Register now for popular summer nature programs

Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Summer camps | Comments Off

York County Parks and RecreationThe York County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced the schedule for its popular summer Nature Discovery Programs. The specialty weeks combine recreation and education into an exciting week for youth. Classes are available for children ages 3 through 15.

The following classes are scheduled:

– Small Wonders for ages 3-4
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. June 10-14 at Richard M. Nixon County Park
This series is a great way for young learners and their parents to spend time together learning about nature. The class will include crafts, snacks, and spending time together. Cost: $35 (nonmembers)-$25 (members).

– Nature Discovery Program 1 for ages 5-6
9-11:30 a.m. June 17-21 at Richard M. Nixon County Park
Students will be introduced to a variety of topics through discovery, crafts, hikes, and more. Cost: $65-$55.

– Nature Discovery Program 1 for ages 5-6
9-11:30 a.m. July 1-3 and 5 at Richard M. Nixon County Park
This week’s program will include a special Reptile Week theme. Children will get hands-on experience as they learn about reptiles. A Critter Caravan show will be included. Cost: $65-$55.

– Nature Discovery Program 2 for ages 7-8
9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 24-2 at Richard M. Nixon County Park
Students will learn about the world around them through experiments, games, crafts, stories and activities. Cost: $85-$75.

– Nature Discovery Program 3 for ages 9-10
9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2
Students will study animals in their habitat while hiking the trails of Nixon Park and exploring Lake Redman by canoe, among other activities. This class will include crafts and adventures along the way. Cost: $110-$100.

– Nature Discovery Program 4 for ages 11-13
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 5-9
This high-energy adventure week features hiking, nature study and a trip to Roundtop Adventure Games near Dillsburg. Students will explore ecosystems found in different county parks while honing their observation, tracking, and navigation skills. Cost: $150-$130.

– Archaeology Weeks I and II for ages 10-13
9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 15-19 (I) and July 22-26 (II)
Weeks I and II will take place at the Agricultural Industrial Museum with excavations at Penn Common (Penn Park) in York in search of one of the largest Civil War hospitals on the East Coast.
Co-sponsored with the York County Heritage Trust, these weeks of hard work, fun and education will get “right down to earth.” Both weeks will include several special programs and tours. Conducting a real archaeological dig will be the theme. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded. Students can watch for an application online. Cost: $150-$130.

To register for any of these programs, select the Education tab at and then select Summer Day Camp and print the registration packet. Mail the completed registration and health forms along with full payment to the address on the form.

For more information, call York County Parks at 840-7440 or email