Summer Nature Day Camps

Summer camps return to McCloud Nature Park, and they are better than ever! All camps focus on one topic for that week and include hands-on activities, games, crafts, and more! All camps are taught by Hendricks County Parks & Recreation naturalists who have passed background checks and have experience in teaching campers of all ages.
Advance registration is required for all camps. On-site registration is not available. Registration is now OPEN, and many of our camps fill up very quickly, so don’t delay!
Please feel free to contact us at or at (765) 676-5437 with any questions or concerns.
Concerned about COVID-19? We understand. Take a look at our Communicable Disease Plan for Summer Camps.

Lil' Explorers

Young children and their parent/guardian will participate together in age-appropriate nature activities!  Activities for morning and afternoon are identical. Children must attend with a parent or guardian.
  • Ages 2-5 with parent/guardian (older siblings ages 6-7 may also register and attend)
  • Tuesdays
  • 10 a.m. – noon OR 1-3 p.m.
  • Fee: $12 per camp (includes camper and guardian)

Young Adventurers

The park naturalists are taking nature adventures to the next level for these camps! There are different activities each day around the same topic, so you can register for one or both days. These are drop-off programs.
  • Ages 6-12 (going into grades 1-7)
  • Thursdays
  • 10 a.m. – noon OR 1-3 p.m.
  • Fee: $15 per camp

2021 Summer Nature Day Camps

Get Messy

Time to get your hands dirty! Make mud pies, paint with sticks, and play games that WILL earn a few grass stains. Bring a change of clothes for this one!
  • Lil’ Explorers: Tuesday, June 15 at 10 a.m. (register) and 1 p.m. (register)
  • Young Adventurers: Thursday, June 17 at 10 a.m. (register) and 1 p.m. (register)

Geo Hunters

Rock and roll your way through the park as we explore the timeless appeal of all things mineral. From the too-smooth river stone to the rough-and-tumble geode, there's a (pet) rock for everyone!
  • Lil’ Explorers: Tuesday, June 22 at 10 a.m. (register) and 1 p.m. (register)
  • Young Adventurers: Thursday, June 24 at 10 a.m. (register) and 1 p.m. (register)

McCloud School for Natural Magic

Does your little wart love the magic of nature and science? Get them crafting with weird potions, wand-building, and defense against the wild arts in this wonderfully wizard-themed camp.  
  • Lil’ Explorers: Tuesday, June 29 at 10 a.m. (register) and 1 p.m. (register)
  • Young Adventurers: Thursday, July 1 at 10 a.m. (register) and 1 p.m. (register)


This one is for the hearty little adventurers looking to sharpen their outdoor skills. Practice animal tracking and identification, try your hand at shooting sports, and level up your wayfinding -- all on the trail. (Please note that because archery is a part of the Thursday programs, those two camps are only open to children ages 8-12.)  
  • Lil’ Explorers: Tuesday, July 13 at 10 a.m. (register) and 1 p.m. (register)
  • Young Adventurers (ages 8-12): Thursday, July 15 at 10 a.m. (register) and 1 p.m. (register)


What lives in Big Walnut Creek? Uncover the mysterious and strange Benthic Macro Invertebrates hiding in the water. Closed-toe, water-suitable shoes are REQUIRED. Towel and change of clothes are highly recommended.  
  • Lil’ Explorers: Tuesday, July 20 at 10 a.m. (register) and 1 p.m. (register)
  • Young Adventurers: Thursday, July 22 at 10 a.m. (register) and 1 p.m. (register)