Nature Discovery Programs


Discover with us. Grow for life!

We want to extend a big "thank you" to all NDP 2019 participants and families! 

Check out our summer programs for ages 5-16 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!  2020 NDP Brochure

Click above link to register. Registration opens January 6, 2020. 
Spaces are limited,classes fill quickly and are reserved only with full payment.
Or mail completed Registration Packet along with full payment to the address below. Online registration is recommended to reserve a spot as quickly as possible. 
York County Parks
400 Mundis Race Road
York, PA 17406
**If registration website says a particular camp is sold out, please call 717-840-7440 to be placed on a waiting list**
“[My child] loved this camp, the biggest challenge is registering fast enough to get a spot!”- Habitat Helpers parent 
VOLUNTEERS and Leaders-In-Training
Teens (14-17 yrs) looking to become leaders, teachers, and environmental educators please apply to be a Leader-In-Training at the Nature Discovery Program. Click here for more information about our special program for teen volunteers at NDP. Adult volunteers (18 + yrs) please email about volunteering at the Nature Discovery Program. York County Parks requires clearances and background checks on all volunteers and staff working with children.
York County Parks NDP Registration site accepts credit cards. All credit card transactions are subject to a service fee.If mailing in a registration, we will accept credit card, check or money order.  Cash is only accepted in person at the John Rudy Park office. 
 2020 Nature Camp Programs

Ages 5 & 6                  

June 15 – 19                          9:30am – 2:00pm          Nixon Park

July 20– 24                         9:30am – 12:00pm          Nixon Park


Ages 7 & 8                               

 June 8–12                                  9:30am – 2:30pm              Nixon Park

 June 15 – 19                             9:30am – 2:00pm               Nixon Park

 July 26–30                                 9:30am – 2:30pm          

  Aug 2–6                                   9:30am – 2:30pm             

Ages 9 & 10  
July 6-10                               9:30am  —  2:30pm                                      Various Parks

July 13-17                            9:30am  —  2:30pm                                     

 July 26–30                          9:30am – 2:30pm                                         


 Ages 11– 13                        

June 22-26                               9:30-3:00                                               

June 22-26                               9:30-3:00                                               


Ages 14-16                                 

July 13-17                                       9:00am— 3:30pm                               

Looking for Archaeology Week?

Archaeology Week has been discontinued. There is not 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 Kelsey Frey at (717) 428-1961 or for further details.