SUMMER CAMP 2024 is HERE!
Have fun OUTSIDE – learning, exploring and discovering with us!

We are pleased to offer a variety of nature-themed Summer Camps for children ages 3 to 14:

  • Half Day Camps (Morning or afternoon sessions)
    Members $160
    Public $195
  • Full Day Camps (9:00 to 4:00PM)
    Members $260
    Public $295

Details and dates for Summer Camps and Nature Play Dates are listed below.

Starting February 1st, registration will be open to
MEMBERS ONLY


Purchase a FAMILY MEMBERSHIP and enjoy
the priority / discounted registration benefits, today. 

Become a member!

On March 1st, registration will be open to the public.
Spaces will be limited. 
A registration form is required for each participating child.

A generous grant from the Union Aid Society scholarship will provide financial aid to those in need.  
email us at or click HERE and fill out the form to apply.

GET ON THE Summer Camp Wait List

If the camp of your interest is marked  “SOLD OUT” you may get on the Summer Camp Wait List.  Spots will be assigned as they become available.

* Requests for refunds on Summer Camps will be accepted up until fourteen (14) days before camp begins.*

**All accepted refunds will be the full amount, minus $50 registration fee and processing fees issued via PayPal**

NEW! Summer Camps at Ohio Twp Nature Center

Birdwatchers
Ages 5 to 7
July 8 – 12

9:00 – 12:00PM
At Ohio Township

How much better is a hawk’s vision than ours?
How fast does a hummingbird fly?
Why doesn’t a woodpecker get a headache?

We’ll learn all about our feathered friends & see if our “owl eyes” can find any as we explore trails and habitats around Ohio Township Community Park.

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

Sign up for Birdwatchers at Ohio Twp NC

Mined Craft
Ages 8 to 11
July 15 – 19

1:00 – 4:00PM
At Ohio Township

Experience Minecraft in real life at Ohio Township Nature Center!

Spend time outside while learning all about your favorite game. You’ll get to see the world of Minecraft come alive while we try different building materials, hunt for rare minerals and ores, and learn about the many creatures found both in the game and the real world. Who knows, you might even find the hidden chest of diamonds!

All skill levels are welcome. A gaming device is not required.

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for Mined Craft at Ohio Twp NC

Wildflower ID and crafting
Ages 8 to 11
July 22 – 26
9:00AM – Noon
At Ohio Township

Wildflowers are often overlooked, but they are some of the most powerful and beautiful parts of our natural world. They can heal, brighten, feed and clothe us, and in this camp, we will do it all! Learn to identify some of the most common wildflowers here in western PA, how to create healthy teas or healing salves from their parts, and use them in art. 

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for Wildflower ID and crafting at Ohio Twp NC

Mind Your Beeswax
Ages 9 to 11
July 29 – August 2
1:00 – 4:00PM
At
Ohio Township

Learn all about the amazing world of bees!

We will have a peek inside a real beehive, try on beekeeper’s equipment, learn about the inner workings of a honeybee hive, and about our native bees.

We will also learn about the ways honey bees and native bees benefit humans, and try our hands at crafting with beeswax.

Come see what the buzz is all about!

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for Mind Your Beeswax at Ohio Twp NC

Little Explorers – SOLD OUT
Ages 3 – 5 (must be bathroom independent)
June 10 – 14

9:00 – 11:30AM
At Ohio Township

Join us for a week of fun and discovery!  Each day we will explore a different nature-themed topic, such as plants, animals, and insects, through games, crafts, and stories. Campers will also enjoy daily hikes, as well as free exploration and play time in the forest and at the playground.

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

Sign up for Little Explorers at Ohio Twp NC - SOLD OUT

Preschool Summer Camps - ages 3 to 5

Little Explorers
Ages 3 – 5 (must be bathroom independent)

July 8 – 12
9:30AM – Noon
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Join us for a week of fun and discovery!  Each day we will explore a different nature-themed topic, such as plants, animals and insects, through games, crafts and stories. Campers will also enjoy daily hikes, as well as free exploration and play time in our meadow and outdoor classroom. 

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign for Little Explorers - July 8 -12 - at Fern Hollow

Little Explorers – SOLD OUT
Ages 3 – 5 (must be bathroom independent)

July 29 – August 2
9:30AM – Noon
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Join us for a week of fun and discovery!  Each day we will explore a different nature-themed topic, such as plants, animals and insects, through games, crafts and stories. Campers will also enjoy daily hikes, as well as free exploration and play time in our meadow and outdoor classroom. 

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for little explorers - Jul 29 to Aug 2 - SOLD OUT

Early Elementary Summer Camps - ages 5 to 7

Mammal Mania – SOLD OUT
Ages 5 to 7

June 10 – 14
9:00 – 12:00PM
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

I am warm, fuzzy, and always on the lookout for food…what am I? Kids will learn all about the native mammals around us, and the unique and remarkable traits that help them succeed in their environment!

Campers will delve into related topics such as predators vs. prey, mammal homes and habitats, camouflage, and tracks, scat and other signs.

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for mammal mania - SOLD OUT

Creepy Crawlies – SOLD OUT
Ages 5 to 7

June 10 – 14
1:00 – 4:00PM
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Look closer at the not-so-creepy crawlies living at the Nature Center! At this camp, we will discuss insects and how they impact the environment. Some can fly, some have 100 legs, and others live underwater- all waiting to be discovered at Fern Hollow!

We will look for and collect bugs, use identification practices, and build terrariums to discover these animals’ role in ecosystems. Practice using magnifying glasses, microscopes, bug nets, and more to discover who’s who of the insect world!

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for Creepy Crawlies - SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT
Bring your lunch and stay all day!
June 10 – 14 Full Day Camp
includes Mammal Mania AM Session + Creepy Crawlies PM session

Mammal Mania
Ages 5 to 7
June 10 – 14
9:00AM – Noon
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

I am warm, fuzzy, and always on the lookout for food…what am I? Kids will learn all about the native mammals around us, and the unique and remarkable traits that help them succeed in their environment!

Campers will delve into related topics such as predators vs. prey, mammal homes and habitats, camouflage, and tracks, scat and other signs.

LUNCH TIME
*Creepy Crawlies PM session will follow after lunch break.

Creepy Crawlies
Ages 5 to 7
June 10 – 14
1:00 – 4:00PM
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Look closer at the not-so-creepy crawlies living at the Nature Center! At this camp, we will discuss insects and how they impact the environment. Some can fly, some have 100 legs, and others live underwater- all waiting to be discovered at Fern Hollow!

We will look for and collect bugs, use identification practices, and build terrariums to discover these animals’ role in ecosystems. Practice using magnifying glasses, microscopes, bug nets, and more to discover who’s who of the insect world!

Registration fee:
Public $295
Members $260

*During our full-day camps, campers will have a lunchtime break from 12 pm- 1pm. This is a time for campers to wind down before their afternoon camp with lunch and supervised free time.
Please make sure your camper packs a full, peanut-free, lunch along with a reusable water bottle.
  

sign up for Mammal Mania + Creepy Crawlies - SOLD OUT

World Travelers – SOLD OUT
Ages 5 to 7

June 17 – 21
9:00 – 12:00PM
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Grab your passport and travel the world from Fern Hollow Nature Center!
Discover the animals living on the African Safari, learn more about the world’s deserts, and explore polar worlds.

Who lives in the deepest parts of the ocean? What animals live on the tops of trees? Find out at Fern Hollow! 

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for World Travelers

Grossology – SOLD OUT
Ages 5 to 7

June 17 – 21
1:00 – 4:00PM
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Are you ready for a summer adventure like no other? Join us for our Grossology Camp, where young scientists can explore the fascinating world of all things gross!

From the science of scat to the secrets of slime, this camp is perfect for curious kids who love to get their hands dirty.

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for grossology

SOLD OUT
Bring your lunch and stay all day!
June 17 – 21 Full Day Camp
includes World Travelers AM Session + Grossology PM session

World Travelers
Ages 5 to 7
June 17 – 21
9:00AM – Noon
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Grab your passport and travel the world from Fern Hollow Nature Center!
Discover the animals living on the African Safari, learn more about the world’s deserts, and explore polar worlds.

Who lives in the deepest parts of the ocean? What animals live on the tops of trees? Find out at Fern Hollow! 

LUNCH TIME
*Grossology PM session will follow after lunch break.

Grossology
Ages 5 to 7
June 17 – 21
1:00 – 4:00PM
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Are you ready for a summer adventure like no other? Join us for our Grossology Camp, where young scientists can explore the fascinating world of all things gross!

From the science of scat to the secrets of slime, this camp is perfect for curious kids who love to get their hands dirty.

Registration fee:
Public $295
Members $260

*During our full-day camps, campers will have a lunchtime break from 12 pm- 1pm. This is a time for campers to wind down before their afternoon camp with lunch and supervised free time.
Please make sure your camper packs a full, peanut-free, lunch along with a reusable water bottle.
 

sign up for World Travelers + Grossology - SOLD OUT

Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Wonders – SOLD OUT
Ages 5 to 7
June 24 – 28
9:00 – 12:00PM
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Are you ready to go on a prehistoric adventure this summer? Our dinosaur-themed summer camp is perfect for young explorers who are fascinated by these mighty creatures of the past.

At dinosaur camp, kids will have the opportunity to learn about the various species of dinosaurs that once roamed the earth.

We will participate in fun and educational activities such as excavating fossils, creating our own dinosaur models, and even going on a simulated dinosaur dig!

Whether you’re a budding paleontologist or simply love dinosaurs, all are welcome to discover the prehistoric world! 

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Wonders- SOLD OUT

H2Odyssey Full Day Camp – SOLD OUT
Ages 5 to 8
July 1 – 3
9:00 – 4:00PM
At Fern Hollow Nature Center / Walker Park

Come and spend your days soaked at Fern Hollow!

Explore waterways, go creek stomping, and discover the creatures that call our waterways home.

Registration fee:
Public $117
Members $96

sign up for H2Odyssey full day camp - SOLD OUT

Art In Nature – SOLD OUT
Ages 5 to 7
July 15 – 19 
9:00AM – Noon
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Our summer camp combines art and nature, inspiring campers to explore and create using natural materials. With experienced instructors, campers will learn to appreciate the natural world while fostering creativity and imagination through a variety of mediums.

Our program includes educational activities on conservation and sustainability, helping campers develop a sense of responsibility for the planet. Join us for an unforgettable summer of art and nature!

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for art in nature - july 15 to 19 - SOLD OUT

Frontier Camp – SOLD OUT
Ages 5 to 7
July 15 – 19 
1:00AM – 4:00PM
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Have you ever wondered what life was like in western PA in the 1800’s?

Come and learn what life was like for all children when our area was considered the frontier of America. Learn about toys and games played by both pioneer and first nations children, what treats were like in a time before ice cream and candy shops and what chores children were expected to help with.

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for frontier camp - SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT
Bring your lunch and stay all day!
July 15 – 19  Full Day Camp
includes Art in Nature AM Session + Frontier PM session

Art In Nature
Ages 5 to 7
July 15 – 19 
9:00AM – Noon
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Our summer camp combines art and nature, inspiring campers to explore and create using natural materials. With experienced instructors, campers will learn to appreciate the natural world while fostering creativity and imagination through a variety of mediums.

Our program includes educational activities on conservation and sustainability, helping campers develop a sense of responsibility for the planet. Join us for an unforgettable summer of art and nature!

 

LUNCH TIME
*Frontier Camp PM session will follow after lunch break.

Frontier Camp
Ages 5 to 7
July 15 – 19 
1:00 – 4:00PM
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Have you ever wondered what life was like in western PA in the 1800’s?

Come and learn what life was like for all children when our area was considered the frontier of America. Learn about toys and games played by both pioneer and first nations children, what treats were like in a time before ice cream and candy shops and what chores children were expected to help with.

Registration fee:
Public $295
Members $260

*During our full-day camps, campers will have a lunchtime break from 12 pm- 1pm. This is a time for campers to wind down before their afternoon camp with lunch and supervised free time.
Please make sure your camper packs a full, peanut-free, lunch along with a reusable water bottle.
 

sign up for Art in Nature + Frontier Camp - SOLD OUT

Little Sprouts – SOLD OUT
Ages 5 to 7
August 5 – 9
9:00 – 12:00PM
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Get up and grow with this weeklong camp focused on gardening!

We’ll take a look at a plant’s life cycle and what they need to thrive, the importance and fun of growing our own food, and get hands-on experience helping in our garden here at Fern Hollow. 

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for little sprouts - SOLD OUT

Upper Elementary Summer Camps - ages 8 to 11

Predator vs Prey
Ages 8 to 11
June 24 – 28
9:00AM – Noon
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Come and play the ultimate game of survival!

This camp will explore the adaptations that animals have made to survive and thrive in the natural world.

Campers will get to challenge themselves by playing as either the predator or prey, using adaptations by the animals we will study over the course of the week.

Do you have what it takes to survive?

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for Predator vs Prey

Art in Nature
Ages 8 to 11
July 22 – 26
9:00AM – Noon
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Our summer camp combines art and nature, inspiring campers to explore and create using natural materials. With experienced instructors, campers will learn to appreciate the natural world while fostering creativity and imagination through a variety of mediums.

Our program includes educational activities on conservation and sustainability, helping campers develop a sense of responsibility for the planet. Join us for an unforgettable summer of art and nature!

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for Art in Nature - jul 22 to 26

Archery
Ages 8 to 11
July 22 – 26
1:00AM – 4:00PM
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Our summer camp offers an exciting archery program with experienced instructors teaching proper technique, safety, and equipment handling.

Campers practice their skills on our state-of-the-art range and compete in fun games and challenges, building confidence, focus, and perseverance.

Join us for a summer of skill-building, personal growth, and fun!

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for archery - jul 22 to 26

Bring your lunch and stay all day!
July 22 – 26  Full Day Camp
includes Art in Nature AM Session + Archery PM session


Art in Nature
Ages 8 to 11
July 22 – 26
9:00AM – Noon
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Our summer camp combines art and nature, inspiring campers to explore and create using natural materials. With experienced instructors, campers will learn to appreciate the natural world while fostering creativity and imagination through a variety of mediums.

Our program includes educational activities on conservation and sustainability, helping campers develop a sense of responsibility for the planet.

Join us for an unforgettable summer of art and nature!

 

LUNCH TIME
*Archery PM session will follow after lunch break.


Archery
Ages 8 to 11
July 22 – 26
1:00AM – 4:00PM
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Our summer camp offers an exciting archery program with experienced instructors teaching proper technique, safety, and equipment handling.

Campers practice their skills on our state-of-the-art range and compete in fun games and challenges, building confidence, focus, and perseverance.

Join us for a summer of skill-building, personal growth, and fun!

Registration fee:
Public $295
Members $260

*During our full-day camps, campers will have a lunchtime break from 12 pm- 1pm. This is a time for campers to wind down before their afternoon camp with lunch and supervised free time.
Please make sure your camper packs a full, peanut-free, lunch along with a reusable water bottle.
 

sign up for Art in Nature + Archery

Watershed Wonders
Ages 8 – 11
July 29 – August 2
1:00 – 4:00PM
At Fern Hollow Nature Center / Walker Park

Explore the fascinating world of plants and animals of the watershed ecosystem! Watershed Warriors has the perfect balance of outdoor exploration, creative activities, and scientific investigation. 

Learn all about the animals that live in the creek and how people contribute to healthy ecosystems while we hike, explore, and discover the beauty and complexity of nature!

Fern Hollow educators will guide campers through topics such as buoyancy, erosion, and streamwater health while emphasizing the importance of YOU! With plenty of opportunities for fun, learning, and making new friends, Watershed Warriors is the ultimate summer camp experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

Sign up today and get ready to make a splash!

This Session will be held at Fern Hollow on Monday and Tuesday, and at Walker Park on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for Watershed Wonders

Soil to Plate
Ages 8 – 11
August 5 – 9
1:00 – 4:00PM
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Have you ever wondered where your food comes from?
Or where it goes when we are done with it?
Come learn the life cycle of veggies at Fern Hollow! We will be learning all about food, how fruits and vegetables are grown, and where they go!

Discover what plants need to grow by helping sow, water, and harvest fruits and veggies at the Fern Hollow community garden.

Join us for a healthy harvest meal and learn about the world of composting. 

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for soil to plate

Sustainability Stars
Ages 8 to 11
August 12 – 16
9:00 AM – Noon
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Join us for an eco-friendly experience in sustainability at Fern Hollow Nature Center!

Learn how to make a positive impact on the environment while participating in box house building, reusable crafts, and cooking yummy treats made from fresh ingredients plucked straight from the Fern Hollow garden.

This summer, we welcome back our famous trashion show, the reusable, recyclable, catwalk of wearable crafts! 

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for sustainability

Archery
Ages 8 to 11
August 12 – 16
1:00AM – 4:00PM
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Our summer camp offers an exciting archery program with experienced instructors teaching proper technique, safety, and equipment handling.

Campers practice their skills on our state-of-the-art range and compete in fun games and challenges, building confidence, focus, and perseverance.

Join us for a summer of skill-building, personal growth, and fun!

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for archery - aug 12 to 16

Bring your lunch and stay all day!
August 12 – 16 Full Day Camp
includes Sustainability AM Session + Archery PM session


Sustainability
Ages 8 to 11
August 12 – 16
9:00AM – Noon
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

We’re excited to offer an eco-friendly experience for campers interested in learning about sustainability and positively impacting the environment!

We will engage in activities, including a trashion show, box house building, reusable crafts, and making delicious treats using ingredients from the Fern Hollow garden.

We will use recycled materials and natural alternatives to be inspired to make positive changes in our daily lives that will have a lasting impact on the environment.

LUNCH TIME
*Archery PM session will follow after lunch break.


Archery
Ages 8 to 11
August 12 – 16
1:00 – 4:00PM
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

Our summer camp offers an exciting archery program with experienced instructors teaching proper technique, safety, and equipment handling.

Campers practice their skills on our state-of-the-art range and compete in fun games and challenges, building confidence, focus, and perseverance.

Join us for a summer of skill-building, personal growth, and fun!

Registration fee:
Public $295
Members $260

*During our full-day camps, campers will have a lunchtime break from 12 pm- 1pm. This is a time for campers to wind down before their afternoon camp with lunch and supervised free time.
Please make sure your camper packs a full, peanut-free, lunch along with a reusable water bottle.
 

sign up for Sustainability + Archery

 

Middle School Camp – ages 12 to 14

STEM Science Hands-On Camp
Ages 12 to 14
July 8 – 12
1:00 –
4:00PM
At Fern Hollow Nature Center

With a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math, this camp offers a wide range of hands-on activities and experiments that will challenge and inspire a budding scientist.

Test your hypothesis with chemistry experiments, build rockets, and explore the world of physics and geology in a new and exciting way.

Our STEM-related summer camp is the perfect opportunity for curious and ambitious minds to explore, learn, and have fun!

Registration fee:
Public $195
Members $160

sign up for stem science Hands-On Camp

 

Nature Playdates
Come play with us! 

Weekly FREE playdates will take place in our Natural Outdoor Classroom
Wednesdays, June 12 – August 14th
from 11:00AM to 1:00PM.

All ages are welcome to attend however, these are best suited for our preschool and early elementary friends.
There wil be no fee and no registration will be required.  Donations are always appreciated.