Summer is upon us – have you signed your kids up for summer nature camp?

In eleven days, Patrick will be done with second grade. While I will be spending lots of time with him and his little sister this summer, getting outside and exploring new places as much as possible, as we do each summer I’ve signed up for some nature camps. The Portland area has much to offer for kids to learn about many aspects of nature and be active outside. Here’s a list of organizations that offer nature-based camps. Be sure to contact each place to find out about availability and prices, and please comment below if I have missed any…

Adventure WILD Summer Day Camp (supports Outdoor School)
Audubon Society of Portland
Columbia Springs (Vancouver)
Franciscan Montessori Earth School
The Green Schoolhouse
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve (Hillsboro)
Leach Botanical Garden
Mad Science Portland
Mount St. Helens Institute: Volcano Camp (WA)
Namanu Day Camp In The City
Northeast Community Center
Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center (outside the city)
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Oregon Zoo
Portland Children’s Museum
Portland Parks & Recreation
Rewild Portland
Sauvie Island Center
Trackers Earth PDX
Tryon Creek State Park
Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District (Beaverton)
Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (Sherwood)
Tualatin Riverkeepers (Tigard)
Willamette Riverkeeper
Zenger Farm

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2 Responses to Summer is upon us – have you signed your kids up for summer nature camp?

  1. Thanks for getting the word out. The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge camp is actually operated by Friends of the Refuge. Please go to our Webpage at for details. We would love to have Patrick join us if it fits your very busy nature schedule.

    • darwinsbulldog says:

      Thanks, Cheryl! I’ve made the fix for Friends of TRNWR.

      So far, Patrick is signed up for a week with Portland Parks & Rec, at a park in our own neighborhood, two single-day camps with my work (THPRD) at Cooper Mountain Nature Park, and swim lessons at Southwest Community Center. Not sure if we’ll be signing him up for anything more. 🙂

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