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Nature Camp 2021 Schedule*

 *Subject to change. Magnuson Park only. No West Seattle Camp for 2021.

Schedule update April 29: Due do changing circumstances, we have moved all the Tuesday and Thursday field trips to Carkeek Park. More information will be emailed to all currently registered families on the coming days. 

Schedule Update March 9: We have made the difficult decision to remove Fledglings (PreK-K) and Crossbill (7th-9th) sessions from the schedule for summer 2021. We are sorry for this inconvenience, and look forward to offering camps for these age groups next year.

Our program strives to meet the needs of all participants. Please contact Hanae Bettencourt, Associate Education Manager, at 206-523-8243 x108 to discuss accommodations or supports. 

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

Note for summer 2021: Due to this summer’s Covid-related policy of keeping siblings and campers within the same at-home pod in the same field group, there is a high likelihood that A-session and B-session campers will be mixed. We will do our best to split field groups by age where possible and Naturalists will work to ensure that camp programming and activities are best suited for the age groups within their groups.

Intertidal Investigators (Science on the Sound) *3A: July 6-9 (no 7/5), or 5A: July 19-23

$325 Members/$350 Non-members (*$260 Members/$285 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. *3A is a 4-day week due to the 4th of July holiday (Offsite field trip location for Tuesday & Thursday: Carkeek Park)

Woodland Wanderers (Guardians of the Forest) 2A: June 28-July 2 or 7A: August 2-6

$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! (Offsite field trip location for Tuesday and Thursday: Carkeek Park)

Buggin’ Out 4A&B: July 12-16

$325 Members/$350 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: Carkeek Park)

Webbed, Winged, Wild (Bird is a Verb) 6A: July 26-30, or 10A: August 23-27

$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)

Art Alfresco 8A&B: August 9-13

$325 Members/$350 Non-members

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: Carkeek Park)

Wetland Wonderland (Slough Sleuths) 9A: August 16-20

$325 Members/$350 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 and Thursday: Carkeek Park)

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

Note for summer 2021: Due to this summer’s Covid-related policy of keeping siblings and campers within the same at-home pod in the same field group, there is a high likelihood that A-session and B-session campers will be mixed. We will do our best to split field groups by age where possible and Naturalists will work to ensure that camp programming and activities are best suited for the age groups within their groups.

Science on the Sound (Intertidal Investigators) *3B: July 6-9 (no 7/5), or 5B: July 19-23

$325 Members/$350 Non-members (* $260 Members/$285 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. *3B is a 4-day week due to the 4th of July holiday.(Offsite field trip location for Tuesday and Thursday: Carkeek Park)

Guardians of the Forest (Woodland Wanderers) 2B: June 28-July 2, or 7B: August 2-6

$325 Members/$350 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 in local parks with the City of Shoreline!(Offsite field trip location for Tuesday and Thursday: Carkeek Park)

Buggin’ Out 4A&B: July 12-16

$325 Members/$350 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: Carkeek Park)

Bird is a Verb (Webbed, Winged, Wild) 6B:July 26-30, or 10B: August 23-27

$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 and Thursday: Carkeek Park)

Art Alfresco 8A&B: August 9-13

$325 Members/$350 Non-members

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: Carkeek Park)

Slough Sleuths (Wetland Wonderland) 9B: August 16-20

$325 Members/$350 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 and Thursday: Carkeek Park)

Fledglings Sessions: for children entering Pre-K and Kindergarten in the fall

No Fledglings sessions will be offered in summer 2021. We are sorry for this inconveneince and look forward to having Fledglings at Nature Camp in 2022!

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

No Crossbill sessions will be offere during summer 2021. We are sorry for this inconvenience and look forward to welcoming Crossbill campers in 2022!

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 Junior Naturalist Info and Job Description.

To apply to be a Junior Naturalist, complete the application

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High quality staff, well developed curriculum, field trips, and great location.
Camp Parent

I liked the hikes…because we got to see a lot of things and we got to learn about everything we saw.
Karla, Nature Camper