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Read the Nature Camp 2022 Recap blog here!

 

New for 2022:

Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement for all Staff and Campers – All Campers attending Nature Camp for the summer 2022 season are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. See Covid policies below for more information.

Lottery Registrations – This year we will be implementing a lottery system for all 2022 Nature Camp spots. Camp registrations across Seattle have become incredibly competitive over the last several years, resulting in Nature Camp slots filling within hours, if not minutes, after registration opens. We feel that the traditional “first-come, first-served” method is inequitable to the many families who are interested in Nature Camp, but are unable to be at a computer or smartphone at a certain time and date. See below for details.

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Explore and discover nature and science through fun hands-on activities, art, and field trips at Seattle Audubon Nature Camp!

 

Seattle Audubon started Nature Camp in 1982, and for more than 35 years we’ve built a reputation for quality environmental learning, emphasizing experiential outdoor activities that instill an appreciation for nature.

Sessions offered for kids entering Kindergarten, 1-3rd grades, 4-6th grades, and 7-9th grades!

Click here for the 2022 Camp schedule

2022 Covid-19 Policies

Covid-19 Safety Protocols for Nature Camp 2022 (Updated June 13, 2022)

As we approach the start of the Nature Camp season, we are looking closely at the Covid-19 safety guidelines put out by both the CDC and Washington Department of Health. Outlined below is the most up-to-date* safety protocols we will be following at Nature Camp this summer.

*These protocols are subject to change with the trajectory of the pandemic and this document will be updated as needed.

Nature Camp will adhere to all of the requirements for childcare providers listed in the WDOH document, “Requirements and Guidance to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission in K-12 Schools, Child Care, Early Learning, Youth Development, and Day Camp Programs” by Washington State Department of Health (WDOH).

Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement

All Campers attending Nature Camp for the summer 2022 season are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Currently, fully vaccinated means having received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine within 90 days of coming to camp, or having received a booster shot if the first two doses were more than 90 days prior to attending Camp. (Negative at-home tests taken the morning of the first day of Nature Camp can be done in place of the booster dose.)

Medical and religious exemptions will be granted with supporting documentation. Personal or philosophical exemptions will NOT be granted. All campers who have been granted medical or religious exemptions must show proof of a negative Covid test within 48 hours (PCR) or within 2 hours (at-home/antigen) of attending Nature Camp and must disclose infections, should one arise, within 14 days of attending Nature Camp.

Other Protocols to note:

  • Staff shall be screened every day for signs and symptoms of Covid-19
  • All staff will be required to be up to date on their Covid-19 vaccine
  • Parents/guardians are expected to screen their child before coming to camp for signs and symptoms of Covid-19 (see below for screening questions)
  • In case a camper or staff member displays symptoms during the camp day, a separate isolation area will be identified at the camp location where the camper/staff can stay until a parent/guardian arrives, or until safe transport home can be arranged
  • A camper or staff may not return to camp until the WDOH criteria for discontinuing home isolation have been met
  • Masking will be required on the school bus when going to and from field trip locations
  • Masking is not required while indoors, but highly recommended
  • Masking indoors will become mandated if King County enters into a HIGH community transmission level as determined by the CDC Covid-19 County Check tool

Covid-19 Symptom and Exposure Attestation

We will continue the practice of Covid-19 symptom and exposure attestations each morning during drop-off. Campers who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 and attending Nature Camp with an approved Religious or Medical exemption will be subject to different exposure and quarantine requirements than those campers who are fully vaccinated. A camper who has been fully vaccinated but was exposed to a person with a positive case of Covid-19 may attend Camp as long as they are showing no symptoms and continue to wear a well-fitting mask and complete an at-home antigen test prior to attending Camp. A non-vaccinated person who has been exposed to someone who is positive for Covid-19 may not attend camp for at least 5 days after exposure, and must be symptom-free, provide a negative at-home or PCR test, and wear a well-fitting mask to attend 5-10 days after exposure.

Daily Screening Questions (If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, please do not come to camp and call the at-camp phone number to report their absence.)

  • Does your child have any of the following symptoms or had them in the last three days: Fever (100.4F) or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Recent loss of taste or smell, Congestion or runny nose, Unusual fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, Sore throat, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea
  • Within the past 10 days, has your child been in close contact with anyone with a confirmed case of Covid-19? Close contact is being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period with a person.
  • Has your child had a positive Covid-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days, or is your child awaiting results of a Covid-19 test due to possible exposure or symptoms and not through routine asymptomatic Covid-19 screening or surveillance testing?
  • Has your child had any fever-reducing medications before coming to camp today?

Lunch and Snack

All food will be consumed outdoors. In case of inclement or dangerous weather, campers will eat indoors, but spaced at least 6ft apart.

Field Groups and Materials

We will not be limiting field groups to siblings and pod groups. Siblings with a difference in age will be placed in separate field groups with other campers similar in age. There will be instances when different field groups may interact and do activities together, and extended care campers will be in after camp care with campers from different field groups.

Materials may be shared within and among different field groups. Materials will be cleaned and sanitized as needed and regular hand-washing and sanitizer use will be enforced before eating and during transitions.

Busses and Transportation

We will be renting busses to travel to our Tuesday and Thursday field trip parks. Campers will not be distanced on the bus, but will be required to keep their masks on for the duration of the ride. Eating and drinking on the bus will not be allowed.

Lottery Information

How do I enter the lottery?

Round one of the lottery will open on February 1 at 8:00am. On this day, a link to our registration system, ActivityHero, will be posted on the Nature Camp webpage and Facebook Page. Clicking on this link will lead you to the Nature Camp 2022 registration page. Select the sessions for which you would like to register. Instead of registering for a spot, however, you will sign up for the waitlist for each desired session. Once complete, you will get a confirmation email from Seattle Audubon via ActivityHero with your registration details. This will conclude the process of joining the lottery. The first phase of lottery entry will be open for 48 hours, from 8:00am on February 1, to 7:59am on February 3.

If you would like to request a friend to attend with your child, you will need to take an additional step. After you’ve complete the lottery (waitlist) registration, navigate to the page that lists your current registrations, and click on the “Edit Participant” link. This will allow you to complete the full registration paperwork for your camper, which includes the question on friend requests. Please make sure to list the first and last name of all requested friends/siblings.

If spots remain available after this first round of lottery registrations, we will open the second round on Thursday, February 10 at 8:00am. This second round will be open for 48 hours as well and will follow the same schedule as round 1.

Lottery Important Dates
ROUND 1

Tuesday, February 1, 8:00am – round 1 registration opens

Thursday, February 3, 7:59am – round 1 registration closes

February 4 and 7  – Invitations to register sent out to round 1 families (please note the DEADLINE TO RESPOND in the email)

ROUND 2*

Thursday, February 10, 8:00am – round 2* registration opens

Saturday, February 12, 7:59am – round 2 registration closes

February 14 and 17 – Invitations to register sent out to round 2 families

* Round 2 will only take place if spaces remain available after round 1 registrations are complete.

How will I know that I got a spot?

Beginning on February 3, a list of campers from round 1 of the lottery will be chosen at random. (Siblings of these campers will be selected to come during the same session, and friend requests will be considered, though not guaranteed.) Once the list of campers has been selected, we will send invitations to register through the ActivityHero system. You must accept this invitation and complete payment for your registration to be complete. Invitations to register will expire at midnight on the 3rd day after the invite was sent. (The invite will include a specific expiration date.) If registration is not completed within this time, the offer will be sent to another camper. Please be sure to regularly check your spam and junk folders during the first few weeks of February!

When you receive an invitation to register, please be sure to add any additional items needed (Camp t-shirt, extended care options, Seatte Audubon membership, etc.) BEFORE you complete the registration process. Additionally, please make sure to complete ALL the registration forms at this time.

If you have found an alternate camp option for the week that has been offered to you, or you are no longer interested in that session, please email naturecamp@seattleaudubon.org and let us know you are declining the invitation.

How many spots can each family have? I want my child to go to Nature Camp all summer.

Each camper will be invited to a maximum of three sessions during the summer. (No minimum.) If spots are still available in sessions after the lottery rounds are complete, a camper may be offered an opportunity to register for a fourth session. We understand that this may come as a disappointment for some families and campers who would like to spend their whole summer with us. However, this will allow for more families to experience Nature Camp and increase inclusivity.

Do Seattle Audubon members get priority registration?

No, registrations will open on the same day for Seattle Audubon members and non-members. However, Seattle Audubon members do get a $25 per session discount. (Select the Member ticket when registering for the lottery/waitlist.)

Memberships can be purchased through the Seattle Audubon website, or along with your Camp registration.

How many waitlists should I register for?

While we will limit the number of sessions for each camper to three, we do recommend that you register your camper(s) for as many sessions as you would like to be considered. This will increase your chances of getting a spot at Nature Camp, as some weeks of camp are more popular than others. All folks who were unable to get a spot in the first round will be automatically placed on the waitlist for each of these sessions.

What if my child wants to come to camp with a friend?

If you would like to have your child attend Nature Camp with a friend or cousin, please state clearly on the appropriate part of the registration form that this is the case, making sure to include the first and last name of the other child(ren). We will do our best to accommodate friend requests but cannot guarantee that all requests will be granted.

Please add this additional info WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR THE WAITLIST. After you complete the waitlist registration, click on your registration and then “Edit Participant.” This will take you to the registration information and allow you to add this additional information.

What if I miss the February 3rd deadline?

If spots remain in any of the sessions after the first round the lottery, we will open up a second round of lottery registrations on Thursday, February 10. If we have spaces left in the session for which you registered, you will be placed in the lottery. If the session is already full from round one, then you will be placed on the waitlist and invited to register if/when a spot opens up.

How will waitlist registrations be determined after the lottery is over?

If a space becomes available in a full session due to a cancellation, we will continue with a lottery system to determine who on the waitlist will be invited to register for the spot.

I am planning on applying for a scholarship to Nature Camp 2022? What should I do?

There will be a handful of spots in each session reserved for scholarship recipients. If you are planning on submitting a scholarship application, you do NOT have to register for a waitlist spot to enter the lottery, as your application will put you into the scholarship pool for at least two sessions. If you would like to attend camp beyond what is offered through scholarships, please do join the lottery. Learn more about scholarship applications and processes below.

Convenient Camp Hours

Weeklong sessions run Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Extended Care is available after regular camp hours for all campers and runs from 3:30-5:30p.m. Space is limited. (No morning extended care for summer 2022.) Learn more about Extended Care…

Great Location

Nature Camp is based at Magnuson Park, a 300-acre Seattle park on Sand Point Way NE. With a mile of lake shoreline, a variety of habitats, grassy playfields, and convenient access, Magnuson is the ideal place for fun summer learning.

We are no longer offering a Nature Camp option in West Seattle

Field Trips

Campers go on field trips to other nearby parks on Tuesdays and Thursdays to add diversity to outdoor experiences. Field trip destinations may include Discovery Park, Carkeek Park, Hamlin Park, etc. depending on the week’s theme. Students ride in chartered school buses from King’s Schools to and from field trip locations. Field trip locations are announced at least one week before each camp, and are included on the weekly schedules sent out to all families before each camp session.

The preschool and kindergarten sessions will not be going on field trips and will spend their week enjoying all that Magnuson Park has to offer.

Trained, Professional, Enthusiastic Staff

Campers are taught by experienced, caring adult Naturalists. All Nature Camp staff Naturalists are college graduates, and most have or are currently working on a master’s degree in education. Staff is selected based on experience with working with youth, a background in environmental education and natural science, and outstanding character. All staff are First Aid/CPR certified and have passed a national and Washington State Patrol background screening. Naturalists also go through extensive training prior to the beginning of the summer.

Interested in joining the Nature Camp team as a Naturalist? Check out our Careers Page for current job openings.

Each Naturalist is assisted by one or two teen Junior Naturalists. Teens are selected to work at Nature Camp based on their experiences working with children and their character. For more information about the Junior Naturalist opportunity, check out the Junior Naturalist Info and Job Description.

Complete the Junior Naturalist application here

Field Groups

With field groups of 10-12 campers with each adult Naturalist and teenage Junior Naturalist, campers have a better experience and form closer bonds. Groups are assigned based on grade level, and have their own designated spaces for daily activities.

Kindergarten and Teen sessions have field groups of 8-10.

Scholarships and Discounts

Seattle Audubon provides scholarships based on financial need.  The online scholarship application can be filled out at ANY TIME and includes a spot for the child to write why they want to come to camp. (updated scholarship application coming in mid-January 2022.)

Scholarships typically cover between 25% and 85% of the total camp fee depending on financial need, and we ask that all families contribute to some portion of the camp fee.  Payment plans are available at no charge; however, all payments must be complete two weeks prior to your child’s camp session. To learn more, contact the camp registrar.

Note: Scholarship applicants do NOT have to enter the registration lottery.

Seattle Audubon members receive a discount on camp tuition ($25 per session,) special member pricing in the Nature Shop, and more! Join or renew today! We offer a comparable camp discount for military families.

Send a child to Nature Camp! Ask how you can give to the Nature Camp scholarship fund by calling 206-523-8243 ext. 108.
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