Tacoma Nature Center camps bring fun and learning together naturally! With camps for a variety of ages, topics ranging from artistic espression inspired by nature to learning how to become a nature detective, there is something for almost every child.
Every camp includes activities, crafts, outdoor time, games and more! Some camps include field trips and others have an overnight. Our Outdoor Advednture Camps are outside adventuring every day and include all transportation, gear and activity instruction.
Ages: 4-14 years old
Days/Times: June 26 – August 25, days of the week and times vary by age group
* Before and after care available for some camps
Cost: $100 – $240/camp based on length of camp and age group
Registration: Tacoma Nature Center
Location & Contact Info: 1919 S Tyler St, Tacoma, WA 98405 253-591-6439
Zestful Gardens Farm Camp brings classic summer adventures to kids ages 4-12 on our organic working farm located in the Puyallup Valley. Each day will include farm chores: feeding the pigs, gathering eggs, weeding the garden, harvesting vegetables and fruit. Theme based projects, songs, stories, and a hearty mid- morning snack of organic fruits and vegetables picked fresh from the farm round out the day’s activities. Farm camp strives to help kids develop a sense of self in relationship to community and the earth through fun, play-based nature education with uniquely individual themes each week-everything from barn yard animals to fun in the mud!
There are also specialty camps on topics like survival skills and nature art for older children 8-12.
Ages: 4-10 years old + 2 specialty weeks for older kids ages 8-12
Days/Times: June 19 – August 18, Monday – Friday, 9am – 1pm. Prepay Aftercare available 1-5pm.
Cost: $195/week. $165/wk for 4 or more weeks (per camper).
Registration: Zestful Gardens Farm Camp
Location & Contact Info: Zestful Gardens is located off River Road in the Puyallup Valley. Contact us at ZestfulGardensFarmCamp@gmail.com
Immerse your child in the natural world of Bresemann Forest this summer with Nature Vision’s Survival Camp! Join us for a unique week of shelter building, orienteering, native plant identification, and other fun outdoor adventures on the trails! Each day at our camp is a wonderful mix of fun and challenging learning experiences, games, art, community building, reflection, and much more. The camp is taught by a Nature Vision staff educator and supplies will be provided for campers to practice their skills throughout the week. Our award-winning non-profit organization focuses on child-centered learning that engages all in appreciation and care of the amazing natural places around us!
Dates: August 14-18, 2017
Location: Bresemann Forest/Sprinker Recreatioen Area
Registration: Pierce County Parks & Recreation
Perfect for budding scientists, artists, explorers and animal lovers, Zoo Camps provide unforgettable experiences for preschoolers to high schoolers. 2017 highlights include Busy Builders (ages 4-5), Zoo Crew (Kindergarten graduates), Beastly Builders (1st & 2nd grade graduates) and Build Your Own Zoo (3rd & 4th grade graduates), which use animals to inspire crafty creations that are sure to ignite the imagination. For those looking for adventure in and out of the zoo, Treasure Hunters (3rd & 4th grade graduates) roams all over the wilds of Point Defiance Park. For 5th – 7th Grade graduates that starting to show interest in a zoological career, If I Ran the Zoo and Junior Zookeeper camps provide unforgettable hands-on experiences. Spaces fill quickly, so reserve a spot for your child today!
Days/Times: Various times and sessions between 9:00am-4:30pm
Cost/Registration: Most programs are 140.00. Discounts available for members. Head here for more information or to register.
Location & Contact Info
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
July 10-14, 2017
Location: Wildwood Park in Puyallup
Cost: $150.00 Includes camper t-shirt.
Fall 2017: Grades 1-9
Activities: Unplug, connect, and explore! Those are the words we live by in our daily activities. Sessions ranging from crafts and drama to cookouts and shelter building keep our mornings busy. There is plenty of camper led time exploring trails, the stream, small hikes and more. We spend our afternoons doing a variety team challenges: cooperative, competitive, and creative.
- 3rd grade and older will have the opportunity to experience archery.
- Thursday night camp out offered for 7th grade and older.
Thursday Evening Family Night: Grab a camp chair and join us Thursday evening at the park for Council Fire. (Previously held on Friday afternoon.) We’ll hand out the weekly awards, see skits from all groups, sing a few songs, and finish with yummy s’mores!
Leadership Program: Counselor Assistant Training (C.A.T.) is a program designed for youth entering grades 7-9 who have a desire to work with younger children and to be peer leaders for summer camp. C.A.T.s participate in leadership and skill development workshops each day, help lead all-camp activities, songs and games. C.A.T.s gain a new level of personal responsibility, self confidence, and skills for working with children. Upon completion of the week long program participants are invited to volunteer as Counselor Assistants the following summer. The Leadership Program fee is $100.00 per camper.
Why Camp Fire?
Camp Fire was created to guide young people on a journey of self-discovery. At Camp Fire camps, youth have the opportunity to dig deep inside and discover their sparks, their personally defined ideas of potential. Our society needs a generation of future leaders who understand the dynamics of community living, appreciate inclusion, and are one with nature. At Camp Fire, we’re proud of the role we play in guiding young lives to appreciate themselves and the world they live in.
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