Nature Explorer Half Day Camp

Ages 4 to 6

St Edward State Park, Cougar Mountain Park, Seward Park, Tolt MacDonald Park


Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm

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“This camp was one of the most important and educational experiences of my daughter’s life. After one week she gained self-confidence and a deeper sense of wonder for the world around her.”

– Ethan Bryson (Father of 6-year-old camper)

“My child adored the instructors at Wilderness Awareness School. The camp gave him the opportunity to get dirty and learn about nature freely with friends. I appreciated the attentiveness and love that the instructors showed my camper. I am looking forward to sending him back next

– Mother of 5-year-old camper

“Our son did much more than hike in the park – he began to notice nature more deeply, marveling at the whirls in tree bark and the patterns in a spider web.”

– Mary L. (Mother of 4-year-old camper)

“This program should be integrated into public school K-12. What Wilderness Awareness School is teaching is essential to humanity and our ability to build and sustain a respectful community into adulthood.”

– Mother of 5-year-old camper

Please Note: Our Nature Explorer camps for 2021 are full. We recommend joining the waitlist for full camps, as we do get occasional openings.

Your child will have an incredible week in nature! We’ll explore the world with hands-on activities, nature games, storytelling, and songs. Little campers will discover mud, bugs, and plants with new and returning friends, or bring a friend to create new memories together.

Recognized by ParentMap as a winner for the best nature camp!

Campers will enjoy:

  • Hands-on exploration of their environment
  • Fun nature games
  • Storytelling and songs
  • Discovering mud, bugs, water, plants, and animals
  • Creative and imaginative free play
  • New and memorable adventures!

Our instructional team features:

  • A 1:7 staff-student ratio
  • On-site director and volunteers who offer additional instructor support
  • Staff trained as Coyote Mentors, a widely-respected educational philosophy developed at the Wilderness Awareness School
  • Compassionate educators who encourage each child’s respect for self, others, and nature
  • Experienced Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified professionals

NOTE:  All children must be fully potty-trained to participate. This program is recommended over the full-day program for 6-year-olds unless they have already done one or more years of Nature Explorer Camp.

Location Date
St Edward State Park 6/28-7/2 (full)
7/12-7/16 (full)
8/2-8/6 (full)
8/9-8/13 (full)
8/16-8/20 (full)
Cougar Mountain Park 6/28-7/2 (full)
7/19-7/23 (full)
8/2-8/6 (full)
Seward Park 7/5-7/9 (full)
7/19-7/23 (full)
7/26-7/30 (full)
8/16-8/20 (full)
Tolt MacDonald Park 8/9-8/13 (full)

Please note that all classes at Wilderness Awareness School will require staff and participants to wear face coverings, practice social distancing, and have a health check at the start of each day. With all of this, we’re still confident that these workshops will remain potent experiences that deliver new skills, enrich perspectives, and deepen a connection to the natural world around us.