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Camping

Tent camping is permitted on weekends for DePauw groups (students, employees, parents, alumni) by reservation only. The Campground is "primitive" in design thus no electricity or showers. There is a spigot with running water at the campground and there is an outdoor restroom (port-a-let) at the campground. Each campsite has a fire ring and a picnic table. Public restrooms and covered shelter are available at the nearby "Welcome Center".

Dates

April 1 to October 31. Camping is available most Friday and Saturday nights, however limited event exceptions may be arranged with Nature Park staff depending upon weather and staffing resources.

To reserve a campsite

  • Send an email to naturepark@depauw.edu at least one week in advance of your requested date.  
  • Campsites are reserved on a first-come first-served basis. Confirmations will be provided via e-mail.
  • Camping equipment, such as tents, cookware, ground tarps and ground pads, is available for rent from the Nature Park.

Fees

$10 per night per campsite. Additional $5 if you are renting Nature Park tents and equipment. Write a check payable to "DePauw University" with memo note "Nature Park Camping." Give your check to the staff member on duty when you check in at the campsite. Please contact the staff member when you arrive by calling DePauw Public Safety at 765-658-5555 and asking to meet the Nature Park staff member on duty.

Check In and Out Times

Check in with the Nature Park staff member after 12 noon, check out by 12 noon on the following day. Given the unique terrain and landscape of the Park, campers must be at their campsite prior to sunset.

Quiet Hours

Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Campers may not leave the campsite area after sunset unless resources are needed at the "Welcome Center". Emergency services (Blue Light Emergency Phone) are available at the Welcome Center. Campers are also encouraged to have a cell phone for access to Park staff and emergency resources.

Trash

Campers must clean their campsite as they leave the park. Trash may be removed from the site or placed in a trash dumpster.

Number of People/Tents per Site

Six people is the maximum number allowed at a campsite. Each site may have two small tents or one large tent. No vehicle camping or camping trailers are permitted. Our campsites are intended to offer a primitive camping experience, thus no generators or other machinery is permitted without approval of the park staff.

Vehicles

Vehicles must be left in the main parking lot unless approved by the park staff. You may drive to the campsite to drop off and pick up supplies when you first arrive and when you are ready to depart, but you may not make repeated driving trips to and from the campsites during your stay.

Site Responsibility

The person reserving the campsite is responsible for guests and campsite activities.

Campfires

Campfires are permitted only in the fire ring provided at the campsite. Campfires must be attneded at all times and extinguished before leaving the site. Firewood will be provided by the park staff. Please do not remove wood from the property.

Picnic Tables

Each site is outfitted with a picnic table. Borrowing tables from other sites is allowable only with permission .

Nature Park Rules

All rules for the Nature Park apply (no hunting, fishing, swimming, alcohol, drugs, rock climbing, etc.).

Emergency contact:

Call DePauw Public Safety 765-658-5555 or 911 or contact the park staff member on duty. Emergency blue-light phones are located at the Main Gate, and next to the Welcome Center, and Prindle Institute parking lot.