Summer Adventure Camp

Summer Campers looking into wetland

Registration Fees

Half Day Program Fees:

Member: $60

Non-Member: $70

Full Day Program Fees:

Member: $130

Non-Member: $150

Stay for Lunch

Please send a healthy lunch with minimal waste.

Campers will be supervised by staff during this time of eating and low key activities

*Space is limited to the first 20 participants.

**Camp scholarships are available and are need-based.

***A discount will be given for multiple registrations from the same household.

Interested in registering for Summer Adventure Camp? Click the button below to reserve your spot.  


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Get Outside This Summer at Cope Environmental Center!

Grab your sense of adventure and join our team of naturalists for muddy shoes, exploring trails, and making new friends. Programs are filled with hands-on activities designed to inspire a love of nature and foster connection to our natural world. Enroll today – your adventure awaits! 

All classes (except Hike it! Bike it! Like it!) will be in person at Cope Environmental Center’s 134-acre outdoor classroom.  Camps will meet each day at the Homestead Entrance located at 4910 Shoemaker Road.  Please make sure your child dresses for the weather and brings a reusable water bottle.  We are so excited to see you on the trails!

Hike it! Bike it! Like It!

May 31—June 3                    9 am—noon       1st—3rd grade

May 31—June 3                    1 pm—4 pm       4th—6th grade

Wayne County is full of opportunities for outdoor recreation and education.  Spend a week exploring our community’s hidden gems. Hike nature trails, bike on the Cardinal Greenway, and learn fascinating history.  Campers will need to be dropped off and picked up at the destination of the day.

May 31: Cope Environmental Center

June 1: Hayes Arboretum

June 2: Joseph Moore Museum

June 3: Model T Museum, Cardinal Greenway, Ullery’s Ice Cream


Pre-K & Kindergarten Camps

Nature Buddies

June 20-24

9 am—Noon

This camp is for the littlest explorers ready for adventures in nature. Discover worms, insects, and millipedes!  Unravel lifecycles and how to be a friend to nature.

Salamander Safari

June 20-24

1 pm—4:00 pm

Take a walk on the wild side. What will we find? Salamanders, snakes, and butterflies – OH, my!  Hike our trails and discover the signs of wildlife!

Puddle Stompers

July 5-8

9 am—Noon

A little mud and water add to the fun as we explore the watery habitats of CEC. Hop like frogs, crawl like crayfish, and fly like dragonflies while being amazed by all the fun little critters that live in our wetlands.

Crafty Caterpillars

July 5-8

1 pm—4 pm

The great outdoors is nature’s masterpiece. Explore CEC’s trails and make your own masterpieces with cool finds from hikes.

1st - 3rd Grade Camps

Eco Superheroes

June 13-17

9 am—Noon

Cooking with the sun, discovering the power of water, and capturing the breeze are ways we can be nature superheroes. Explore the different ways to become more sustainable using the earth’s resources.


Wild About Art

June 13-17

1 pm—4 pm

Explore the habitats of CEC and find inspiration from nature.  Create your own masterpieces out of natural materials and recycled items.  Plan to get down and dirty crafting in Nature!


Who Lives in the Forest?

July 11-15

9 am— Noon

Explore the woodland habitat around CEC and discover the animals that call Indiana forests home. Examine tracks and scat to gather clues about survival habits. You never know what animal can be seen in the woods!


Aqua Adventures

July 11-15

1 pm—4 pm

Spend the week splashing in the wetlands, catching (and releasing) frogs and discovering macroinvertebrates all while learning the importance of water for all forms of life.  Beware: You will get wet!

4th - 6th Grade Camps

Conservation Camp

June 27—July 1

9 am—3 pm

Don’t miss CEC’s most popular summer camp! Tie-dying with natural dyes, participating in our famous “Fear Factor” race and cooking with a solar cooker are just a few of the fun things we have planned for this week! Don’t forget about the optional overnight on Thursday!


Art of Nature

July 18-22

9 am—Noon

Awaken your inner artist and gather inspiration from the world around you!  Paint with mud, weave with grass, and turn trash into recycled art!  Plan to get down and dirty crafting in nature.


Backyard Biologists

July 18-22

1 pm—4 pm

Did you know your backyard is teeming with wildlife? Discover the insects, birds, flowers, trees, and wildlife that are all around us. Be ready to explore the micro-environments that surround CEC.


7th - 12th Grade Camps

Jr/Teen Master Naturalist Certification

Learn about plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals while earning your IN DNR Jr. Master Naturalist Certification. Complete your classroom hours and volunteer hours all in the same week. Use your certification to become a Summer Camp Ranger for CEC!

Learn more about the Indiana Master Naturalist program at


Wilderness Survival

July 25-29

9 am—3 pm

Do you have what it takes to survive?  Develop skills in shelter building, edible plant identification, and basic survival.  Test them out with an optional overnight camp-out in CEC’s woods on Thursday!