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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

Teacher Apprentice Schedule & Philosophy

Weeks Available for Volunteering as a Teacher Apprentice
All teacher apprentices must attend a required volunteer training - dates/times/locations are listed below.
Each week, teacher Apprentices must commit to being at camp on Monday from 8am - 3pm, and Tuesday through Friday from 8:30am-3pm. On Monday morning you will be oriented to the site and the weekly theme, and then on two other days during the week, you will meet with one of our EE staff for about 90 minutes to debrief, talk through issues and set/discuss goals. 

ALL REGISTRATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM ARE DONE OVER THE PHONE.
Call the EE Office at 503-823-3601 or the Customer Service Center at 503-823-2525.

Activity Name & Camp Location Activity Number Ages Resident Amount (Scholarships Available) Camp Dates Training Days & Times Training Site
Teacher Apprentice: Week 2 @ Hoyt Arb 1045445 13-17 yrs $20.00 June 27-July 1 June 20 & 22 (10:30am-2:30pm) Hoyt Arboretum  
Teacher Apprentice: Week 2 @ Sellwood/OB 1045446 13-17 yrs $20.00 June 27-July 1 June 21 & 23 (10:30am-2:30pm) Mt Tabor Park 
Teacher Apprentice: Week 3 @ Marshall Pk 1045448 13-17 yrs $20.00 July 5-8 (No camp July 4) June 20 & 22 (10:30am-2:30pm) Hoyt Arboretum
Teacher Apprentice: Week 3 @ Mt Tabor 1045447 13-17 yrs $20.00 July 5-8 (No camp July 4) June 21 & 23 (10:30am-2:30pm) Mt Tabor Park 
Teacher Apprentice: Week 4 @ Hoyt Arb 1045449 13-17 yrs $20.00 July 11-15 June 20 & 22 (10:30am-2:30pm) Hoyt Arboretum
Teacher Apprentice: Week 4 @ Whitaker Ponds 1045450 13-17 yrs $20.00 July 11-15 June 21 & 23 (10:30am-2:30pm) Mt Tabor Park 
Teacher Apprentice: Week 5 @ Mt Tabor 1045451 13-17 yrs $20.00 July 18-22 June 21 & 23 (10:30am-2:30pm) Mt Tabor Park 
Teacher Apprentice: Week 6 @ Mt Tabor 1045452 13-17 yrs $20.00 July 25-29 June 21 & 23 (10:30am-2:30pm) Mt Tabor Park 
Teacher Apprentice: Week 7 @ Col. Child Arb 1045454 13-17 yrs $20.00 Aug 1-5 June 20 & 22 (10:30am-2:30pm) Hoyt Arboretum
Teacher Apprentice: Week 7 @ Hoyt Arb 1045453 13-17 yrs $20.00 Aug 1-5 June 20 & 22 (10:30am-2:30pm) Hoyt Arboretum
Teacher Apprentice: Week 8 @ Hoyt Arb 1045455 13-17 yrs $20.00 Aug 8-12 June 20 & 22 (10:30am-2:30pm) Hoyt Arboretum
Teacher Apprentice: Week 8 @ Whitaker Ponds 1045456 13-17 yrs $20.00 Aug 8-12 June 21 & 23 (10:30am-2:30pm) Mt Tabor Park 
Teacher Apprentice: Week 9 @ Mt Tabor 1045457 13-17 yrs $20.00 Aug 15-19 June 21 & 23 (10:30am-2:30pm) Mt Tabor Park 

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Does your camp philosophy match ours?

Through the guidance of a team of Environmental Educators, the goal of Summer Nature Day Camp is to provide opportunities for children ages 3 1/2 - 13 to follow their innate curiosity with a goal of learning, exploration and discovery; to connect with their natural surroundings through experience & exposure to flora & fauna; and to create positive relationships with meaningful, highly trained naturalists. Through their interactions with nature, an experienced educator and other children, campers may be inspired to share their discoveries and become future stewards of nature, in Portland and beyond.

Our teaching goals at Nature Day Camp...

  • We give children the opportunity to spend time in nature with highly trained teachers, teen-aged assistants and peers. Children experience a unique balance of hands-on exploration, child-directed learning, unstructured play and teacher-directed games, projects and investigations.
  • We introduce Leave No Trace principles and strive to encourage an overall appreciation of the park grounds, natural spaces and materials. We know that the appreciation of nature comes through a personal connection to the plants, animals and ecological concepts discovered in each park.
  • We find ways to say "yes" and redirect attention while creating a safe environment to explore.
  • We allow space and time for children to think, process and ask questions.
  • As environmental educators, we are inspired by our own natural curiosity and honest wonderment of nature. We can share and learn too… and we believe children have a lot to teach us!