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phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Camp Schedule for Summer 2018

 REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER 2018 BEGINS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, AT 5:30AM.

Friends or siblings who want to attend camp together must be signed up for the same activity code. 

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Rockin Robins - Camps for Preschoolers 3½-6 yrs CLICK HERE!
Nature Day Camp - Camps for Lower Elementary 4½-8 yrs CLICK HERE!
Nature Day Camp - Camps for Middle Elementary 8-12 yrs CLICK HERE!
True Nature Summer Camps 10-12 yrs CLICK HERE!

Search our summer 2018 lineup and learn about the nature themes, age groups, dates, and locations needed to round out your summer! All camps meet and take place in Portland's Natural Areas. Preschoolers interested in a shorter day should sign up for the Rockin Robins Nature Camps (ages 3½-6). If it's a full-day camp you are looking for, Nature Day Camp is your option. 

Each day of Nature Day Camp starts and ends as one group with all ages together. About half the day is structured with nature-themed games, skits, crafts, scavenger hunts, and science investigations. The other half of the day is spent playing, hiking, and exploring in small traveling groups, divided by age. Depending on the location of camp and how many total campers can register, each week will have anywhere from three to six traveling groups. Our youngest full-day campers are the "Flickers" (ages 4½-6 at Mt Tabor, ages 5-7 at smaller locations) and our next youngest are the "Hawks" (ages 6-8 at Mt Tabor, ages 7-9 at smaller locations). Our older campers are divided into the "Ospreys" (ages 8-10) and the "Ravens" (ages 10-12). This summer we will also be offering six weeks of True Nature Camps at various locations, which focus on nature connection, bushcraft skills, cooperative games, and stealth movement. Read more about True Nature Summer Camps HERE.

Registration can be done online, over the phone, or in person. 

  • To register online, click the links below, or go to www.PortlandParks.org and search for the activity number of your desired class - or search for "Nature Day Camp" to see ALL options!
  • To register over the phone, call the Customer Service Center at 503-823-2525 and refer to the activity number.
  • To register in person, visit your local community center (and have the activity number with you to speed up the process).  

Partial-day Camps for Preschoolers (3½-6 yrs)

All camps begin at 9am and end at 1:30pm. Campers can be dropped off anytime between 8:45-9am. After-care is not provided. Costs listed are for Portland Residents. Non-Resident costs are 25-40% higher than those listed.

Rockin Robins Nature Camp (Partial-day options for ages 3½-6)
Activity
Number
Dates Camp
Hours
Location Nature
Theme
Ages Resident
Cost
  June 25-29 9am-1:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Insects and Spiders
(Invertebrates)
3½-6 yrs $150
  July 2-6
(No camp on July 4)
9am-1:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Rocks, Sand, Mud,
and Water (Geology)
3½-6 yrs $150
  July 9-13 9am-1:30pm Hoyt Arboretum What Animals Need
(Habitats) 
3½-6 yrs $150
  July 9-13 9am-1:30pm Whitaker Ponds
Nature Park
What Animals Need
(Habitats)
3½-6 yrs $150
  July 16-20 9am-1:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Crows and
Woodpeckers (Birds)
3½-6 yrs $150
  July 23-27 9am-1:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Bees and Butterflies 
(Pollinators)
3½-6 yrs $150
  July 30-Aug 3 9am-1:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Forest Giants
(Trees) 
3½-6 yrs $150
  July 30-Aug 3 9am-1:30pm Sellwood Park/
Oaks Bottom
Forest Giants 
(Trees)
3½-6 yrs $150
  Aug 6-10 9am-1:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Warm Furry Animals
(Mammals)
3½-6 yrs $150
  Aug 13-17 9am-1:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Owls and Hawks
(Raptors)
3½-6 yrs $150
  Aug 13-17 9am-1:30pm Whitaker Ponds
Nature Park
Owls and Hawks
(Raptors)
3½-6 yrs $150
  Aug 20-24 9am-1:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Ferns and Flowers 
(Plants)
3½-6 yrs $150

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 Full-day Camps for Lower Elementary Grades (4½-8 yrs)

All camps begin at 9:00am and end at 3:30pm. Campers can be dropped off anytime between 8:45-9:00am. After-care is available at all locations from 3:30-5:30pm for an additional fee. Costs listed are for Portland Residents. Non-Resident costs are 25-40% higher than those listed. To read more about the weekly nature theme, click HEREFriends or siblings who want to attend camp together must be signed up for the same activity code.  

Nature Day Camp (Full-day options for ages 4½-8)
Activity
Number
Dates Camp
Hours
Location Nature
Theme
Ages Resident
Cost
  June 25-29 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Backbone Not Required! 4½-6 yrs (Flickers) $230
  June 25-29 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Backbone Not Required!  6-8 yrs (Hawks) $230
  July 2-6
(No camp on July 4)
9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Rock & Roll Lifestyle 4½-6 yrs (Flickers) $184
  July 2-6
(No camp on July 4)
9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Rock & Roll Lifestyle  6-8 yrs (Hawks) $184
  July 9-13 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Habitats are Hip!  5-7 yrs (Flickers) $230
  July 9-13 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Habitats are Hip!   7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
  July 9-13 9am-3:30pm Whitaker Ponds
Nature Park
Habitats are Hip!   5-7 yrs (Flickers) $230
  July 9-13 9am-3:30pm Whitaker Ponds
Nature Park
Habitats are Hip!   7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
  July 16-20 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Let's Wing It!  4½-6 yrs (Flickers) $230
  July 16-20 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Let's Wing It!  6-8 yrs (Hawks) $230
  July 23-27 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Buzz & Flutter  4½-6 yrs (Flickers) $230
  July 23-27 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Buzz & Flutter  6-8 yrs (Hawks) $230
  July 30-Aug 3 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Branching Out!  5-7 yrs (Flickers) $230
  July 30-Aug 3 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Branching Out!  7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
  July 30-Aug 3 9am-3:30pm Sellwood Park/
Oaks Bottom
Branching Out!  5-7 yrs (Flickers) $230
  July 30-Aug 3 9am-3:30pm Sellwood Park/
Oaks Bottom
Branching Out!  7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
  Aug 6-10 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Marvelous Mammals  4½-6 yrs (Flickers) $230
  Aug 6-10 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Marvelous Mammals  6-8 yrs (Hawks) $230
  Aug 13-17 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Let's Wing It!   5-7 yrs (Flickers) $230
  Aug 13-17 9:am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Let's Wing It!   7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
  Aug 13-17 9am-3:30pm Whitaker Ponds
Nature Park
Let's Wing It!   5-7 yrs (Flickers) $230
  Aug 13-17 9am-3:30pm Whitaker Ponds
Nature Park
Let's Wing It!   7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
  Aug 20-24 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Havin' a Blast with
Chloroplasts! 
4½-6 yrs (Flickers) $230

  Aug 20-24 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Havin' a Blast with
Chloroplasts!
6-8 yrs (Hawks) $230

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Full-day Camps for Middle/Upper Elementary Grades (8-12 yrs)

All camps begin at 9:00am and end at 3:30pm. Campers can be dropped off anytime between 8:45-9:00am. After-care is available at all locations from 3:30-5:30pm for an additional fee. Costs listed are for Portland Residents. Non-Resident costs are 25-40% higher than those listed. To read more about the weekly nature theme, click HEREFriends or siblings who want to attend camp together must be signed up for the same activity code. 

Nature Day Camp (Full-day options for ages 8-10)
Activity
Number
Dates Camp
Hours
Location Nature
Theme
Ages Resident
Cost
  June 25-29 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Backbone Not Required! 8-10 yrs (Ospreys) $230
  June 25-29 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Backbone Not Required!  10-12 yrs (Ravens) $230
  July 2-6
(No camp on July 4)
9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Rock & Roll
Lifestyle
8-10 yrs (Ospreys) $184
  July 2-6
(No camp on July 4)
9am-3:30pm Mt Tabor Park See True Nature
Camps
below
10-12 yrs  $188
  July 9-13 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Habitats are Hip!  7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
  July 9-13 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum See True Nature
Camps
below
10-12 yrs $235
  July 9-13 9am-3:30pm Whitaker Ponds
Nature Park
Habitats are Hip!  7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
  July 9-13 9am-3:30pm Whitaker Ponds
Nature Park
Habitats are Hip!  10-12 yrs (Ravens) $230
  July 16-20 9am-3:30pm Mt Tabor Park Let's Wing It! 8-10 yrs (Ospreys) $230
  July 16-20 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Let's Wing It! 10-12 yrs (Ravens) $230
  July 23-27 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Buzz & Flutter   8-10 yrs (Ospreys) $230
  July 23-27 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park See True Nature
Camps
below
 10-12 yrs  $235
  July 30-Aug 3 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Branching Out!   7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
  July 30-Aug 3 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Branching Out!   10-12 yrs (Ravens) $230
  July 30-Aug 3 9am-3:30pm Sellwood Park/
Oaks Bottom
Branching Out!    7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
  July 30-Aug 3 9am-3:30pm Sellwood Park/
Oaks Bottom
See True Nature
Camps
below 
 10-12 yrs  $235
  Aug 6-10 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Marvelous
Mammals
 8-10 yrs (Ospreys) $230
  Aug 6-10 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Marvelous
Mammals 
 10-12 yrs (Ravens) $230
  Aug 13-17 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Let's Wing It!   7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
  Aug 13-17 9:am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum  See True Nature
Camps
below
 10-12 yrs  $230
  Aug 13-17 9am-3:30pm Whitaker Ponds
Nature Park
Let's Wing It!   7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
  Aug 13-17 9am-3:30pm Whitaker Ponds 
Nature Park
Let's Wing It!   10-12 yrs (Ravens) $230
  Aug 20-24 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Havin' a Blast 
With Chloroplasts! 
 8-10 yrs (Ospreys) $230

  Aug 20-24 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park  See True Nature
Camps
below
 10-12 yrs  $235

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True Nature Summer Camp (10-12 yrs)

All camps begin at 9:00am and end at 3:30pm. Campers can be dropped off anytime between 8:45-9:00am. After-care is available at all locations from 3:30-5:30pm for an additional fee. Costs listed are for Portland Residents. Non-Resident costs are 25-40% higher than those listed. 

True Nature Summer Camps deliberately connect children to a very personal experience in the outdoors while also building a close community and finding a new appreciation for nature. Each day of True Nature camp will focus on nature connection, awareness, animal sign, tracking, stealth and camouflage, bushcraft skills, navigation and way finding, and sensory activities. Guided by two trained nature mentors, campers hike, explore, tell stories, share their experiences, and stay curious throughout the day, developing a strong sense of place. True Nature Summer Camps foster connections to the natural world, others, and self.The learning is in the doing! Friends or siblings who want to attend camp together must be signed up for the same activity code. 

True Nature Summer Camp (Full-day option for ages 10-12)
Activity
Number
Dates Camp
Hours
Location Nature
Theme
Ages Resident
Cost
  July 2-6
(No camp on July 4)
9am-1:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Nature Connection, 
Bushcraft Skills, 
Cooperative Games, 
Stealth
10-12 yrs $235
  July 9-13 9am-1:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Nature Connection, 
Bushcraft Skills, 
Cooperative Games, 
Stealth 
10-12 yrs $235
  July 23-27 9am-1:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Nature Connection, 
Bushcraft Skills, 
Cooperative Games, 
Stealth 
10-12 yrs $235
  July 30-Aug 3 9am-1:30pm Sellwood Park/
Oaks Bottom
Nature Connection, 
Bushcraft Skills, 
Cooperative Games, 
Stealth 
10-12 yrs $235
  Aug 13-17 9am-1:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Nature Connection, 
Bushcraft Skills, 
Cooperative Games, 
Stealth 
10-12 yrs $235
  Aug 20-24 9am-1:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Nature Connection, 
Bushcraft Skills, 
Cooperative Games, 
Stealth 
10-12 yrs $235

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 If you have questions about our camps, please call 503-823-3601 or email enviroed@portlandoregon.govSee you in the park!