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Portland Parks & Recreation

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Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Summer Schedule

 REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER 2018 IS LIVE!

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

To go directly to the schedule for... Age Group Jump directly to the schedule
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!

Click here for a printable version of all 2018 Summer Options
(Rockin Robins, Nature Day Camp, True Nature, Volunteer Schedule)

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

Rockin Robins Nature Camp (Partial-day options for ages 3½-6)
Activity
Number
Dates Camp
Hours
Location Nature
Theme
Ages Resident
Cost
1083085
waitlist
June 25-29 9am-1:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Insects and Spiders
(Invertebrates)
3½-6 yrs $158
083143
waitlist
July 2-6
(No camp on July 4)
9am-1:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Rocks, Sand, Mud,
and Water (Geology)
3½-6 yrs $126
1083148
waitlist 
July 9-13 9am-1:30pm Hoyt Arboretum What Animals Need
(Habitats) 
3½-6 yrs $158
1083151 
waitlist
July 9-13 9am-1:30pm Whitaker Ponds
Nature Park
What Animals Need
(Habitats)
3½-6 yrs $158
 1083144
waitlist
July 16-20 9am-1:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Crows and
Woodpeckers (Birds)
3½-6 yrs $158
 1083145
 
waitlist
July 23-27 9am-1:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Bees and Butterflies 
(Pollinators)
3½-6 yrs $158
 1083149 
waitlist
July 30-Aug 3 9am-1:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Forest Giants
(Trees) 
3½-6 yrs $158
 1083153
 
waitlist
July 30-Aug 3 9am-1:30pm Sellwood Park/
Oaks Bottom
Forest Giants 
(Trees)
3½-6 yrs $158
 1083146
 
waitlist
Aug 6-10 9am-1:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Warm Furry Animals
(Mammals)
3½-6 yrs $158
 1083150
 
waitlist
Aug 13-17 9am-1:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Owls and Hawks
(Raptors)
3½-6 yrs $158
 1083152
 
waitlist
Aug 13-17 9am-1:30pm Whitaker Ponds
Nature Park
Owls and Hawks
(Raptors)
3½-6 yrs $158
 1083147
 
1 spot avail
Aug 20-24 9am-1:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Ferns and Flowers 
(Plants)
3½-6 yrs $158

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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 number.  

Nature Day Camp (Full-day options for ages 4½-8)
Activity
Number
Dates Camp
Hours
Location Nature
Theme
Ages Resident
Cost
1083052
 
waitlist
June 25-29 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Backbone Not Required! 4½-6 yrs (Flickers) $230
1083082 
 
waitlist
June 25-29 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Backbone Not Required!  6-8 yrs (Hawks) $230
1083058 
waitlist
July 2-6
(No camp on July 4)
9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Rock & Roll Lifestyle 4½-6 yrs (Flickers) $184
1083086 
 
waitlist
July 2-6
(No camp on July 4)
9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Rock & Roll Lifestyle  6-8 yrs (Hawks) $184
1083066
 
waitlist
July 9-13 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Habitats are Hip!  5-7 yrs (Flickers) $230
1083125 
waitlist
July 9-13 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Habitats are Hip!   7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
1083070
 
waitlist
July 9-13 9am-3:30pm Whitaker Ponds
Nature Park
Habitats are Hip!   5-7 yrs (Flickers) $230
1083154 
 waitlist
July 9-13 9am-3:30pm Whitaker Ponds
Nature Park
Habitats are Hip!   7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
1083057 
 
waitlist
July 16-20 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Let's Wing It!  4½-6 yrs (Flickers) $230
1083131 
 
waitlist
July 16-20 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Let's Wing It!  6-8 yrs (Hawks) $230
1083059 
 
waitlist
July 23-27 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Buzz & Flutter  4½-6 yrs (Flickers) $230
1083132 
 waitlist
July 23-27 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Buzz & Flutter  6-8 yrs (Hawks) $230
1083067 
 waitlist
July 30-Aug 3 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Branching Out!  5-7 yrs (Flickers) $230
1083126 
 
waitlist
July 30-Aug 3 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Branching Out!  7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
1083069
 
waitlist
July 30-Aug 3 9am-3:30pm Sellwood Park/
Oaks Bottom
Branching Out!  5-7 yrs (Flickers) $230
1083158 
 
waitlist
July 30-Aug 3 9am-3:30pm Sellwood Park/
Oaks Bottom
Branching Out!  7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
1083061 
 waitlist
Aug 6-10 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Marvelous Mammals  4½-6 yrs (Flickers) $230
1083133 
 
waitlist
Aug 6-10 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Marvelous Mammals  6-8 yrs (Hawks) $230
1083068 
 
waitlist
Aug 13-17 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Let's Wing It!   5-7 yrs (Flickers) $230
1083127 
 
waitlist
Aug 13-17 9:am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Let's Wing It!   7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
1083081 
 waitlist
Aug 13-17 9am-3:30pm Whitaker Ponds
Nature Park
Let's Wing It!   5-7 yrs (Flickers) $230
1083156 
 
waitlist
Aug 13-17 9am-3:30pm Whitaker Ponds
Nature Park
Let's Wing It!   7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
1083063 
 waitlist
Aug 20-24 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Havin' a Blast with
Chloroplasts! 
4½-6 yrs (Flickers) $230

1083134 
 
waitlist
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 number. 

Nature Day Camp (Full-day options for ages 8-12)
Activity
Number
Dates Camp
Hours
Location Nature
Theme
Ages Resident
Cost
1083083
 
waitlist
June 25-29 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Backbone Not Required! 8-10 yrs (Ospreys) $230
1083084 
 
9 spots avail
June 25-29 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Backbone Not Required!  10-12 yrs (Ravens) $230
1083087 
 
waitlist
July 2-6
(No camp on July 4)
9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Rock & Roll
Lifestyle
8-10 yrs (Ospreys) $184
1083088 
 9 spots avail
July 2-6
(No camp on July 4)
9am-3:30pm Mt Tabor Park See True Nature
Camps
below
10-12 yrs  $188
1083125 
 
waitlist
July 9-13 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Habitats are Hip!  7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
1083128 
 
8 spots avail
July 9-13 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum See True Nature
Camps
below
10-12 yrs $235
1083154 
 
waitlist
July 9-13 9am-3:30pm Whitaker Ponds
Nature Park
Habitats are Hip!  7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
1083155 
 
10 spots avail
July 9-13 9am-3:30pm Whitaker Ponds
Nature Park
Habitats are Hip!  10-12 yrs (Ravens) $230
1083135 
 
waitlist
July 16-20 9am-3:30pm Mt Tabor Park Let's Wing It! 8-10 yrs (Ospreys) $230
1083139 
 4 spots avail
July 16-20 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Let's Wing It! 10-12 yrs (Ravens) $230
1083136 
 
waitilist
July 23-27 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Buzz & Flutter   8-10 yrs (Ospreys) $230
1083140 
 
3 spots avail
July 23-27 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park See True Nature
Camps
below
 10-12 yrs  $235
1083126 
 
waitlist
July 30-Aug 3 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Branching Out!   7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
1083129 
 
10 spots avail
July 30-Aug 3 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Branching Out!   10-12 yrs (Ravens) $230
1083158
 
waitlist
July 30-Aug 3 9am-3:30pm Sellwood Park/
Oaks Bottom
Branching Out!    7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
1083159 
 
2 spots avail
July 30-Aug 3 9am-3:30pm Sellwood Park/
Oaks Bottom
See True Nature
Camps
below 
 10-12 yrs  $235
1083137 
 
waitlist
Aug 6-10 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Marvelous
Mammals
 8-10 yrs (Ospreys) $230
1083141 
 1 spots avail
Aug 6-10 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Marvelous
Mammals 
 10-12 yrs (Ravens) $230
1083127 
 waitlist
Aug 13-17 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Let's Wing It!   7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
1083130 
 8 spots avail
Aug 13-17 9:am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum  See True Nature
Camps
below
 10-12 yrs  $230
1083156 
 
waitlist
Aug 13-17 9am-3:30pm Whitaker Ponds
Nature Park
Let's Wing It!   7-9 yrs (Hawks) $230
1083157 
 9 spots avail
Aug 13-17 9am-3:30pm Whitaker Ponds 
Nature Park
Let's Wing It!   10-12 yrs (Ravens) $230
1083138 
 waitlist
Aug 20-24 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Havin' a Blast 
With Chloroplasts! 
 8-10 yrs (Ospreys) $230

1083142 
 
waitlist
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 number. 

True Nature Summer Camp (Full-day option for ages 10-12)
Activity
Number
Dates Camp
Hours
Location Nature
Theme
Ages Resident
Cost
1083088
 
waitlist
July 2-6
(No camp on July 4)
9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Nature Connection, 
Bushcraft Skills, 
Cooperative Games, 
Stealth
10-12 yrs $188
1083128 
1 spot left!
July 9-13 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Nature Connection, 
Bushcraft Skills, 
Cooperative Games, 
Stealth 
10-12 yrs $235
1083140 
waitlist
July 23-27 9am-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Nature Connection, 
Bushcraft Skills, 
Cooperative Games, 
Stealth 
10-12 yrs $235
1083159 
 waitlist
July 30-Aug 3 9am-3:30pm Sellwood Park/
Oaks Bottom
Nature Connection, 
Bushcraft Skills, 
Cooperative Games, 
Stealth 
10-12 yrs $235
1083130 
waitlist
Aug 13-17 9am-3:30pm Hoyt Arboretum Nature Connection, 
Bushcraft Skills, 
Cooperative Games, 
Stealth 
10-12 yrs $235
1083142 
 waitlist
Aug 20-24 9am-3:30pm 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!