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NEW! Join us for one-day Winter Break Bird Exploration days!
We are excited to announce that we will be offering single-day bird exploration days during winter break 2020! This all-virtual option will keep your young Naturalist engaged at home for a full day of bird exploration, crafts, games, and more! Click here for more details.
Nature Camp Update
Published May 8, 4:30 p.m.
After much deliberation, it is with deep sadness we have decided cancel in-person Nature Camp for the summer of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We thoroughly considered all of our options to postpone and/or modify camp to make it work, but in the end, we could not come up with a scenario that would have ensured the health and well-being of all of our staff and campers.
We will be offering seven weeks of At-Home Nature Camp for those who are currently registered for Nature Camp. We understand that summer camps, and Nature Camp in particular, are valued because kids are able to get away from screens, go outside, and do what kids are supposed to do: explore, ask questions, get dirty, and socialize. We will work very hard to make this at-home experience emulate as much of this sentiment as possible, with occasional Zoom meetings for socialization, lots of fun hands-on exploration ideas and prompts for outside time, as well as other resources and activities to keep young Naturalists busy and engaged.
Everyone who has registered for Nature Camp is eligible for a full refund, with full waiver of our cancellation fee. If have a currently registered camper and would like to request a refund or transfer to an At-Home Nature Camp session, please fill out our Nature Camp Refund/Transfer/Donation Request Form.
Seattle Audubon is an independent 501(C)3 that runs on a small, and relatively tight budget. Like many small businesses, the cancellations of most of our programs and the shutdown of our Nature Shop due to the pandemic has resulted in financial hardship for our organization. Seattle Audubon relies on registration and program fees, as well as small individual donations to operate. A majority of the registration fees collected for Nature Camp goes to staff wages in preparation for camp planning, program delivery, and other overhead costs.
We understand that many families are struggling during this uncertain time, as individual incomes are impacted by the pandemic. If you find yourself in a situation where your finances and employment have not been impacted, please consider donating to Seattle Audubon.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
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.
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.
Our camp in West Seattle is held at Explorer West Middle School. (10015 28th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146) Close to parks with wonderful natural spaces to explore, camp at this location was a great success last year, that we’re doing it again and adding an additional week!
Convenient Camp Hours
Weeklong sessions run Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Extended Care is also available before and after regular camp hours for all campers. Space is limited. Learn more about Extended Care…
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? Check out our Careers Page for current job openings.
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.
Preschool and Kindergarten sessions have field groups of 8-10.
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, Lincoln Park, Hamlin Park, or the Arboretum, 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 handed out the first Monday of each camp session.
West Seattle campers take Metro city buses to their field trip locations, where a convenient route is available.
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.
Scholarships, member discounts, military family discounts
Seattle Audubon provides scholarships based on financial need. The scholarship application includes a spot for a child to write or draw, and requires a recommendation for the child by a non-related adult.
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.
Seattle Audubon members receive a discount on camp tuition, special member pricing in the Nature Shop, and more! We offer a comparable camp discount for military families.
Seattle Audubon has a long history of safe, fun, and educational summer enrichment programs, where children and teens can learn about birds and nature in a challenging and caring environment.
Send a child to Nature Camp! Ask how you can give to the Nature Camp scholarship fund by calling 206-523-8243 ext. 108.
Registration for Winter Break Bird Exploration Days Are Open!
“I liked the field trips because I like to experience nature and really touch the stuff.”
“Great camp, great location. No hassles for parents. Great counselors. Camp experience was so fun for my daughter. More, more, more!”