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REGISTRATIONS FOR SUMMER 2021 ARE NOW CLOSED (due to waitlists being at capacity)

We are still accepting scholarship applications! (Some spots are still available for financial aid recipients.)

 

Though the pandemic may change our plans, our current plan is to host in-person Nature Camp at our Magnuson Park location for summer 2021. Registrations opened on March 15, and all sessions are now full and waitlists are closed. Read our Nature Camp 2021 FAQ’s below with our plans and the information we do know. This page will be updated periodically as new decisions are made. Thank you for your patience! To stay up to date on all Nature Camp announcements, follow our Facebook Page

Nature Camp 2021 FAQs (Updated May 4)

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 Pre-K/Kindergarten, 1-3rd grades, 4-6th grades, and 7-9th grades!

Click here for the 2021 Camp schedule

Covid-19 Policies
We are monitoring and closely following recommendations released by the CDC and Washington State Department of Health as we plan for Nature Camp 2021. Read more below:

CDC Suggestions for Youth and Summer Camps

Washington State Department of Health Recommendations for Child Care, Youth Development, and Day Camps

Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to the summer season.

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.

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! (No West Seattle Nature Camp sessions are planned for summer 2021.)

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. Morning care runs from 8-9a.m. and afternoon care runs from 3:30-5:30p.m. Space is limited. (NO EXTENDED CARE FOR SUMMER 2021.) 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 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.

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.

Preschool and Kindergarten 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.

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! Join or renew today! We offer a comparable camp discount for military families.

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, 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.

Send a child to Nature Camp! Ask how you can give to the Nature Camp scholarship fund by calling 206-523-8243 ext. 108.
Beach Birds
“I liked the field trips because I like to experience nature and really touch the stuff.”
Alyssa, age 11

Bear Salmon Mosquito
“Great camp, great location. No hassles for parents. Great counselors. Camp experience was so fun for my daughter. More, more, more!”
Parent

Bear Salmon Mosquito