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Discover, learn, and grow with Nearby Nature! Since 1992, our Bounty of Bugs 2013dedicated staff and volunteers have explored the wild outside with tens of thousands of local children, adults, families, and teachers. We look forward to having YOU as part of our Nearby Nature family this summer! Click here to go straight to our detailed 2014 Summer Daycamps listings or read on to learn all about our program. Click here for a printable summary of camp dates, ages, and topics. Click here to make a program payment.

Overview

If your kids enjoy exploring, treasure hunting, bug catching, gardening, biking, and other fun nature adventures, then they should participate in Nearby Nature’s outdoor summer daycamps! Our daycamps are a wonderful medley of hands-on adventure, discovery, art, science, and play. Kids hike, catch bugs, garden, canoe, bike, play games, and do experiments. They sing, do crafts, tell stories, act, make models, build forts, and use maps. They also just simply play outside!

Many camps also include special guests or field trips. This summer, we’ll take trips to the Science Factory Planetarium, the UO Bike Barn, Living Earth Farm, the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History, and the Spencer Butte Challenge Course. We'll canoe in Alton Baker Park, climb trees with the City of Eugene's Outdoor Program, and enjoy storytelling by Kalapuya elder Esther Stutzman.

Happy Campers!Small Groups                              

Nearby Nature believes that each of our campers should get lots of personal attention, so we cap our enrollment at 12 kids per camp. Most camps have three staffers — one lead instructor, a trained adult volunteer, and a teen Outdoor Leader.      

Nearby Nature's Learnscape 

Almost all of Nearby Nature’s daycamps are based outdoors in Alton Baker Park, in our wonderful Learnscape. Much more than a simple yard, our Learnscape is a living, learning outdoor classroom. Each camp has a home base in its own special part of the site — Hazelnut Hollow, the Nest, or Frog Haven.Bean Tee Pee

At the start of each camp, kids meet at their home base, hang their backpacks, and get ready for the day’s adventures. A typical day includes a fun combination of exploring in the park, free play time, and activities at our Learnscape. Camps take place outdoors, rain or shine, with our covered Discovery Lab and our Yurt providing shelter if it ever gets really wet. Water and bathroom facilities are always available.

When kids are in the Learnscape, veggie gardens, a fruit tree orchard, and berryLearnscape Abundance 2012 bushes help them make a connection between the earth and what they eat. Balancing stumps in the Squirrel Kitchen, leafy tunnels in the Cave of Wonders, and natural materials in the Nature's Builder's Playspace make interacting with nature fun.

I LOVE the location! It is magical! -- Parent, Daycamper

And our sandbox and grassy lawn provide lots of opportunities for free play, creativity, and exercise!

Out in the park, there are trails for hiking, meadows for bug catching, waterways for canoeing, riversides for bird watching, and paths for biking. There are also all sorts of cool natural neighbors to meet — great blue herons, dragonflies, beavers, squirrels, frogs, and more!Blue Heron 1

At Nearby Nature, children have a myriad of opportunities to enjoy and connect with the natural world right in our own backyard.

*Note we have one camp based at the Cascades Raptor Center. Details about drop-off and pick up for this camp are provided in confirmation materials. 

Experienced Instructors  

Each Nearby Nature lead instructor is an experienced outdoor educator. All lead instructors are certified in First Aid and CPR and have passed background checks. Resumes are available upon request and short biographies are posted here

"Grace thought Dig It was the best Nearby Nature camp she's been to yet--and probably her best camp this summer. Thank you!" --Dig It camp parent

Nature Up Close!2014 Costs

Week-long, half day camps (3 hours per day) cost $105/session for members and $125 for non-members. Week-long, full day camps (7 hours per day) cost $210/session for members and $250 for non-members. (Note there is a discount for camps during the 4-day Fourth of July week and a few camps have an extra fee of $15-$20 for special activities. See registration form for details.) Our Owls leadership camp (4 hours per day) costs $145 for members and $170 for non-members (includes special fees for Challenge Course and First Aid/CPR training). Lunch care costs $25/week, or $5/day for drop in.

Registrations with deposits postmarked/emailed by April 1 entitle you to $5 off per camp! A minimum non-refundable deposit of $25/camp ($10 if you apply for a scholarship) is required to hold your camp space.

Full payment is due a week in advance and can be made by check, credit card, on-line here via PayPal. For camp registration forms, including scholarship and membership information, click here.

Each child who enrolls in our camps will get a FREE t-shirt at his or her first camp!

Times and Dates                     

Camps start on June 23 and end on August 29. Each camp is one week long and has its own unique theme. Many camps run three hours per day, 9 am-noon or 1-4 pm. Our teen camp runs from noon-4 pm. We also offer all day camps that run from 9 am-4 pm! Lunch care from noon-1 pm is available for most camps. Canoeing in Alton Baker Park

Note: It's fine for kids to re-take camps they have enjoyed in the past — no camp is ever exactly the same as it was last year!

Ages 3-15

Campers are divided into five age groups: 3-4½ year olds (Minnows*), 4½-5 year olds (Dragonflies), 6-8 year olds (Tree Frogs), 8-11 year olds (Blue Herons), and 12-15 year olds (Owls). We offer many weeks with concurrent sessions for different age groups. Parents of children enrolled in Minnows camps (as well as parents of kids in higher level camps) are welcome to stay for all or part of any camp session.

*Note: Children enrolled in Minnows camps need to be potty trained.

"I am impressed with the knowledge my son comes home with--he remembers what he learned at last summer's camps too. Nearby Nature's program is very effective at conveying biological concepts in a fun manner. Good job!" -- Busy Builders camp parent

Scholarships

Nearby Nature believes that all children should have access to outdoor adventures in nature nearby. Scholarship assistance is available thanks to the Nearby Nature's Youth Scholarship Fund. To apply, fill out the appropriate section on your daycamp registration form.

RegistrationMore Bike Smoothies!

To sign up for camps, please fill out both sides of our Daycamp Registration and Scholarship Form, available by clicking here. To join Nearby Nature and receive a camp discount, fill out the form's membership section. Questions? Call 541-687-9699 or email info@nearbynature.org.

Adult and Teen Volunteers Needed

Catching bugs is a favorite activity for Nearby Nature daycampersNearby Nature volunteers are an integral part of our programs. These dedicated and fun folks come from all walks of life and have all sorts of skills and interests to share with our campers. Some of our teen Outdoor Leaders were once campers themselves! Many of our interns go on to share what they have learned from working with Nearby Nature in other communities all over the country. Our adult volunteers often work with our school nature walks program as well.

If you are interested in joining us as an adult assistant, an intern, or Goodies from the Learnscape Gardens!a teen Outdoor Leader, let us know by calling 541-687-9699 or emailing info@nearbynature.org. Adults interested in volunteering should fill out our Volunteer Questionnaire, available by clicking here. Folks interested in internships should check out our internship job description here. And finally, teens interested our our Outdoor Leaders program can find more information here.

Volunteers and interns are needed for each camp. Training for 2014 happens on June 20 and 21. For more information, contact Daycamps Coordinator Jo Niedeck at 541-687-9699.

 

"My son came home each day beaming with excitement over the activities and projects. He learned a bunch and is already talking about next year! Thanks for a fabulous learning experience." -- Butterflies to Beavers camp parent

Daycamp Topics, Dates, and Times

Nearby Nature's 2014 summer daycamps begin June 23 and end August 29. Topics include everything from bugs to bikes, rivers to rocks, wheels to wings!

Remember, camps serve five different age groups: Minnows:(3-4 1/2), Dragonflies (4 1/2-5),Tree Frogs (6-8), Blue Herons (8-11), and Owls (12-15).

For registration and scholarship information see our Summer Daycamp Registration Forms. If you would like to receive a copy of our printed brochure in the mail (which will be available by early March), please send us your address at info@nearbynature.org. Full camp details are posted below. 

 

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Daycamps Listed by Age Group:


Click here to go to Daycamps by Week.
Click here for a printable summary of camp names, age groups, and dates.
Click here for Summer Daycamp Registration and Scholarship Forms and On-Line Payments.

Please note that we maintain a waiting list for camps that fill. Please call 541-687-9699 or email info@nearbynature.org to be put on a specific wait-list. Enrollment information last updated 7-18-14


Minnows (ages 3-4½)Fun Bug Dancing 2012


SENSATIONAL NATURE

June 30-July 3 (4 day week), 9 am-noon, ABP:  Explore our sense-ational Learnscape Gardens. Taste yummy berries, listen to singing birds, touch friendly bugs, smell colorful flowers, and watch wiggly worms. Meet a friendly costumed Kinder Critter!

GREEN GARDENERS

July 14-18, 9 am-noon, ABP: Dig in the dirt, plant seeds, and harvest delicious goodies from our Learnscape Gardens. Sing songs, play games, and create garden art. Meet a green Kinder Critter!

Dephinium blossoms brighten Alton Baker Park in the spring -- photo by Renee GabrielMOTHER GOOSE’S GARDEN (4 spaces left!)

July 28-August 1, 9 am-noon, ABP:  Listen to poems by the posies and tales under the trees. Enjoy the wonder of words as we explore, create, and play in our Learnscape Gardens. Rap rhymes with a costumed Kinder Critter!

WIGGLERS and WADDLERS (2 spaces left)

August 18-22, 9 am-noon, ABP: Check out what’s wiggling and waddling in and near the water. Play fun water games and tell water tales. Dance with a costumed Kinder Critter!

DOWN in the DIRT

August 25-29, 9 am-noon, ABP: Investigate the hidden world below your feet. Go on a bug hunt, build sandcastles, and create with clay. Meet a friendly costumed Kinder Critter!


Dragonflies (ages 4½-5)

Making Music at Camp


SPRING into SUMMER

June 23-27, 9 am-noon, ABP: Discover the rainbow growing in our early summer Learnscape Gardens. Eat tasty garden snacks, sing summer songs, create earth art, and build a garden sundial.

MAGIC FOREST (1 space left!)

July 7-11, 9 am-noon, ABP: Explore the magical world of a green, growing forest. Tell tall tree tales and make wood gnomes from forest finds. Build fairy houses and name your favorite park tree.

BUSY BUILDERS call or email to be put on our waiting list.

July 21-25, 9 am-noon, ABP: Discover how animals make their homes. Check out nests, watch webs, and find beaver sticks. Learn about earth-friendly human homes and build your own miniature house using lessons learned from animals!

POSITIVELY POLLINATORS

July 28-August 1, 9 am-noon, ABP: Discover how plants and insects Bella Butterflycooperate in nature. Look for butterflies in our Learnscape Gardens and discover how bees make honey. Meet our Kinder Critter Bella Butterfly!

CALLING ALL BIRDS
Camp Full, call or email to be put on our waiting list.

August 4-8, 9 am-noon, ABP: Get to know your fine feathered friends! Check out real feathers and nests, explore bird habitats, play bird games, and hear bird stories. Sing like a bird and build your own bird nest!

FURRY FRIENDS - Camp Full, call or email to be put on our waiting list.

August 11-15, 9 am-noon, ABP: Beavers and squirrels and moles, oh my! Learn about park mammals as you hunt for hidden homes, search for tracks and traces, tell critter tales, and create wild animal art. Enjoy a storytelling visit from Kalapuya elder Esther Stutzman.

LadybugsBOUNTY of BUGS

August 18-22, 1-4 pm, ABP: Explore ponds, look under logs, and swing nets through grass as you hunt for bugs of all shapes and colors. Learn about insects and do the Dragonfly Dance! 

PUPPETS, PAINTS, & PAWPRINTS (3 spaces left!)

August 25-29, 9 am-noon, ABP: Enjoy animal face painting, footprint art, storytelling by a Kinder Critter, puppet making, and nature exploring. Create earth art in the Nature’s Builders outdoor classroom!


Tree Frogs (ages 6-8)Kids use dip nets during pond study activities in Alton Baker Park

 

CREEPY, CRAWLY, SLITHERY, SLIMY ~Camp full - call or email to be put on the wait list.

June 23-27, 9 am-4 pm, ABP: Snakes and beetles and spiders, oh my! Explore ponds, look under logs, and swing nets through grass to discover all that slithers, crawls, or swims. Check out real critters up close, do bug crafts, and bop to the Butterfly Glide!

NATURE DETECTIVES

June 30-July 3 ~Camp full - call or email to be put on the wait list.
(4 day camp), 9 am-noon, ABP: Explore off the beaten path in Alton Baker Park! Go on a fossil hunt, unearth compost critters, and find camouflaged insects. Use magnifiers to solve mysteries up close and binoculars to check out what’s happening in the distance.

RainbowEARTH ART - call or email to be put on our waiting list

July 7-11, 9 am-4 pm, ABP: Discover the amazing colors, textures, and patterns found in nature as we explore park meadows, forests, and waterways. Build and create with everything from sticks to stones, clay to cones. Make forts and design outdoor art that covers our whole yard! Hike to MECCA and build 3-D creations using their amazing treasure trove of recycled and unusual art supplies.

WILD OUTSIDE - Camp full, call or email to be put on waiting list!

July 14-18, 9 am-noon, ABP: Spend the week pretending to be a different wild animal every day! Learn to hide like a heron, build like a beaver, and sneak like a snake. Check out real bones, furs, and feathers. Play fun animal games and share animal tales. Combine this camp with Lunch Care and Mess with Mud in the afternoon for an all-day experience!

MESS with MUD (3 spaces left)

July 14-18, 1-4 pm, ABP: Discover the magic of mud. Mix it, model it, squish it, and shake it. Discover what's going on in the world under your feet. Do the rock cycle rap, go on a fossil hunt, and make critters out of clay. Go on a fun field trip to the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Combine this camp with Lunch Care and Wild Outside in the morning for an all-day experience!

FOREST FORTS - Camp full, call or email to be put on our waiting list.

July 21-25, 9 am-4 pm, ABP: Full day of fun this year! Go on an animal homes hunt and get Forest Forts 2013inspired to build your own special shelters! Create castles from recycled materials and forts from things you find in the forest. Go on a terrific trees walk at the UO campus, build sand sculptures, and have fun in the Squirrel Kitchen! Climb real trees with experts from the City of Eugene’s Outdoor Program! *Extra fee for tree climbing. See registration form.

RIVER, RHYTHM & RHYME ~3 spaces left

July 28-August 1, 9 am-4 pm, ABP: Get to know your rhythm and rhyme with fun outdoor drumming activities every day. Create instruments from recycled stuff, learn dance moves and drum beats, and feel the rhythm of the river as you canoe in the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours. *Extra fee for canoeing. See registration form.

WORLD of WATER ~ Only 1 spaces left!
August 4-8, 9 am-noon, ABP: Wade into the world of water in this wet and wild camp! Build a solar still, make drip sand castles, and experiment with watershed models. Visit the Willamette River, play Mountain Melt, and canoe in the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours. Discover how ice and salt turn milk into ice cream! *Extra fee for canoeing. See registration form. Combine this camp with Lunch Care and Up in the Air in the afternoon for an all-day experience!

UP in the AIR

Watch for osprey along the Willamette River -- Photo by Marlon Pineda

August 4-8, 1-4 pm, ABP: Discover what’s up in the air as you learn about things that fly, glide, float, and fall. Use binoculars to scan the sky for birds, create parachutes out of recycled materials, and make toys that fly. Visit the Science Factory Planetarium for an up high look in the night sky! Combine this camp with Lunch Care and World of Water in the morning for an all-day experience!

FISH TALES - Camp Full - call or email to be put on waiting list.

August 11-15, 9 am-noon, ABP: Learn the salmon’s life story as we explore the watery world of the Willamette River. Play the Bear, Salmon, Mosquito game and catch bugs in the water —salmon’s dinner! Enjoy a storytelling visit from Kalapuya elder Esther Stutzman.

HAZELNUT HOLLOW THEATER ~ Camp Full, call or email to be put on the waiting list.

August 18-22, 9 am-4 pm, ABP: All the (outdoor) world is a stage in this fun nature theater camp. Spend the week acting like animals, wandering the riverside, creating and singing songs, and working on a musical that we’ll stage at the end of the week. Make masks from recycled and natural materials and present your production in the Hazelnut Hollow Theater!

STONE SOUP - only 5 spaces left!Harvest in Edible School Yard

August 25-29, 1-4 pm, ABP: Dig, plant, harvest, and snack during this fun gardening camp in our Learnscape. Collect herbs and veggies and prepare a special garden feast that includes stone soup! Catch garden creepers and crawlers, learn garden songs, and make paper you can plant. Visit a working urban garden!


Blue Herons (ages 8-11)

 

Canoeing in the CanalWILD WORD WANDERINGS - camp full, call or email to be put on the waiting list.

July 7-11, 9 am-noon, ABP: Wander off trail to find secret hang-outs and canoe the canal in search of sights and sounds that inspire wild words. Find the tallest trees, best heron haunts, wildest river waves, and more. Get inspired by your own adventures as well as by poets like William Stafford and Mary Oliver to speak or write wild words of your own.  Extra fee for canoeing.  See registration form. Combine this camp with Lunch Care and Earthworks in the afternoon for an all-day experience!

EARTH WORKS - 4 spaces left!

July 7-11, 1-4 pm, ABP: Get creative with natural materials as you help design and build a dome-shaped garden shelter for our Learnscape. Mess with mud, create earth art, and make concrete stepping stones for our garden and yours. Combine this camp with Lunch Care and Wild Word Wanderings in the morning for an all-day experience!

RAPTORS and the RIDGELINE - Camp full - call or email to be put on wait list!Dmitri

August 4-8, 9 am-4 pm, Cascades Raptor Center: This camp combines our old favorite camp Winged Wonders with a new afternoon of exploring along the Ridgeline Trail! Enjoy close-up encounters with hawks, vultures, and owls hosted by Cascades Raptor Center staff in the morning. Create raptor art, share raptor tales, and dissect owl pellets. Discover where raptors roam in real life as you spend the afternoon with a Nearby Nature instructor hiking and exploring the Ridgeline Trail. *Extra fee for this camp. See registration form.

WHEELS to WATER, SESSION ONE ~ Camp Full! Call or email to be put on the waiting list.

July 14-18, 9 am-4 pm, ABP: Explore the Willamette riverside by bike and watch water wildlife. Visit the UO Bike Barn, take apart old bikes, make bike smoothies, and learn to fix flat tires. Use maps to pedal yourself to some of Eugene’s best outdoor adventure spots. Park the wheels for one day and enjoy the water as you canoe on the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours! (Note this is the same camp that we are offering August 18-22. It’s just so popular that we decided to offer it twice!) *You must have or borrow a bike for this camp. Extra fee for canoeing. See registration form.

DIG IT! ~ 4 spaces leftFlower Salad

August 11-15, 9 am-4 pm, ABP: Discover urban farming! Sing, do yoga, garden, and harvest in our Learnscape. Cook in the solar oven, make plantable paper, and create illustrated recipe booklets. Hang out in the bean tipis and catch garden bugs. Visit a working farm and learn about beekeeping from an expert beekeeper!

WHEELS to WATER, SESSION TWO - Camp full - call or email to be put on waiting list!

August 18-22, 9 am-4 pm, ABP: Explore the Willamette riverside by bike and watch water wildlife. Visit the UO Bike Barn, take apart old bikes, make bike smoothies, and learn to fix flat tires. Use maps to pedal yourself to some of Eugene’s best outdoor adventure spots. Park the wheels for one day and enjoy the water as you canoe on the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours! (Note this is the same camp that we are offering July 14-18. It’s just so popular that we decided to offer it twice!) *You must have or borrow a bike and helmet for this camp. Extra fee for canoeing.  See registration form. 


Owls (ages 12-15) 

 

LEARN to LEAD - Camp CancelledChallenge Course 2013

June 30-July 3 (4 day camp), noon-4 pm, ABP: Learn to work as a team as you take on the Spencer Butte Ropes Challenge Course! Learn to keep yourself and others safe as you get real first Aid/CPR certification. Learn to lead as you explore the riverside by bicycle and the park using GPS navigation. Have fun while honing your skills for babysitting, working as a camp counselor, and increased independence.

 

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Daycamps Listed by Week:

Click here to go to Daycamps by Age Group.

Click here for a printable summary of camp names, age groups, and dates.

Click here for Summer Daycamp Registration and Scholarship Form and On-Line Payments.

Please note that we do maintain a waiting list for camps that fill. Please call 541-687-9699 or email info@nearbynature.org to be put on a specific wait-list. Enrollment information last updated 7-18-14.

Week 1: June 23-27

SPRING into SUMMER (Dragonflies), 9 am-noon, ABP: Discover the rainbow growing in our early summer Learnscape Gardens. Eat tasty garden snacks, sing summer songs, create earth art, and build a garden sundial.

SpiderCREEPY, CRAWLY, SLITHERY, SLIMEY (Tree Frogs)-Camp full, call or email to be put on waiting list.  9 am-4 pm, ABP: Snakes and beetles and spiders, oh my! Explore ponds, look under logs, and swing nets through grass to discover all that slithers, crawls, or swims. Check out real critters up close, do bug crafts, and bop to the Butterfly Glide!


Week 2: June 30-July 3 (no camp July 4)

SENSATIONAL NATURE (Minnows), 9 am-noon, ABP: ExploreRaspberry Run our sense-ational Learnscape Gardens. Taste yummy berries, listen to singing birds, touch friendly bugs, smell colorful flowers, and watch wiggly worms. Meet a friendly costumed Kinder Critter!

NATURE DETECTIVES (Tree Frogs),~Camp full - call or email to be put on the wait list.
9 am-noon, ABP: Explore off the beaten path in Alton Baker Park! Go on a fossil hunt, unearth compost critters, and find camouflaged insects. Use magnifiers to solve mysteries up close and binoculars to check out what’s happening in the distance.

Ropes Course at City of EugeneLEARN TO LEAD (Owls), Camp Cancelled.  noon-4 pm, ABP: Learn to work as a team as you take on the Spencer Butte Ropes Challenge Course! Learn to keep yourself and others safe as you get real first Aid/CPR certification. Learn to lead as you explore the riverside by bicycle and the park using GPS navigation. Have fun while honing your skills for babysitting, working as a camp counselor, and increased independence.


Week 3: July 7-11

MAGIC FOREST (Dragonflies), - Only 1 spot left! - 9 am-noon, ABP: Explore the magical world of a green, growing forest. Tell tall tree tales and make wood gnomes from forest finds. Build fairy houses and name your favorite park tree.

EARTH ART (Tree Frogs),-  Camp full, call or email to be put on waiting list - 9 am-4 pm, ABP:  Discover the amazing colors, textures, and patterns found in nature as we explore park meadows, forests, and waterways. Build and create with everything from sticks to stones, clay to cones. Make forts and design outdoor art that covers our whole yard! Hike to MECCA and build 3-D creations using their amazing treasure trove of recycled and unusual art supplies.

The Willamette River is lovely edged by spring-green treesWILD WORD WANDERINGS (Blue Herons),- Camp full, call or email to be put on the waiting list - 9 am-noon, ABP:   Wander off trail to find secret hang-outs and canoe the canal in search of sights and sounds that inspire wild words. Find the tallest trees, best heron haunts, wildest river waves, and more. Get inspired by your own adventures as well as by poets like William Stafford and Mary Oliver to speak or write wild words of your own.  Extra fee for canoeing.  See registration form. Combine this camp with Lunch Care and Earthworks in the afternoon for an all-day experience!

EARTHWORKS (Blue Herons) - 4 spaces left, 1-4 pm, ABP: Get creative with natural materials as you help design and build a dome-shaped garden shelter for our Learnscape. Mess with mud, create earth art, and make concrete stepping stones for our garden and yours. Combine this camp with Lunch Care and Wild Word Wanderings in the morning for an all-day experience! 


Week 4: July 14-18Peas!

GREEN GARDENERS (Minnows), 9 am-noon, ABP: Dig in the dirt, plant seeds, and harvest delicious goodies from our Learnscape Gardens. Sing songs, play games, and create garden art. Meet a green Kinder Critter!

WILD OUTSIDE (Tree Frogs) - Camp full, call or email to be put on waiting list!  9 am-noon, ABP: Spend the week pretending to be a different wild animal every day! Learn to hide like a heron, build like a beaver, and sneak like a snake. Check out real bones, furs, and feathers. Play fun animal games and share animal tales. Combine this camp with Lunch Care and Mess with Mud in the afternoon for an all-day experience!

MESS WITH MUD (Tree Frogs), 3 spaces left, 1-4 pm, ABP: Discover the magic of mud. Mix it, model it, squish it, and shake it. Discover what's going on in the world under your feet. Do the rock cycle rap, go on a fossil hunt, and make critters out of clay. Go on a fun field trip to the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Combine this camp with Lunch Care and Wild Outside in the morning for an all-day experience!

Bike Smoothies!WHEELS to WATER, SESSION ONE  (Blue Herons), - Camp full, call or email to be put on a waiting list - 9 am-4 pm, ABP:  Explore the Willamette riverside by bike and watch water wildlife. Visit the UO Bike Barn, take apart old bikes, make bike smoothies, and learn to fix flat tires. Use maps to pedal yourself to some of Eugene’s best outdoor adventure spots. Park the wheels for one day and enjoy the water as you canoe on the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours! (Note this is the same camp that we are offering August 18-22. It’s just so popular that we decided to offer it twice!) *You must have or borrow a bike for this camp. Extra fee for canoeing. See registration form.


Week 5: July 21-25

BUSY BUILDERS (Dragonflies), - call or email to be put on our waiting list.
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9 am-noon, ABP: Discover how animals make their homes. Check out nests, watch webs, and find beaver sticks. Learn about earth-friendly human homes and build your own miniature house using lessons learned from animals!

Forest Forts 2013 #2FOREST FORTS (Tree Frogs), -call or email to be put on our waiting list.
- 9 am-4 pm, ABP: Go on an animal homes hunt and get inspired to build your own special shelters! Create castles from recycled materials and forts from things you find in the forest. Go on a terrific trees walk at the UO campus, build sand sculptures, and have fun in the Squirrel Kitchen! Climb real trees with experts from the City of Eugene’s Outdoor Program! *Extra fee for tree climbing. See registration form.


Week 6: July 28-August 1

MOTHER GOOSE'S GARDEN (Minnows), Only 4 spaces left! 9 am-noon, ABP: Listen to poems by the posies and tales under the trees. Enjoy the wonder of words as we explore, create, and play in our Learnscape Gardens. Rap rhymes with a costumed Kinder Critter!

POSITIVELY POLLINATORS (Dragonflies), 9 am-noon, ABP: Discover how plants and insects cooperate in nature. Look for butterflies in our Learnscape Gardens and discover how bees make honey. Meet our Kinder Critter Bella Butterfly!

RIVER, RHYTHM & RHYME (Tree Frogs), Only 3 spaces left! 9 am-4 pm, ABP: Get to Drumming at Daycamps 2011know your rhythm and rhyme with fun outdoor drumming activities every day. Create instruments from recycled stuff, learn dance moves and drum beats, and feel the rhythm of the river as you canoe in the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours. *Extra fee for canoeing. See registration form.


Week 7: August 4-8

CALLING ALL BIRDS (Dragonflies),- Camp Full, call or email to be put on our waiting list.
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9 am-noon, ABP:  Get to know your fine feathered friends! Check out real feathers and nests, explore bird habitats, play bird games, and hear bird stories. Sing like a bird and build your own bird nest!

A Heron Oh My! 2013WORLD of WATER (Tree Frogs), ~Only 1 spaces left!
- 9 am-noon, ABP: Wade into the world of water in this wet and wild camp! Build a solar still, make drip sand castles, and experiment with watershed models. Visit the Willamette River, play Mountain Melt, and canoe in the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours. Discover how ice and salt turn milk into ice cream! *Extra fee for canoeing. See registration form. Combine this camp with Lunch Care and Up in the Air in the afternoon for an all-day experience!

UP in the AIR (Tree Frogs), 1-4 pm, ABP: Discover what’s up in the air as you learn about things that fly, glide, float, and fall. Use binoculars to scan the sky for birds, create parachutes out of recycled materials, and make toys that fly. Visit the Science Factory Planetarium for an up high look in the night sky! Combine this camp with Lunch Care and World of Water in the morning for an all-day experience!

RAPTORS and the RIDGELINE (Blue Herons), Camp Full - call or email to be put on waiting list. 9 am-4 pm, CRC:  This camp combines our old favorite camp Winged Wonders with a new afternoon of exploring along the Ridgeline Trail! Enjoy close-up encounters with hawks, vultures, and owls hosted by Cascades Raptor Center staff in the morning. Create raptor art, share raptor tales, and dissect owl pellets. Discover where raptors roam in real life as you spend the afternoon with a Nearby Nature instructor hiking and exploring the Ridgeline Trail. *Extra fee for this camp. See registration form.


Week 8: August 11-15

SquirrelFURRY FRIENDS (Dragonflies), - Camp Full, call or email to be put on our waiting list -9 am-noon, ABP:  Beavers and squirrels and moles, oh my! Learn about park mammals as you hunt for hidden homes, search for tracks and traces, tell critter tales, and create wild animal art.Enjoy a storytelling visit from Kalapuya elder Esther Stutzman.

FISH TALES (Tree Frogs), Camp Full!  Call or Email to be put on waiting list.  9 am-noon, ABP: Learn the salmon’s life story as we explore the watery world of the Willamette River. Play the Bear, Salmon, Mosquito game and catch bugs in the water —salmon’s dinner! Enjoy a storytelling visit from Kalapuya elder Esther Stutzman.

Edible Schoolyard ProduceDIG IT! (Blue Herons), 4 spaces left, 9 am-4 pm, ABP: Discover urban farming! Sing, do yoga, garden, and harvest in our Learnscape. Cook in the solar oven, make plantable paper, and create illustrated recipe booklets. Hang out in the bean tipis and catch garden bugs. Visit a working farm and learn about beekeeping from an expert beekeeper!


Week 9: August 18-22

Nearby Nature's Kinder Critters are good friends! -- Photo by Gary RostWIGGLERS and WADDLERS (Minnows), 2 spaces left,
9 am-noon, ABP: Check out what’s wiggling and waddling in and near the water. Play fun water games and tell water tales. Dance with a costumed Kinder Critter!

BOUNTY of BUGS (Dragonflies), 1-4 pm, ABP: Explore ponds, look under logs, and swing nets through grass as you hunt for bugs of all shapes and colors. Learn about insects and do the Dragonfly Dance! 

HAZELNUT HOLLOW THEATER (Tree Frogs), 9 am-4 pm, Camp Full, call or email to be put on waiting list.  ABP: All the (outdoor) world is a stage in this fun nature theater camp. Spend the week acting like animals, wandering the riverside, creating and singing songs, and working on a musical that we’ll stage at the end of the week. Make masks from recycled and natural materials and present your production in the Hazelnut Hollow Theater!

Daycampers head out on a bike ride through the parkWHEELS to WATER, SESSION TWO (Blue Herons), Camp Full!  Call or email to be put on the waiting list. 9 am-4 pm, ABP:  Explore the Willamette riverside by bike and watch water wildlife. Visit the UO Bike Barn, take apart old bikes, make bike smoothies, and learn to fix flat tires. Use maps to pedal yourself to some of Eugene’s best outdoor adventure spots. Park the wheels for one day and enjoy the water as you canoe on the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours! (Note this is the same camp that we are offering July 14-18. It’s just so popular that we decided to offer it twice!) *You must have or borrow a bike and helmet for this camp. Extra fee for canoeing. See registration form.


Week 10: August 25-29

DOWN in the DIRT (Minnows), 9 am-noon, ABP: Investigate the hidden world below your feet. Go on a bug hunt, build sandcastles, and create with clay. Meet a friendly costumed Kinder Critter!

PUPPETS, PAINTS & PAWPRINTS (Dragonflies), Only 3 spots left!  9 am-noon, ABP: Enjoy animal face painting, footprint art, storytelling by a Kinder Critter, puppet making, and nature exploring. Create earth art in the Nature’s Builders outdoor classroom!

Learnscape Campers 2011STONE SOUP (Tree Frogs), 1-4 pm, ABP: Dig, plant, harvest, and snack during this fun gardening camp in our Learnscape. Collect herbs and veggies and prepare a special garden feast that includes stone soup! Catch garden creepers and crawlers, learn garden songs, and make paper you can plant. Visit a working urban garden!

 

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