Whether your children are teenagers looking for challenging outdoor adventures, preschoolers fascinated by insects, birds and everything nature has to offer, or pre-teens eager to learn how they could survive in the wild, Preservation Parks has a nature day camp for them.

Whether your children are teenagers looking for challenging outdoor adventures, preschoolers fascinated by insects, birds and everything nature has to offer, or pre-teens eager to learn how they could survive in the wild, Preservation Parks has a nature day camp for them.

Seven multi-day sessions, and two one-day camps, are on tap this summer, serving children and teens, ages 4-15. Fees range from $20 for the one-day camps, to $160 for the four-day camp.

"You, Me & Nature," (two sessions), for ages 4-5 with a parent, will focus on nature exploration using all five senses.

In "Home Sweet Home," for ages 6-7, children will become habitat hunters, using tools and techniques to understand wildlife habitats.

"Flit, Flap, Glide: Things that Fly," for ages 8-10, will study birds, insects, bats and other fantastic flyers.

"Survival of the Fittest," for ages 11-12 (two sessions one for boys, one for girls), will let pre-teens compete in "survival games," while discovering how animals adapt for survival.

"Outdoor Adventures to the Extreme," for ages 13-15, will take teens to central Ohio locations for activities such as kayaking and zip-lining.

Two single-day camps, for ages 9-10, and 11-12, also are being offered.

Complete information, including session dates, and registration materials are available at www.preservationparks.com; and by calling 740-524-8600, ext. 3.

Preservation Parks of Delaware County received two first-place awards at the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) Conference & Trade Show, held in Cincinnati.

The awards were given for The Lodge at Deer Haven Preserve, and for protecting the Olentangy Watershed.

The Lodge at Deer Haven Preserve, which opened in October 2009, was named best facility in the $0- $2.5-million category. The Lodge's engaging and creative design including a floor-to-ceiling mural of natural habitats and its environmentally sound construction methods were factors in its first-place finish. The Lodge includes a nature center, a library, and a combination classroom and community meeting space, and provides space for many Preservation Parks programs.

The Park District also received a first-place award in the Natural Resources category, for "Protecting the Olentangy River Watershed" through property acquisition and the restoration of wetlands.

The 2010 purchase of 104 new acres in Big Run Preserve allows Preservation Parks to preserve Olentangy River tributaries, which support a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. The property also is a buffer between development along U.S. Route 23 and the Olentangy River. Wetland restoration projects at Gallant Woods Preserve create wetland areas that filter sediment and other pollutants from runoff, thereby also contributing to the river's health.

In all, the OPRA gave 23 first-place awards at the ceremony, in categories ranging from facilities, park development and law enforcement, to programming, marketing campaigns and special projects. Projects were judged in a two-tiered process, which included a panel of parks and recreation professionals from around Ohio, as well as the association's Board of Directors.

Preservation Parks, the natural areas park district for Delaware County, has preserved more than 1,000 acres of wildlife habitat, and has opened eight parks since its first tax levy passed in 1999.