Nature Camps

Our Fall 2020 camps run each month on 3 consecutive Saturdays (1st through 3rd Saturdays) from 9am-4pm. 

School-year 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 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

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: 5 to 17
  • When: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Saturday of your chosen month
  • Where: Mount Pisgah Arboretum
  • Enrollment: Open until the Thursday before the first day of the camp.
  • Minimum group size: 6 students
  • Tuition: $270. Scholarships available by application during registration.

Saturday Nature Camp Schedule

  • October – Wildlife Within: Scent-tracking
  • November – Adventures in Akasha: Journey to the Wilds
  • December – Elven Caravan: Gifts of Nature
  • January – Living off the Land: Fire & Water
  • February – Wizard Academy: Plant Magic
  • March – Wildlife Within: Animal Instincts
  • April – Living off the Land: Springing to Life
  • May – Elven Caravan: Archery & Crafts

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

October is... 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!

November is... 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!

December is... 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!

January is... 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!

February is... 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!