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June 15-August 28: 2015 Daycamps!

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When Jun 15, 2015 09:00 AM to
Aug 28, 2015 04:00 PM
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Discover, learn, and grow at Nearby Nature Daycamps this summer! Read on for a quick summary of what our camps are all about as well as complete details about our exciting summer program.Garden Child Daycamps 2014

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  • WHAT: Hiking, biking, canoeing, exploring, outdoor science, crafts, stories, games (Click here for detailed camp descriptions.)
  • WHERE: All outdoors in Alton  Baker Park and our Learnscape (Click here for details about our space.)
  • WHO: Kids ages 3-13, max 12 kids per camp, taught by experienced nature educators (Click here for camp age groups and here for instructor bios.)
  • WHEN: Week-long camps, half & full days (Click here to go to camp listings by week.)
  • HOW MUCH: Member discounts & scholarships! (Click here for costs.)

Overview

If your kids enjoy exploring, treasure hunting, bug catching, gardening, biking, and other fun nature adventures, then they will love Nearby Nature’s outdoor summer daycamps in Alton Baker Park.

Our full and half day camps are a wonderful medley of hands-on adventure, discovery, art, science, and play. Kids hike, catch bugs, garden, canoe, bike, and do experiments. They sing, do crafts, play games, tell stories, act, make models, build forts, and use maps. They also take fun field trips...and just simply play outside!                         

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Small Groups   

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


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.

Age Groups

We offer many weeks with concurrent sessions for different age groups.

Our Camp Home: the Learnscape & Alton Baker Park

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

  • The Learnscape: Our site's veggie gardens, fruit trees, and berry bushes help kids make a connection between the earth and what they eat. Leafy tunnels in the Cave of Wonders, balancing stumps in the Squirrel Kitchen, and natural materials in the Nature's Builder's Playspace make spending time outside fun. And our sandbox and grassy lawn provide lots of opportunities for free play, creativity, and exercise.Playing in the Squirrel Kitchen
  • Alton Baker Park: Out in the park, there are trails for hiking, meadows for bug catching, a canal for canoeing, the riverside 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!

*Note we have one camp based at the Cascades Raptor Center and several camps with different drop-off/pick-up sites for field trips. Details are provided in confirmation materials.

A Typical Day at Camp

Each camp has its home base at a special space in our site — Hazelnut Hollow, the Nest, or Frog Haven. A typical day includes a fun combination of exploring the park and activities in our Learnscape. Planned activities as well as time for unstructured play (creative, spontaneous, wonderful!) and munching garden goodies are included in each day. Camps are all outdoors, rain or shine, with our covered Discovery Lab, handy pop-up tents, or Yurt providing shelter if it ever gets really wet. Water and bathroom facilities are always available.

Camp Costs

  • Half day camps cost $105/week for members and $125/week non-members 
  • Full day camps cost $215/week for members and $255/week non-members
  • Lunch care costs $25/week, or $5/day for drop in.T-shirt
  • Note: a few camps have an extra fee of $15-$20 for special activities. See registration form for details. 
  • Each child who enrolls in our camps will get a FREE t-shirt at his or her first camp!

Scholarships

Nearby Nature believes that all children should have access to outdoor adventures in nature nearby. Camp scholarship assistance is available thanks to the Nearby Nature's Youth Scholarship Fund. To apply, fill out the Scholarship section on your Daycamp Registration Form.

Times and Dates                  

  • Camps start June 15 and end August 28. Each camp is one week long and has its own unique theme. Everyone loves Nearby Nature!
  • Camps run from 9 am-noon, 1-4 pm, or 9 am-4 pm.
  • Lunch care is available from noon-1 pm.

Registration

  • To sign up for camps, please fill out our Daycamp Registration Form, available by clicking here.
  • A minimum non-refundable deposit of $25/camp ($10 if you apply for a scholarship) is required to hold your camp space.
  • Payments can be made by check, credit card, or on-line here via PayPal. 
Registrations with deposits postmarked or emailed and paid online by April 1st entitle you to $5 off per camp!
  • Full payment is due a week in advance.
  • To join Nearby Nature and receive a camp discount, fill out our Daycamp Registration Form's membership section.
  • Questions? Call Daycamp Coordinator Jo Niedeck at 541-687-9699, ext. 2 or email here

Outdoor Leader 2014Adult and Teen Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are an integral part of all Nearby Nature 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. Many of our adult volunteers are guides for our school nature walks program. Some of our teen Outdoor Leaders were once campers themselves!

Volunteers and interns are needed for each camp. Training for 2015 happens June 11-12. For more information, contact Daycamps Coordinator Jo Niedeck at 541-687-9699, ext 2 or email here.

  • Adults interested in volunteering should fill out our Volunteer Questionnaire, available here.
  • People interested in internships will find our internship job description and directions for how to apply here.
  • Teens interested in our Outdoor Leaders program can find  information and an application here.

Daycamp DescriptionsSunflower Hat 2014 Daycamps

Camp topics include everything from bugs to bikes, rivers to rocks, wheels to wings! See complete descriptions below, listed both by week and by age level.

If you would like to receive a copy of our printed brochure in the mail (available in early March), please email us your address here.

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!

 

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Daycamps Listed by Age Group:

Click here to go to Daycamps by Week.

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.

 

Minnows (ages 3-4 ½)

 

Bertha Beaver and Daycampers 2014NATURE in a NUTSHELL

June 29-July 3, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Celebrate the senses in our Learnscape Gardens. Listen to singing birds, touch friendly bugs, smell colorful flowers, and watch wiggly worms. Meet a cheerful costumed Kinder Critter!

HOP, SKIP, and JUMP

July 13-17, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Learn all about wild animals and how they go! Play animal games and sing animal songs. Enjoy a fun visit with Rhian (Pyke) Arp, a Dance Africa drummer for six years!

DOWN in the DIRT

August 3-7, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Investigate the hidden world below your feet. Go on a bug hunt, build sandcastles, and create with clay. Meet a friendly costumed Kinder Critter!

CRAWLY CRITTERS

August 17-21, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Go on a crawly critter safari through garden and forest, sing the worm bin boogie, play games, and create critter crafts. Meet real reptiles and amphibians during a visit from the Herpetological Society!

GREEN GARDENERS

August 24-28, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Dig in the dirt, Happy Campers!plant seeds, and harvest delicious garden goodies. Sing songs, play games, and create garden art. Meet a garden-loving costumed Kinder Critter!

 

Dragonflies (ages 4½-5) 


FURRY FRIENDS

June 15-19, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: 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 visit with naturalist David Walp and check out his pelt collection.

Learnscape Abundance 2012RAINBOW GARDENERS

June 22-26, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover the rainbow growing in our early summer Learnscape Gardens. Eat colorful garden snacks, sing summer songs, hear rainbow stories, create earth art, and paint with dyes made from garden plants.

CALLING ALL BIRDS

July 6-10, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: 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!

MAGIC FOREST

July 20-24, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: 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

July 27-31, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: 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!Ladybugs

BUGS by the BILLIONS

August 3-7, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Did you know that bugs are everywhere?! See how many you can find in water, under logs, in the compost bin, and in the grass during this fun insect adventure camp. Do the Dragonfly Dance and the Butterfly Glide! 

EARTHKEEPERS

August 10-14, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Bake with sunlight and create recycled art! Harvest garden goodies from the Learnscape, make tunes from trash, and find critters in the compost.

MAKE A SPLASH

August 17-21, 1-4 pm, Alton Baker Park: Discover the wonders of water! Make drip sandcastles and splatter art. Experiment with our model watershed, play Poohsticks, water our gardens, and dance in the Learnscape sprinklers.

PUPPETS, PAINTS, & PAWPRINTS

August 24-28, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Enjoy animal face painting, footprint art, puppet making, and nature exploring. Create earth art in the Nature’s Builders outdoor classroom and hear tales told by a Kinder Critter!

 

Tree Frogs (ages 6-8)

 

BEAVERS to DUCKS

June 15-19, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover a place where Duckducks and beavers live in harmony! Use nets and magnifiers to find critters in ponds and rivers, splash like ducks in the canal, and build model beaver dams in the Learnscape. Check out mammal pelts during a visit with naturalist David Walp.

GO GREEN

June 22-26, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Get down in the dirt in during this fun garden camp. Harvest veggies in our Learnscape and prepare a fresh garden feast! Catch garden creepers and crawlers, learn the secrets of seeds, and go on scavenger hunts. Enjoy a visit from a local bee keeper and a trip to Living Earth Farm.

EARTH ART

June 29-July 3, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Discover amazing colors, textures, and patterns in nature as we explore park meadows, forests, waterways, and the Learnscape. Build and create with everything from sticks to stones, clay to cones. Make forts and design outdoor art! Hike to MECCA and build fabulous creations using their amazing treasure trove of recycled and unusual art supplies.

HAZELNUT HOLLOW THEATER

July 6-10, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: All the (outdoor) world is a stage in this fun nature theater camp! Spend the week acting like animals, singing songs, and working on a new play (different from last summer), with local actor Thomas Weaver. Make costumes from Drumming at Daycamps 2011recycled and natural materials and present your production in the Hazelnut Hollow Theater!

RIVER, RHYTHM & RHYME

July 13-17, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Get to know your rhythm and rhyme in the wild outside! Create percussion instruments from recycled stuff, learn dance moves and drum beats with special visitor Rhian (Pyke) Arp, a Dance Africa drummer for six years, and feel the rhythm of the river as you canoe in the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours.*Extra fee for canoeing. See registration form

UP in the AIR

July 13-17, 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park: 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 mini parachutes out of recycled materials, and make toys that fly. Visit the Science Factory Girl with FeatherPlanetarium for an up high look in the night sky! Combine this camp with River, Rhythm & Rhyme in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

FOREST FORTS

July 20-24, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Go on an animal homes hunt and get inspired to build your own special shelters! Create forts from things you find in the forest and castles from recycled materials. Go on a terrific trees walk at the UO campus, build sand sculptures, and have fun in the Learnscape’s Squirrel Kitchen! Climb real trees with experts from the City of Eugene’s Outdoor Program! *Extra fee for treeRiver exploring daycamps 2014 climbing. See registration form.

ROCK ’n FOSSIL FUN!

July 27-31, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Visit Fossil Beach, do the rock cycle rap, and learn the story of your own special stone. Spend a day at Skinner Butte Park where you’ll visit the famous rock columns and learn the basics of rock climbing from City of Eugene Outdoor Program experts. *Extra fee for rock climbing. See registration form.

ARTE y NATURALEZA (New bilingual camp for Tree Frogs and Blue Herons! Registration materials in Spanish coming soon!)

August 3-7, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Enjoy art and nature in TWO languages in this new bilingual camp! Spend each morning with a different Latin American artist felting, creating collage, painting with natural dyes, and more. In the afternoon, explore the park and Learnscape. Harvest garden goodies, go pond dipping, hike to Turtle Pond, and create Spanish/English nature signs for the Learnscape. Formulario de inscripción en español próximamente

 

CAMP TALKING STONES

August 10-14, 9am–noon, Alton Baker Park: Learn about the life and Weavinglore of our area’s native people, the Kalapuya. Hike to the Talking Stones, learn Kalapuya words, play Kalapuya games, and make crafts using natural materials. Learn about fire and bow-making from our Park Host and hear stories from Kalapuya Elder, Esther Stutzman. Combine this camp with free Lunch Care and Nature Trails & Tales in the afternoon for an all-day experience!

NATURE TRAILS & TALES

August 10-14, 1-4 pm, Alton Baker Park:  Discover how animal traces, plant clues, and evidence in stones and soil tell nature’s tales! Use maps to navigate park trails, share nature stories from different cultures, learn about park history, and create a photo collage that tells the tale of your week’s adventures. Combine this camp with Camp Talking Stones in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

Kids Canoeing Summer 2014WILD in the WATERSHED August 17-21, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Wade into the world of water in this wet and wild camp! Make drip sand castles and experiment with watershed models. Go on a critter quest to discover who lives in and near the park’s waters. Hike by the Willamette River, play Mountain Melt, and canoe in the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours. *Extra fee for canoeing. See registration form.

ECO EXPLORERS

August 24-28, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Explore off the beaten path in Alton Baker Park and spend a day hiking in Hendricks Park! Go on a fossil hunt, unearth compost critters, and find camouflaged insects. Use magnifiers and microscopes to solve mysteries up close and binoculars to check out what’s happening in the distance. Use maps, compasses, and GPS devices for treasure and scavenger hunts!

 

Blue Herons (ages 8-11)

 

WHEELS to WATER, SESSION ONEMore Bike Smoothies!

June 29-July 3, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore the Willamette riverside by bike! Watch water wildlife, visit CAT (the Center for Appropriate Transport), 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 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 and helmet for this camp. Extra fee for canoeing. See registration form.

RAPTORS and the RIDGELINE

July 6-10, 9am-4pm, Cascades Raptor Center (am) & Ridgeline Trail (pm): Enjoy close-up encounters with birds of prey (hawks, vultures, and owls), create raptor art, share raptor tales, and dissect owl pellets in the morning hosted by staff from the Cascades Raptor Center. In the afternoon, discover where raptors roam in Bird Maskreal life as you hike and explore the Ridgeline Trail with staff from Nearby Nature. *Extra fee for this camp. See registration form.

CASCADIA GREEN

July 13-17, 9 am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Experience sustainable living in the Pacific Northwest! Help care for our own mini urban farm (the Learnscape), get to know worms and other compost critters, and use our solar oven to cook garden goodies. Create art from recycled materials, visit a working farm, and learn about beekeeping from an expert beekeeper!  

WHEELS to WATER, SESSION TWO

July 27-31, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore the Willamette riverside by bike! Watch water wildlife, visit CAT (the Center for Appropriate Transport), make bike smoothies, and learn to fix flat tires. Use maps to pedal yourself to some of Eugene’s best outdoor Daycampers head out on a bike ride through the parkadventure 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 June 30 – July 3. 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.

ARTE y NATURALEZA (New bilingual camp for Tree Frogs and Blue Herons! Registration materials in Spanish coming soon!)

August 3-7, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Enjoy art and nature in TWO languages in this new bilingual camp! Spend each morning with a different Latin American artist felting, creating collage, painting with natural dyes, and more. In the afternoon, explore the park and Learnscape. Harvest garden goodies, go pond dipping, hike to Turtle Pond, and create Spanish/English nature signs for the Learnscape.Formulario de inscripción en español próximamente

EARTH WORKS and WORDS

August 10-14, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Wander off trail and Canoeing 2013paddle canoes in the canal in search of sights and sounds that inspire wild words and works. Look for the tallest trees, bluest birds, and wildest waves. Go to Hendricks Park for a day of tall tree tales and woodland adventure! Inspired by poets like William Stafford and artists like Andy Goldsworthy, settle into secret park hang-outs and cozy Learnscape corners to create wild words and works of your own. Extra fee for canoeing. See registration form.

WANDERING WHEELS – for Advanced Herons+ (ages 9-13)!

August 17-21, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore nature along our area’s wonderful bike trails. Spend three days on the Willamette River bike paths plus one day on the Middle Fork Path (near Dorris Ranch) and one day on the Fern Ridge Bike Trail. Hone your bike maintenance skills and go on a special a ride to Skinner Butte Park for an introduction to Rock Climbing at the famous Columns, taught by the City of Eugene’s Outdoor Program. Note: Different drop-off locations may be required for off-site rides. Participation limited to those who have previously attended Wheels to Water or whose biking skills can be verified by our instructor (must make arrangements in advance).  Extra fee for climbing, see registration form.

 

 

 

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Daycamps Listed by Week:

Click here to go to Daycamps by Age Group.

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.

 

Week 1: June 15-19

Grey squirrelFURRY FRIENDS (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: 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 visit with naturalist David Walp and check out his pelt collection.

BEAVERS to DUCKS (Tree Frogs), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover a place where ducks and beavers live in harmony! Use nets and magnifiers to find critters in ponds and rivers, splash like ducks in the canal, and build model beaver dams in the Learnscape. Check out mammal pelts during a visit with naturalist David Walp.

 

Week 2: June 22-26

Flower SaladRAINBOW GARDENERS (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover the rainbow growing in our early summer Learnscape Gardens. Eat colorful garden snacks, sing summer songs, hear rainbow stories, create earth art, and paint with dyes made from garden plants.

GO GREEN (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Get down in the dirt in during this fun garden camp. Harvest veggies in our Learnscape and prepare a fresh garden feast! Catch garden creepers and crawlers, learn the secrets of seeds, and go on scavenger hunts. Enjoy a visit from a local bee keeper and a trip to Living Earth Farm.

 

Week 3: June 29-July 3

NATURE in a NUTSHELL (Minnows), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Pretending in the GardenCelebrate the senses in our Learnscape Gardens. Listen to singing birds, touch friendly bugs, smell colorful flowers, and watch wiggly worms. Meet a cheerful costumed Kinder Critter!

EARTH ART (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Discover amazing colors, textures, and patterns in nature as we explore park meadows, forests, waterways, and the Learnscape. Build and create with everything from sticks to stones, clay to cones. Make forts and design outdoor art! Hike to MECCA and build fabulous creations using their amazing treasure trove of recycled and unusual art supplies.

WHEELS to WATER, SESSION ONE (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore the Willamette riverside by bike! Watch water wildlife, visit CAT (the Center for Appropriate Transport), 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 we are offering August 18-22. It’s just so popular that we decided to offer Bike Smoothies!it twice!) *You must have or borrow a bike and helmet for this camp. Extra fee for canoeing. See registration form

 

Week 4: July 6-10

CALLING ALL BIRDS (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: 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!

HAZELNUT HOLLOW THEATER (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: All the (outdoor) world is a stage in this fun nature theater camp! Spend the week acting like animals, singing songs, and working on a new play (different from last summer), with local actor Thomas Weaver. Make costumes from recycled and natural materials and present your production in the Hazelnut Hollow Theater!

Eagle at Raptor CenterRAPTORS and the RIDGELINE (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Cascades Raptor Center (am) & Ridgeline Trail (pm): Enjoy close-up encounters with birds of prey (hawks, vultures, and owls), create raptor art, share raptor tales, and dissect owl pellets in the morning hosted by staff from the Cascades Raptor Center. In the afternoon, discover where raptors roam in real life as you hike and explore the Ridgeline Trail with staff from Nearby Nature. *Extra fee for this camp. See registration form.

  

Week 5: July 13-17

HOP, SKIP, and JUMP (Minnows), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Learn all about wild animals and how they go! Play animal games and sing animal songs. Enjoy a fun visit with Rhian (Pyke) Arp, a Dance Africa drummer for six years!

RIVER, RHYTHM & RHYME (Tree Frogs), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Get to know your rhythm and rhyme in the wild outside! Create percussion instruments from recycled stuff, learn dance moves and drum beats with special visitor Rhian (Pyke) Arp, a Dance Africa drummer for six years, and feel the rhythm of the river as you canoe in the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours.*Extra fee for canoeing. See registration form

Blue Heron 2UP in the AIR (Tree Frogs), 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park: 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 mini 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 River, Rhythm & Rhyme in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

CASCADIA GREEN (Blue Herons), 9 am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Experience sustainable living in the Pacific Northwest! Help care for our own mini urban farm (the Learnscape), get to know worms and other compost critters, and use our solar oven to cook garden goodies. Create art from recycled materials, visit a working farm, and learn about beekeeping from an expert beekeeper! 

 

Week 6: July 20-24

MAGIC FOREST (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: 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.

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

 

Week 7: July 27-31

BUSY BUILDERS (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: 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!

ROCK ’n FOSSIL FUN! (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Visit Fossil Beach, do the rock cycle rap, and learn the story of your own special stone. Spend a day at Skinner Butte Park where you’ll visit the faChild with Rock Daycamps 2014mous rock columns and learn the basics of rock climbing from City of Eugene Outdoor Program experts. *Extra fee for rock climbing. See registration form.

WHEELS to WATER, SESSION TWO (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore the Willamette riverside by bike! Watch water wildlife, visit CAT (the Center for Appropriate Transport), 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 June 30 – July 3. 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 8: August 3-7

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

DragonflyBUGS by the BILLIONS (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Did you know that bugs are everywhere?! See how many you can find in water, under logs, in the compost bin, and in the grass during this fun insect adventure camp. Do the Dragonfly Dance and the Butterfly Glide! 

ARTE y NATURALEZA (New bilingual camp for Tree Frogs and Blue Herons! Registration materials in Spanish coming soon!), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Enjoy art and nature in TWO languages in this new bilingual camp! Spend each morning with a different Latin American artist felting, creating collage, painting with natural dyes, and more. In the afternoon, explore the park and Learnscape. Harvest garden goodies, go pond dipping, hike to Turtle Pond, and create Spanish/English nature signs for the Learnscape.Formulario de inscripción en español próximamente

 

Week 9: August 10-14

EARTHKEEPERS (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Bake with sunlight and create recycled art! Harvest garden goodies from the Learnscape, make tunes from trash, and find critters in the compost.

CAMP TALKING STONES (Tree Frogs), 9am–noon, Alton Baker Park: Learn about the life and lore of our area’s native people, the There are 11 Talking Stones in Alton Baker ParkKalapuya. Hike to the Talking Stones, learn Kalapuya words, play Kalapuya games, and make crafts using natural materials. Learn about fire and bow-making from our Park Host and hear stories from Kalapuya Elder, Esther Stutzman. Combine this camp with free Lunch Care and Nature Trails & Tales in the afternoon for an all-day experience!

NATURE TRAILS & TALES (Tree Frogs), 1-4 pm, Alton Baker Park:  Discover how animal traces, plant clues, and evidence in stones and soil tell nature’s tales! Use maps to navigate park trails, share nature stories from different cultures, learn about park history, and create a photo collage that tells the tale of your week’s adventures. Combine this camp with Camp Talking Stones in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience! Doug fir cones

EARTH WORKS and WORDS (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Wander off trail and paddle canoes in the canal in search of sights and sounds that inspire wild words and works. Look for the tallest trees, bluest birds, and wildest waves. Go to Hendricks Park for a day of tall tree tales and woodland adventure! Inspired by poets like William Stafford and artists like Andy Goldsworthy, settle into secret park hang-outs and cozy Learnscape corners to create wild words and works of your own. Extra fee for canoeing. See registration form.

 

Week 10: August 17-21

Kids with Herps 2014CRAWLY CRITTERS (Minnows), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Go on a crawly critter safari through garden and forest, sing the worm bin boogie, play games, and create critter crafts. Meet real reptiles and amphibians during a visit from the Herpetological Society!

MAKE A SPLASH (Dragonflies), 1-4 pm, Alton Baker Park: Discover the wonders of water! Make drip sandcastles and splatter art. Experiment with our model watershed, play Poohsticks, water our gardens, and dance in the Learnscape sprinklers.

WILD in the WATERSHED (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Wade into the world of water in this wet and wild camp! Make drip sand castles and experiment with watershed models. Go on a critter quest to discover who lives in and near the park’s waters. Hike by the Willamette River, play Mountain Melt, and canoe in the canal A Heron Oh My! 2013with Northwest Canoe Tours. *Extra fee for canoeing. See registration form.

WANDERING WHEELS (Advanced Herons+ ages 9-13), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore nature along our area’s wonderful bike trails. Spend three days on the Willamette River bike paths plus one day on the Middle Fork Path (near Dorris Ranch) and one day on the Fern Ridge Bike Trail. Hone your bike maintenance skills and go on a special a ride to Skinner Butte Park for an introduction to Rock Climbing at the famous Columns, taught by the City of Eugene’s Outdoor Program. Note: Different drop-off locations may be required for off-site rides. Participation limited to those who have previously attended Wheels to Water or whose biking skills can be verified by our instructor (must make arrangements in advance).  Extra fee for climbing, see registration form.

 

Week 1Peas!1: August 24-28

GREEN GARDENERS (Minnows), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Dig in the dirt, plant seeds, and harvest delicious garden goodies. Sing songs, play games, and create garden art. Meet a garden-loving costumed Kinder Critter!

PUPPETS, PAINTS, & PAWPRINTS (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Enjoy animal face painting, footprint art, puppet making, and nature exploring. Create earth art in the Nature’s Builders outdoor classroom and hear tales told by a Kinder Critter!

ECO EXPLORERS (Tree Frogs), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Explore off the beaten path in Alton Baker Park and spend a day hiking in Hendricks Park! Go on a fossil hunt, unearth compost critters, and find camouflaged insects. Use magnifiers and microscopes to solve mysteries up close and binoculars to check out what’s happening in the distance. Use maps, compasses, and GPS devices for treasure and scavenger hunts!


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