2013 Nature Encounters Day Camps
New Programs, Additional Dates!
Location: McCloud Nature Park
Ready to get your hands dirty and have fun learning about the natural world around you? Our Kids Nature Camps are back! These camps are designed for the young and curious, ages 8-12, who prefer a hands-on approach to learning. The day camps, held on designated Thursdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm, will be supervised by our staff of naturalists who will work closely with kids to advance their knowledge of nature topics offered, while getting them outdoors to experience first-hand the wonders of the natural world and providing tons of fun for those eager to explore! Kids will need to dress for the outdoors (old clothes are recommended!), and bring a well-marked sack lunch and water bottle. Please add insect repellent and sunscreen for summer day camps. Parents can drop off their kids as early as 8:30am. Camps end at 1:00pm and Children must be picked up by 1:30pm!
Program Dates: See program descriptions below
Time: 9am - 1pm (Drop off starts at 8:30am)
Age Restrictions: Kids ages 8-12 years
Other: Kids must bring a sack lunch (marked with their name)
Registration: Click Here
*Summer Nature Camps*
June 6th: 9:00am - 1:00pm
June is buzzing with life at McCloud Nature Park! Kids will learn the importance of insects in the ecosystem, their life cycles and role in the food chain. Spend the day with our naturalists collecting, identifying, and learning about the benefits of bugs. Then, at the end of the day, we will release them back into their native habitat.
Registration deadline: May 31, 2013
June 27th: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Reptiles are not slimy and slippery! McCloud Nature Park is home to many kinds of reptiles. Learn about the different turtles and snakes native to Indiana, their roles in the environment, their life cycles, and the physical features that set them apart from other species. Go on a hike to try to find some of our aquatic inhabitants as we explore their watery worlds in McCloud Nature Park!
Registration deadline: June 21, 2013
Young Anglers Fishing Camp
July 11th: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Oh crappie! Cast away! These are just two of the games that teach young anglers about fishing. We will add fun fish facts to the basics of fishing. Kids will learn about fish biology, rod-rigging, knot-tying, and selecting tackle. This hands-on camp will provide guidance in catch-and-release practices, safety around the water, and fishing ethics. Wear water shoes and bring a change of clothes so you can enjoy cooling off in the Big Walnut Creek before heading home with your complimentary sport fishing identification guide and a bobber!
Registration deadline: July 5, 2013
Archeology of the Park
July 25th: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Did you know Native Americans first lived on the land that is now McCloud Nature Park? Delve deep into the cultural history of the park in this adventuresome day camp focused around an archaeological dig. Be prepared to find evidence of past civilizations as we learn through Native American games and crafts, then set off on an exploration through woodland and prairie to look for traces of former residents!
Registration deadline: July 19, 2013
|Register in person at:
Hendricks County Parks & Recreation office.
955 E. Main Street
Danville, IN 46122
Hours: M – F 8am – 4pm (closed holidays)
|Register in person at
McCloud Nature Center.
8518 N. Hughes Road
North Salem, IN 46165
Hours: F – Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 1pm – 5pm
|Fill out this form and send it to:
Hendricks County Parks & Recreation
PO Box 463
Danville, IN 46122
(Only mail to address above, do not mail to HC Parks office)
**A fully completed participation waiver must be submitted with registration (one completed waiver for each scout).**
Download Participation Waiver
Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Hendricks County Parks main office at (317) 718-6188