Summer Nature Day Camps

Summer Day Camps

Camp sessions have specific themes that will guide conversations and activities.  All camps include hiking, songs, crafts, stories, and of course games and forts in the meadow.  We will be exploring nature through sensory exploration and hands on activities.

Each camp will end with a special ceremony where parents and family members are invited to experience a slice of camp life through stories and songs.

Camp Descriptions

Half Day Camps

9:00 – 1:00pm

Ages 4 – 6

Fawns, Hatchlings and Owlets

June 19-23
July 24-28

Campers will discover baby animals of the Pacific Northwest. We will learn how birds make their nests cozy for their little eggs to hatch, how fawns are spotted to hide in the forest and much more! Campers will make friends, share laughter and play games.

The Kingdom of Fungi

July 17-21

They are food, they break down dead stuff, they are amazing – they are fungi! Campers will explore the world of fungi by turning over logs and peeking in holes. We will make spore prints and create drawings and models of fungi. This camp will also spend time building forts, making friends, hiking on trails and laughing in the Oregon sun!

Trees of Tryon

June 26-30
August 21-25

Campers will explore the each part of a tree, bark, leaves, branches, roots and more! We will discover how trees spread their seeds and who calls them a home. We will spend time peering up and out into the forest of Tryon as we take a deep look at the beautiful trees of Tryon.

Forest Magic

July 10-14
August 7-11

Are there trolls under the bridges, do gnomes build in a Doug fir or a Maple? Do forest fairies only come out at night? Campers will use their imagination to unearth magical mysteries of the forest. We will read folklore about forests around the world and compare it to Tryon. There will be a gnome home walking tour at the end of camp for families to enjoy!

The Little Guys

July 31- August 4
In this session we are going to take a closer look at the little things in the forest, insects, lichens, and mosses. What important role do these plants and animals play in keeping the forest functioning. Learn bug collection techniques, why are trees so tall and mosses so short? We will pulling out our magnifying glasses and explore the forest!

Beavers!

August 14-18
We are not talking about the football team! We are referring to the Oregon State mammal, the engineers of our streams, and the busiest rodent of them all- Beavers! Each day we will go deep and investigate one aspect of the beaver, family, food, home, and fur. There is so much to know about these furry little creatures. We will also be doing the fun camp activities of building forts, hiking the trails, and playing games!

Full Day Camps

9:00 – 3:00pm

Grades 1 – 5

Campers will be grouped by age

Nature Illustrated

July 10-14
August 21-25

This camp will blend art and science by drawing painting, and sculpting what we find in the natural world. Campers will carefully observe all the intricate pieces of lichen or a blooming Thimbleberry and create a model of what they find. We will do cloud gazing, watercolor interpretation of the forest and share plenty of laughs and smiles. Campers will create a personal journal that can be used throughout the year.

Beavers!

July 31 – August 4
Campers will learn what it takes to be a naturalist.  We will hike the trails, make observations, and discover the signs that are left behind from the creatures that call the park their home.  During this camp we will learn how to build several types of forts using natural materials.  By the end of camp your camper will be a Naturalist!

The Kingdom of Fungi

June 26-30
August 7-11
They are food, they break down dead stuff, they are amazing – they are fungi! Campers will explore the world of fungi by turning over logs and peeking in holes. We will make spore prints and create drawings and models of fungi. We will use microscopes and experiment with the fungi that makes our ever loving bread- yeast! This camp will also spend time building forts, making friends, hiking on trails and laughing in the Oregon sun!

Forest Magic

July 17-21
August 14-18

Are there trolls under the bridges, do gnomes build in a Doug fir or a Maple? Do forest fairies only come out at night? Campers will use their imagination to unearth magical mysteries of the forest. We will read folklore about forests around the world and compare it to Tryon. There will be a gnome home walking tour at the end of camp for families to enjoy!

Forest Games and Meadow Madness

June 19-23
July 24-28
Back by popular demand! Campers will spend their summer day soaking up the sun, building forts and playing games. The Tryon Creek meadow is very special place that campers have enjoyed for over twenty years, we are looking forward to sharing it with you.k.