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Nature Camp 2023 Schedule

Please note that for the summer 2023 season, we will have THREE different locations of Nature Camp:

  • Magnuson Park Main Campus – Building 406
  • Magnuson Park Building 30 – Red Ochre Art Studio
  • Kruckeberg Botanic Gardens – Shoreline, WA (Schedule TBD, coming late January 2023)

Please be sure to confirm you are looking at the sessions for the correct location before registering for the lottery!

Scholarships available for all locations! Complete the application.

Our program strives to meet the needs of all participants. Please contact Hanae Bettencourt, Education Manager, at hanaeb@seattleaudubon.org to discuss accommodations or supports. 

Fledglings Sessions: for children entering Kindergarten in the fall

Magnuson Park Main Campus Sessions:

All sessions offered are full day (9:00am-3:30pm) at the Magnuson Park Main building only. No Fledglings sessions will be offered at Kruckeberg.

(Fledglings sessions do not got on Tuesday/Thursday field trips.)

The Wonderful World of Water 5F – July 31 – August 4, 2023

$370 Members/$395 Non-members

You can play with it, you can drink it, and you can learn from it! Join us as we explore all the fun things you can do with water and learn about how important water is in nature. We will look for things that live in water, learn about the water cycle, play games with water, and more!

Sprouts out ‘Sploring 6F – August 7-11, 2023

$370 Members/$395 Non-members

There is so much to learn from being outside. We’ll explore everything from the tiniest seed, to the biggest trees in this camp all about plants. We’ll germinate our own seeds, learn the different parts of a plant, and learn how different animals use plants every day!

Little Bird, Little Bird 7F – August 14-18, 2023

$370 Members/$395 Non-members

We are so lucky to live in a city that is home to many species of birds. We will look for birds in the park, learn how to identify common species, listen for their calls, and study the adaptations they have that allow them to live in their habitats.

Bug Bonanza 8F – August 21-25, 2023

$370 Members/$395 Non-members

Whether they have six legs, eight legs, or no legs at all, bugs and other small squirmy organisms are all around us and can do the coolest things. Come learn about how bugs and other macroinvertebrates make the world go ‘round.

Albatross Sessions: for children entering grades 1-3 in the fall

Magnuson Park Main Campus Sessions:

Webbed, Winged, Wild *1A: July 3-7, 2023 (No camp July 4), or 7A: August 14-18, 2023

$400 Members/$425 Non-members (*$325 Members/ $350 Non-members)

Seattle Audubon for what we do best: BIRDS! Learn about the many species of birds that call Seattle home and the cool adaptations they have that make them special. Campers will go birding in local bird hotspots, examine real bird specimens, and learn about the mechanics of bird flight. (Offsite field trip location for Tuesday/Thursday: Carkeek Park and Discovery Park

Wetland Wonderland 2A: July 10-14, 2023

$400 Members/$425 Non-members

Ponds, marshes, bogs, lakes, streams, rivers… wetlands are all around us! Explore the watersheds that are home to birds, fish, frogs, bugs, and other cool critters, and learn why we love wetlands. (Offsite field trip location for Tuesday/Thursday: Carkeek Park and Discovery Park)

Intertidal Investigators 3A: July 17-21 2023 or 5A: July 31 – August 4, 2023

$400 Members/$425 Non-members

What will you find beneath the waves of the Puget Sound? Discover treasures in tide pools, observe marine wildlife, and become an undersea expert! Note: Nature Camp’s Ocean week is scheduled to fall during the dates with the lowest tides during the summer. (Offsite field trip location for Tuesday & Thursday: Carkeek Park)

The Natural Artist 4A: July 24-28, 2023

$400 Members/$425 Non-members (Additional $25 art materials fee applies to this session)

Nature can be so inspiring – so many colors, shapes, textures, and sounds! Come get creative with us, using nature as your muse. Note: Additional $25 art material fee applies to this session. (Offsite field trip location for Tuesday and Thursday: TBD)

Woodland Wanderers 6A: August 7-11, 2023 or 9A: August 28 – September 1, 2023

$400 Members/$425 Non-members

Come explore the fascinating forests of the Pacific Northwest! Explore the biodiversity of plants and animals, and wonder at the inter-relationships that they share. Perhaps you’ll get certified as a Forest Habitat Detective! (Offsite field trip location for Tuesday and Thursday: TBD)

Buggin’ Out 8A: August 21-25, 2023

$400 Members/$425 Non-members

Whether they have six legs, eight legs, or no legs at all, bugs and other small squirmy organisms are all around us and can do the coolest things. Come learn about how bugs and other macroinvertebrates make the world go ‘round. (Offsite field trip location for Tuesday and Thursday: TBD)

Magnuson Park Red Ochre Art Studio (Building 30) Sessions:

(Note: All Red Ochre campers will go on field trips with main campus camps and will have extended care in the Garden Room)

Art from the Oceans 5RA: July 31 – August 4, 2023

$425 Members/$450 Non-members (includwes $25 art materials fee)

Take inspiration from the Puget Sound as we practive various art skills to bring marine life to life!

Art from the Forests 6RA: August 7-11, 2023

$425 Members/$450 Non-members (includes $25 art materials fee)

From towering trees to microscopic invertebrates, there is so much inspiration to get from all the different elements of the forest.

Blackbird Sessions: for children entering grades 4-6 in the fall

Magnuson Park Main Campus Sessions:

Bird is a Verb *1B: July 3-7, 2023 (no camp July 4), or 7B: August 14-18, 2023

$400 Members/$425 Non-members (*$325 Members/ $350 Non-members)

Discover the science surrounding flight and how birds adapt to their habitats while observing them in their local habitats. Join us and catch the birding bug! Campers will go birding in local bird hotspots, examine real bird specimens, and learn about the mechanics of bird flight.(Offsite field trip location for Tuesday/Thursday: Carkeek Park and Discovery Park)

Slough Sleuths 2B: July 10-14, 2023

$400 Members/$425 Non-members

Discover the complex world of Puget Sound wetland habitats! Watch the water flow, and investigate estuaries, ponds, lakes, and streams by taking water samples, collecting macroinvertebrates, and making scientific observations. (Offsite field trip location for Tuesday/Thursday: Carkeek Park and Discovery Park)

Science on the Sound 3B: July 17-21, 2023 or 5B: July 31 – August 4, 2023

$400 Members/$425 Non-members

Discover the science under the sea. Trek through tidal zones, discover what lives in the deep, and spend the week as an oceanographer! Note: Nature Camp’s Ocean week is scheduled to fall during the dates with the lowest tides during the summer. (Offsite field trip location for Tuesday and Thursday: Carkeek Park)

Art Alfresco 4B: July 24-28, 2023

$400 Members/$425 Non-members (additional $25 materials fee applies to this session)

Nature can be so inspiring – so many colors, shapes, textures, and sounds! Come get creative with us, using nature as your muse. (Offsite field trip location for Tuesday and Thursday: TBD)

Guardians of the Forest 6B: August 7-11, 2023 or 9B: August 28 – September 1, 2023

$400 Members/$425 Non-members

Native habitat restoration to benefit all living things. Discover how plants and animals thrive when surrounded by native plantings. Get your plant-pulling skills ready to do real habitat restoration!(Offsite field trip location for Tuesday and Thursday: TBD)

Incredible Invertebrates 8B: August 21-25, 2023

$400 Members/$425 Non-members

They can be soft-bodied or hard, have many legs or none, and they live in all kinds of different habitats. Come explore the world of backbone-less creatures. (Offsite field trip location for Tuesday and Thursday: TBD)

Magnuson Park Red Ochre Art Studio (Building 30) session: 

(Note: All Red Ochre campers will go on field trips with main campus camps and will have extended care in the Garden Room)

The Beauty of Birds 7RB: August 14-18, 2023

$425 Members/$450 Non-members (includes $25 art materials fee)

Birds are inspiring in so many ways. They come in all different colors, patterns, shapes, and sizes. Work on your fine arts skills using birds as a muse.

Art Alfresco 8RB: August 21-25, 2023

$425 Members/$450 Non-mmbers (includes $25 art materials fee)

Nature can be so inspiring – so many colors, shapes, textures, and sounds! Come get creative with us.

Crossbill Sessions: for children entering grades 7-9 in the fall

Magnuson Park Main Campus Sessions:

Young Birders Day Camp 1C* – July 3-7, 2023 (No camp July 4) or 4C (Art Focus) – July 24-28, 2023

$425 Members/$450 Non-members (*$345 Members/$370 Non-members)

Birding, science, conservation, art, and field trips – all with great people.

This program focuses on the basics of bird watching including proper use of optics, bird identification skills, bird habitats and more through field trips, guest speakers and other activities. Participants will explore the world of birds through bird walks, games, art, hands-on exploration of real bird specimens, and more. Campers are encouraged to continue friendships and interests created in Young Birders Day Camp by joining the year-round Young Birders community with Seattle Audubon! (Field trip locations: TBD)

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Sessions for children entering grades 1-5 in the fall

All sessions at Kruckeberg will be for campers entering grades 1-5 in fall 2023. No Fledglings or Crossbill sessions will be offered at this location.

Woodland Wanderers (1st-2nd grade) or Fascinating Forests (3rd-5th grade)

1K – July 3-7, 2023 (no camp July 4)

$325 (members)/$350 (non-members)

Come explore the fascinating forests of the Pacific Northwest! Explore the biodiversity of plants and animals, and wonder at the inter-relationships that they share. Perhaps you’ll get certified as a Forest Habitat Detective!

Webbed, Winged, Wild (1st-2nd grade) or Bird is a Verb (3rd-5th grade)

2K – July 10-14, 2023 and 4K – July 24-28, 2023

$400 (members)/$425 (non-members)

Join Seattle Audubon for what we do best: BIRDS! Learn about the many species of birds that call Seattle home and the cool adaptations they have that make them special. Campers will learn and practice their birding skills, examine real bird specimens, and learn about the mechanics of bird flight.

Buggin’ Out (1st-2nd grade) or Incredible Invertebrates (3rd-5th grade)

3K – July 17-21, 2023

$400 (members)/$425 (non-members)

Whether they have six legs, eight legs, or no legs at all, bugs and other small squirmy organisms are all around us and can do the coolest things. Come learn about how bugs and other macroinvertebrates make the world go ‘round.

Junior Naturalist Program: for teens entering 10-12 grade in the fall

A perfect opportunity for nature-loving teens to earn service learning hours while building leadership and teaching skills. Select paid internships also available. Junior Naturalists are required to attend a half-day training with the adult Naturalists, where teens learn how to interact with children, lead games and activities, risk management techniques, and appropriate behavior in a professional setting. For more info, read the JNAT Info and Job Description.

To apply to be a Junior Naturalist, complete the application

Kids

My kids LOVED this camp. They will be back next summer for sure! They learned so much and took us for a little hike at Carkeek to share their new knowledge!

Nature Camp Parent

You have inspired a love of nature and our younger son now wants to have a career helping our planet. Thank you so much for a fabulous week!!

Nature Camp Parent