Ages 10 to 13
7/26 – 7/30
8/2 – 8/6
“Wow! What a fantastic experience for her. Thank you. : ) What a really lovely group of people running the camp. : )”– Maria Renninger, (mom of 11-year-old camper)
“Love the curriculum and the emphasis on safety while still making it cool and fun for the kiddos.”– Mother of 11-year-old camper
“Thank you for a wonderful experience for my daughter. She had a wonderful time. Loved it!”– Jackie, mother of 12-year-old
“I’m so pleased with the consistent quality of this camp! My son has been attending for many years now and always wants to return.”– Bonnie L., mother of 11-year-old camper
Please Note: Our Nature Skills camps for 2021 are full. We recommend joining the waitlist for full camps, as we do get occasional openings.
Your child will learn real-life survival skills, in fun and exciting ways! They’ll learn to make fire with and without matches, and how to tend a fire safely. We’ll teach knife safety, how to identify and harvest wild edible plants, and delicious campfire cooking techniques. Campers will build shelters and create fun and practical items like baskets, tools, or rope.
Recognized by ParentMap as the best nature camp!
Campers will enjoy:
- Making fire with matches and fire (Ferro) rods
- Safe and effective fire-tending techniques
- Building and finding primitive shelters
- Identifying and harvesting wild edible plants
- Making baskets, tools, or rope
- Exploring off-trail
- Safely using knives as tools
- Catching frogs and snakes
- Having fun with new friends!
Our instructional team features:
- A 1:8 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
This camp meets on the property of Carnation Farms, an 818-acre organic farm with expansive, beautiful wild woods, elk, and access to the Snoqualmie River. Find out more about Carnation Farms here.
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.