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Nature Camp 2022 Schedule

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

Note for 2022: All Campers will be required to be fully vaccinated to attend Nature Camp sessions. Exceptions will not be made for campers who may be too young to be vaccinated by the start of camp.

No AM only options for 2022. All sessions offered are full day (9:00am-3:30pm).

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

Garden Adventures 4F – July 18-22

$335 Members/$360 Non-members

Come test out your green thumb in the garden! We’ll practice some important gardening skills, understand what a garden needs to thrive, and plant some of our own plants. We’ll also learn about how gardens help other animals and even do some cooking!

Sprouts out ‘Sploring 5F – July 25-29

$335 Members/$360 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!

Bug Bonanza 6F – August 1-5

$335 Members/$360 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.

The Wonderful World of Water 7F – August 8-12

$335 Members/$360 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!

Little Bird, Little Bird 8F – August 15-19

$335 Members/$360 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.

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

Note for summer 2022: All campers will be placed in their age-appropriate field groups, regardless or pod or family group status.

Intertidal Investigators 1A: June 27 – July 1, 3A: July 11-15, or 7A: August 8-12

$360 Members/$385 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)

Webbed, Winged, Wild *2A: July 5-8 (No camp July 4), or 8A: August 15-19

$360 Members/$385 Non-members (*$290 Members/ $315 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: TBD)

Wetland Wonderland 4A: July 18-22

$360 Members/$385 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: TBD)

Woodland Wanderers 5A: July 25-29 or 10A: August 29 – September 2

$360 Members/$385 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 6A: August 1-5

$360 Members/$385 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)

The Natural Artist 9A: August 22-26

$360 Members/$385 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)

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

Note for summer 2022: All campers will be placed in age-appropriate field groups, regardless of family or social pods.

Science on the Sound 1B: June 27-July 1, 3B: July 11-15, or 7B: August 8-12

$350 Members/$375 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)

Bird is a Verb *2B: July 5-8 (no camp July 4), or 8B: August 15-19

$350 Members/$375 Non-members (*$290 Members/ $315 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: TBD)

Slough Sleuths 4B: July 18-22

$350 Members/$375 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: TBD)

Guardians of the Forest (Woodland Wanderers) 5B: July 25-29, or 10B: August 29 – September 2

$350 Members/$375 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 6B: August 1-5

$350 Members/$375 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)

Art Alfresco 9B: August 22-26

$350 Members/$375 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)

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

Young Birders Day Camp 2C – July 5-8 (No camp July 4) or 9C – August 22-26

$370 Members/$395 Non-members ($315 Members/$340 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)

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