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Summer Daycamps 2017

Outdoor adventure, discovery, nature, art, science, & play!River exploring daycamps 2014

Welcome to summer at Nearby Nature! At our outdoor daycamps, kids hike, catch bugs, garden, canoe, bike, and  experiment. They sing, do crafts, play games, tell stories, act, make models, and build forts. They also take fun field trips...and just simply play outside!

NEW THIS YEAR -- we have an all ONLINE registration system! When you use this system, your registration information will be saved for future programs. No more filling out forms multiple times per year! Just log into your account and make any needed updates.

Register Now Dragonfly LogoPlease read below for complete details about our daycamp programs. Once you have decided what camp/s you would like to enroll in, click on green dragonfly icon to go straight to our online registration process.

Note: although you can access descriptions of individual camps online as you register, the basic information about camps below is not part of the online registration portal -- so please take time to read.

Click Daycamp FAQs if you don't see your questions answered on this page. Also, email here if you are unable to access our online registration process for some reason and would prefer a paper registration form.    

The Basics:

  • WHAT: Hiking, biking, canoeing, exploring, outdoor science, crafts, stories, games, free play. Click here to go directly to camp descriptions.
  • WHERE: Outdoors in Alton Baker Park and at our Learnscape (plus one camp at the Cascades Raptor Center and four at Mount Pisgah Arboretum!)
  • WHO: Kids ages 3-15 divided into six age groups, max 12 per camp, taught by experienced nature educators.
  • WHEN: June 26-September 1, week-long camps, half & full day options.
  • HOW MUCH: Member discounts & scholarships! Details below.

Camper with Hat 2016The Details

Small Groups

Nearby Nature believes each camper should get lots of personal attention, so we cap our enrollment at 12 kids per camp. We love getting to know your kids!      

Experienced Instructors  

Each camp has three staffers — one lead instructor, a trained adult volunteer, and a teen Outdoor Leader. Lead instructors are experienced outdoor educators and our volunteers have all participated in our special camp training program. Lead instructors are also certified in First Aid and CPR and have passed background checks. (Biographies are posted here.)

Age Groups

Your kids will be in camp with other children of the same age. If you have a choice of levels, choose the "younger" or "older" level that fits your child best.

Our Home: Alton Baker Park and the Learnscape

At Nearby Nature, children have a myriad of opportunities to connect with nature right in our own backyard — the "wild side" of Alton Baker Park and our Learnscape Garden and Outdoor Classroom.

  • Garden Child Daycamps 2014Alton Baker Park: This great park has trails for hiking, meadows for bug catching, a canal for canoeing, the riverside for bird watching, and paths for biking. It also has all sorts of cool natural neighbors to meet — great blue herons, dragonflies, squirrels, frogs, and more!
  • 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 even more fun. And our sandbox and grassy lawn provide opportunities for free play, creativity, and exercise.

*Note we have one camp based at the Cascades Raptor Center, four at Mount Pisgah Arboretum, 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 in Alton Baker Park has its home base at a special space in our site — Hazelnut Hollow, the Nest, the Pollinators Playground, or Frog Haven.

A typical day includes both 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 or Yurt providing shelter if it ever gets really wet. Water and bathroom facilities are available at the Learnscape.

Off-site camps (at the Cascades Raptor Center-Ridgeline Trail, Mount Pisgah, or on bike trails) have a similar feel but just take place in different environments.

Mural Project 2016

2017 Weekly Camp Costs

Cost/Week Member*
Non-Member
Half day (9am-noon or 1-4 pm)

prorated July 4th week

$110

($88)

$130

($104)

Full day (9am-4 pm)
$225
$265
*Lunch care (12-1 pm)
$25 pre-paid (or $5/day drop in)
$25 pre-paid (or $5/day drop in)
Pre-camp care (8:30-9 am)
(Alton Baker Park Camps Only)
$15 pre-paid (or $3/day drop in)
$15 pre-paid  (or $3/day drop in)

 

*Additional Cost Notes:

  • Register by April 1st and save $5 per camp!

  • Membership costs $45/year. Members get a significant discount on camps as well as other programs throughout the year.

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

  • Some camps have an extra fee of $15-$30 for special activities or unique locations. See registration for details.

  • Cancellation Policy: Cancellation by you before noon on Monday a week before your camp starts qualifies for a full refund less the non-refundable $25 deposit. No refunds for cancellations after noon Monday a week before camp starts. Cancellation by us may happen if there is insufficient enrollment seven days prior to a camp. You will be notified promptly and your full payment refunded

ScholarshipsCooking with Paul

Nearby Nature believes 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 as you register for camps.

Times and Dates                  

  • Camps run from June 26-September 1.
  • Each camp is one week long.
  • Hours are 9 am-noon, 1-4 pm, or 9 am-4 pm.
  • Lunch care is available from noon-1 pm. Pre-camp care is available for camps in Alton Baker Park from 8:30-9 am.

Registration

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NEW THIS YEAR -- we have an ONLINE registration system! When you use this system, your registration information will be saved for future programs. No more filling out forms multiple times per year! Just log in to your account and make any needed updates. To register for camps, click on the green dragonfly icon.

A few important notes:

  • A minimum non-refundable deposit of $25/camp is required to hold your camp space.
  • Payments can be made by credit card -- but please use our online registration system NOT our PayPal option on this website (or by check in the mail or in cash in person).
    Registrations made by April 1st entitle you to $5 off per camp!
  • Full payment is due a week in advance. You will get an email reminder if you have not already paid.
  • To receive a membership discount, you will need to become a Nearby Nature member. You can do that when you register.
  • Each child who enrolls in our camps will get a FREE t-shirt at his or her first camp!
  • Questions or problems with registration? Call Daycamp Coordinator ShyAnne Woods at 541-687-9699, ext. 2 or email here

Adult 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 2017 happens June 24-25 from 10 am-2 pm. For more information, contact Daycamps Coordinator ShyAnne Woods at 541-687-9699, ext 2 Outdoor Leader 2016or email here.

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

Daycamp Topics

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.

For an easy to read printable summary of our camps, click here. Camp descriptions are also included when you click on the name of each camp in our on-line registration system.

If you would like to receive a copy of our printed brochure in the mail, 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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2017 Daycamps Listed by Age Group

updated June 20th, 2017

Note: We are unable to update this list everyday. Please refer to the registration system for the most accurate information for spaces remaining.

Click here to see Daycamps by Week.

Register Now Dragonfly Logo

Click on the green dragonfly icon to go straight to our online system for Registrations, Payments, and Scholarship Requests.

Note that we maintain a waiting list for camps that fill. Up-to-date available spaces and our waiting list are available online.

 

Minnows (ages 3-4)Happy Campers!

SENSATIONAL SUMMER

July 3-7 (4-day camp, no camp 4th of July), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: 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!

WIGGLERS and WADDLERS,
Only 3 spaces left!

July 17-21, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Check out what’s wiggling and waddling in and near the water. Look for worms in the garden, play the Hungry Caterpillar game, and quack with our costumed Kinder Critter Duck!

Berry MustacheSTONE SOUP

July 24-28, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover the many tastes of the garden as we collect ingredients for our very own Stone Soup! Sing garden songs, play garden games, and splash in the Learnscape sprinklers. Make mud pies and sand cakes for extra pretend food fun!

CRAWLY CRITTERS, Only 3 spaces left!

August 7-11, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Go on a crawly critter safari through our garden and park forests, sing the worm bin boogie, play bug games, and create critter crafts. Meet real reptiles and amphibians during a visit from the Herpetological Society!

DOWN in the DIRT

August 21 –25, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Investigate the hidden world below your feet. Dig in the dirt, build sandcastles, and create with clay! Plant seeds in the garden and make mud pies in our Squirrel Kitchen! 

 

Who's Hiding!Dragonflies (ages 4-5)

WHO’S HIDING? Full. Please sign up on the waitlist on the registration system, if interested.

June 26-30, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Explore garden, meadow, pond and forest in search of hiding creatures. Play camouflage games and create critter crafts. Meet real reptiles and amphibians during a visit from the Herpetological Society!

BUSY BUILDERS, 2 spots now open!

July 3-7 (4-day camp, no camp 4th of July), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Check out nests, watch webs, and find beaver sticks as you learn about how animals make their homes. Learn about earth-friendly human homes and build your own miniature shelter using lessons learned from animals! Enjoy a visit with naturalist David Walp and check out his amazing pelt collection.

PUPPETS, PAINTS, & PAWPRINTS,
Full. Please sign up on the waitlist on the registration system, if interested.

July 10-14, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Enjoy animal faceLadybugs painting, footprint art, puppet making, and nature exploring. Create Earth Art in the Nature’s Builders Playspace and hear tales told by a Kinder Critter!

BUGS by the BILLIONS,

July 17-21, 9am-noon, 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 about insects and do the Dragonfly Dance!

WATER WONDERS,
Full. Please sign up on the waitlist on the registration system, if interested.

July 24-28, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover the wonders of water! Catch bugs in the ponds, make drip sandcastles and splatter art, play Poohsticks, and dance in the Learnscape sprinklers.

PLAYFUL POLLINATORS,
Full. Please sign up on the waitlist on the registration system, if interested.

July 31-Aug 4, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover how plants and Pretending in the Gardenanimals cooperate in nature. Buzz around the meadow, taste goodies from our Learnscape Gardens, and discover how bees make honey. Meet our Kinder Critter Bella Butterfly!

EARTHKEEPERS,
Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested.

August 7-11, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Bake with sunlight, build recycled art, and play Poohsticks at the park canal! Search for garden goodies in the Learnscape, make tunes from trash, and check out cool critters during a visit from the Herpetological Society!

RAINBOW GARDENERS, 1 space just opened!

August 14-18, 9am-noon, Discover how the sun helps grow rainbows in our garden and in the park! Dig in the dirt, eat colorful garden snacks, and sing garden songs. Tell rainbow tales and paint with dyes made from garden and forest plants.

MAGIC FOREST,  Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested.

August 21-25, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Explore our park’s magical and green, growing forest. Tell tall tree tales and make wood gnomes from forest finds. Build fairy houses and name your favorite park tree.

BIRDING BUDDIES, Only 4 spaces left!

August 28-Sept. 1, 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 build your own bird nest. Meet our feathered Kinder Critter friend Olivia Owl!

 

Tree Frogs (ages 6-8)Kids with Herps 2014

CREEPY CRAWLY SLITHERY SLIM, Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested.

June 26-30, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: 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 during a visit from the Herpetological Society and on a canoe paddle in the park’s canal. Do bug crafts and bop to the Butterfly Glide! *Extra fee for canoeing.

WILD THINGS!, Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested.

July 3-7 (4-day camp, no camp 4th of July), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: 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 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 Up in the Air in the afternoon and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

UP in the AIR

July 3-7 (4-day camp, no camp 4th of July), 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Discover what’s up in the air as you explore that park to find 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 and float on the park’s canal in canoes! *Extra fee for canoeing. Combine this camp with Wild Things! in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

ECO-EXPLORERS, Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested.

July 10-14, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Explore off the beaten path in Alton Baker Park! Go on a fossil hunt, unearth compost Child with Magnifying Glasscritters, and find camouflaged insects. Use maps, compasses, and GPS devices for treasure and scavenger hunts! Combine this camp with Let’s Go! in the afternoon and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

LET’S GO! Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested.

July 10-14, 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Bike, hike, and paddle your way to all corners of the park in this fun camp for kids who like to move! Spend two afternoons biking, one hiking, and one canoeing with Northwest Canoe Tours. Note: Kids must be comfortable riding a bike for a distance of one mile in order to take this camp. * You must have or borrow a bike and helmet for this camp. Bike loans may be possible on advance request. Extra fee for canoeing. Combine this camp with Eco-Explorers in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

Journaling 2015EARTH ART AT MOUNT PISGAH, Full. Please sign up on the waitlist on the registration system, if interested.

July 17-21, 9am-4 pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Discover amazing colors, textures, and patterns in nature as we explore the diverse habitats of Mount Pisgah, from sunny savanna to lush wetlands, shady forests to winding waterways! Build and create with everything from sticks to stones, clay to cones. Enjoy hiking the trails as we seek secret spots to pen poems and prose inspired by nature. *Extra fee for this camp.

HAZELNUT HOLLOW THEATER, Only 4 spaces left!

July 24-28, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: All the (outdoor) world is a stage in this fun nature theater camp! Spend the week acting like animals, hiking in the hazelnuts, singing songs, and working on a play inspired by one of our favorite nature tales. Make masks from recycled and natural materials and present your production in the Hazelnut Hollow Theater!

ARTE y NATURALEZA, Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested.

July 31-August 4, 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Enjoy art and nature in TWO languages in this bilingual camp! Enjoy creative play in the Learnscape and fun projects with artists from Eugene Arte Latino -- felting, collage, painting with natural dyes, Mexican Folk Art, and more. Combine this camp with Explore in Español in the afternoon and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience! *Extra fee for this camp.
Veggies Yum!

EXPLORE IN ESPAÑOL, Only 1 space left! 

July 31-August 4, 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore the park and Learnscape and learn the Spanish words for what you discover. Harvest garden goodies, go pond dipping, hike to Turtle Pond, and create your own illustrated Spanish/English nature notes. Combine this camp with Arte y Naturaleza in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

MAGICAL MOUNT PISGAH

July 31-August 4, 9am-4pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Ever wonder how leaves change from green to glorious in the fall? How a teeny tiny seed turns into a terrific tall tree? Join us for a journey into the magic and mystery of nature as we explore the woodlands and waterways of Mount Pisgah. (And keep your eyes out for fairies and gnomes on the way!) *Extra fee for this camp.

FOREST FORTS,
Full. Please sign up on the waitlist on the registration system, if interested.

August 7-11, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Go on an animal homes Tree Climbinghunt 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 and meet one day at Hendricks Park to explore its tall tree trails! Climb real trees with experts from the City of Eugene’s Outdoor Program! *Extra fee for tree climbing.

WORLD OF WATER, Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested.

August 14-18, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Dive into a watery world! Hike by the mighty Willamette River, play Mountain Melt, and have a canal race with mini hand-made boats. Discover how ice and salt turn milk into ice cream and build dams in our model watershed. Canoe in the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours! *Extra fee for canoeing.

ROCK-IT! at MOUNT PISGAH, Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested.

August 21-25, 9am-4pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Explore park trails and discover the rocky roots of Mount Pisgah. Hike to the summit and play in the Willamette River. Do the Rock Cycle Rap and use what you learn about local rivers and rocks to build a volcano.

HAPPY HARVESTERS, Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested.

August 28-Sept. 1, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: End the summer with a bunch of munchin’! Bake in a solar oven, create 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 and enjoy a visit to Living Earth Farm.


Blue Herons (ages 8-11)Canoeing in the Canal

NATURE KNOW-HOW, Only 2 spaces left!

June 26-30, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Knives and knots, fire and food, compasses and camping. You'll learn about these and more as you sharpen your skills for outdoor living. Sturdy shoes or boots will be essential as you hike beyond park boundaries during this adventure-filled camp. We’ll spend time exploring Alton Baker Park, but we’ll also explore at Hendricks Park on one day and Skinner Butte on another to expand your park horizons.

PEDAL POWER, Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested.

July 10-14, 9am-4 pm, Alton Baker Park: Learn all about how bikes go as we explore Willamette River bike trails. Visit the Center for Appropriate Transportation 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.

RIVER TALES & SCALES

July 17-21, 9am-4pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Learn the salmon’s life story as we explore the watery world of the Coast Fork of the Willamette River. Play the Bear, Salmon, Mosquito game, Hike Park trails, and catch bugs in the water — salmon’s dinner! Enjoy a storytelling visit from Kalapuya elder Esther Stutzman. *Extra fee for this camp.

Kids in NestRAPTORS AND THE RIDGELINE,  Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested.

July 24-28, 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.

WHEELS & WINGS, Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested.

July 31-Aug 4, 9am-4 pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore the Willamette riverside by bike and watch water wildlife at Delta Ponds and other birding hot spots. Learn local birds, check out our nest collection, and build bird feeders. Canoe on the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours! *You must have or borrow a bike and helmet for this camp. Bike loans may be possible on advance request. Extra fee for canoeing.

WILD WAVES AND WHEELS,
Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested.

August 14-18, 9am-4 pm, Alton Baker Park: Ride the Willamette River bike paths in search of the best wading and fishing 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.

GARDEN GOURMETS, Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested. 

August 28-Sept. 1, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Slice, dice, mix, and mash your way through a week of tasty treats. Sprout seeds, brew herbal teas, roast veggies in a solar oven, and learn to make fires that really cook. Go on an adventure to Living Earth Farm!


Advanced Blue Herons (ages 11-13)

 

GO WILD! (CANCELLED -- but we still have fun for kids 13-15 this summer -- please contact us about becoming Outdoor Leader volunteers!)

July 10-14, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore every corner of the park and beyond by bike, canoe, and on foot. Enjoy an active urban nature adventure as you learn hiking, backpacking, and survival skills. Answer your call to the wild as you become confident in the outdoors, learn to lead, and develop advanced nature know-how!

ROCK ‘N ROLL 

August 21-25, 9am-4pm, multiple locations: Get to know our region's geology by bike. Ride on the Willamette River Bike Path, explore the south side through Amazon Park, check out the Middle Fork Path (near Dorris Ranch), and cruise west on the Fern Ridge Bike Trail. Get up close and personal with rocks when you visit Skinner Butte Park to try rock climbing at the famous Columns, taught by the City of Eugene’s Outdoor Program. *Participation limited to those who have previously attended a Nearby Nature biking camp or whose biking skills can be verified by our instructor (must make arrangements in advance). Extra fee for climbing.


Owls (ages 13-15)

GO WILD! (CANCELLED -- but we still have fun for kids 13-15 this summer -- please contact us about becoming Outdoor Leader volunteers!)

July 10-14, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore every corner of the park and beyond by bike, canoe, and on foot. Enjoy an active urban nature adventure as you learn hiking, backpacking, and survival skills. Answer your call to the wild as you become confident in the outdoors, learn to lead, and develop advanced nature know-how!

 

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2017 Daycamps Listed by Week

updated June 20th, 2017

Note: We are unable to update this list everyday. Please refer to the registration system for the most accurate information for spaces remaining.

Click here to see Daycamps by Age Group.

Register Now Dragonfly Logo

Click on the green dragonfly icon to go straight to our online system for Registrations, Payments, and Scholarship Requests.

 

Note that we maintain a waiting list for camps that fill. Up-to-date available spaces and our waiting list are available online.

Week 1: June 26-30

WHO’S HIDING? (Dragonflies), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested.9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Explore garden, meadow, pond and forest in search of hiding creatures. Play camouflage games and create critter crafts. Meet real reptiles and amphibians during a visit from the Herpetological Society! 

CREEPY CRAWLY SLITHERY SLIMY (Tree Frogs), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested.9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: 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 during a visit from the Herpetological Society and on a canoe paddle in the park’s canal. Do bug crafts and bop to the Butterfly Glide! *Extra fee for canoeing.

NATURE KNOW-HOW (Blue Herons), Only 2 spaces left! 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: River Raft FunKnives and knots, fire and food, compasses and camping. You'll learn about these and more as you sharpen your skills for outdoor living. Sturdy shoes or boots will be essential as you hike beyond park boundaries during this adventure-filled camp. We’ll spend time exploring Alton Baker Park, but we’ll also explore at Hendricks Park on one day and Skinner Butte on another to expand your park horizons.

Week 2: July 3-7 (no camp 4th of July)

SENSATIONAL SUMMER (Minnows), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: 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!

BUSY BUILDERS (Dragonflies), 2 spots left! 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Check out nests, watch webs, and find beaver sticks as you learn about how animals make their homes. Learn about earth-friendly human homes and build your own miniature shelter using lessons learned from animals! Enjoy a visit with naturalist David Walp and check out his amazing pelt collection.Dave Walp and pelts 2014

WILD THINGS! (Tree Frogs), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested. 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: 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 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 Up in the Air in the afternoon and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

UP in the AIR (Tree Frogs), 1-4 pm, Alton Baker Park: Discover what’s up in the air as you explore that park to find 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 and float on the park’s canal in canoes! *Extra fee for canoeing. Combine this camp with Wild Things! in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

Week 3: July 10-14

Bertha Beaver and Daycampers 2014PUPPETS, PAINTS, & PAWPRINTS (Dragonflies), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested. 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Enjoy animal face painting, footprint art, puppet making, and nature exploring. Create Earth Art in the Nature’s Builders Playspace and hear tales told by a Kinder Critter! 

ECO-EXPLORERS (Tree Frogs), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested. 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Explore off the beaten path in Alton Baker Park! Go on a fossil hunt, unearth compost critters, and find camouflaged insects. Use maps, compasses, and GPS devices for treasure and scavenger hunts! Combine this camp with Let’s Go! in the afternoon and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

LET’S GO! (Tree Frogs), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested. 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Bike, hike, and paddle your way to all corners of the park in this fun camp for kids who like to move! Spend two afternoons biking, one hiking, and one canoeing with Northwest Canoe Tours. Note: Kids must be comfortable riding a bike for a distance of one mile in order to take this camp. * You must have or borrow a bike and helmet for this camp. Bike loans may be possible on advance request. Extra fee for canoeing. Combine this camp with Eco-Explorers in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

BikesPEDAL POWER

(Blue Herons), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested. 9am-4 pm, 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. *Extra fee for this camp.

GO WILD! (Advanced Blue Herons and Owls), (CANCELLED -- but we still have fun for kids 13-15 this summer -- please contact us about becoming Outdoor Leader volunteers!)

9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore every corner of the park and beyond by bike, canoe, and on foot. Enjoy an active urban nature adventure as you learn hiking, backpacking, and survival skills. Answer your call to the wild as you become confident in the outdoors, learn to lead, and develop advanced nature know-how!

Week 4: July 17-21

WIGGLERS and WADDLERS (Minnows), Only 3 spaces left! 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Check out what’s wiggling and waddling in and near the water. Look for worms in the garden, play the Hungry Caterpillar game, and quack with our costumed Kinder Critter Duck!

Catching bugs is a favorite activity for Nearby Nature daycampersBUGS by the BILLIONS (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, 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 about insects and do the Dragonfly Dance! 

EARTH ART AT MOUNT PISGAH (Tree Frogs), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist on the registration system, if interested. 9am-4 pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Discover amazing colors, textures, and patterns in nature as we explore the diverse habitats of Mount Pisgah, from sunny savanna to lush wetlands, shady forests to winding waterways! Build and create with everything from sticks to stones, clay to cones. Enjoy hiking the trails as we seek secret spots to pen poems and prose inspired by nature. *Extra fee for this camp.

RIVER TALES & SCALES (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Learn the salmon’s life story as we explore the watery world of the Coast Fork of the Willamette River. Play the Bear, Salmon, Mosquito game, hike park trails, and catch bugs in the water — salmon’s dinner! Enjoy a storytelling visit from Kalapuya elder Esther Stutzman.*Extra fee for this camp.

More Garden ChildrenWeek 5: July 24-28

STONE SOUP (Minnows), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover the many tastes of the garden as we collect ingredients for our very own Stone Soup! Sing garden songs, play garden games, and splash in the Learnscape sprinklers. Make mud pies and sand cakes for pretend food fun!

WATER WONDERS (Dragonflies), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested.9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover the wonders of water! Catch bugs in the ponds, make drip sandcastles and splatter art, play Poohsticks, and dance in the Learnscape sprinklers. 

HAZELNUT HOLLOW THEATER (Tree Frogs), Only 4 spaces left! 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: All the (outdoor) world is a stage in this fun nature theater camp! Spend the week acting like animals, hiking in the hazelnuts, singing songs, and working on a play inspired by one of our favorite nature tales. Make masks from recycled and natural materials and present your production in the Hazelnut Hollow Theater!

RAPTORS AND THE RIDGELINE (Blue Herons), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested. 9am-4pm, Cascades Bird MaskRaptor 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.

Week 6: July 31-Aug 4

PLAYFUL POLLINATORS (Dragonflies), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested. 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover how plants and animals cooperate in nature. Buzz around the meadow, taste goodies from our Learnscape Gardens, and discover how bees make honey. Meet our Kinder Critter Bella Butterfly! 

Felting 2014ARTE y NATURALEZA (Tree Frogs), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested. 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Enjoy art and nature in TWO languages in this bilingual camp! Enjoy creative play in the Learnscape and fun projects with artists from Eugene Arte Latino -- felting, collage, painting with natural dyes, Mexican Folk Art, and more. Combine this camp with Explore in Español in the afternoon and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience! *Extra fee for this camp.

EXPLORE IN ESPAÑOL (Tree Frogs), Only 1 space left!  1-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore the park and Learnscape and learn the Spanish words for what you discover. Harvest garden goodies, go pond dipping, hike to Turtle Pond, and create your own illustrated Spanish/English nature notes. Combine this camp with Arte y Naturaleza in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

MAGICAL MOUNT PISGAH (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Ever wonder how leaves change from green to glorious in the fall? How a teeny tiny seed turns into a terrifically tall tree? Join us for a journey into the magic and mystery of nature as we explore the woodlands and waterways of Mount Pisgah. (And keep your eyes out for fairies and gnomes on the way!) *Extra fee for this camp.

WHEELS & WINGS (Blue Herons), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested. 9am-4 pm, Alton Baker Park: OspreyExplore the Willamette riverside by bike and watch water wildlife at Delta Ponds and other birding hot spots. Learn local birds, check our nest collection, and build bird feeders. Canoe on the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours! *You must have or borrow a bike and helmet for this camp. Bike loans may be possible on advance request. Extra fee for canoeing.

Week 7: August 7-11

CRAWLY CRITTERS (Minnows), Only 3 spaces left! 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Go on a crawly critter safari through our garden and park forests, sing the worm bin boogie, play bug games, and create critter crafts. Meet real reptiles and amphibians during a visit from the Herpetological Society!

EARTHKEEPERS (Dragonflies), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested. 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Bake with sunlight, build recycled art, and play Poohsticks at the park canal! Search for garden goodies in the Learnscape, make tunes from trash, and check out cool critters during a visit from the Herpetological Society! 

FOREST FORTS (Tree Frogs), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested. 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 and meet one day at Hendricks Park to explore its tall tree trails! Climb real trees with experts from the City of Eugene’s Outdoor Program! *Extra fee for tree climbing.

Week 8: August 14-18

Veggie ArtRAINBOW GARDENERS (Dragonflies), 1 space just opened! 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Discover how the sun helps grow rainbows in our garden and in the park! Dig in the dirt, eat colorful garden snacks, and sing garden songs. Tell rainbow tales and paint with dyes made from garden and forest plants.

WORLD OF WATER (Tree Frogs), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested. 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Dive into a watery world! Hike by the mighty Willamette River, play Mountain Melt, and have a canal race with mini hand-made boats. Discover how ice and salt turn milk into ice cream and build dams in our model watershed. Canoe in the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours! *Extra fee for canoeing.

WILD WAVES & WHEELS (Blue Herons), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested 9am-4 pm, Alton Baker Rafting with City of EugenePark: Ride the Willamette River bike paths in search of the best wading and fishing 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. See registration form.

Week 9: August 21-25

DOWN in the DIRT (Minnows), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Investigate the hidden world below your feet. Dig in the dirt, build sandcastles, and create with clay! Plant seeds in the garden and make mud pies in our Squirrel Kitchen! 

MAGIC FOREST (Dragonflies), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested.9am-noon, Alton Baker Park: Explore Games in the Gardenour park’s magical and green, growing forest. Tell tall tree tales and make wood gnomes from forest finds. Build fairy houses and name your favorite park tree.

ROCK-IT! at MOUNT PISGAH
(Tree Frogs),
Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested. 9am-4pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Explore park trails and discover the rocky roots of  Mount Pisgah. Hike to the summit and play in the Willamette River. Do the Rock Cycle Rap and use what you learn about local rivers and rocks to build a volcano. *Extra fee for this camp.

ROCK ‘N ROLL (advanced Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, multiple locations: Get to know our region's geology by bike. Ride on the Willamette River Bike Path, explore the south side through Amazon Park, check out the Middle Fork Path (near Dorris Ranch), and cruise west on the Fern Ridge Bike Trail. Get up close and personal with rocks when you visit Skinner Butte Park to try rock climbing at the famous Columns, taught by the City of Eugene’s Outdoor Program. *Participation limited to those who have previously attended a Nearby Nature biking camp or whose biking skills can be verified by our instructor (must make arrangements in advance). Extra fee for climbing.

Week 10: August 28- Sept 1

BIRDING BUDDIES (Dragonflies), Only 4 spaces left! 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 build your own bird nest. Meet our feathered Kinder Critter friend Olivia Owl!

ScarecrowsHAPPY HARVESTERS (Tree Frogs), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested. 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: End the summer with a bunch of munchin’! Bake in a solar oven, create 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 and enjoy a visit to Living Earth Farm.

GARDEN GOURMETS (Blue Herons), Full. Please sign up on the waitlist through the registration system, if interested. 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Slice, dice, mix, and mash your way through a week of tasty treats. Sprout seeds, brew herbal teas, roast veggies in a solar oven, and learn to make fires that really cook. Go on an adventure to Living Earth Farm!

 

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