The Deerassic Park Education Center is a one of a kind place, where youth and families are encouraged to explore the outdoors, participate in outdoor education experiences and learn a lifelong love and appreciation for nature.
Annual Educational Events
12th Annual Kicking Bear – June 23rd & 24th, 2017
This is a youth program designed for children age 5 to 15. The youth and family overnight event affords youth hands on participation in a variety of activities including: archery, fishing, camping, canoeing, riflery, and many other activities. This is a great opportunity to expose youth and families to the joys of outdoor recreation.
Spring Fest – May 6th, 2017
This spring festival held annually at Deerassic Park Education Center welcomes back the warmer weather by getting everyone ready to enjoy spring and summer outdoor activities. Youth and families are invited out to the park to enjoy the facilities and try their hand at outdoor activities such as: archery, riflery, fishing, and canoeing. Youth are invited to play games, create crafts, and given the opportunity to win prizes!
BigFoot Lock In – July 7th & October 20th, 2017
This annual overnight lock-in during July is always a hit! Youth dabble in cryptozoology by learning about some of the more common animals found in Ohio. The late night adventures include canoeing, glow in the dark field games, camp fire, and a night hike! BigFoot Trackers stop by for a short presentation to share their findings. Early morning fishing wraps up this event.
Kids Day Camp (Junior & Senior) – June 27th – 29th & July 11th – 13th, 2017
This annual 3-day camp is geared towards ages 8-15 years old. Each day is jam-packed with outdoor activities like canoeing, archery, fishing, riflery, and creeking.
Fall Festival – TBA
This Fall Festival is held either at Deerassic Park Education Center or in downtown Cambridge (check our website for location of the event once it is announced). Youth and families get a chance to enjoy the fall weather, participate in park activities, and enjoy some fall specific activities such as apple cider pressing or pumpkin painting.
Annual Community Events
Easter Egg Hunt – April 15th, 2017
Annually, Deerassic Park Education Center hosts an Easter Egg Hunt the Saturday before Easter. Youth under the age of 12 are welcome to come out and hunt eggs for tickets. Tickets may then be redeemed for prizes. Spring crafts and educational activities are also available during this event. It is free and open to the public.
Touch-a-Truck – June 3rd, 2016
This event, hosted as a fundraiser for Hospice of Guernsey County, features many heavy equipment, emergency services, and other machines that children are excited to climb on and experience. A small fee is charged at this event and the money raised benefits Hospice of Guernsey County.
Petrified Forest – Oct. 7th, 14th, & 21st, 2017
We are Eastern Ohio’s premiere haunted attraction! Dodge the Zombie Deer Attack! Escape from The Butcher’s Barn! And don’t you dare trespass on Crazy Carl’s property, or you might take a shotgun to the face! Visit our outdoor “Center for the Deeranged!” And, new this season, laugh until you squirt blood in Scabby’s Funhouse of Delusion! All for one low price!
Trail of Treats – Oct. 28th, 2017
This annual Trick or Treat event happen throughout the woods of Deerassic Park Education Center. Many local businesses set up stations along the trail for youth to Trick or Treat in a safe, traffic free, and friendly environment. There is no charge to this event thanks to the support of the Cambridge & Guernsey County business community.
Candy Land – Nov. 25th, 2017
Deerassic brings a special magic to the Candy Land following the annual Cambridge Christmas parade. Children are invited to meet the Deerassic Mascot, Rudolph, and Santa immediately following the parade. Children receive a goody bag after meeting Santa. This event is free and open to the public.
Cookies with Santa – December 2nd, 2017
This is a fundraiser for the Guernsey County Secret Santa Program. Cookies are $5/dozen (or the donation of a new, unwrapped toy) and decorating them is free. There will also be craft and games for the kids. If we’re lucky, they may even get a visit from Santa himself! All proceeds go to benefit local youth.