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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

Nature Day Camp Information

Get on board with Environmental Education's "Nature Day Camp!" (Preschool, Youth & Teen Camps!) 

Make sure your 2017 summer includes Summer Nature Day Camp! Children & youth under the age of 13 disappear into the woods and wild spaces of Portland as they learn ecology, explore nature's nooks & crannies, spend hours with our diverse & adventurous staff and help make our parks a better place. Weekly nature themes drive the ecology focus of the camp, and are used as a catalyst for children to learn & experience the world around them. As the week goes on and children become more familiar with the staff and the park, the activities shift into child-directed play and learning with the hope of creating a meaningful individual experience for each child and the group as a whole.  

We hire staff who have an affinity to both ecology and play, and our summer staff members are trained in the traditional crafts & games of Nature Day Camp, child development, small group and large group management, risk management, Leave No Trace principles, nature crafts, ethnobotany, Portland Parks & Natural Areas stewardship, First Aid, and CPR. Our goals are to connect children to nature through experiential ecology, to model curiosity & wonder and to be positive role models toward youth of all ages. 

 Nature Day Camp boys with ivy crowns

Summer Schedule of Camps We have camps for preschoolers (partial-day), youth (full-day) and teens. The 2017 Schedule will be available in February! We also have volunteer programs for teens age 13-17. See the Teacher Apprentice page for more information.

2017 Nature Themes Theme info will be available Feb 2017!

Staff Camp staff have experience with environmental education curricula, wilderness philosophy, and child management techniques. PP&R runs an extensive background check for each individual on a yearly basis. Staff are all certified in CPR and first aid as part of their yearly training.

Groups Groups of campers are led by two qualified staff and one trained assistant with a maximum of 12 campers. Children are divided into groups according to age. 

Behavior All campers must behave in a manner which respects the rights and safety of others. Camp staff reserves the right to dismiss students from the program without a refund if their behavior becomes a problem.

Hours of Camp

  • Rockin Robins (ages 3 1/2 - 5).........................................9am-1pm (M-F)
  • Nature Day Camp (ages 5 - 10)........................................9am-3pm (M-F)
  • Urban Nature Adventure & DIY Camps for 10-12 yr olds.....9am-3pm (M-F)
  • Morning and Afternoon care may be available. Please read more about Extended Care options HERE!

Tuition for a week of camp (unless otherwise noted)

  • Rockin Robins Nature Camp.........................$150 (Resident), $210 (Non-residents)
  • Nature Day Camp..........................................$215 (Resident), $308 (Non-residents)

Scholarships Available We offer scholarships to help cover the cost of camp. Click here for the Scholarship Application. Complete the scholarship application and mail it to: ATTN: SNDC Scholarships 2909 SW 2nd Ave. Portland, OR 97201. Or email it to

Withdrawal Policy Children can be withdrawn from camp and given a full refund if done at least 7 days before camp starts.

Special Assistance Children of all abilities and interests are welcome to participate in our programs. If your child requires special assistance to participate, please contact the Environmental Education Office at 503-823-3601, and we will help connect you to our Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation program.