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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Summer 2019 Schedule

Registration for Summer 2019 begins February 25, 2019 at 5:30AM

Browse our summer 2019 camps below and round out your summer! 

This summer we will be offering three basic camp models - the traditional Nature Day Camp (ages 4-9), Nature Skills Camps (ages 9-12), and True Nature Summer Camp at our three locations. Click HERE to learn more about the three different camp models. 

Reminder: Before you register, make sure you are familiar with your updated policies (especially regarding the $50 withdrawal fee and the air quality policy). 

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

Group Name  Camp Type Age Group Schedule Link
Chickadees Partial-day Nature Camps for early childhood 4-6 years CLICK HERE!
Flickers
Hawks
Full-day Nature Camps for lower elementary 5-7 years CLICK HERE!
Ospreys
Ravens
Full-day Nature Camps for middle elementary 7-9 years CLICK HERE!
Swifts - Nature Skills Camps Full-day Nature Skills Camps for upper elementary 9-12 years CLICK HERE!
True Nature Summer Camps Mixed age camps for lower and upper elementary 5-8 and
9-12 years
CLICK HERE!
Nature Day Camp Policies

Would you rather see all the options at once?
Click here for a printable version of the Summer 2019 schedule.


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

  • To register online, click the links below, or go to 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).  

Chickadees

Partial-day camps for early childhood (4-6 years)

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. Learn more about the Chickadees camps by clicking HERE.

All camps begin at 9:00am and end at 2:00pm. Before-care is available at no cost from 7:45-9:00am. After-care is not provided for any Environmental Education camps. Costs listed are for Portland Residents. Non-Resident costs are 40% higher than those listed. Friends or siblings who want to attend camp together must be signed up for the same activity number.

Activity
Number
Dates Camp
Hours
Location Nature
Theme
Ages Resident
Cost
1102310 June 24-28 9:00am-2:00pm Mt. Tabor Park Invertebrates (Insects, Spiders, Isopods) 4-6 years $185
1102326 July 1-3 (no camp on 
July 4 or 5)
9:00am-2:00pm Mt. Tabor Park Rocks, Mud, Sand, and Erosion 4-6 years $115
1102334 July 8-12 9:00am-2:00pm Hoyt Arboretum Trees  4-6 years $185 
1102723 July 15-19 9:00am-2:00pm Sellwood Park - Oaks Bottom Habitats  4-6 years  $185 
1103733  July 22-26 9:00am-2:00pm Mt. Tabor Park Pollinators   4-6 years  $185 
1103767 July 29-August 2 9:00am-2:00pm Hoyt Arboretum Mammals  4-6 years $185 
1103795 August 5-9 9:00am-2:00pm Sellwood Park - Oaks Bottom Watersheds and Water Habitats 4-6 years $185 
1103818 August 12-16 9:00am-2:00pm Mt. Tabor Park Birds  4-6 years  $185 
1103869 August 19-23 9:00am-2:00pm Mt. Tabor Park Plants  4-6 years $185 

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Flickers and Hawks

Full-day camps for lower elementary grades (5-7 years)

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. Learn more about each theme by clicking HERE.

All camps begin at 9:00am and end at 4:00pm. Before-care is available at no cost from 7:45-9:00am. Sorry, After-care is not provided for any Environmental Education camps. Costs listed are for Portland Residents. Non-Resident costs are 40% higher than those listed. To read more about the weekly nature theme, click HERE! Friends or siblings who want to attend camp together must be signed up for the same activity number.  

Activity
Number
Dates Camp
Hours
Location Nature
Theme
Ages Resident
Cost
1102278 June 24-28  9:00am-4:00pm Mt. Tabor Park Backbone Not Required 5-6 years (Flickers) $260 
1102318
June 24-28  9:00am-4:00pm Mt. Tabor Park Backbone Not Required 6-7 years (Hawks) $260 
1102279 July 1-3 (no camp on 
July 4 or 5)
9:00am-4:00pm  Mt. Tabor Park  Rock & Roll Lifestyle 5-6 years (Flickers) $160
1102327 July 1-3 (no camp on 
July 4 or 5)
9:00am-4:00pm  Mt. Tabor Park  Rock & Roll Lifestyle 6-7 years (Hawks) $160
1102280 July 8-12  9:00am-4:00pm  Hoyt Arboretum Branching Out  5-6 years (Flickers) $260
1102337
July 8-12  9:00am-4:00pm  Hoyt Arboretum  Branching Out  6-7 years (Hawks) $260 
1102285 July 15-19  9:00am-4:00pm  Sellwood Park - Oaks Bottom  Habitats are Hip!  5-6 years (Flickers) $260 
1102726
July 15-19  9:00am-4:00pm  Sellwood Park - Oaks Bottom  Habitats are Hip! 6-7 years (Hawks) $260 
1102282
July 22-26  9:00am-4:00pm Mt. Tabor Park Buzz & Flutter  5-6 years (Flickers) $260 
1103743  July 22-26  9:00am-4:00pm  Mt. Tabor Park  Buzz & Flutter  6-7 years (Hawks) $260 
1102281 July 29-August 2  9:00am-4:00pm  Hoyt Arboretum  Marvelous Mammals  5-6 years (Flickers) $260 
1103768
July 29-August 2  9:00am-4:00pm  Hoyt Arboretum   Marvelous Mammals  6-7 years (Hawks) $260 
1102286
August 5-9  9:00am-4:00pm  Sellwood Park - Oaks Bottom Wild Willamette Watersheds  5-6 years (Flickers) $260 
1103796
August 5-9  9:00am-4:00pm  Sellwood Park - Oaks Bottom  Wild Willamette Watersheds  6-7 years (Hawks) $260 
1102283 August 12-16  9:00am-4:00pm  Mt. Tabor Park We Can Wing It!  5-6 years (Flickers) $260 
1103860
August 12-16  9:00am-4:00pm  Mt. Tabor Park  We Can Wing It!  6-7 years (Hawks) $260 
1102284
August 19-23  9:00am-4:00pm  Mt. Tabor Park  Having a Blast
with Chloroplasts 
5-6 years (Flickers) $260 
1103874
August 19-23  9:00am-4:00pm  Mt. Tabor Park  Having a Blast with Chloroplasts 6-7 years (Hawks) $260 

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Ospreys and Ravens

Full-day camps for middle elementary grades (7-9 years)

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. Learn more about each theme by clicking HERE.

All camps begin at 9:00am and end at 4:00pm. Before-care is available at no cost from 7:45-9:00am. Sorry, After-care is not provided for any Environmental Education camps. Costs listed are for Portland Residents. Non-Resident costs are 40% higher than those listed. To read more about the weekly nature theme, click HERE! Friends or siblings who want to attend camp together must be signed up for the same activity number.  

Activity
Number
Dates Camp
Hours
Location Nature
Theme
Ages Resident
Cost
1102319 June 24-28  9:00am-4:00pm Mt. Tabor Park Backbone Not Required 7-8 years (Ospreys) $260 
1102320 June 24-28  9:00am-4:00pm Mt. Tabor Park Backbone Not Required 8-9 years (Ravens) $260 
1102328 July 1-3 (no camp on 
July 4 or 5)
9:00am-4:00pm  Mt. Tabor Park  Rock & Roll Lifestyle 7-9 years (Ospreys) $160
1102338 July 8-12  9:00am-4:00pm  Hoyt Arboretum Branching Out  7-8 years (Ospreys) $260
1102339 July 8-12  9:00am-4:00pm  Hoyt Arboretum  Branching Out  8-9 years (Ravens) $260 
1102727 July 15-19  9:00am-4:00pm  Sellwood Park - Oaks Bottom  Habitats are Hip!  7-8 years (Ospreys) $260 
1102728 July 15-19  9:00am-4:00pm  Sellwood Park - Oaks Bottom  Habitats are Hip! 8-9 years (Ravens) $260 
1103746 July 22-26  9:00am-4:00pm Mt. Tabor Park Buzz & Flutter  7-9 years (Ospreys) $260 
1103769 July 29-August 2  9:00am-4:00pm  Hoyt Arboretum  Marvelous Mammals  7-8 years (Ospreys) $260 
1103770 July 29-August 2  9:00am-4:00pm  Hoyt Arboretum   Marvelous Mammals  8-9 years (Ravens) $260 
1103797 August 5-9  9:00am-4:00pm  Sellwood Park - Oaks Bottom Wild Willamette Watersheds  7-8 years (Ospreys) $260 
1103798 August 5-9  9:00am-4:00pm  Sellwood Park - Oaks Bottom  Wild Willamette Watersheds  8-9 years (Ravens) $260 
1103863 August 12-16  9:00am-4:00pm  Mt. Tabor Park We Can Wing It!  7-9 years (Ospreys) $260 
1103876 August 19-23  9:00am-4:00pm  Mt. Tabor Park  Having a Blast with Chloroplasts  7-8 years (Ospreys) $260 
1103877
August 19-23  9:00am-4:00pm  Mt. Tabor Park  Having a Blast with Chloroplasts 8-9 years (Ravens) $260 

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Swifts (Nature Skills Camp)

Full-day camps for upper elementary grades (9-12 years)

Perfect for an older camper, Nature Skills Camps are a mixture of Nature Day Camp games and activities paired with additional nature-based hand crafts the campers can work on during unstructured time. Campers take part in the structured morning and afternoon activities associated with Nature Day Camp, but their unstructured time is more focused on the nature crafts and skills listed below. Campers get the best of both worlds - they still get to play games and be a part of Nature Day Camp, but they also get to learn some cool skills that cater to older youth. Learn more by clicking HERE

All camps begin at 9:00am and end at 4:00pm. Before-care is available at no cost from 7:45-9:00am. After-care is not provided for any Environmental Education camps. Costs listed are for Portland Residents. Non-Resident costs are 40% higher than those listed. To read more about the weekly nature theme, click HERE! Friends or siblings who want to attend camp together must be signed up for the same activity number.  

Activity Number Dates Camp Hours Location Nature Theme and DIY Skill Ages Resident Cost
 1102321 June 24-28 9:00am-4:00pm Mt. Tabor Park Backbone Not Required
+ Salve, Cordage, Plant dyes, Tool-making
9-12 years (Swifts) $260
 1102329 July 1-3 (no camp on July 4 or 5) 9:00am-4:00pm  Mt. Tabor Park Rock & Roll Lifestyle
+ The Science of Rocks & Rock Collecting
9-12 years (Swifts) $260
1103754
July 22-26  9:00am-4:00pm  Mt. Tabor Park Buzz & Flutter
+ Whittling, Woodburning, Beads, and Bows
9-12 years (Swifts)  $260 
1103866
August 12-16  9:00am-4:00pm  Mt. Tabor Park  We Can Wing It
+ Using Nature as Art, Media, and Tools
9-12 years (Swifts)  $260 

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True Nature Summer Camps

Mixed age camps for lower and upper elementary (5-8 years and 9-12 years)

All camps begin at 9:00am and end at 4:00pm. Before-care is available at no cost from 7:45-9:00am. After-care is not provided for any Environmental Education camps. Costs listed are for Portland Residents. Non-Resident costs are 40% higher than those listed. Friends or siblings who want to attend camp together must be signed up for the same activity number. 

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 and awareness, and employs a mix of tracking, stealth, camouflage, bush craft skills, way finding, and sensory activities throughout the week of camp. 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! Learn more by clicking HERE

Activity
Number
Dates Camp
Hours
Location Nature
Theme
Ages Resident
Cost
1102332 July 1-3 (no camp on
July 4 or 5)
9:00am-4:00pm Mt. Tabor Park - Amphitheater Nature Connection 5-8 years $160
1102340 July 8-12 9:00am-4:00pm Hoyt Arboretum Nature Connection 9-12 years $260
1102729 July 15-19 9:00am-4:00pm Sellwood Park - Oaks Bottom Nature Connection 9-12 years $260
1103755 July 22-26 9:00am-4:00pm Mt. Tabor Park - Amphitheater Nature Connection 5-8 years $260
1103771 July 29-August 2 9:00am-4:00pm Hoyt Arboretum Nature Connection 9-12 years $260
1103814 August 5-9 9:00am-4:00pm Sellwood Park - Oaks Bottom Nature Connection 9-12 years $260
1103867 August 12-16 9:00am-4:00pm Mt. Tabor Park - Amphitheater Nature Connection 5-8 years $260
1103879 August 19-23 9:00am-4:00pm Mt. Tabor Park - Amphitheater Nature Connection 9-12 years $260

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