Camps by Week

Spaces Available (last updated 5-21-20, 2 PM)

Note: We are not able to update this daily, so please refer to the online registration system to confirm that there is space available in a specific camp. Although most camps are full, we encourage you to join our waiting list online because we do anticipate that spaces will open up as the summer progresses!

List of Camps by Age Group also available.

June 15-19

Earth Art (Tree Frogs), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Discover the amazing colors, patterns, textures, and sounds of nature as we explore the diverse habitats of Alton Baker Park – from sunny meadows to shady forests, lush pondsides to winding waterways. Build and create with everything from sticks to stones, clay to cones! Enjoy artful outdoor movement and music with drummer Rhian Arp (to be confirmed)! *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), 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park (1 SPOT LEFT!): Discover what’s up in the air as you explore the park to find things that fly, glide, float, and fall. Use binoculars to scan the sky for birds, catch bugs in the grass, create mini-parachutes out of recycled materials, and make toys that fly. Visit the Eugene Science Center Planetarium for an up-high look in the night sky. *Combine this camp with Earth Art in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

June 22-26

Down in the Dirt (Minnows), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park (3 SPOTS LEFT): 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 River Run play area! 

Birding Buddies (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Get to know your fine feathered friends. Check out real feathers and nests, explore park habitats, play bird games, and hear bird stories. Sing and hoot with our feathered Kinder Critter friend Olivia Owl!

Rock ‘N’ Fossil Fun (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Visit Fossil Beach, do the Rock Cycle Rap, and learn the story of your own special stone. Create volcanoes, splash in the Willamette, and play Mountain Melt!

CANCELED (Cascades Raptor Center Not Available for Camps This Summer — Back Next Summer!) Raptors and the Ridgeline (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Ridgeline Trail (morning) and Cascades Raptor Center (afternoon): Discover where raptors roam in real life as you hike and explore the Ridgeline Trail each morning with staff from Nearby Nature. In the afternoon, hang out with Cascades Raptor Center staff and learn about all things raptor through games, art, and meetings with real live hawks, owls, and more!

June 29-July 3

Busy Builders (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park (1 SPOT LEFT!): Make nests, weave webs, and build beaver dams in this fun camp all about creative critters. Play with giant blocks in Nature’s Builders Playspace, learn about earth-friendly human homes, and build your own miniature shelters using lessons learned from animals! *Combine this camp with Wonder Keepers in the afternoon and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

Wonder Keepers (Dragonflies), 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Help care for the wonders of the natural world! Save resources by baking with sunlight and building recycled art. Plant new seeds, find critters in the compost, and sample colorful goodies in the Learnscape Gardens. *Combine this camp with Busy Builders in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

World of Water (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Dive into a world of watery fun! 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, build dams in our model watershed, play in the River Run, and lazily float the canoe canal in the sun!

.Cycle Force (Blue Herons), 9am-4 pm, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Learn all about how bikes go as we explore Willamette River bike trails. Create bike part art, learn basic bike maintenance skills, use human power to make bike smoothies! *Kids must be able to ride up to 10 miles total per day (with breaks) and have/borrow a working bike and helmet that fits for this camp. A limited number of bike loans available on advance request.

July 6-10

Scales, Tails & Sails (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): 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 and amphibians on a visit from the Herpetological Society (to be confirmed) and explore the canoe canal on our floating fleet!

Chill Critters! (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Travel back in time to discover the links between today’s cold-blooded critters and their distant dino relatives. Solve scaly mysteries and use your reptile radar to search for herps in nature nearby. Enjoy hands-on interactions with live reptile and amphibian visitors from the Herpetological Society (to be confirmed) and invent a cold-blooded critter of your own!

July 13-17

Hop, Skip and Jump (Minnows), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park (3 SPOTS LEFT!): Learn all about wild animals and how they move and groove. Play animal movement games and sing wiggly animal songs. Dance with our costumed Kinder Critter Frannie Frog and play music in the Sound Garden!

Earthy Artists (Dragonflies), 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Dig into nature’s treasure chest of art materials as we create finger paints from flowers, Earth Art from our stones and cones collection, and critters from cool stuff we find in the forest. Enjoy edible art created from Learnscape Garden goodies!

Forest Forts (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Hunt for animal homes in the park and get inspired to build your own special shelters. Create forts in the Nature’s Builder’s Playspace and from things you find in the forest and design crazy castles from recycled cardboard boxes.

Tree Trekkers (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): 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, twisted, wide, and 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, Skinner Butte, and more. *Kids must be able to ride up to 10 miles total per day (with breaks) and have/borrow a working bike and helmet that fits for this camp. A limited number of bike loans available on advance request.

July 20-24

Magic Forest (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Explore our park’s magical green, growing forest. Tell tall tree tales and make wood gnomes from forest finds. Build fairy houses, name your favorite park tree, and get to know the trees in our Learnscape. *Combine this camp with Sun Fun in the afternoon and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

Sun Fun (Dragonflies), 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Discover the rainbow growing in our Learnscape garden. Make sun prints, bake in our solar oven, and tell sun stories. Hike to the Eugene Science Center for a planetarium show! *Combine this camp with Magic Forest in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

Nature Detectives at Mount Pisgah (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Go on a scavenger hunt or a Gnome Roam as you hike in the park each day – and create a treasure map of natural wonders to share with your family! Use magnifiers to see nature mysteries up close and binoculars to check out what’s happening in the distance. Visit Mount Pisgah’s fascinating wetland, forest, and oak savanna exhibits and cool off in the Willamette River’s Coast Fork.

Nature Know-How at Mount Pisgah (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Wayfinding and water safety, knives and knots, maps and mountain climbing. You’ll learn about all these skills and more as we hike in the hills, play in the Coast Fork of the Willamette, and explore the hidden corners of this amazing park. Sturdy shoes and a sense of adventure essential!

Rock ‘N’ Roll (Advanced Herons: 9-10 & Owls: 11-13), 9am-4pm, multiple locations/drop-off spots (1 SPOT LEFT!): Explore the Willamette River watershed by bike! Pedal along rolling rivers and past tall trees on the Willamette River Bike Path and the Middle Fork Bike Path (near Dorris Ranch). Get a close look at local geology when you visit Skinner Butte Park to check out the famous rock columns. *Note: Kids must be able to ride up to 10 miles total per day (with breaks) and have/borrow a working bike and helmet that fits for this camp. A limited number of bike loans available on advance request. Participation limited to those who have previously attended a Nearby Nature biking camp or have had biking skills verified by our instructor in advance. Different drop-off locations will be required for off-site rides.

July 27-31

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

Bounty of Bugs (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): 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 Make a Splash in the afternoon and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

Make a Splash (Dragonflies), 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park (2 SPOTS LEFT!): Discover the wonders of water! Make drip sandcastles in our sandbox and mud pies in our Dig–Inn Dirt Box. Experiment with our model watershed, play Poohsticks, and dance in the Learnscape sprinklers. *Combine this camp with Bounty of Bugs in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

Explore en Español (Tree Frogs), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Investigate the park and our gardens and learn the Spanish words for what you discover in this fun bilingual Spanish/English camp. Hike in the forest, catch bugs, and wade in the Willamette! *Combine this camp with Arte de la Tierra in the afternoon and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

Arte de la Tierra (Tree Frogs), 1-4 pm, Alton Baker Park (2 SPOTS LEFT!): Enjoy both art and nature in this fun bilingual Spanish/English camp. Build and create with everything from sticks to stones, clay to cones – all while learning in a second language! *Combine this camp with Explore en Español in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

August 3-7

Furry Friends (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): 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.

Let’s Go (Tree Frogs), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Get up and GO! Bike, hike, and paddle your way to all corners of the park in this fun camp for kids who like to move! Spend two mornings biking, two hiking, and one floating the canoe canal. Note: Kids must be able to ride a bike without training wheels for a distance of three miles (with breaks) and have/borrow a working bike and helmet that fits for this camp. A limited number of bike loans available on advance request. Combine this camp with Hazelnut Hollow in the afternoon and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

Hazelnut Hollow (Tree Frogs), 1-4pm, Alton Baker Park  (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): All the (outdoor) world is a stage in this fun nature theater camp! Spend the week acting like animals, singing songs, and creating mini-shows inspired by our favorite nature tales. Make masks from recycled and natural materials and present your productions in the Hazelnut Hollow Theater and on the Star Stage! *Combine this camp with Let’s Go in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

 La Naturaleza Silvestre (en Español) (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park (ALMOST HALF FULL!): Discover what’s wild outside in our park and Learnscape in this full immersion Spanish nature camp. Build like a beaver, sing like a bird, and sneak like a snake! Hike park trails in search of animal tracks and traces and watch for water wildlife on a canoe canal floating adventure. Check out real bones and feathers plus furs from naturalist David Walp’s amazing pelt collection. *Note this camp will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Participants must be able to follow directions and use basic Spanish.

Wild Waves and Wheels (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): 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 a fun float on the canoe canal! *Kids must be able to ride up to 10 miles total per day (with breaks) and have /borrow a working bike and helmet that fits for this camp. A limited number of bike loans available on advance request.

August 10-14

Earth Movers (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park (2 SPOTS LEFT!): Move your body like the rocking and rolling Earth as we explore in the park and our gardens. Learn about the volcanoes in our backyard and create rock art. Whirl like the wind, grow tall like trees, and roll like the river as we learn kid-friendly yoga moves. Create musical instruments with gifts from the earth – stone, wood, water, and more!

Go with the Flow (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Explore the hiking trails and discover the waterways of Mount Pisgah while practicing mindfulness, trying out yoga moves, and creating poetry. Get to know one of the river’s inhabitants from the inside out as you dissect a fish with a wildlife scientist. Catch bugs in the water – salmon’s dinner –and wade at special Willamette River Coast Fork splashing spots!

River Runners (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Discover the watery world of the Willamette River’s Coast Fork as you explore in this amazing park and beyond. Swim like a fish and navigate through a salmon migration obstacle course. Sharpen your observation skills as you dissect a fish with a wildlife scientist!

Wandering Wheels (Advanced Herons:9-10 & Owls:11-13), 9am-4pm, multiple locations/drop-off spots (2 SPOTS LEFT!): Wander our community on wheels in this advanced camp for avid bikers and community adventurers. Explore the Willamette River and Fern Ridge Bike Trails in search of good wading and wildlife viewing spots. Hone your bike maintenance and safe riding skills and practice using in-town bike lanes! *Note: Kids must be able to ride up to 10 miles total per day (with breaks) and have/borrow a working bike and helmet that fits for this camp. Bike loans may be possible on advance request. Participation limited to those who have previously attended a Nearby Nature biking camp or have had biking skills verified by our instructor in advance. Different drop-off locations will be required for off-site rides.

August 17-21

Playful Pollinators (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park (HALF FULL): Discover how plants and animals communicate and cooperate in nature. Catch butterflies in the meadow, taste goodies from our Learnscape gardens, and learn how bees make honey from a special guest beekeeper. Meet our Kinder Critter Bella Butterfly!

Wildlife Cyclers (Tree Frogs), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Explore the park and beyond in search of wildlife tracks and traces in this beginning biking camp. Roll through the phases of the sun and moon as we learn about diurnal, crepuscular, and nocturnal creatures and their habitats. Also spend one morning floating the canoe canal and another learning about the lifecycle of bees from a guest beekeeper. *Note: Kids must be able to ride a bike without training wheels for a distance of five miles (with breaks) and have/borrow a working bike and a helmet that fits for this camp. A limited number of bike loans available on advance request. Combine this camp with Tiny Worlds in the afternoon and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience!

Tiny Worlds (Tree Frogs), 1-4 pm, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Take an up-close look at nature nearby – on a tiny world scale! Use magnifiers and microscopes to check out the wild and wiggly world in a drop of water, dig in the dirt to discover the micro-critters who live beneath your feet, and discover how trees talk! Enjoy a visit to the Eugene Science Center Planetarium for a big picture look at Earth’s fantastic web of life. *Combine this camp with Wildlife Cyclers in the morning and free Lunch Care for an all-day experience

Dig In, Cook Out (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): Discover urban farming and outdoor cooking! Bake cobbler in the solar oven and make preserves to share with friends. Create seed bombs, brew herbal teas, make bike smoothies, and have a fun camp cooking contest using goodies from our Learnscape Garden.

August 24-28

Puppets, Paints & Pawprints (Dragonflies), 9am-noon, Alton Baker Park (1 SPOT LEFT!): Enjoy animal face painting, make footprint art, create puppets, and explore in nature. Play in the Nature’s Builders Playspace and pretend to be wild animals with a costumed Kinder Critter!

Camp Cook-Off (Tree Frogs), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park (FULL — SIGN UP ON WAIT LIST!): End the summer with a bunch of munchin’! Bake in a solar oven, go on a who’s-eating-who hike, and create silly veggie art. Have a rainbow salad making contest and learn about pioneer gardening from a Singing Creek Education Center visitor.

NEW just posted! Look Out! (Blue Herons), 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: It’s a wild world out there! Discover the cool ways that plants and animals protect themselves or their young, hunt their prey, and defend their territory. Find armored bugs, learn to identify perilous plants, and search for camouflaged critters as you explore the trails and waterways of Alton Baker Park. Cool off in the canal and explore the farthest reaches of the park!