Summer Camps

Camp Registration Information:

  • NEW THIS YEAR! Camp registration will be online. Please check back for more details.
  • Camp pricing will be released in early March.
  • Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Mail-in registrations will not be accepted.
  • Children must be correct age at the start of their camp.
  • Both registration and payment must be received to secure your child’s spot.

Camp Registration will OPEN March 15 at 8 a.m.

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Summer Junior Counselor:

The Zionsville Parks and Recreation Department offers volunteer opportunities for outgoing, positive and hard-working teens ages 14-17 through acceptance into their Teens Toward Success program.

Teens Toward Success can volunteer as a junior counselor and assist park staff with Summer Camps. Visit the Zionsville Parks Volunteer Page for an application (COMING SOON). Camp volunteer spots are limited! 

  • Help prepare, lead and clean up camp activities
  • Gain valuable leadership experience
  • Looks great on a resume
  • Minimum 2 week availability during the summer
  • Mandatory camp training Mid-May

Summer Day Camps
Ages 6 - 12 years

Wet and Wild Camp - Tuesday, June 1

  • When: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Elm Street Green, 165 N Elm Street
  • Ages: 6 - 12 years
  • Fee: $30 resident/$35 nonresident

Summer’s here! Time to get down and dirty in our parks. Spend the day exploring in Eagle Creek. What lives down in the water? Join us to find out...and perhaps get a wet in the process!

Fishing FUN! Camp - Wednesday, June 2

  • When: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Trail Park, 4050 S 875 E
  • Ages: 6 - 12 years
  • Fee: $30 resident/$35 nonresident

Today is all about fish. Campers will learn the basics of fishing including; how to cast, reel, bait their hook and several fishing knots. Try your hand at catching the big one at Carter Station Pond and enjoy some fish inspired activities.

Junior Gardener Camp - Thursday, June 3

  • When: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Trail Park, 4050 S 875 E
  • Ages: 6 - 12 years
  • Fee: $30 resident/$35 nonresident

You don’t need a green thumb to enjoy this camp. Explore compost, soil and seeds during this very hands on camp. Campers will have a chance to pot their own garden plants and create some unique garden  creations.

Summer Camp
Focus on Forests

Junior Ornithologist Camp - Tuesday, June 29

  • When: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Starkey Nature Park, 667 Sugarbush Dr
  • Ages: 6 - 12 years
  • Fee: $30 resident/$35 nonresident

Whether your bonkers for birds or have never birded before, this camp is perfect for you. Explore birding basics with a bird hike through the park (complete with
binoculars). We'll discover the world of birds with fun activities.

Art Adventures Camp - Wednesday, June 30

  • When: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Mulberry Fields Park, 9645
    Whitestown Road
  • Ages: 6 - 12 years
  • Fee: $30 resident/$35 nonresident

Kids! Combine your love of art with the fun of summer camp. We will explore hands on, messy, and fun arts and crafts while out in the park. No previous artistic
experience required.

Wild for Minecraft - Thursday, July 1

  • When: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Starkey Nature Park, 667 Sugarbush Drive
  • Ages: 6 - 12 years
  • Fee: $30 resident/$35 nonresident

Unplug and bring your Minecraft building skills outdoors! Did you know much of Minecraft is inspired by nature? Campers will work together to build using natural materials, make natural tools, and use their creativity outdoors in this NO TECH camp.

Fantastic Beasts Camp - Tuesday, July 6

  • When:10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Zionsville Nature Center, 250 N. 5th Street
  • Ages: 6 - 12 years
  • Fee: $30 resident/$35 nonresident

The world is full of fantastic beasts...let's go find them! Join us as we search high and low through the forest, field and
wetland in pursuit of the fascinating and fantastic animals that call our backyards home.

Spy Kids Camp - Wednesday, July 7

  • When: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Mulberry Fields Park, 9645 Whitestown Road
  • Ages: 6 - 12 years
  • Fee: $30 resident/$35 nonresident

Your mission, if you choose to accept is a day of secret missions, sleuthing, and Fun! Create your own spy kit and help solve a park mystery.

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Week Long Camps
6 - 12 Years

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Nature Navigators Camp
June 14 - June 18 or July 19 - July 23 

  • When: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. daily
  • Camper registration is limited to 1 week
  • Where: Zionsville Nature Center, 250 N 5th Street
  • Ages: 6 – 12 years
  • Fee: $90 resident/$105 nonresident

Join us for an exciting week of outdoor activities while learning about nature in your backyard. Become a Junior Naturalist as we identify trees; explore wetlands, use binoculars to spot birds, and so much more! Friday we will meet at Elm Street Green Park, 165 N. Elm Street to explore Eagle Creek.

Summer Adventures Camp
Monday, July 12 - Friday, July 16

  • When: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Where: Mulberry Fields Par 9645 Whitestown Road
  • Ages: 6 - 12 years
  • Fee: $90 resident/$105 nonresident

This is what camp is all about! Spend your mornings with Zionsville Parks staff and discover new games, crafts, and summer adventures. We can’t forget time to cool off in the splash pad!

Preschool Camps

Backyard Explorers Camp
June 21 - June 25 or July 26 - July 30

  • When: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Camper registration is limited to 1 week
  • Where: Zionsville Nature Center, 250 N 5th Street
  • Ages: 3 – 5 years
  • Fee: $60 resident/$70 nonresident

Discover animals and habitats in your backyard as we turn over logs, hike trails, and explore nature with all our senses. Get up-close to a turtle, discover what a snake feels like and get creative!

My Grandperson and ME! Camp - Thursday, July 8

  • When: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Where: Zionsville Nature Center, 250 N 5th Street
  • Ages: 3 - 6 years with grandparent
  • Fee: $18 resident/$21 nonresident

Kids, here’s your chance to bring your grandparent to spend the day at summer camp, and share in all your activities and explorations! It’s okay if siblings share a grandperson.

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Camp Policies and Procedures

Transfer Policy

A transfer from one day camp to another day camp is contingent upon the availability of spots within the desired camp. If the cap is at maximum capacity,
a transfer will not be allowed.

Wait List Policy

There is no fee to be placed on the wait list. If a spot becomes available in the desired camp, the campers’ parent/guardian that is prioritized at the top of the
wait list will be notified via email. The parent/guardian will have 24 hours from the time of the notification email to make payment in full for the desired camp.
If payment has not been received in full, the next camper’s parent/guardian will be notified.

Age Policy

The cutoff date for a camper’s age on the first day of the camp week.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

The Zionsville Parks and Recreation will issue a full refund if the department cancels a camp. Cancellation for a camp must be requested a minimum of 4
weeks from the respective camp date to receive a 100% refund, less a $10 service charge for cancellation per camp week, per camper. Cancellations made a minimum of 2 weeks from the respective camp date will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations made less than 2 weeks from the camp date will be issued no refunds. There will be no camp substitutions.

Inclusion and Modifications

Zionsville Parks and Recreation Summer camp programs are committed to being inclusive programs. We will make reasonable modifications to allow participants of many different ability levels to join our camp programs. With that in mind, our summer camps are not specialized or therapeutic programs. Safety of our staff and each participant is our top priority. Planning reasonable modifications may take time. The earlier we know of your need the more likely we can make modifications before the programs begin. We reserve the right to refuse to provide modification when that modification fundamentally alters the nature of the program or is unreasonable according to ADA regulations.

COVID - 19 Policy

Zionsville Parks and Rec Department is committed to safety. All programs are structured to follow current CDC, local, and state guidelines and restrictions concerning the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Participants will be required to wear face masks when necessary and follow social distancing guidelines as applicable.

Summer Camp Drop-off and Pick-up Process

Drop off will be curbside ONLY. Parents must remain in the car. Camp staff will come to the car window and ask the parent/guardian:

  • Has this child been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19?
  • Does this child have a fever of 99.9° or higher?
  • Do they have a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, loss of taste/smell, muscle aches/headache or abdominal discomfort, vomiting, and/or diarrhea in the last 72 hours?
  • Has this child been given a pain-killer or fever reducer this morning?

If the answer is yes to any of the above questions the camper will NOT be allowed to attend camp until they have been symptom free for 72 hours for a fever and cough and 24 hours for vomiting and diarrhea. 

During pick up parents will pull up to the location and a staff member will get their child/children, sanitize their hands and help them into the car.  Parents will be asked to remain in their car but will be allowed to pull over in the parking lot to help children buckle seats, etc. if needed.

Daily Summer Camp Procedures

Outdoor areas  will be utilized for camp activities as much as possible, unless during inclement weather. We request that your child brings a backpack and that all personal belongings remain in or are returned to their backpack when not in use. All food and water will be provided by the campers for their own personal use. No sharing allowed between campers, including between siblings.

We will ensure adequate supplies of all camp materials to minimize sharing to the extent possible (art supplies, equipment etc. assigned to a single camper) or limit use of supplies and equipment by one group of children at a time and clean and disinfect between uses. Hand sanitizer and tissues will be made available at all times for summer camps. 

If Possible COVID-19 During Summer Camp

Parents are responsible to let the Zionsville Parks and Recreation know immediately if their child has symptoms or has been diagnosed with a communicable disease. If a camper develops a fever of >99.9°F or has a consistent cough during the camp day a parent will be notified immediately to come pick up the camper. The camper may return to the camp program after being symptom-free for 72 hours. In the event a person diagnosed with COVID-19 is determined to have been in attendance during a camp local health officials, staff and families will be notified immediately of a possible case while maintaining confidentiality.