Nature Discovery Camp

Nature Discovery Camp

Nature discovery camps will utilitize the many natural resources the York County Parks has to offer to create a greater appreciation for the outdoors. Through hiking, water exploration, creative projects, and more our campers will discover the many wonders of nature. We believe outdoor exploration and play makes children smarter, healthier, and better problem solvers. 


Registration for park members begins on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.  If you are not sure of your membership status, please call 717-840-7440 and press 2 to speak with a staff member.  Staff will be checking membership status of registrations prior to 2/4/2020.

Registration for non-members begins February 4, 2020.  Spaces are limited, camps fill quickly and are reserved only with full payment.  If your camp is filled, please join the waiting list by calling 717-840-7440 and press 2. 
Want to become a leader and take your first steps in the field of environmental education? Application for Leaders-in-Training (students ages 14-17) for 2020 season coming soon!


All registration and payment is completed online HERE.(Site will be live starting January 14th for park members.)


Discover with us. Grow for life.

Our Programs:

All camps are 9:30am-2:30pm unless otherwise noted below. 

 NDC Brochure 2020

Pollywogs:  Ages 5-6

Get your feet wet at your first nature camp!  During the week we will learn about what critters are living in our local forests, streams, and ponds.  Create and play out in nature, make new friends, and get dirty!  Some of the weeks activities will include: touching a tadpole from the pond, putting our feet in the creek, playing hide-and-seek in the forest, hiking up a big hill, finding bugs and worms under logs and creating with natural materials. 

June 15 – 19, 9:30am – 2:30pm, Nixon Park - $90

July 20 – 24, 9:30am – 12:00pm, Nixon Park - $70

Fledglings: Ages 7-8

Branch out with us and learn about the great outdoors! Over the course of the week, get an up close and personal look at the world around us! Some of the weeks activities will include: practicing wilderness survival skills, catching minnows in the creek, identifying bird sounds we hear, finding animal tracks in the mud, getting to know our forest trees, playing running games, and making a masterpiece with natural materials. 

 June 8 –12, 9:30am – 2:30pm, Nixon Park - $90

 June 15 – 19, 9:30am – 2:30pm, Nixon Park - $90

 July 27 – 31, 9:00am – 2:00pm, Multiple Parks - $120 Pick-up and drop-off locations for the week varies. 

  Aug 3 – 7, 9:30am – 2:30pm, Nixon Park - $90

Explorers:  Ages 9-10

Without explorers discovering new things, the world would be a very small place! Explorers will see the bigger picture as we take to the trails and discover unique landscapes and habitats. Some of the weeks activities will include: exploring the waterways at the park, searching for forest animals, practicing wilderness survival skills, playing games in the forest, and learning a lot about plants and animals. Pick-up and drop-off locations for the week varies. 

July 6 – 10, 9:30am – 2:30pm, Includes boating, Drop-off/Pick-up one day at Kain Park - $120

July 13 – 17, 9:30am – 2:30pm, Includes boating, Drop-off/Pick-up one day at Kain Park - $120

July 27 – 31, 9:00am – 2:00pm, Multiple Parks - $120

Adventurers: Ages 11-13

Adventurers will embrace the unknown as we hike parks far and wide. During the week we will study survival techniques, take to the water by canoe, explore various habitats, and complete a project that will leave our parks better than we found them!  Pick-up and drop-off locations for the week varies. 

June 22 – 26, 9:00am – 3:00pm, includes boating, multple parks - $135        

Pathfinders:  Ages 14-16

Choose your own path and follow it with friends at York County Park's Pathfinders Camp!  Campers will be hiking at numerous parks, exploring and identifying living things in multiple habitat types, and collaborating on various creative projects. Optional activities include: biking, snorkeling, and stand-up paddleboards. Pick-up and drop-off locations for the week varies. 

July 13 – 17, 9:00am— 3:30pm, includes boating, optional bike ride, creek snorkeling, and multiple parks - $135