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Tent camping is permitted on weekends for DePauw groups by reservation. The Campground has no electricity or showers. There is a spigot with running water and there is a port-a-let. Each campsite has a fire ring and a picnic table. Public restrooms and covered shelter are available at the Welcome Center.


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

  • Contact Aaron Slater, 765-658-4242, at least one week in advance of your requested date.  
  • Campsites are reserved on a first-come first-served basis. 
  • Camping equipment, such as tents, cookware, ground tarps and ground pads, is available for rent from the Nature Park.


$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. Contact the staff member when you arrive by calling DePauw Public Safety at 765-658-5555 and asking to meet the 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 must clean their campsite as they leave the park. 

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.  No generators or other machinery is permitted without approval of the park staff.


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 are permitted only in the fire ring provided at the campsite. Campfires must be attended at all times and extinguished before leaving the site. Firewood will be provided by the park staff. Do not remove wood from the Nature Park.

Picnic Tables

Each site is outfitted with one picnic table. 

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, Welcome Center, and Prindle Institute.