Nature Discovery Programs


Discover with us. Grow for life!

We want to extend a big "thank you" to all NDP 2018 participants and families! 

Check out our summer programs for ages 3-16 designed to fully engage young people in the outdoors!

Fill your summer with hikes, stream studies, art projects, games, and more. See why Nature makes us brighter!  2019 NDP Brochure

Registration for park members opens January 7, 2019.
Registration for the general public opens February 4, 2019.
Spaces are limited,classes fill quickly and are reserved only with full payment.
Waiting lists are created when camps reach capacity

“[My child] loved this camp, the biggest challenge is registering fast enough to get a spot!”-NDP 3 parent

Call 717-840-7440 to register. Registration begins for park members on January 7, 2019.
Mail completed Registration Packet  along with full payment to:
York County Parks,
400 Mundis Race Road
York, PA 17406
York County Parks accepts checks, money orders or credit cards. If paying by credit card, please call York County Parks at (717) 840-7440 during regular business hours to register by phone. All credit card transactions are subject to a 4% service fee.

Small Wonders:  (Ages 3 & 4)                   $45, members receive a $10 discount

June 24 –26                   Small Wonders                 9:30am –11:30am       Nixon Park

Students and their accompanying adult discover, imagine, question, and experiment with nature during this three day program.  Classes will emphasize outdoor exploration and feature a new nature related theme each day.


NDP 1: (Ages 5 & 6)                             $75 per week, members receive a $10 discount

June 17 – 21                 Water Worlds                   9:30am – 12:00pm          Nixon Park

July 29– Aug 2             Nature Detectives            9:30am – 12:00pm          Nixon Park

Water Worlds features plenty of time exploring the pond, creek, and all kinds of water at Nixon Park. For our second week Nature Detectives are on the case searching for clues high and low at York County Parks! This favorite camp week returns along with visits to the secret spot at Nixon Park.


NDP 2: (Ages 7 & 8)                               $95 per week,  members receive a $10 discount


June 10–14                 Habitat Helpers                    9:30am – 2:30pm              Nixon Park

Aug 5–9                     Park Trek                               9:30am – 2:30pm              Various Parks

Habitat helpers will create homes for wildlife and explore the new areas of the park. During Park Trek the fitness trail at Rocky Ridge, stream at Nixon, and games at Rudy are always favorites.


NDP 3: (Ages 9 & 10)                           $130 per week, members receive a $10 discount

July 8-12                  Eco Explorers                          9:30am  —  3:30pm                                      Various Parks

July 22-26                Wildlife Watchers                    9:30am  —  3:30pm                                      Various Parks

These camp weeks are simple and easy outdoor fun! We learn why parks and wildlife are so important too!


NDP 4:  (Ages 11– 13)                          $170 per week, members receive a $20 discount

July 15-19                Junior Naturalist  and  Outdoor Adventure

                                                                                                                                         Various Parks & Field Trip

Mon-Tues 9:30am – 3:30pm, Wed: 8:00am - 4:00pm, Thurs:  2:00pm - Fri: 9am


In 2019, NDP 4 will feature two sessions occurring at the same time. Junior Naturalists will focus on the natural world and finding the answers to mysteries within it.  The Outdoor Adventure  will be oriented to outdoor recreation and camping skills. Both classes conclude with a combined overnight campout and star viewing program. In addition they will travel as a large group to sail on the Chesapeake Bay.

NEW for 2019

NDP 5: (Ages 14-16)                                   $170 per week, members receive a $20 discount

July 22-26                    Nature Adventures                             9:00am— 3:30pm                               Various Parks

Explore caves, bike, hike, canoe, cook, build friendships, and adventure with a purpose! NDP continues in a big way for teens looking to be outdoors.


Looking for Archaeology Week?

Archaeology Week has been discontinued. There is no longer an archaeologist on staff at York County Parks. If you are awaiting the return of this camp, there is a possibility that York County Parks or another organization may be able to offer this program in the future. If you have any feedback for staff about the week from having participated in the past, please pass it along to us by calling (717) 428-1961 or via email


The York County Department of Parks and Recreation hires three seasonal staff to plan and run these programs. Many of those hired over the past 18 years have been college students. This experience is a great stepping-stone for college students who plan on working with children in the future or simply love children. Please let us know if you are aware of anyone who is interested in working with the children (paid or volunteer).Previous NDP staff members have not only graduated from college, some have received Masters and Doctoral degrees, have become full-time teachers, youth counselors, recreation directors and York County Park Naturalists. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Andrew Wolfgang at (717) 428-1961 or for further details.
Volunteers are sought to assist in all of the classes. If you are interested in being employed by the Parks for the summer or would love to volunteer, please contact, Andrew Wolfgang at (717) 428-1961 or Those who volunteer, often do so because they love giving back to the community, like to work with children, and have an interest in the outdoors or local history.