 5 outdoor camps that will get your kids active and excited for summer!

Summer Explorers Camps

If you are a resident of Delaware County or live nearby consider registering your child for some summer fun with day camps offered through Preservation Parks of Delaware County. These outdoor kid’s camps are designed for children ages 8-12 and combine physical activity with nature education. Your child will enjoy hiking and learning about Ohio’s ecosystem with new friends! Tuition ranges from $50.00-$95.00. For more information, visit

YMCA of Central Ohio

The YMCA of Central Ohio offers a variety of fun learning opportunities for kids of all ages during the summer months. Services include both day, and overnight camps for elementary, middle, and high school students and even children with special needs. Kids enjoy outdoor games and activities, arts & crafts, and of course making new and lasting friendships with their peers! Tuition varies based on which camp you choose. For more information, please visit

Columbus Parks and Recreation Department

Columbus Parks and Rec provides tons of fun summer opportunities for kids in central Ohio. Day camps run the gamut from sports to nature themes and are ongoing starting June 14th through August 6th. Camps are available at select city parks and tuition is $80 for Columbus city residents. For more information, visit

Dawes Arboretum Day Camp

For those of you located near Newark, Dawes Arboretum is offering some wonderful opportunities for children to explore nature this summer. Dawes nature camps are available for children ages 6-14 (ages vary based on camps). These day camps invite children to learn about insects, local wildlife, and survival skills. Dawes Arboretum is also offering a teen conservation camp from June 21st through the 25th. Tuition for the teen camp is $50.00 for arboretum members and $60.00 for non-members. Kid’s camp tuition is $80.00 for members, $100.00 for non-members. For additional information, please visit

Metro Parks

There are several camps and youth programs offered through Metro Parks for children in preschool through ninth grade. Camp themes include local wildlife exploration, outdoor activities such as hiking, and natural crafts. Camps are held at several different metro parks in the central Ohio area. Camps run from June through August. Tuition begins at $65.00. For more information, visit

If your children love exploring the outdoors and connecting with nature these camps will be right up their alley! Hiking and learning about Ohio’s ecosystem will keep their bodies healthy and their minds sharp this summer. Time is running out, sign your child up for one of these low cost, local summer programs today!

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