Where is Nature Camp Located?
Nature Camp is located at Magnuson Park, north of the University of Washington. We travel twice a week to different local parks, such as Carkeek Park or Cougar Mountain, as field trip destinations.
What are the hours?
Camp hours are from 9:00 am -3:30 Monday – Friday, every week of summer, beginning June 25th.
What is the Cost?
Day Camps (A & B Sessions) - $227 member, $242 non-member**
Teen Trekker Camps (C Sessions) - $452 member, $467 non-member
**July 1 - 3 is a 3-day week; there is no camp on July 4th or 5th. Prorated rates for that week -- $136 member, $145 non-member.
Family memberships are $30. Click here to become a member!
What if I need to cancel?
Cancellations with more than two weeks notice will be refunded all camp fees, minus a $40 handling fee, IF that spot is filled by another registration. If the spot is not filled or cancelled with less than 2 weeks notice, your will be refunded $40/session.
Do you have Extended Daycare?
Yes! This year we will piloting our Extended Day Care! Your may register online with your camp registration. Extended Day Care is only offered to children who are registered for camp that week and when Nature Camp is in session. Morning care is offered Tuesday - Friday from 8 - 8:45 am, and afternoons, Monday - Friday, 3:45 - 5:30 pm.
What is a typical week like?
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday campers are at Magnuson Park, hiking, doing activities, and sometimes listening to a guest presenter. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, campers go on field trips to local parks in Seattle. (Carkeek, Seward, and Lincoln Park; Cougar Mountain Hamlin Park, and the Arboretum)
How do they travel to their field trip destinations?
We charter buses/driver for our field trips. We use First Student, which is the same bus company for Seattle School District.
What is the appropriate age for Nature Camp?
Children who are entering 1st through 9th grade.
How will the children be divided into a group?
Children will be divided into groups by grade. We will try to have one grade per field group, but there will be some weeks when there will be a split grade group, i.e. 1st/2nd grade, 2nd/3rd grade. The ratio for each Field Group will be approximately 12 campers to 1 adult naturalist + 1 teen junior naturalist or college intern.
Who will be teaching my kids at Nature Camp?
Seattle Audubon Nature Camp staff is professional and enthusiastic about teaching kids! We hire college graduates, who are often working on their master’s degree when they are hired. They have extensive experience with teaching outdoor/environmental education, and working with children. They are all trained by Seattle Audubon Education staff and are CPR/First Aid certified. Each staff member is given a mandatory national/state criminal background check.
What are the themes of camp?
Topics include; Oceans, Decomposers, Nature Art, Forests, and Birds. Click here to see Session Descriptions.
What is the Teen Trekker camp?
Teen Trekkers is for campers going into 7th-9th grades. They spend Monday and Tuesday on site at Magnuson, and Wednesday – Friday either on the Olympic Peninsula or Cascade Mountains camping for 2 nights. Eight teens are led by two of our Naturalists, and all supplies are provided except sleeping bags and personal items.
Who are Junior Naturalists?
High school students, from 10th – 12th grade who assist and are mentored by the Naturalists in day to day tasks at Nature Camp. Jr. Naturalists are required to attend one day training where they learn skills in leading games, appropriate behavior and interacting with kids. Teens that participate in this program are eligible to earn service hours for school.