Our camps focus on hands-on experiences with the natural world.

In this unique Crooked River Day Camp Series, your child will have exclusive opportunities to explore and learn about parks in Old Brooklyn and the national park! We have two weeks of camp and your camper can join us for both! Learning new topics and playing new games each week!

Photo Credit: Carlos Laboy

Photo Credit: Carlos Laboy

Entering grades 1-6, campers will be divided by grade level.
One Week Camp Cost: $125.00 -or- Two Week Camp Cost: $225.00 – For financial assistance information scroll to the FAQ section to complete a scholarship form.
Before Care: 8-9am, FREE
Day Camp Time: 9am drop-off & 3pm pick-up
Daily camp activities will start and end at Brookside Reservation, with three days of nature exploration in Old Brooklyn and two days in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.


Week 1 (June 15-19, 2020)- Ecosystem Exploration

Crooked River Exploration campers will become Ecosystem Explorers. They will investigate different habitats from all over the globe and explore habitats in their backyard.This week also includes a field trip to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium to explore the underwater ecosystems in Ohio and beyond!

Week 2 (June 22-26, 2020)-Stones and Bones

Crooked River Exploration campers will investigate how the earth has changed over time. During this week campers will become “time travelers” and visit the periods of the dinosaurs, ice age, and early settlers. This week will include a field trip to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History!

During both weeks Crooked River Exploration campers will be hiking, playing games, and crafting, to gain an understanding of their role in the natural world. Your camper will work toward earning their official Cuyahoga Valley National Park Jr. Ranger badge on the Friday of each week from 1-3 p.m. We invite all parents to attend!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer financial assistance?

*If you are requesting a scholarship, please do not register for camp until you have received a scholarship approval letter by email.

Where is pick-up and drop-off?

Brookside Reservation 3900 John Nagy Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44144

What ages can attend?

Campers must be entering grades 1-6 in the fall of 2020. Campers will be divided by grade level.

I paid the deposit, how do I submit final payment?

An email will be sent for your final payment two weeks prior to camp.

Are you accredited? What does that mean?

ACA Accreditation means that this camp cares enough to undergo a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. American Camp Association® collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Camps and ACA form a partnership that promotes summers of growth and fun in an environment committed to safety.

What happens if I have to cancel?

All registrations must include a $50 non-refundable deposit. The balance of the camp fee is due at least two weeks prior to the start of the camp session. No refunds are issued after this date. If cancellation is unavoidable, please contact our office at 330-657-2796 ext. 1100.

Do you offer discounts?

We offer a multi-camp discount. Receive $25.00 off each additional camp you register for, a promotional code is given upon registering for your first camp.

What happens when the weather is bad?

Unfortunately, the weather cannot always be sunny at camp, but we promise campers will always be safe and have a good time. If there is light rain, we will still have campers out and about. Please send your camper ready to take on the elements. In more severe weather, we will move campers to an indoor location.

What are your staff’s qualifications?

Staff are all college graduates who work at the Environmental Education Center throughout the year. All instructors are thoroughly screened, including criminal background checks, fingerprint checks, and reference checks. First Aid and CPR certifications are also required for all instructors.

What is the staff/camper ratio?

Low camper-to-counselor ratios promote a safe atmosphere in which teamwork and individual expression flourish. We follow ACA guidelines of 8:1 ratios for day camp. Campers will never be without adult supervision in any situation.

What meals do you provide during the day?

Campers will receive lunch as well as an afternoon snack.

Is there a trained medical professional on site?

All day camp staff are First-Aid and CPR certified and professional park dispatchers are located nearby within the park.

What kind of activities will my child do at camp?

Activities will vary depending on the camp program your child is attending. Most camps involve hiking, exploring nature, arts and crafts, and hands-on activities.