Nature Camps

Our Spring 2021 camps run each month on 3 consecutive Saturdays (1st through 3rd Saturdays) from 10am-4pm. 

Our Winter/Spring Break camps are 1 day camps with four days to choose from for Winter Break and 5 days to choose from for Spring Break and they run 9am-3:30pm.

School-year camps take place at one of our three locations in the Eugene/Springfield area.

Parent Testimonial:

2020-2021 Nature Camps - Program guide

Saturday Nature Camps

These camps take place over three consecutive Saturdays at the beginning of each month.  Each month has a different focus for students’ learning and imagination!

  • Ages: 6 to 12
  • When: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Saturday of your chosen month.
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: Mount Pisgah Arboretum
  • Enrollment: Open until the Thursday before the first day of the camp.
  • Minimum group size: 6 students
  • Tuition: $240. Scholarships available by application during registration.

Saturday Nature Camp Schedule

  • January – Living off the Land: Fire & Water
  • February – Wizard Academy: Plant Magic
  • March – Wildlife Within: Animal Instincts
  • April – Adventures in Akasha: Lost Treasure
  • May – Elven Caravan: Archery & Crafts

Winter/Spring Break Camps

These camps take place over three consecutive Saturdays at the beginning of each month.  Each month has a different focus for students’ learning and imagination!

  • Ages: 6 to 12
  • When: 1-day camps with options from December 28-December 31st and from March 22-March 26th. 
  • Time: 9 am – 3:30 pm.
  • Where: Hendricks Park for Winter Break Camps, Mount Pisgah Arboretum for Spring Break Camps
  • Enrollment: Open until the two days before the day of camp.
  • Minimum group size: 6 students
  • Tuition: $67 for Winter Break. $77 for Spring Break. Scholarships available by application during registration.

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 in 2020. 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

Winter Break

Monday

December 28th

Living off the Land:
Fire & Water

Fire is an important tool which gives us light, cooks our food, helps us to make tools, helps us to purify water in the woods, and keeps us warm. Learn the basics of fire safety and building effective fire structures from natural materials.

TUesday

December 29th

Wizard Academy:
Combustio!

Fire is so magical! In fact, some stories say that animals taught humans to make fire by pulling it magically from wood. Learn fire safety and how to make wood dust magically into fire using ancient fire by friction techniques. Plus, make wands and cast silly plant spells!

Wednesday

December 30th

Druids of Procyon:
Healing Campfire Tea

Druids are like wizards who get their magic from their friendship with nature. Learn how the Druids of Procyon make healing tea from their favorite plant friends, along with safe & ethical wildharvesting practices, basics of botanical plant ID, and nature journaling.

Thursday

December 31st

Naturalist Studies:
Fire Ecology

Your child will deepen their understanding of the natural world and the natural sciences through meaningful and transdisciplinary learning activities. We’ll focus on not only fire safety, but how fires act on our local landscapes and the relationships humans have had to fire historically.

Friday

January 1st

No Camp Today:
New Years Day

Our instructors are enjoying the new year with their families!

Spring Break

Monday

March 22nd

Wildlife Within

Tuesday

March 23rd

Adventures in Akasha

Wednesday

March 24th

Living off the Land

Thursday

March 25th

Elven Caravan

Friday

March 26th

Wizard Academy

Five camp themes to choose from:

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

Wildlife Within

Reimagine your capabilities and become deeply connected to nature like our animal neighbors by pretending to BE them! 

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! 

Featuring skills from Way of the Cougar, Way of the Raccoon, and Way of the Owl.

Challenging skills guaranteed!

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!

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.

Featuring skills from Way of the Owl, Way of the Cougar, and Way of the Wolverine.

Epic hikes guaranteed!

Elven Caravan

Explore your creative side with clever elven travelers who craft from wild plants!

In Elven Caravan, 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.

Featuring skills from Way of the Raccoon, Way of the Cougar, and Way of the Wolverine.

Creative crafting guaranteed!

Living off the Land

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

In Living off the Land, we ground ourselves in nature whereever 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!  

Featuring skills from Way of the Wolverine, Way of the Owl, and Way of the Raccoon.

Meaningful work guaranteed!

Wizard Academy

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

In Wizard 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!

Featuring skills from all four Learning Pathways.

A breadth of skills and a breath of magic!

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!