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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 - 3:30pm, and Tuesday through Friday from 8:30am-3:30pm. On Monday morning you will join the staff in our pre-camp meeting. Our Mentoring Coaches will also be checking in with you throughout the week!

Teacher Apprentices must attend one of the following days of training (even if you've volunteered before!):
Option 1: 10am-3pm, Wednesday, June 21 @ Hoyt Arboretum (Meeting at the covered Pavilion)
Options 2: 10am-3pm, Thursday, June 22 @ Mt Tabor Park (Meeting at the Picnic Shelter)

Call the EE Office at 503-823-3601 or the Customer Service Center at 503-823-2525.


Dates Location  Ages  Nature Theme for the Week (children are ages 5-9) Activity # Cost
June 26-30 Hoyt Arboretum 13-17 yrs Animals, Adapt or Die! 1064793 $25.00
June 26-30 Mt Tabor Park 13-17 yrs Animals, Adapt or Die! 1064785 $25.00
July 10-14  Waitlist!  Hoyt Arboretum 13-17 yrs Plant Potions! 1064726 $25.00
July 10-14 Mt Tabor Park 13-17 yrs Plant Potions! 1064786 $25.00
July 17-21 Hoyt Arboretum 13-17 yrs Look Mom, No Spine! 1064727 $25.00
July 17-21 Mt Tabor Park 13-17 yrs Look Mom, No Spine! 1064787 $25.00
July 24-28 Leach Botanical Garden 13-17 yrs Buzz & Flutter 1064794 $25.00
July 24-28 Mt Tabor Park 13-17 yrs Buzz & Flutter 1064788 $25.00
July 31-Aug 4 Marshall Park 13-17 yrs Wet & Wild Watersheds 1064796 $25.00
July 31-Aug 4   Waitlist!  Sellwood Park/Oaks Bottom 13-17 yrs Wet & Wild Watersheds 1064795 $25.00
Aug 7-11 Hoyt Arboretum 13-17 yrs Let's Wing It! 1064728 $25.00
Aug 7-11  Waitlist! Mt Tabor Park 13-17 yrs Let's Wing It! 1064789 $25.00
Aug 14-18  Waitlist! Hoyt Arboretum 13-17 yrs You Are Here. 1064792 $25.00
Aug 14-18 Mt Tabor Park 13-17 yrs You Are Here. 1064790 $25.00
Aug 21-25 Mt Tabor Park 13-17 yrs Imagine, Invent, Inspire! 1064791 $25.00
Aug 21-25 Hoyt Arboretum 13-17 yrs Imagine, Invent, Inspire! 1065692 $25.00

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 3/4 - 12 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!