Nature Camps

Our summer day camps are 5-day camps that run each week of summer from 9am-3:30pm (ending at 1:00 pm for the 3-4 and 4-6 age groups). Before/after camp care may be available depending on the COVID-19 context.

Camps take place at one of our three locations in the Eugene/Springfield area.

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Preparing For Camp

Where is my camp? How should I prepare? What should I pack? What can I expect? All the information you seek is located here.

Scholarships

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

Each Camp Is different

No two camps are ever the same. Our curriculum is dynamic and responsive the ever-changing needs of our students, staff, and the natural environment. As a result, each camp experience is a unique encounter that will never be repeated in just the same way again.

COVID-19

We are glad to announce that, in accordance with safety guidance provided by the Governor’s office and the Oregon Health Authority, Nature Camps are happening again in 2021. We are so grateful to be able to gather outdoors and support our students in developing their confidence, resilience, and kinship with nature. 

Read our current statement on COVID-19

2021 Nature Camps - Program guide

This summer, you can choose from our Signature Camps series or our Specialty Camps series for Day Camps. 

Signature Camps

These campers are ready for a fantasy adventure!

Laughter and play lead to deep learning.

We’re synthesizing a decade of experience teaching nature camps to provide you new Signature Camp themes that will bring your child more fun and inspiration than ever! Each camp is carefully designed to guide students through an empowering storyline, while behind the scenes we scaffold the activities to help students master new skills. Confidence, resilience, and kinship with nature are the cornerstones, and imagination is the doorway!

Specialty Camps

Leathercraft students made forest slippers!

Fish Finders practice patience and observation.

Campers can focus on a favorite skill in our Specialty Camp series. For our littlest campers, just being outside with their instructor and new friends is a big skill! Other campers may want to master fishing, leathercraft, knife making & use, or the ways of the Earth Ninja. Our oldest campers even have the opportunity to learn how to be nature mentors themselves! In Specialty Camps, students are mentored by specialists who can help them grow.

Signature Camps

All of our Signature Camps are carefully crafted experiences inspired by the fictional world of Akasha, where friendships and nature connection abound!

  • Ages: We have groups for ages 4-6, ages 6-8, and ages 9-12 for all of our Signature Camps.
  • When: 5-day camps with options from June 21st-September 9th.
  • Time: 9am-3:30pm for ages 6-12, and 9am-1pm for ages 4-6.
    • Aftercare is currently available though may change depending on COVID-19 safety and regulations.
  • Where: Mount Pisgah Arboretum
  • Enrollment: Open until two days before the camp begins.
  • Minimum group size: 6 students
  • Tuition: $365 for ages 6-12. $235 for ages 4-6. Scholarships available by application during registration. Please apply!

“Where’s my child’s favorite theme from last year?”
You can read our camp descriptions below to learn which new theme fits your child’s interest. We also have Specialty Camps that may look more familiar. Our Camp Index can help you pick based on what camp your child loved in previous years. Just look in column L to see the names of previous camps.

Signature Camp Schedule:

All of our nature camps are based on our teaching philosophy which includes:

  • Practicing gratitude
  • Tuning our senses to our surroundings in the present moment
  • Play as paramount to effective learning
  • Respect and stillness in nature
  • Community-building and helping each student shine with their gifts
  • Feature skills from all four Learning Pathways

We also have a Flow of the Day in all of our camp themes which is designed to accommodate students of diverse interests, intelligences, and energy levels. 

Our Signature Camps also include the Wildkin™ Learning Framework woven throughout.

Each student is provided a Wildkin role based on their unique gifts and interests. They receive a role card that gives them quests and secret missions they can complete throughout the camp. When they complete quests, they receive rewards that give them more ways to contribute. For example:

  • After the Explorer completes a quest to identify a hazard and how to be safe around it, they earn the Superpower to be at the head and tail of the line with an instructor.
  • After the Tracker sketches some specific nature observations, they gain the Gear Reward of field guides that they can use for the week.

Wildkin roles ensure that every student is engaged in co-creating their camp experience. That’s part of the reason why no two experiences at our camp are ever the same, even if they are the same theme!

Wizards Academy

Discover the magic of nature as a student at Whole Earth Academy where you are inspired to learn real-world skills through fantasy play!

A breadth of skills and a breath of magic!

You’ll learn how to:

  • Journal powerful plants and animals in your own tomes and learn from Field Guides.
  • Practice a breadth of nature skills, from ethnobotany to fire safety.
  • Perform “magic,” including camouflage/invisibility, intuition, and fire from friction.

In Wizards Academy, we rotate between classes in crafting healing potions, conjuration of fire or water, invisibility, magical beasts, and more! Field guides are our textbooks and nature is our classroom. Pay attention in class so you can pass your CROW exam!

This camp is great for students who:

  • Love books about wizards, or writing and drawing their own stories
  • Like to use their imagination
  • Want to learn a variety of skills
  • Are interested in plants & animals
  • Like using Explorer’s Journals to write/draw
  • Want to learn useful tricks to impress friends

Your child might also like these stories:*

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • There’s a Dragon in your Book! by Tom Fletcher
  • Hilda and the Troll by Luke Pearson (there’s also a related Netflix Show)
  • Ellie’s Log by Judy L. Li
  • The Dragon Prince show on Netflix
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender by Nickolodeon

* We recommend reviewing media for appropriateness to your child before sharing.

Adventures in Akasha

Go on a quest across the land and use your wilderness skills to find that which was lost and save the day!

Epic hikes guaranteed!

You’ll learn how to:

  • Navigate the land, using maps, compasses, and “aidless navigation” techniques.
  • Make observations in diverse ecosystems, helping you to track and trail animals.
  • Manage hazards and risks safely, so you can be the hero in your family’s next adventure!

In Adventures in Akasha, we use the tools of navigation, mapping, and tracking to guide us on a heroic quest. We’ll also practice the foundations of wilderness self-reliance as we venture into unknown lands! Whether tracking a mythical beast or a mysterious treasure, we’ll work together.

This camp is great for students who:

  • Are inspired by adventures like in Dungeons & Dragons or video games
  • Want the skills to save the day
  • Like to explore new places
  • Want to walk and run and move!
  • Invent and/or roleplay as different characters

Your child might also like these stories:*

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Song of the Sea film directed by Tomm Moore
  • Mouse Guard: Roleplaying Game by Luke Crane and David Peterson
  • Outter Wilds game by Mobius Digital 
  • The Dragon Prince show on Netflix
  • Wild Kratts show
  • Nimm’s Island movie

* We recommend reviewing media for appropriateness to your child before sharing.

Wildlife Within

Reimagine your capabilities and feel alive in your body like our animal neighbors by pretending to BE them! 

Challenging skills guaranteed!

You’ll learn how to:

  • Take on “animal forms” to achieve things you never thought you could with your body.
  • Expand your senses beyond what most humans ever notice.
  • Speak the language of the birds, who broadcast where you might spot of all kinds of wildlife.

In Wildlife Within, we learn about a different local animal each day and spend the day embodying that species. We use our noses for tracking like a wolf, we move through trails with quiet feet like a fox, and we learn to combine intuition and bird language to sense danger like a squirrel! 

This camp is great for students who:

  • Love animals
  • Pretend to be animals
  • Want to know more about animals’ lives than even some nature educators!
  • Want to see more animals and kinds of animals
  • Like using their bodies in all kinds of ways

Your child might also like these stories:*

  • Night-Night Forest Friends by Annie Bach
  • Zoboomafoo show
  • Julie’s Wolf Pack by Jean Craighead George
  • My Octopus Teacher
  • The Other Way to Listen by Byrd Baylor
  • The Nest that Wren Built by Randi Sonenshine
  • Birding is My Favorite Video Game: Cartoons about the Natural World by Rosemary Mosco
  • Shelter game by Might and Delight
  • Wolfquest game developed by Minnesota Zoo

* We recommend reviewing media for appropriateness to your child before sharing.

Living off the Land

Settle into earth-time and a lifestyle of working with nature and each other to meet all of your needs.

Meaningful work guaranteed!

You’ll learn how to:

  • Prepare your own foods, from fresh wild salads to winter storage ferments.
  • Care for the land, making a meaningful impact that any park visitor will see.
  • Meet your basic survival needs with minimal tools, including food, water, and shelter.

In Living off the Land, we ground ourselves in nature wherever we are. Only when we know our environment intimately can it care for us and can we care for it. Food, shelter, and water are our priorities. Shedding modern conveniences can be a challenge, but as a community we will thrive! 

This camp is great for students who:

  • Watch survival shows or read survival stories
  • Like homesteading and “primitive skills” for sustenance
  • Want to learn how to use knives safely (if age 6+)
  • Care about nature
  • Want to learn how to work together to thrive

Your child might also like these stories:*

  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George  
  • The Tracker by Tom Brown
  • The Other Way to Listen by Byrd Baylor
  • Harvest Moon game by Amccus for Nintendo Switch
  • Minecraft game by Mojang Studios
  • Alone in the Wilderness film with Richard Proenneke

* We recommend reviewing media for appropriateness to your child before sharing.

Elven Caravan

Explore your creative side with clever elven travelers who craft from wild plants! *Ages 4-6 get to be Fairy Festival Engineers!

Crafting and archery guaranteed!

You’ll learn how to:

  • Craft useful and beautiful things from natural materials.
  • Make yummy and useful medicine from ethically wildcrafted plants.
  • Make and use archery bows in target practice and exciting games.*

In Elven Archers, not all those who wander are lost. Travel the land in search of the special plants that provide healing, food, or craft materials. Celebrate the gifts of nature by giving back and giving to others.

*Ages 4-6 “Fairy Festival Engineers” will do some archery but focus more on engineering design skills.

This camp is great for students who:

  • Love to study the lore of fantasy peoples and creatures
  • Like to make, collect, and trade things
  • Want to practice archery and other challenging skills but also relax in nature 
  • Are interested in whittling and quickie-bow making (ages 6+)
  • Want to learn how to help others with plant medicine

Your child might also like these stories:*

  • Herb Fairies by Kimberly Gallagher
  • Wildcraft! board game by John Gallagher
  • Backyard Fairies by Pheobe Wahl
  • The Dragon and the Unicorn by Lynne Cherry
  • The Dragon Prince show on Netflix
  • Rhonia the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren
  • Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

* We recommend reviewing media for appropriateness to your child before sharing.

Specialty Camps

  • Ages: We have groups for ages 3-4, ages 4-6, ages 6-8, ages 9-12, and age 12-16. See listings below for ages per camp.
  • When: 5-day camps with options from June 21st-September 9th.
  • Time: 9am-3:30pm for ages 12+, 9am-1pm for the 3-4 and 4-6 age groups.
    • Aftercare is currently available though may change depending on COVID-19 safety and regulations.
  • Where: Camps take place at one of our three locations in the Eugene/Springfield area. See listings below for the exact location of each camp.
  • Enrollment: Open until two days before the camp begins.
  • Minimum group size: 6 students
  • Tuition: $365 for ages 12+. $235 for ages 3-4. Scholarships available by application during registration. Please apply!

Schedule of Specialty Camps:

Ages 3-4: My First Nature Camp, offered 8/16-8/21 and 8/23-8/27.

Ages 4-12: Earth Ninja, offered 7/19-7/23 and 8/23-8/27.

Ages 4-12: Gender-themed camps, offered 8/9-8/13. Includes Daughters of Artemis, Lost Boys, Rainbow Society.

Ages 4-16: Wildkin Village, offered 8/9-8/13.

Ages 9-12: Cutting Edge (Knifemaking and Tool Skills), offered 6/21-6/25, 7/12-7/16, 8/2-8/6, and 8/23-8/27 for Knifemaking, and 8/9-8/13 or 8/30-9/3 for Tool Skills.

Ages 9-16: Fish Finders, offered 7/26-7/30 and 8/2-8/6 for ages 9-12. Offered 7/5-7/9 and 7/12-7/16 for ages 12-16.

Ages 9-16: Leathercraft, offered 8/30-9/3 for ages 9-12. Offered 8/16-8/20 for ages 12-16.

Ages 12-16: Camp Terance, offered 6/21-6/25 and 8/30-9/3.

Ages 12-16: Young Mentors, offered 6/28-7/2 and 7/26-7/30.

Specialty Camp Descriptions (tap for details)

A safe and welcoming way to have your first camp-away-from-home.

When: Offered 8/16-8/21 and 8/23-8/27.
Where: Mount Pisgah Arboretum
Ages: 3-4.

Register here.

Spending the day away at camp is an important step in growing up. It helps kids to build independence, resilience, and new social skills, as well as a new appreciation for nature. But it can also be intimidating, for kids and parents alike, to take that first step. Luckily, we have made it easy for you with My First Nature Camp. This camp is specially designed with the intention of making a 3 or 4 year old’s first camp experience an awesome one.

Campers will have their own designated area during drop off and pick up away from the rest of the campers where they will connect directly with their camp instructors and know exactly who they are supposed to be with at all times. A ratio of one instructor to every four kids ensures that kids get tons of hands-on attention during camp. Activities will be designed to introduce kids to spending time in nature in a fun and adventurous way. It is our goal that every camper in this program is started on a lifetime of nature connection and exploration.

During camp our expert staff will lead kids in games, songs, and explorations around the nearby forest. Along the way kids will learn some basic tricks for never getting lost in the woods. The level of the activities will be custom adapted to the personalities and interests of the campers attending that week.

Please note that all campers must be potty trained.

Register here.

Discover stillness, awareness, and stealth.

When: Offered 7/19-7/23 and 8/23-8/27.
Where: Mount Pisgah Arboretum
Ages: 4-12.

Register here.

Moving silently, invisible to all creation, the Earth Ninja glides along the ridge top. She is searching for a good winter camp for her people. She must travel lightly and quickly through foreign territory and remain unseen. Returning to the village she reports to the people what dangers and opportunities lie ahead.

Being a ninja in the wilderness means living closely with the plants and animals that surround us. By understanding movement and camouflage we learn to travel unseen and unheard in any environment. Beware, there are rumors of another clan traveling in the forest. You will learn to read tracks and understand the language of birds to foretell of any approaching danger. Become the silent ninja who is the protector and provider for the village.

Students will:
Learn techniques for unseen movement
Practice camouflage with natural materials
Track wildlife and other clans
Listen to birds to foretell of approaching danger
Learn to safely identify edible and medicinal plants.


Advanced Earth Ninja, ages 9-12.

Invitation only. Take your ninja skills to the next level.

The Earth Ninja apprentices are busy learning basic skills such as tracking and silent movement. Unbeknownst to them, they are being watched from close by. The Wolf Clan is on the move and keeping track of everything that happens at Earth Ninja camp. We will spend the week “on-mission” while scouting the other campers and remaining unseen. To safely move in and out of areas without being detected we will learn advanced stalking and movement techniques. We may even defend our area against other scouts by using safe water-balloon traps. Campers will hone their “sixth sense” to move beyond what they can perceive with their physical senses. We will also refine our natural camouflage to be unseen even in open ground. This camp features a special instructor/student ratio of 1/4 to allow for more advanced and hands-on learning.

Students will:
Learn advanced stalking techniques
Practice advanced, full-body, natural camouflage
Build invisible shelters
Observe other groups unseen
Track humans
Get in touch with your intuition

Special Note: This camp is designed to help students learn a more advanced skill set and is by invitation only. Students are chosen based on their aptitude for awareness, silent movement and team cooperation.

Register here.

A camp where each child gets to contribute to the community through fun quests for their unique role!

When: Offered 8/9-8/13.
Where: Clearwater Park
Ages: 4-16

Register here.

Your child will build a relationship with the natural world and with others through mentored open-ended play opportunities in nature, with each child learning to take on a helpful role in our village, whether they are 4 or 14! Students are guided in their growth by the Wildkin learning system and caring and knowledgeable instructors. This program is intentionally crafted to foster community by including a wide age range of students.

All of our programs follow natural learning processes, and Wildkin Village takes that to the next level by focusing on how students learn rather than what they learn. This camp has a lot in common with a Reggio Emilia educational approach in that the instructor sets up a learning environment and community and the students drive the learning.

The outdoors is the ideal place for this experiential learning because it is ripe with opportunities for exploration, discovery, and play. Students can move, build, express themselves, and observe using their five senses.

Instructors support students by sharing interesting books, stories, and activities as well as helping students have the resources to pursue their interests. Each student will choose a Wildkin community role that provides them with quests/missions for growing in how they work others. Instructors also help students set personal goals and find the resources and discipline to meet those goals. Since the instructor is working with each student individually on their goals, the breadth of ages is not a hinderance and instead a gift for the social-emotional growth of all participants.

Through hands-on real-world challenges, collaboration with a learning community beyond their own age, and integration of diverse learning styles, Wildkin Village respects each child’s curiosity and passion. In turn, the child grows and matures in their relationship to their self, their community, and the earth.

When: Offered 8/9-8/13.
Where: Clearwater Park
Ages: For girls* ages 6-12.

Register here.

On the other side of the Portal to Artemis is a land imbued with magic and permeated by the relics of the Lost Ones, and ancient civilization that fell after a surge in technology led to social and ecological collapse. Each girl who has passed through the portal has re-emerged in our world transformed and empowered, ready to take on life with confidence, resilience, grounding, and a strong bond with other girls. 

Now, the fantasy that permeates our life-changing overnight Camp Artemis is available to girls at day camp!

You’ll begin your adventure by creating a fantasy character to help you re-imagine who you can be and who you want to be. You’ll have an important role in your group, such as the Guardian who watches for hazards and keeps the group united, or the Ranger who keeps an eye out for critters to observe and plants to harvest. Then, you’ll go on epic quests with your adventuring party that take teamwork, imagination, and real wilderness skills. We’ll do a mix of live-action role-playing, and collaborative storytelling during meals. By the end of the week, you’ll have amazing real-life wilderness skills and cool gear to take on your future adventures!

Featuring:

– Roleplaying quests in stealth, diplomacy, and exploration
– Crafting from natural materials
– Becoming one with mud and leaves
– Songs based on the four elements

(This camp makes a great stand-alone adventure for girls during their transition to womanhood as well as an awesome introduction to Camp Artemis for girls who might join us at the overnight in the future!)

* Whole Earth Nature School is committed to providing gender-specific camps to help students learn about their gender in a mentored space, and our gender camps serve students based on their gender regardless of their assigned sex at birth, and those who are exploring their gender identity or expression. We encourage families to choose the camp appropriate to their child based on the child’s gender identity or gender expression. This position maintains our commitment to gender equality and justice and responds to modern advances in our understanding of gender identity and expression by welcoming cisgender, transgender, and non-binary kids into an environment welcoming to all.

Whole Earth Nature School staff respect a young person’s wishes to be called by a certain name and/or gender pronoun. That is why we invite all students to share their own name and preferred pronoun on the first day of the program. We recognize that youth who identify as LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) or who are exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity need to know that Whole Earth Nature School is a safe space where they can be themselves and not worry about experiencing hurtful treatment from others.

When: Offered 8/9-8/13.
Where: Clearwater Park
Ages: For boys* ages 6-12

Register here.

If you like to carve on sticks with sharp rocks or knives, track animals, sneak through the woods, use safe foam swords, build forts, or just run, this camp is for you. This week we will explore honor, self-respect, wisdom, and the responsibility that comes with being a boy. We will also give the boys lots of opportunity to be boys. Activities like whittling or building forts with big sticks will become opportunities to have fun while learning about setting safe and appropriate boundaries for ourselves.

Example activities include:
Learn to stay “found” in the wilderness
Safely climb trees
Build forts
Practice natural camouflage
Sneak through the forest
Track wildlife
Play stealth games with safe foam bows and arrows
Practice archery and learn archery safety rules
Practice friction fire making

* Whole Earth Nature School is committed to providing gender-specific camps to help students learn about their gender in a mentored space, and our gender camps serve students based on their gender regardless of their assigned sex at birth, and those who are exploring their gender identity or expression. We encourage families to choose the camp appropriate to their child based on the child’s gender identity or gender expression. This position maintains our commitment to gender equality and justice and responds to modern advances in our understanding of gender identity and expression by welcoming cisgender, transgender, and non-binary kids into an environment welcoming to all.

Whole Earth Nature School staff respect a young person’s wishes to be called by a certain name and/or gender pronoun. That is why we invite all students to share their own name and preferred pronoun on the first day of the program. We recognize that youth who identify as LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) or who are exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity need to know that Whole Earth Nature School is a safe space where they can be themselves and not worry about experiencing hurtful treatment from others.

A camp for gender diverse campers where everyone is welcome to join.

When: Offered 8/9-8/13.
Where: Clearwater Park
Ages: 9-12

Register here.

Rainbow Society is the least exclusive club anywhere. Rainbow Society is designed for gender diverse campers, but anyone is welcome to join. It’s a place where diversity is celebrated and all can feel safe. In fact, diversity is what makes us resilient. It’s also what makes nature resilient. Diverse ecosystems support thriving communities of living things. In the Rainbow Society we will explore the diversity of nature and our place in it.

Along the way, you will explore and experience some awesome wilderness skills. Study the art of camouflage to blend into your surroundings. Practice the art and craft of archery. Connect with and learn about the community of plants and the ways in which they provide food, medicine, fiber and more.

* Whole Earth Nature School is committed to providing gender-specific camps to help students learn about their gender in a mentored space, and our gender camps serve students based on their gender regardless of their assigned sex at birth, and those who are exploring their gender identity or expression. We encourage families to choose the camp appropriate to their child based on the child’s gender identity or gender expression. This position maintains our commitment to gender equality and justice and responds to modern advances in our understanding of gender identity and expression by welcoming cisgender, transgender, and non-binary kids into an environment welcoming to all.

Whole Earth Nature School staff respect a young person’s wishes to be called by a certain name and/or gender pronoun. That is why we invite all students to share their own name and preferred pronoun on the first day of the program. We recognize that youth who identify as LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) or who are exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity need to know that Whole Earth Nature School is a safe space where they can be themselves and not worry about experiencing hurtful treatment from others.

Learn all about using cutting tools. Plus, make your own knife!

When: Offered 6/21-6/25, 7/12-7/16, 8/2-8/6, and 8/23-8/27.
Where: Mount Pisgah Arboretum
Ages: 9-12.
Materials Fee: $25

Register here.

Do you love to carve and whittle? Want to learn? This is the camp for you. We crafting our own knife and sheath using high quality Swedish stainless steel blade blanks, a chunk of wood for the handle, and some thick leather.

Once everyone has passed our Knife Safety Certification and is ready to carve safely, we will start with the basics of how to hold an edged tool and operate it efficiently. Eventually we will graduate to more advanced knife use techniques and practice carving and whittling. Finally, we will be learning about how to care for a knife and keep it sharp.

This camp has a heavy emphasis on safety. Knives are tools that need to be treated with respect. Our instructors practice a zero-tolerance policy for any campers who do not take the knife rules seriously. Some students may get cuts; it is a natural part of the learning process. However, it is our commitment to keep every student safe while working with edged tools. See our article on knife safety for the 5 basic knife safety rules.

Features:
– Make a stainless steel knife and leather sheath to take home
– Learn and practice the Knife Safety Certification guidelines
– Learn advanced knife techniques

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Learn all about using cutting tools.

When and Where: 

  • 8/9-8/13 at Clearwater Park
  • 8/30-9/3 at Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Ages: 9-12.

Register here.

Do you like working with wood? Are you ready to master the tools of the trade?

Part of what makes us human is tool use, and we’ve been using all sorts of tools to shape wood for hundreds of thousands of years. We may have started with just grinding sticks on rocks, but now we have all kinds of tools to help us work with wood. Axes, saws, knives, chisels…

You’ll learn to make things like walking sticks, spirals, and whistles. We’ll start with safe and appropriate use of tools for basic functions, and then move on to some more advanced techniques.

This camp has a heavy emphasis on safety. Sharp tools need to be treated with respect. Our instructors practice a zero-tolerance policy for any campers who do not take the tool use rules seriously. Some students may get cuts, especially when whittling small projects; it is a natural part of the learning process. However, it is our commitment to keep every student safe while working with edged tools. See our article on knife safety for the 5 basic knife safety rules.

Register here.

All about fishing form start to finish. Bait a hook, find a hole, cast your rod, reel in your catch.

When: 

  • Ages 9-12: Offered 7/26-7/30 and 8/2-8/6.
  • Ages 12-16: Offered 7/5-7/9 and 7/12-7/16.

Where: Mount Pisgah Arboretum.

Register here. 

Dive right in to learning all about fishing. Fishing is a great way to relax and explore outdoors. It can also be an amazing way to put wild food on the table. We will be taking campers through everything you need to know to be an effective fish catcher. We will cover a wide variety of fishing techniques, from the primitive to the modern. You will learn basic knots for attaching fishing tackle. Students will also get to practice collecting their own bait from nature.

When we catch some fish, we will also learn how to clean and cook them. This camp is going to be a great introduction to all things fishy.

NOTE: ALL CAMPERS 12 AND OLDER ARE REQUIRED TO PURCHASE THEIR OWN FISHING LICENSE FROM ODFW. YOUTH LICENSES ARE $10 AND ARE GOOD FOR A YEAR.

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Develop leather working skills and take home your creative projects.

When: 

  • Ages 9-12: Offered 8/30-9/3.
  • Ages 12-16: Offered 8/16-8/20.

Where: Mount Pisgah Arboretum. 
Materials Fee: $25

Register here.

Crafting things from leather is one of the oldest human technologies and it is still used today by people all over the world. Objects you craft out of leather are beautiful, durable, and practical. And the possibilities of what you can create are almost endless. During Leathercraft camp students will be introduced to basic leatherworking skills and techniques. You will learn to design and conceptualize a project from start to finish. Students will be involved in laying out patterns, cutting leather, punching holes and stitching, finishing edges, and adding decorative touches to finished products. Each student will have the opportunity to take home one or more finished projects. But more than that, you will come away feeling more confident in your ability to practice this ancient skill to create whatever you want in the future.

Register here.

A camp designed exclusively by Whole Earth’s most notorious instructor, Terance.

When: Offered 6/21-6/25 and 8/30-9/3.
Where: Mount Pisgah Arboretum
Ages: 12-16.

Register here.

If you want to learn the art of the Terance directly from the man himself then this is the camp for you. Learn a wide variety of new skills as you begin to understand the Way of the Terance.

For Version 4.0 of Camp Terance, the Ogreseer himself will be taking campers out into the world for some epic adventures. Be ready to get super dirty and play Ogreball!

Featuring:
– Carving projects
– Challenges that make you a better person
– Bonding with an amazing team of peers

Register here.

Take your nature camp experience to the next level.

When: Offered 6/28-7/2 and 7/26-7/30.
Where: Mount Pisgah Arboretum
Ages: 12-16.

Register here.

So, you’ve been doing the nature camp thing for a while now and you think you’re ready to take it to the next level? Join our Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training program and put your skills to use. During this camp you will take the time to really work on core outdoor skills from all four Learning Pathways such as plant ID, fire making, tracking and awareness. You will be challenged to work together with your peers to solve problems and collaborate on projects. Plus, we will be teaching you the inside secrets of our camp instructors on how to train others to be awesome in nature.

Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training is an in-depth opportunity for teens to receive training on all the skills and knowledge involved in running camp. We view this training as essential to our CIT’s success in helping our staff to lead camps the rest of the summer. Students will:

Practice group management skills
Learn to facilitate teamwork
Learn to moderate student conflicts through effective communication
Develop Coyote Mentoring skills and the art of questioning
Practice outdoor skills and games that can be taught to campers
This camp is a prerequisite to participate in the CIT (Coyote In Training) program during the rest of the summer.

Register here.

Use your leadership skills to mentor others.

When/when: Offered each week of summer, at any of our camps for students 3-12.
Ages: 12-16.

How do I register?
We will issue an interest survey to all past and registered Young Mentors students in February, and then you will receive a secret registration link.

So, you’ve been doing the nature camp thing for a while now and you think you’re ready to take it to the next level? Join our Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training program and put your skills to use. During this camp you will take the time to really work on core outdoor skills from all four Learning Pathways such as plant ID, fire making, tracking and awareness. You will be challenged to work together with your peers to solve problems and collaborate on projects. Plus, we will be teaching you the inside secrets of our camp instructors on how to train others to be awesome in nature.

Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training (see above) is an in-depth opportunity for teens to receive training on all the skills and knowledge involved in running camp. We view this training as essential to our CIT’s success in helping our staff to lead camps the rest of the summer. Students will:

Practice group management skills
Learn to facilitate teamwork
Learn to moderate student conflicts through effective communication
Develop Coyote Mentoring skills and the art of questioning
Practice outdoor skills and games that can be taught to campers
This camp is a prerequisite to participate in the CIT (Coyote In Training) program during the rest of the summer.

Convenient & Awe-inspiring Locations

Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Mount Pisgah Arboretum

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.

Hendricks Park

Hendricks Park

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.

Willamalane's Clearwater Park

Willamalane's Clearwater Park

Along the river is a maze of trails guiding you to beaver dams, hidden hollows, and big old trees. There are 50 acres of riparian habitat with a mix of clear views of the river and forest depths filled with understory brush. The perfect place to adventure!