Nature Discovery Programs


Thank you NDP 2017 Participants! 

Check out our week-long programs for ages 3-13 designed to fully engage students in the outdoors! Fill your summer with hikes, stream studies, art projects, archaeological digs, games, and more. See our 2018 NDP Brochure

Registration for Park Members opens January 8, 2018.
Registration for non-Members opens February 1, 2018.
Spaces are limited,classes fill quickly and are reserved only with full payment.
Waiting lists are created when camps reach capacity

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  FULL: This camp has filled all roster spots for 2018. Call to be placed on the waiting list. Small Wonders II  available for Sign ups
Small WondersAges: 3 & 4                                     Ages:  3 & 4
Dates: June 25 - 29                          Dates: July 30 - Aug 3
Time: 9:30am-11:30am                    Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Location: Nixon County Park           Location: Nixon County Park
Cost: $45; Members Cost $35          Cost: $45; Members Cost $35
Students will role-play, imitate, imagine, question, and experiment with nature during this hands-on fun week along with their parent or guardian. Classes will include crafts, snacks and spending time outside.
NDP 1: Nature Detectives   FULL: This camp has filled all roster spots for 2018. Call to be placed on the waiting list.
Ages: 5 & 6
DatesJune 18-22
Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
Location: Nixon County Park
Cost: $65; Members Cost: $55
Do you ever wonder what is living in Nixon Park? Animals leave behind clues everywhere! Students will investigate our forests, fields, and stream as they look for signs of local animals. Days are packed with exploration, crafts, hikes, and more. Finish the week with a live animal finale!
NDP 1: Nature Detectives II  Available for Sign ups
Dates: July 30-Aug 3
Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
Location: Nixon County Park
Cost: $65; Members Cost: $55

Think you have what it takes to solve the mysteries of nature? Nature Detectives are on the case. Each day begins with a new unknown about the great outdoors. This will certainly be a summer highlight!

NDP 2: Wonders of Nature  Available for Sign ups
Ages: 7 & 8
Dates: June 11-15
Time: 9:30am-2:30pm
Location: Nixon County Park
Cost: $85; Members Cost: $75
We get the summer of 2018 started right with the full nature experience in this week jam-packed with new experiences. Spend a day as a scientist, artist, musician, and explorer as we discover the wonders of the natural world from different points of view. Students will take home masterpieces and memories all week.
NDP 2: Park Trek Available for Sign ups
Ages: 7 & 8
Dates: August 6-10
Time: 9:30am-2:30pm
Location: Nixon County Park / Rocky Ridge County Park
Cost: $85; Members Cost: $75
Looking to have fun and be a nature hero? Help us celebrate the park's 50th anniversary with many exciting activities. Learn about plants, insects, reptiles, birds, and more as we discover organisms that are living in York County Parks. This camp will be held at Nixon Park and on one selected day at Rocky Ridge County Park.


NDP 3: Eco-Explorers   Available for Sign ups
Ages: 9 &10
Dates: July 9 - July 13 
Location:Nixon County Park/ Kain County Park/ Rocky Ridge County Park
Cost: $120; Members Cost: $110NDP 3
Dive into the beautiful world of ecology in this week of discovery! Experience different habitats while uncovering the relationships between organisms and their environments. Explore Kain Park by canoe, hike nearby trails, and study the meadows and stream of Nixon Park.  Drop-off/pick-up will occur at Nixon Park, with the exception of the Kain Park canoe trip and the day at Rocky Ridge County Park.
NDP 4: Discover the Mountains and Bay  Available for Sign ups
Ages: 11-13
Dates: July 16-20
Time: 9:30am-3:30pm Mon
8:30am-4pm Tue, Wed
7pm Thurs – 9am Fri
Location: Nixon County Park, off site field trips
Cost: $160; Member Cost: $140
Looking for adventure? Explore York County Parks by experiencing some of the most scenic trails while learning about a beautiful landscape. We will travel beyond York County borders on two field trips, one to the Mountains and the other to the Chesapeake Bay. The fun-filled week will end with camping under the stars at Nixon Park. Drop-off/pick-up will occur at Nixon Park. 

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 two 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 but 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 do so because they love giving back to the community, like to work with children, have an interest in the outdoors or area history.