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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Summer Nature Day Camp

What is Summer Nature Day Camp? Youngsters under the age of 14 disappear into the woods and wetlands of Portland as they explore nature under the guidance of experienced staff. Themes for each session are only a catalyst as this child-directed camp has few limits. We foster deep nature connection as well as connection to place.

2016 Summer Camp Information is online!
Registration begins February 22

Are you 16 or older? Apply to join the EE Naturalist team this summer!

We are hiring beginning, mid-level and experienced naturalists to work with our preschool camps, youth camps & teen camps! Applications (including a 1-2 page resume & a list of 3 references) are due Friday, March 25! Information on where to send the applications, as well as details about requirements for each position are can be found on the application! Click here to download the 2016 Summer Staff Application.

"The PP&R Nature Camps are, by far, my son's all-time favorite summer camps, both last year and this year. ... The counselors do an amazing job of engaging the kids and creating a fun, exciting experience. I can't quite express how much I appreciate the wonderful instruction and experience provided by your counselors. Thank you!"  ~ Parent of a 2012 camper

"I'm writing to express my sincere gratitude for the scholarship our family received for our daughters to attend Nature Camp. They were at Forest Park camp and absolutely LOVED it! Every day they came home bursting with stories of their adventures - smudge, treasure hunts, fairy sightings, [pretend] fishing, and hiking 'even farther than the other kids!' I know this will be a highlight of their summer, and it would not have been possible without the scholarship. We feel your program has enormous value and feel so fortunate that our kids have been a part of it. I will continue to rave about it to anyone who will listen!" ~ Parent of 2013 camper

"Great camp, great team!" ~Parent of 2014 camper

"My kids LOVE camp! They look forward to it every year!" ~Parent of 2014 campers

"We have been doing this camp for about 6 years, and our son STILL loves it! Bravo!" ~Parent of 2014 camper

Thanks to all the families and children who continue to love what we do!