Summer Nature Camps
Registration is NOW OPEN for Summer 2021!
(Please register below)
We are excited and grateful to be offering half-day nature camps located at Royal Arch Park in Maple Valley, at Mason Jar Farm in Enumclaw, the Matson Family Farm in Enumclaw, and at Vinegar Flats Farm in Spokane.
Time outside is an amazing gift we can give to our young children, and a wonderful way to encourage self-directed learning and play throughout the summer. Our nature camps are designed for children ages 4-7 (with the exception of our Cedar Valley Explorers camp, for ages 6-9) who are ready to explore, taste, touch, hear, see, and smell the many wonders of nature.
Throughout the week, guided by the curiosity and wonder of our campers, we engage children using outdoor fun to create pathways for lessons in nature and local ecology:
~ Learning the language of birds and plants
~ Foraging and eating edible snacks
~ Storytelling & singing songs
~ Hiking through the forests and gardens
~ Playing cooperative nature games
With our 1:5 teacher to child ratio, all children receive the love and attention they need to be confident nature explorers and friends. We believe that all children are gifted learners. As mentors, our teachers work hard to observe, recognize, and honor each child’s gifts. Throughout the week we practice awareness, thankfulness, and respect of self, others, and the natural world.
Our talented staff are early childhood educators, trained in forest school pedagogy, and are all first aid and CPR certified. To view our current staff profiles click here.
Welcome to our summer camp circle of 2021! We can’t wait to share sweet summer memories with you and your family.
Sessions Available, SUMMER 2021:
TIME: 9:30am-12:30pm Monday through Thursday
AGES: Ages 4-7 (by the start of camp) No exceptions as nature camp is not suited for children under 4 and refunds will be given.
NUMBER of CAMPERS: Maximum 10 (If a camp does not have 8 children enrolled by the week before camp starts it will be cancelled)
FEE: $180.00 for Maple Valley and Enumclaw locations. $150 for Spokane location. PayPal fees included in price.
View our program and registration policies here.
June 14th-17th: Artists in the Garden (Matson Family Farm, Enumclaw) FULL
This camp will be our return to Osceola Art Studio and Garden School. It will be a week full of art exploration! We will create connections with the natural world and explore how to use art to express what we see, hear, and feel. As always, we will focus on open-ended exploration of art materials while introducing exciting new creation techniques. This camp will include many different art mediums and is guaranteed to be an adventure… and a mess! Educators: Emily Epperson and Joann O’Meara
June 21st-24th: Fairies in the Forest (Royal Arch Park, Maple Valley) FULL
Spring transitions to summer and our forest is bubbling with life! Together we will spend the week exploring the abundance of the forest by getting to know some local plants and wildlife, crafting magical nature items to start our very own fairy gardens, and becoming fairies/magical folk ourselves through song and imaginative play. Educators: Emily Epperson and Jenny Thompson
June 28th-July 1st: Elements- Earth, Fire, Wind, Water (Mason Jar Farm, Enumclaw) FULL
We’ll explore the elements every day, the farm hosts such life! We will learn some things about plants, soil and bugs and the importance of their life on the farm. The natural cycle of nature and our important role in caring for our land. Water and its natural cycle. A little sprinkler fun with water, fire watching and celebrating with candles and roasting marshmallows, Wind playing with Kites and balloons. Educators: Jenny Thompson and Jenni Sample
July 5th-8th: Feathered Friends of the Pacific Northwest (Royal Arch Park, Maple Valley) FULL
Join us for a week of fun and folly as we explore the lives of some of our favorite feathered friends. Birds hold a very special place in our hearts; they are the messengers of the natural world. To know the robin’s song, or to think like a crow, or to move like a hummingbird is a gift. This week will be filled with bird-watching, exploring nests, eggs, feathers, and learning about Pacific Northwest birds both great and small. Educators: Bradley Dupea and Emily Epperson
July 12th-15th: Feathered Friends of the Inland Northwest (Vinegar Flats Farm, Spokane) FULL
Join us for a week of fun and folly as we explore the lives of some of our favorite feathered friends. Birds hold a very special place in our hearts; they are the messengers of the natural world. To know the robin’s song, or to think like the osprey, or to soar like the bald eagle is a gift. This week will be filled with bird-watching, exploring nests, eggs, feathers, and Inland Northwest birds both great and small. Educators: Maya West and Hope Helms
July 26th-29th: Busy As a Bee (Mason Jar Farm, Enumclaw) FULL
We have 2 active hives on the farm! We will explore all things about bees, their life cycle, the interactivities of a hive and how they produce honey and our important role in keeping them safe. We’ll learn about pollination of flowers and how bees “work” with our Apiary farmer Steve. We will play bee games, and have bee crafts with natural beeswax you will take home seeds of bee friendly flowers for your own garden. Educators: Jenny Thompson and Jenni Sample
July 26th-29th: Cedar Valley Explorers Camp (Royal Arch Park, Maple Valley)
Too old for the other camps? No worries! Here is an opportunity for child-interest led outdoor play for our school age community. You are never too old to enjoy the great outdoors, some come play by the cedar river with us as we play games like fox-tail tag, eagles nest, the fox and the bunnies, and classics like freeze tag and maybe some kickball. We will also spend plenty of time exploring the park, throwing and skipping rocks in the river, building a fort, and/or what the group would like to do! Lots of ideas and options that will be used as seems fit for this group of children, including a project based on what they seem to enjoy. Educators: Bradley Dupea and Emily Epperson
August 9th-12th: Exploring the Elements: Earth, Fire, Wind, Water (Royal Arch Park, Maple Valley) FULL
Behold the powers of the universe and the natural elements of earth, fire, wind, and water. We are excited to offer a week of nature play dedicated to getting dirty, experimenting with wind, exploring the power and forces of water, and honoring the gift of fire. Educators: Emily Epperson and Joann O’Meara
August 9th-12th: The Colors of Nature (Mason Jar Farm, Enumclaw) FULL
We will be exploring color on the flourishing farm, the wonders of color in nature in things like vegetables, rocks and gems, flowers, and fruits. The children will get to use their innate artistic talents in a variety of ways – The veggies will be growing in abundance on the farm! Rainbows of chard, greens and hues of lettuces, herbs, ripening tomatoes from oranges, reds and purples. Eggplants, broccoli, cauliflower and so much more. We will dive into plant anatomy, and tasting, painting, scarf-dyeing, and nature crafting. Educators: Jenny Thompson and Jenni Sample
August 16th-19th: The Wonderful World of Rocks and Gems (Royal Arch Park, Maple Valley) FULL
Does your child always come home with a pocket full of rocks? Do you have a special box or spot outside for all the rocks collected? If so this is the place to be! We love rocks and are spoiled with agates, quartz, petrified wood, and jasper on the shore of the river. We’ll spend the week together exploring our gemstone collection of all shapes, sizes, and colors, learning names of different rocks and colors of different minerals, creating games, filling our pockets with rocks, and having a rockin-rolling time together. Educators: Emily Epperson and Bradley Dupea
Please choose carefully, we have multiple camps on the same dates!
Camp tuition is due at the time of registration. Should you choose to withdraw from camp, we require more than 14 days notice. If less than 14 days notice is given, no refund shall be issued.