Welcome to summer daycamps at Nearby Nature! We’re so glad you 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!

2019 Daycamp Topics and Dates Coming in February!

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 17-August 30 in 2019, week-long camps, half & full day options.
  • HOW MUCH: Member discounts & scholarships available! See below.
  • REGISTRATION and PAYMENT: Enrollment is online. When you create an account your registration information will be saved for future programs.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Please read Nearby Nature’s full cancellation policy before you register for camps.

The 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 Groups

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.

  • *Minnows: ages 3-4 (*Minnows must be potty trained.)
  • Dragonflies: ages 4-5
  • Tree Frogs: ages 6-8
  • Blue Herons: ages 8-11
  • Owls: ages 11-13

2019 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

  • 2019 costs coming in February 2019
  • A minimum non-refundable deposit 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!

*Additional Cost Notes:

  • Membership $50/year and provides camp discounts. Make sure your membership is current as of the start date of your first camp. Contact us to check your status as needed.
  • Lunch care included in full day camps and free for campers who register for both morning and afternoon camps on the same week.
  • Some camps have extra fee of $10-$25 for special activities or unique locations. See registration for details.


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

Additional Information

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

  • FAQs about our summer daycamps
  • Cancellation Policy (coming soon)
  • Instructor Bios
  • Information about Volunteering (adults and teens) (coming soon)
  • Printable Summary of Camps (coming soon)
  • A Typical Day at Camp


Problems with registration? Call Daycamps Director 541-687-9699, ext. 2 or contact us by email.