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Welcome to summer daycamps at Nearby Nature! We're so glad you've decided to join us. From bugs to bikes, rivers to rocks, wheels to wings -- we've got something for everyone. We can't wait to meet you and your family!

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The Basics:

  • WHAT: Hiking, biking, canoeing, exploring, science, crafts, stories, games, free play.
  • WHERE: Outdoors in Alton Baker Park and at our Learnscape (plus at the Cascades Raptor Center and Mount Pisgah Arboretum).
  • WHO: Kids ages 3-13 divided into five age groups, max 12 kids per camp, taught by experienced nature educators.
  • WHEN: June 18-August 31, week-long camps, half & full day options.
  • HOW MUCH: Member discounts & scholarships available! See below. Register online. When you create an account your registration information will be saved for future programs.


Flowers 2015The Details:

Our Site in Alton Baker Park

“I LOVE the location. It is magical!” — Parent, Summer Daycamper

Children have a myriad of opportunities to connect with nature at our camps — on the "wild side" of Alton Baker Park and in our Learnscape Garden and Outdoor Classroom.

Alton Baker Park: Features hiking trails, bike paths, bug catching meadows, a canoe canal, shady forests, and the riverside. It's also home to lots of cool natural neighbors — great blue herons, dragonflies, foxes, squirrels, fish and more!

The Learnscape: Our 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, stepping stumps in the Squirrel Kitchen, and natural materials in the Nature's Builder's Playspace give kids a chance to challenge their bodies and stretch their imaginations. And our sandbox and grassy lawn provide opportunities for free play, creativity, and exercise.

*Note we also have one camp based at the Cascades Raptor Center, three at Mount Pisgah, and several with different field trip drop-off/pick-up sites.


Small GroupsGirl with Crawdad

“Great camp - my child came home exhilarated and exhausted every day!” — Parent, Daycamper

We cap our enrollment at 12 kids per camp. We love getting to know your kids!      


Experienced Instructors

“My kids really enjoyed the programs and I felt great about leaving them in your care. The counselors were terrific!” — Parent, Summer Daycamper

Three staffers run each camp — one lead instructor, a trained adult volunteer, and a teen Outdoor Leader. Lead instructors are experienced educators (First Aid/CPR certified and background checked) and volunteers have all participated in our camp training program.


Age Groups

Your kids will be in camp with other children the same age.

If you have a choice of levels, choose the "younger" or "older" level that suits your child best.

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2018 Camp Costs and Important Notes

“My son was excited to go to summer camp every morning and he was equally happy when I picked him up.” — Parent, Summer Daycamper

  • A minimum non-refundable deposit of $35/camp is required to hold your camp space.
  • Full payment is due a week in advance.
  • Payments can be made by credit card online or in person by check or in cash.
  • Register by March 31st and save $5 per camp!
  • Each child who enrolls in our camps will get a FREE t-shirt!
COST/WEEK MEMBER* NON-MEMBER
Half day
(9-noon or 1-4 pm)

prorated July 4th week

$115

($92)

 $135

($108)

Full day (9am-4 pm) $230 $270
*Lunch care
(12-1 pm)
$35 pre-paid
($7/day drop in)
 $35 pre-paid
($7/day drop in)
Pre-camp care (8:30-9 am)
(Alton Baker Park Camps Only)
$25 pre-paid
($5/day drop in)
$25 pre-paid 
($5/day drop in)
After-camp care (4-5 pm)
(Alton Baker Park Camps Only)
 $35 pre-paid
($7/day drop in)
 $35 pre-paid
($7/day drop in)


*Additional Cost Notes:

  • Membership costs $50/year. Members get camp discounts. You can become a member/renew your membership online. To get a camp discount, make sure your membership is current as of the start date of your first camp. Call 541-687-9699 to check on your status as needed.

  • Lunch care is included in full day camps and free for campers who register for both morning and afternoon half day camps on the same week.

  • Some camps have an extra fee of $10-$25 for special activities or unique locations. See registration for details.

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Scholarships

Nearby Nature believes all children should have access to outdoor adventures in nature nearby. Camp scholarship assistance is available thanks to Nearby Nature's Youth Scholarship Fund. To apply, fill out the Scholarship section as you register for camps, Donations to the Scholarship Fund are also welcome and can be made online.


Additional Information

Click on the following links for more information about our camps.


Questions?

  • Click here for our FAQs about our summer daycamps. 
  • Problems with registration or want a paper copy of our registration form? Call Daycamps Director ShyAnne Groberg at 541-687-9699, ext. 2 or email here


Daycamps by Age Banner

Daycamps by Age Group updated February 2018

Click here to go to Daycamps by Week.

Note: We are unable to update this list every day. Please refer to the online registration system to see if space is available in specific camps. If a camp is full, you can join our waiting list online. Click on the dragonfly logo to go straight to our registration system.

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Minnows (ages 3-4)

BUG BUDDIES

June 25-29, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover a wild kingdom of crawlers, climbers, and creepers in our busy bug-filled garden. Touch friendly insects, watch wiggly worms, and play the Hungry Caterpillar game! Meet a friendly costumed Kinder Critter.

KINDER COLORS

July 2-6, 9am-noon (no camp July 4th), Alton Baker Park: Have different color of fun every day in the wonderland of our garden and park! Pick petals, mix mud, and play with paints made from plants. Play color matching games and sing colorful songs.

Who's Hiding!HOP, SKIP, & JUMP

July 23-27, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Learn all about wild animals and how they go. Play animal movement games and sing wiggly animal songs. Dance with a costumed Kinder Critter!

GROWING UP GREEN

July 30-August 3, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover the power of plants! Get down in the dirt with garden games, songs, and stories. Catch garden-friendly bugs and make rainbow veggie art. Rap with our green Franny Frog Kinder Critter!

SPLASH ‘n SPLATTER

August 20-24, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Explore the wonderful world of water. Meet water bugs, make splatter art, and dance in the Learnscape sprinklers. Play Poohsticks and create watercolor rainbow art!

Dragonflies (ages 4-5)

FLUTTER and FLOAT Duck

June 18-22, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Get up and go in this lively camp for kids who like to move! Get to know critters who float on water or flutter through air. Build a hand-made boat from natural materials, catch bugs, watch birds, and create fun pretend wings.

MAGIC FOREST

June 25-29, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Explore our park’s magical, green, growing forest. Tell tall tree tales and make wood gnomes from forest finds. Build fairy houses and name your favorite park tree.

CAMO CRITTERS

July 2-6, 9am-noon (no camp July 4th), Alton Baker Park: Explore garden, meadow, pond, and forest in search of hiding creatures -- from birds to bugs. Play camouflage games and create camo costumes. Meet real reptiles and amphibians during a visit from the Herpetological Society! Combine this camp with Puppets, Paints & Pawprints in the afternoon and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

PUPPETS, PAINTS, & PAWPRINTS

July 2-6, 1-4pm (no camp July 4th), Alton Baker Park: Enjoy animal face painting, footprint art, puppet making, and nature exploring. Create Earth Art in the Learnscape, build towers in the Nature’s Builder's Playspace, and hear tales told by a masked Kinder Critter! Combine this camp with Camo Critters in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

Dave Walp and pelts 2014FURRY FRIENDS

July 9-13, 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 amazing pelt collection.

HOOT, HOWL, & HUM!

July 16-20, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Celebrate the sounds of nature in this naturally noisy camp. Hoot like owls, howl like coyotes, and hum like bees! Tap out tunes with drummer Rhian Pike and work together to create music from recycled and natural materials. End the week with a concert in the Hazelnut Hollow! Combine this camp with free Lunch Care and Bounty of Bugs in the afternoon for an all-day experience!

BOUNTY of BUGS

July 16-20, 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore ponds, look under logs, and swing nets through grass as you hunt for bugs of all shapes, sizes, and colors! Learn all about insects, play creepy-crawly games, and do the Dragonfly Dance. Combine this camp with Hoot, Howl, and Hum in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

COLOR CRAZY

July 23-27, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Step into a world of Rainbow Mural 2015color! Learn how animals use colors to hide or hunt. Create finger paints from flowers, build a colorful critter creation to take home, and meet a colorful Kinder Critter.

SUN FUN

July 30-August 3, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover how the sun helps grow a rainbow in our garden. Make sun prints, bake in our solar oven, and tell sun stories. Enjoy a visit to the Eugene Science Center for a planetarium show!

MAKE A SPLASH

August 6-10, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover the wonders of water! Make drip sandcastles and mud pies. Experiment with our model watershed, play Poohsticks, and dance in the Learnscape sprinklers.

Bella ButterflyPOSITIVELY POLLINATORS

August 13-17, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover how plants and animals cooperate in nature. Catch butterflies in the meadow, taste goodies from our Learnscape Gardens, and learn how bees make honey. Meet our Kinder Critter Bella Butterfly!

BUSY BUILDERS

August 20-24, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Make nests, weave webs, and build beaver dams in this fun camp all about creative critters. Learn about earth-friendly human homes and build your own miniature shelter using lessons learned from animals!

CALLING ALL BIRDS

August 27-31, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Get to know your fine feathered friends! Check out real feathers and nests, explore park bird habitats, play bird games, and hear bird stories. Sing like a bird and hoot with our feathered Kinder Critter friend Olivia Owl!

 

Tree Frogs (ages 6-8)

BIG ON BUGSLadybugs

June 18-22, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Crickets and beetles and flies, oh my! Get to know insects as we catch bugs in the grass, forests, meadows, and ponds. Use nets, screens, and magnifiers to find and identify hidden creatures in the compost, soil, and gardens. Make your own cool insect out of recycled materials.

ROCK 'N FOSSIL FUN!

June 25-29, 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 get a chance to try rock climbing with experts from City of Eugene Outdoor Program. *Extra fee for rock climbing.

Canoeing in Alton Baker ParkSCALES, TAILS, and SAILS

July 2-6, 9am-4pm (no camp July 4th), Alton Baker Park: Discover how aquatic critters make waves in the water! Learn how boats float and build creations that sail in the water and soar on the wind. Meet live reptiles on a visit from the Herpetological Society and canoe in the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours. *Extra fee for canoeing.

WILD OUTSIDE

July 9-13, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Spend the week pretending to be a different wild animal every day! Learn to run like a rabbit, build like a beaver, and sneak like a snake. Check out real bones and feathers as well as furs from naturalist Dave Walp’s amazing pelt collection. Sing fun animal songs and play animal games. Combine this camp with Things with Wings in the afternoon and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

THINGS with WINGS

July 9-13, 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Discover the wonder of wings as we look for birds in the forests, meadows, and ponds of Alton Baker Park. Harness the power of wind as we create toys that fly. Visit with real birds from Exotic Bird Rescue of Oregon! Combine this camp with Wild Outside in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

CALL of the WILDMaking Music at Camp

July 16-20, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Release your inner actor, comedian, or musician in this fun nature theater camp! Spend the week acting like animals, singing songs, and playing theater games inspired by our favorite nature tales. Make music with drummer Rhian Pike, create masks from recycled and natural materials, and explore the wild side of the park by canoe! *Extra fee for canoeing.

AVENTURA DE JARDIN EN ESPAÑOL 

July 23-27, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Explore and play in our Learnscape Garden and learn the Spanish words for what you discover. Hunt for garden goodies, bake with our solar oven, and create forts in the Nature’s Builder’s Playspace. Listen to bilingual stories in the Hazelnut Hollow and create your own illustrated Spanish/English garden notes. Combine this camp with Aventura de Parque in the afternoon and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

AVENTURA DE PARQUE EN ESPAÑOL 

July 23-27, 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore the park and learn the Spanish words for what you discover. Go pond dipping, hike to Turtle Pond, find secret trails, and create your own illustrated Spanish/English park nature notes. Combine this camp with Aventura de Jardin in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

Close Up FaceEARTH ART at MOUNT PISGAH

July 30-August 3, 9am-4pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Discover the amazing colors, textures, and patterns of nature as we explore the sunny savanna, lush wetlands, shady forests, and winding waterways of Mount Pisgah! Build and create with everything from sticks to stones, clay to cones. Enjoy creative exploration and expression through mindful play and kid-friendly yoga with Stop Drop and Yoga. *Extra fee for this camp.

WILD in the WATERSHED

August 6-10, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Wade into the world of water in this wet and wild camp! Make drip sandcastles and experiment with watershed models. Go on a critter quest to discover who lives in and near the park’s waterways. Hike by the Willamette River, play Mountain Melt, and canoe in the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours. *Extra fee for canoeing. Combine this camp with Lunch Care and Mess with Mud in the afternoon for an all-day experience!

MESS with MUD

August 6-10, 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Discover what’s going on in the world under your feet through the magic of mud. Mix it, model it, squish it, and shake it! Go on a fossil hunt and make critters out of clay. Learn about Oregon geology on a field trip to the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Combine this camp with Lunch Care and Wild in the Watershed in the morning for an all-day experience!

FOREST FORTSTree Climbing

August 13-17, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Create forts from things you find in the forest and castles from recycled materials. Go on an animal homes hunt and get inspired to build your own special shelters! Enjoy a Terrific Trees treasure hunt and climb real trees with experts from the City of Eugene’s Outdoor Program! *Extra fee for tree climbing.

CAMP TALKING STONES

August 20-24, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Learn about the life and lore of our area’s native people, the Kalapuya. Hike to the Talking Stones, learn Kalapuya words, play Kalapuya games, and hear stories told by Kalapuya Elder Esther Stutzman. Spend a day at Dorris Ranch discovering even more about the Kalapuya, plus learn about early Oregon trappers and pioneers. *Extra fee for this camp.

CAMP COOKOFF

August 27-31, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: End the summer with a bunch of munchin’! Bake in a solar oven, create garden recipes, and blend smoothies. Go on a who’s-eating-who hike, build scarecrows, and create silly veggie art. Have a rainbow salad making contest, enjoy a visit to Living Earth Farm, and learn about pioneer gardening from a Singing Creek Education Center visitor.

 

Blue Herons (ages 8-11)

RAPTORS and THE RIDGELINE

June 25-29, 9am-4pm, Cascades Raptor Center (am) & Ridgeline Trail (pm): In the morning, enjoy close-up encounters with birds of prey (hawks, vultures, and owls), create raptor art, share raptor tales, and dissect owl pellets, all with 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.

PEDAL POWERBikes at CAT

July 9-13, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Learn all about how bikes go as we explore Willamette River bike trails. Visit the Center for Appropriate Transport and try out their amazing fleet of unusual bikes. Make bike part art and learn basic bike maintenance skills. Use maps to pedal yourself to some of Eugene’s best outdoor adventure spots! *You must have or borrow a bike and helmet for this camp. Bike loans may be possible on advance request.

TREE TREKKERS

July 16-20, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Discover who’s hiding, hooting, and hovering in the forest as you explore our Willamette riverside parks by bike. Find our area’s coolest trees -- the tall, the twisted, the wide, and the weird! Look for treetop heron, osprey, and eagle nests as you wander in the woods along the Willamette River. Visit Tall TBlue Heron 2rees Park, the Eastgate Woodlands, the Wildflower Hollow, and more. *You must have or borrow a bike and helmet for this camp. Bike loans may be possible on advance request.

ROCK OUT at MOUNT PISGAH

July 23-27, 9am-4pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Explore the rocky roots of Mount Pisgah. Make your own quick sand, play Mountain Melt and the Rolling Rock game. Discover the stories of our local landscapes as you hike to the summit and play in the Coast Fork of the Willamette River. Use what you learn about rivers and rocks to build and explode your own volcano! *Extra fee for this camp.

RIVER RUNNERS at MOUNT PISGAH

July 30-August 3, 9am-4pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Discover the watery world of the Willamette River’s Coast Fork and explore the park that meets its shores. Swim like salmon and look for berries like bears. Build a water wheel, a siphon, and a ferry boat. Navigate through a salmon migration obstacle course! *Extra fee for this camp.

WILD WAVES and WHEELSRafting at Daycamps 2011

August 13-17, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Ride the Willamette River bike paths in search of the best wading and exploring spots. Learn about the river’s amazing journey from the mountains to the sea and enjoy your own wild ride on the Willamette as you raft the river with guides from the River House! *You must have or borrow a bike and helmet for this camp. Bike loans may be possible on advance request. Extra fee for this camp.

DIG IN and COOK OUT!

August 27-31, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Discover urban farming and outdoor cooking! Bake in the solar oven and learn how to use camp stoves. Make plantable paper, harvest from our garden, and create illustrated recipe booklets. Sing, do yoga, and hang out in the bean tipis. Visit Living Earth Farm and learn about pioneer gardening from a Singing Creek Education Center visitor.

Owls (ages 11-13)

Ropes Course at City of EugeneOUT ON A LIMB

August 6-10, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Climb high, hike far, and branch out in this empowering nature adventure camp. Spend a day climbing in the trees at the Spencer Butte Challenge Course and hike to the farthest reaches of Alton Baker Park. Practice mindfulness with Stop Drop and Yoga, take on team challenges, practice leadership skills, and solve tricky nature puzzles. *Extra fee for challenge course.

WANDERING WHEELS

August 20-24, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Wander nature by wheels in this advanced adventure camp for avid bikers. 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 basic 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 will be required for off-site rides. *Participation limited to those who have previously attended one of our biking camps or whose biking skills can be verified by our instructor (must make arrangements in advance)Extra fee for climbing.

 

Daycamps by Week Banner

Daycamps by Week updated February 2018

Click here to see Daycamps by Age Group.

Note: We are unable to update this list every day. Please refer to the online registration system to see if space is available in specific camps. If a camp is full, you can join our waiting list online. Click on the dragonfly logo to go straight to our registration system.

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Week 1: June 18-22

FLUTTER and FLOAT (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Get up and go in this lively camp for kids who like to move! Get to know critters who float on water or flutter through air. Build a hand-made boat from natural materials, catch bugs, watch birds, and create fun pretend wings.

Catching bugs is a favorite activity for Nearby Nature daycampersBIG ON BUGS (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Crickets and beetles and flies, oh my! Get to know insects as we catch bugs in the grass, forests, meadows, and ponds. Use nets, screens, and magnifiers to find and identify hidden creatures in the compost, soil, and gardens. Make your own cool insect out of recycled materials.

Week 2: June 25-29

BUG BUDDIES (Minnows), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover a wild kingdom of crawlers, climbers, and creepers in our busy bug-filled garden. Touch friendly insects, watch wiggly worms, and play the Hungry Caterpillar game! Meet a friendly costumed Kinder Critter.

MAGIC FOREST (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Explore our park’s magical, green, growing forest. Tell tall tree tales and make wood gnomes from forest finds. Build fairy houses and name your favorite park tree.

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 famous rock columns and get a chance to try rock climbing with experts from City of Eugene Outdoor Program. *Extra fee for rock climbing.

RAPTORS and THE RIDGELINE (Blue Herons) , 9am-4pm, Eagle at Raptor CenterCascades Raptor Center (am) & Ridgeline Trail (pm): In the morning, enjoy close-up encounters with birds of prey (hawks, vultures, and owls), create raptor art, share raptor tales, and dissect owl pellets, all with 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.

Week 3: July 2-6

KINDER COLORS (Minnows), 9am-noon, (no camp July 4th), Alton Baker Park: Have different color of fun every day in the wonderland of our garden and park! Pick petals, mix mud, and play with paints made from plants. Play color matching games and sing colorful songs.

CAMO CRITTERS (Dragonflies), 9am-noon (no camp July 4th), Kids with Herps 2014Alton Baker Park: Explore garden, meadow, pond, and forest in search of hiding creatures -- from birds to bugs. Play camouflage games and create camo costumes. Meet real reptiles and amphibians during a visit from the Herpetological Society! Combine this camp with Puppets, Paints & Pawprints in the afternoon and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

PUPPETS, PAINTS, & PAWPRINTS (Dragonflies), 1-4pm (no camp July 4th), Alton Baker Park: Enjoy animal face painting, footprint art, puppet making, and nature exploring. Create Earth Art in the Learnscape, build towers in the Nature’s Builder's Playspace, and hear tales told by a masked Kinder Critter! Combine this camp with Camo Critters in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

SCALES, TAILS, and SAILS (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm (no camp July 4th), Alton Baker Park: Discover how aquatic critters make waves in the water! Learn how boats float and build creations that sail in the water and soar on the wind. Meet live reptiles on a visit from the Herpetological Society and canoe in the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours. *Extra fee for canoeing.

Week 4: July 9-13

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 amazing pelt collection.

WILD OUTSIDE (Tree Frogs), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Spend the week pretending to be a different wild animal every day! Learn to run like a rabbit, build like a beaver, and sneak like a snake. Check out real bones and feathers as well as furs from naturalist Dave Walp’s amazing pelt collection. Sing fun animal songs and play animal games. Combine this camp with Things with Wings in the afternoon and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

THINGS with WINGS (Tree Frogs), 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Discover the wonder of wings as we look for birds in the forests, meadows, and ponds of Alton Baker Park. Harness the power of wind as we create toys that fly. Visit with real birds from Exotic Bird Rescue of Oregon! Combine this camp with Wild Outside in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

PEDAL POWER (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Learn all about how bikes go as we explore Willamette River bike trails. Visit the Center for Appropriate Transport and try out their amazing fleet of unusual bikes. Make bike part art and learn basic bike maintenance skills. Use maps to pedal yourself to some of Eugene’s best outdoor adventure spots! *You must have or borrow a bike and helmet for this camp. Bike loans may be possible on advance request.

Week 5: July 16-20

HOOT, HOWL, & HUM! (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Kids with BinocsPark: Celebrate the sounds of nature in this naturally noisy camp. Hoot like owls, howl like coyotes, and hum like bees! Tap out tunes with drummer Rhian Pike and work together to create music from recycled and natural materials. End the week with a concert in the Hazelnut Hollow! Combine this camp with free Lunch Care and Bounty of Bugs in the afternoon for an all-day experience!

BOUNTY of BUGS (Dragonflies), 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore ponds, look under logs, and swing nets through grass as you hunt for bugs of all shapes, sizes, and colors! Learn all about insects, play creepy-crawly games, and do the Dragonfly Dance. Combine this camp with Hoot, Howl, and Hum in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

CALL of the WILD (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Release your inner actor, comedian, or musician in this fun nature theater camp! Spend the week acting like animals, singing songs, and playing theater games inspired by our favorite nature tales. Make music with drummer Rhian Pike, create masks from recycled and natural mateDrumming at Daycamps 2011rials, and explore the wild side of the park by canoe! *Extra fee for canoeing.

TREE TREKKERS (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Discover who’s hiding, hooting, and hovering in the forest as you explore our Willamette riverside parks by bike. Find our area’s coolest trees -- the tall, the twisted, the wide, and the weird! Look for treetop heron, osprey, and eagle nests as you wander in the woods along the Willamette River. Visit Tall Trees Park, the Eastgate Woodlands, the Wildflower Hollow, and more. *You must have or borrow a bike and helmet for this camp. Bike loans may be possible on advance request.

Week 6: July 23-27

HOP, SKIP & JUMP (Minnows), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park, Fun Bug Dancing 20129am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Learn all about wild animals and how they go. Play animal movement games and sing wiggly animal songs. Dance with a costumed Kinder Critter!

COLOR CRAZY (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Step into a world of color! Learn how animals use colors to hide or hunt. Create finger paints from flowers, build a colorful critter creation to take home, and meet a colorful Kinder Critter.

AVENTURA DE JARDIN EN ESPAÑOL (Tree Frogs), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Explore and play in our Learnscape Garden and learn the Spanish words for what you discover. Hunt for garden goodies, bake with our solar oven, and create forts in the Nature’s Builder’s Playspace. Listen to bilingual stories in the Hazelnut Hollow and create your own illustrated Spanish/English garden notes. Combine this camp with Aventura de Parque in the afternoon and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

AVENTURA DE PARQUE EN ESPAÑOL (Tree Frogs), 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore the park and learn the Spanish words for what you discover. Go pond dipping, hike to Turtle Pond, find secret trails, and create your own illustrated Spanish/English park nature notes. Combine this camp with Aventura de Jardin in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

ROCK OUT at MOUNT PISGAH (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Explore the rocky roots of Mount Pisgah. Make your own quick sand, play Mountain Melt and the Rolling Rock game. Discover the stories of our local landscapes as you hike to the summit and play in the Coast Fork of the Willamette River. Use what you learn about rivers and rocks to build and explode your own volcano! *Extra fee for this camp.

Week 7: July 30-August 3

Food DesignsGROWING UP GREEN (Minnows), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover the power of plants! Get down in the dirt with garden games, songs, and stories. Catch garden-friendly bugs and make rainbow veggie art. Rap with our green Franny Frog Kinder Critter!

SUN FUN (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover how the sun helps grow a rainbow in our garden. Make sun prints, bake in our solar oven, and tell sun stories. Enjoy a visit to the Eugene Science Center for a planetarium show!

EARTH ART at MOUNT PISGAH (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Discover the amazing colors, textures, and patterns of nature as we explore the sunny savanna, lush wetlands, shady forests, and winding waterways of Mount Pisgah! Build and create with everything from sticks to stones, clay to cones. Enjoy creative exploration and expression through mindful play and kid-friendly yoga with Stop Drop and Yoga. *Extra fee for this camp.

RIVER RUNNERS at MOUNT PISGAH (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Discover the watery world of the Willamette River’s Coast Fork and explore the park that meets its shores. Swim like salmon and look for berries like bears. Build a water wheel, a siphon, and a ferry boat. Navigate through a salmon migration obstacle course! *Extra fee for this camp.

Week 8: August 6-10

MAKE a SPLASH (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover the wonders of water! Make drip sandcastles and mud pies. Experiment with our model watershed, play Poohsticks, and dance in the Learnscape sprinklers.

WILD in the WATERSHED (Tree Frogs), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Child with Rock Daycamps 2014Park: Wade into the world of water in this wet and wild camp! Make drip sandcastles and experiment with watershed models. Go on a critter quest to discover who lives in and near the park’s waterways. Hike by the Willamette River, play Mountain Melt, and canoe in the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours. *Extra fee for canoeing. Combine this camp with Lunch Care and Mess with Mud in the afternoon for an all-day experience!

MESS with MUD (Tree Frogs), 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Discover what’s going on in the world under your feet through the magic of mud. Mix it, model it, squish it, and shake it! Go on a fossil hunt and make critters out of clay. Learn about Oregon geology on a field trip to the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Combine this camp with Lunch Care and Wild in the Watershed in the morning for an all-day experience!

OUT ON A LIMB (Owls), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Climb high, hike far, and branch out in this empowering nature adventure camp. Spend a day climbing in the trees at the Spencer Butte Challenge Course and hike to the farthest reaches of Alton Baker Park. Practice mindfulness with Stop Drop and Yoga, take on team challenges, practice leadership skills, and solve tricky nature puzzles. *Extra fee for challenge course.

Week 9: August 13-17

POSITIVELY POLLINATORS (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover how plants and animals cooperate in nature. Catch butterflies in the meadow, taste goodies from our Learnscape Gardens, and learn how bees make honey. Meet our Kinder Critter Bella Butterfly!

FOREST FORTS (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Create forts from things you find in the forest and castles from recycled materials. Go on an animal homes hunt and get inspired to build your own speciaKids in Fort 2015l shelters! Enjoy a Terrific Trees treasure hunt and climb real trees with experts from the City of Eugene’s Outdoor Program! *Extra fee for tree climbing.

WILD WAVES and WHEELS (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Ride the Willamette River bike paths in search of the best wading and exploring spots. Learn about the river’s amazing journey from the mountains to the sea and enjoy your own wild ride on the Willamette as you raft the river with guides from the River House! *You must have or borrow a bike and helmet for this camp. Bike loans may be possible on advance request. Extra fee for this camp.

Week 10: August 20-24

SPLASH ‘n SPLATTER (Minnows), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Explore the wonderful world of water. Meet water bugs, make splatter art, and dance in the Learnscape sprinklers. Play Poohsticks and create watercolor rainbow art!

BUSY BUILDERS (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Make nests, weave webs, and build beaver dams in this fun camp all about creative critters. Learn about earth-friendly human homes and build your own miniature shelter using lessons learned from animals!

CAMP TALKING STONES (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker There are 11 Talking Stones in Alton Baker ParkPark: Learn about the life and lore of our area’s native people, the Kalapuya. Hike to the Talking Stones, learn Kalapuya words, play Kalapuya games, and hear stories told by Kalapuya Elder Esther Stutzman. Spend a day at Dorris Ranch discovering even more about the Kalapuya, plus learn about early Oregon trappers and pioneers. *Extra fee for this camp.

WANDERING WHEELS (Owls), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Wander nature by wheels in this advanced adventure camp for avid bikers. 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 basic 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 will be required for off-site rides. *Participation limited to those who have previously attended one of our biking camps or whose biking skills can be verified by our instructor (must make arrangements in advance)Extra fee for climbing.

Week 11: August 27-31

CALLING ALL BIRDS (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Get to know your fine feathered friends! Check out real feathers and nests, explore park bird habitats, play bird games, and hear bird stories. Sing like a bird and hoot with our feathered Kinder Critter friend Olivia Owl!

Chopping 2014CAMP COOKOFF (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: End the summer with a bunch of munchin’! Bake in a solar oven, create garden recipes, and blend smoothies. Go on a who’s-eating-who hike, build scarecrows, and create silly veggie art. Have a rainbow salad making contest, enjoy a visit to Living Earth Farm, and learn about pioneer gardening from a Singing Creek Education Center visitor.

DIG IN and COOK OUT! (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Discover urban farming and outdoor cooking! Bake in the solar oven and learn how to use camp stoves. Make plantable paper, harvest from our garden, and create illustrated recipe booklets. Sing, do yoga, and hang out in the bean tipis. Visit Living Earth Farm and learn about pioneer gardening from a Singing Creek Education Center visitor.

 

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