Nature Camp

Nature Camp for Summer of 2020 is OPEN!  

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We are excited and grateful to be offering half-day nature camps located at the Lake Wilderness Arboretum in Maple Valley, WA and in Spokane, WA at the Urban Eden Farm School.

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 4-6 (with the exception of “Return to the Forest” is for ages 7-9) 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:

~ Building hideouts
~ 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 1:4 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 2020!  We can’t wait to share sweet summer memories with you and your family.


Sessions Available, SUMMER 2020:

TIME: 9:00am-12:00pm
AGES: Ages 4-6 (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 8 (If a camp does not have 8 children enrolled by the week before camp starts it will be cancelled)
FEE: *$180.00, includes a special take-home treasure.

*Spokane program fee is $150.00

View our program and registration policies here.

July 27th-30th, Feathered Friends of the Inland Northwest (SPOKANE, WA.)
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

August 3rd-6th, Exploring the Elements: Earth, Fire, Wind, Water
Behold the powers of the universe and the natural elements of earth, wind, water, and fire. 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 Brad Dupea

August 10-13th, Feathered Friends of the Pacific Northwest
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 Pacific Northwest birds both great and small. Educators: Brandy Parkinson and Emily Epperson.

August 17th-20th, The Wonderful World of Rocks and Gems
Rocks are special! Any child will attest to this. We’ll spend the week together treasure-hunting for rocks and exploring gemstones of all shapes, sizes, and colors. We’ll paint and hide rocks together, create games, and have a rockin-rolling time together. Educators: Brad Dupea and Emily Epperson