Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy's popular summer camps are unique, age-specific programs held in beautiful Frick Park. Summer camps will be making an exciting return to the Frick Environmental Center in 2017!

Led by Parks Conservancy educators, these five-day camps encourage children to learn, play, and grow in our city's biggest classrooms: parks! Camps are for children three years old through youth who have completed 7th grade.  

Registration Information

  • Public registration opens at 10:00AM on Tuesday, February 21st (please note: date changed due to Presidents' Day holiday).
  • Early-bird registration opens at noon on Thursday, February 16th. Unlock early-bird camp registration by supporting the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy at a $50 level or above.* Make your $50 donation here. Early registration details included in donation confirmation email. 

*Think you already qualify for early-bird registration? Please contact Harmony Hodges at hhodges@pittsburghparks.org.

Camperships are available for income-eligible families. Contact Mike Cornell at mcornell@pittsburghparks.org or 412-586-4576 for information.

Kinder Nature Camp

For kids who have completed kindergarten or who are three years old at time of camp | $80 | Half-day camp - choose ONE session in the morning (9 - 11:30AM) or afternoon (12:30 - 3PM)

Campers sing songs, dig for worms, play games, plant seeds, tell stories, and take walks in the woods. Campers also do hands-on projects to help the park.

Week 1: June 12 - 16

Week 2: June 19 - 23

Week 3: June 26 - 30

Week 4: July 10 - 14

Week 5: July 17 - 21

Registration for Kinder Nature Camp morning sessions are now FULL. Click here to join the wait list.

Registration for Kinder Nature Camp afternoon sessions are now FULL. Click here to join the wait list.


Kids Nature Camp

For children who have completed 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade | $160 | 9AM - 3PM

Campers experience different programs based on their grade level. Campers explore nature through art, cooperative games, restoration projects, hikes, and other activities. Nature Camp themes are: "Have to Have a Habitat" (1st grade), "Nature Investigators" (2nd grade), "Kids in the Woods" (3rd grade).

Registration for Week 1 Kids Nature Camp, July 31 - August 4, is now FULL. Click here to join the wait list.

Week 2: August 7 - 11. Register for week 2 Kids Nature Camp here.

Week 3: August 14 - 18. Register for week 3 Kids Nature Camp here.


Outdoor Expeditions

For children who have completed 4th or 5th grade | $160 | 9AM - 3PM, with an additional Friday evening session

Campers explore Pittsburgh's incredible outdoor spaces and take part in hands-on activities, including stream hikes, field trips (may involve van/bus travel), games, night exploration and a campfire.

Week 1: July 10 - 14. Register for week 1 Outdoor Expeditions here.

Week 2: July 17 - 21. Register for week 2 Outdoor Expeditions here.


Survival Camp

For children who have completed 6th or 7th grade | $160 | 9AM - 3PM, with an additional Friday evening session

Campers learn skills such as shelter and fire building; finding water and food; whittling; and outdoor preparedness. Both grade levels emphasize teamwork, decision-making, and outdoor familiarity.

Registration for Week 1 (6th grade) Survival Camp, June 19 - 23, is now FULL. Click here to join the wait list.

Week 2 (7th grade): June 26 - 30. Register for week 2 Survival Camp (7th grade) here.



For special accommodation needs, please contact Mike Cornell at 412-586-4576. Please note that we will do our best to provide accommodations providing that it does not change the nature of the event activities; minimum of one week notice needed for special accommodation considerations.

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