Winter/Spring Break Camps

No-School Nature Camps

  • Camps are 9-3:30pm for grades K-5
  • No-School Nature Camps take place at Hendricks Park.
  • Camps are $67. Scholarships available.

No school means nature fun!  Join us at Hendricks Park to explore trails full of tall trees and lush rainy season moss. 

Features:

  • Campfire: It is so cozy in the rainy season to listen to stories, eat, and craft by the fire. We’ll be using the fire pit in the Wilkins Shelter. Students will even learn a bit about how fires are made and fire safety.
  • Active Games & Walks in Nature: Who needs recess when you can spend the day outside? We’ll tucker students out between hiking and running games that integrate with our learning.
  • Learning: Our camps are not just about play. We provide students rich learning experiences related to their local ecosystems. No-School Nature Camps also include big academic concepts (usually related to the holiday) taught in a way that is fun and accessible to all grades.

February 17

Grades K-5

Presidents Day

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot…” Inspired by The Lorax, we’ll make plant friends through silly games and wild plant tea by the fire. We’ll also publish a photo story about humans and nature using nature objects to tell the tale!

Spring Break Day Camps

  • Camps are 9-3:30pm for grades K-5.
  • Spring Break Camps take place at Hendricks Park.
  • Camps are $67. Scholarships available.

Monday

March 23rd

"Earth Ninja"

Discover stillness, awareness and stealth.  By understanding movement and camouflage we learn to travel unseen and unheard in any environment. You will also learn to read tracks and understand the language of birds to foretell of any approaching danger.

Tuesday

March 24th

"Living off the Land"

Learn modern, historical, and pre-historical ways humans thrived in nature.  In this camp, students will learn traditional ecological knowledge, ancient skills, and modern homesteading skills.

Wednesday

March 25th

"School of Wizardry"

A mysterious invitation arrives by owl one day… Come to the Corvus School of Wizardry to  make a wand and take classes in herbology (plants and their uses), transfiguration (how to move like an animal) and divination (using your sixth sense, intuition).

Thursday

March 26th

"Shapeshifters"

Transform yourself into a local animal and learn what it takes for that animal to survive! We will journal the animal we become and then use our bodies and imaginations as we play games and explore what it is like to find food, shelter, and protection from predators as that animal.

Friday

March 27th

"Prehistoric Adventures"

Track dinosaurs and learn the skills of prehistoric people! You’ll play paleontologist by studying rocks and animal tracks, then play prehistoric human and learn to make and use tools that have shaped who we are today!

Spring Overnight Camp

Camp Artemis: Quest for the Treasures of Spring
A spring break 3-day/2-night overnight camp for girls

March 21-23 at the Ochoco Ranger Rental House.
Prineville, OR. Transportation included from Eugene, OR. 
$297. Scholarships available.

Come daughters of Artemis, gather and rejoice with friends from near and far as we enjoy all the good things in life: hearty food, heart-felt connections with each other, and fun challenges that help us grow. This camp will feature a live-action role-playing adventure based on our own mythical world of Artemis. If you already have a character from a previous Camp Artemis, you can continue to build that character or make a new one and join in the Quest for the Treasures of Spring!

We’ll begin our adventures at our basecamp, a warm and comfortable cabin, and we’ll set out to explore the nearby trails, including Waldo Lake (conditions permitting). Join us among the towering Ponderosa pines as we search for wildlife and wild edible foods, play fun games and learn to be more self-reliant in the natural world and beyond. We’ll balance our outdoor adventures with cozy cabin time, songs, crafts, stories, and dream councils to light our fires of inspiration and gratitude.

Skills/Activities:

  • Play a live action role playing game in the beautiful Ochoco Forest
  • Make fire in challenging conditions
  • Wildcraft food and medicine
  • Archery
  • Nature hikes
  • Songs and sIlliness
  • Games and fun
  • Leathercraft
  • Storytelling
  • Dream council
  • … and some fantastic surprises!

Gear required:

  • Warm, cold weather appropriate clothing (waterproof jacket and pants, warm non-cotton underlayers, gloves, hats, wool socks, etc). 
  • Daypack 
  • Headlamp 
  • 1 large or 2 medium water bottles
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad (optional)
  • Pillow
  • Personal toiletries
  • Fixed blade or locking knife (optional)
  • Your favorite book by or about strong girls/women
  • Bandanna

Interested in more Camp Artemis themed programs?

Preparing For Camp

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Scholarships

Nature connection is for everyone. That’s why we are committed to making nature camps accessible for as many students as possible. We are proud to offer need-based scholarships for students who would like to attend our programs. Discounts are available for up to half off the program cost.

At Hendricks Park & Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Hendricks Park is Eugene’s oldest city park. Its 78 acres include a mature forest, a world-renowned rhododendron garden, and now a new native plant garden. Laced with trails, the park is a haven for hikers, birders, and others who enjoy retreating to the tranquility of nature. Without leaving the city, visitors can walk among Douglas fir trees two hundred years old, ferns, and wildflowers such as trilliums and irises, and over six thousand varieties of rhododendrons and other ornamental plants.

One of the shining jewels of Lane County, Mount Pisgah Arboretum is a 209-acre living tree museum. Its riverside trails, quiet paths through evergreen forests, water garden teeming with life, bright wildflower meadows, and open views across oak savannas delight all ages.