Nature Camp

Registration opens February 1st, 2018!


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

Seat against the beautiful backdrop of Mt. Rainier, we offer programs to keep young children active and engages with a love of nature.

Time outside is an amazing gift we can give to our young children, and a wonderful way to encourage self-directed learning and play. Our nature camps are designed for children ages 4-6 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 2018!  We can’t wait to share sweet summer memories with you and your family.

Sessions Available, SUMMER 2018:

TIME: 9:00am-12:00pm
AGES: Ages 4-6 (by the start of camp) No exceptions.
NUMBER of CAMPERS: Maximum 8 children and 2 Teachers
FEE: $180.00, includes fresh fruits daily and a special take-home treasure

June 25th-28th, Forest Creatures Great and Small
We’ll spend a week together tending to the special creatures who live and share the forest and waterways with us: catching tadpoles, bird-watching, caring for rabbits, tracking animals and maybe even becoming them ourselves through story and song.

July 9th-12th, Life of an Artist; Nature-Inspired
Join us for a week of full artistic immersion in a forest setting. While exploring and familiarizing ourselves with techniques such as painting, drawing, sculpture and imagery, we will investigate and create artwork inspired by our surroundings. The week will end in an exhibition created by the children to inspire an ever-growing sense of creativity as they continue their life as an artist. With local artist, Joann O’Meara.

July 16th-19th, The Wonderful World of Rocks & 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 craft special treasure pouches, sail the seas of the Arboretum in search of pirate’s gold, and learn how to use a compass and map.

July 23rd-26th, Elemental Fairies
To find a ring of flowers in any field or forest is to find the fairies too! Join us for a week dedicated to the magic of fairies. We’ll explore the elements of earth, wind, water, and fire as we create stories together, build fairy homes and hollows, work with ‘potions’ made from flowers and herbs, and more.

August 13th-16th, 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.

August 20th-23rd, Wizards of the Forest
We are excited to offer this magical week to campers! As good wizards do, we will be crafting tools to help us on our journey through the forest; wooden wands, woodland potions, special spells. We will work together to solve riddles left by our mystical and human friends alike.

August 20th-23rd, Life and Fun on the Farm (Enumclaw, WA.)
Spend a week on a real, working farm! Campers will get to explore their senses as they explore the orchard, work alongside farmers in the garden beds, feed chickens, cuddle rabbits, and work up a sweat running to the seasonal creek and back. We’ll also get to munch on some delicious homegrown farm snacks together as we learn about the summer growing season.