Summer Nature Camps

2017 Summer Nature Camps

Summer Nature Camp

“My daughter came home with a great big smile, and dirt in her pockets, every single day.” – Margo

Whole Earth Nature School believes that outdoor play and exploration is critical to kids growth and development. Click here to read more about what makes Whole Earth Camps awesome! Summer Nature Camps are offered for kids ages 3-17. In addition to deep nature immersion, all age groups receive locally silkscreened Whole Earth Nature School t-shirts, a nature journal, and pencil when attending camp. Those campers in the 6+ year-old groups also receive a pocket field guide as a gift at the end of the week to continue their learning adventure after camp (a different guide for each week they attend).

Summer Nature CampDay Camp Hours: Check-in begins at 9:00 at the camp location.
Pick up is between 3:30 and 3:45 for 6-17 year olds; between 1:00 and 1:15 for 3-6 year olds. (Please read section below about late pickups.)
After-camp care is available until 5:30 each day. After care is provided by Whole Earth Nature School staff and provides a low-key environment to relax in nature at the end of a busy camp day. (See our After-camp Care page here for complete details.)

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Cancellation Policy
Scholarships
Summer Camp FAQ

A note about pricing: In order to provide the best possible camp experience we maintain an impressive 1 staff to 4-6 student ratio at our camps. This means that a most of the cost of running camp goes directly to staff. It also means that we are very sensitive to changes in regulations around employee pay. Recently, we have started offering all staff paid sick leave in accordance with local regulations. We have also increased the base pay of staff to keep rates above an increasing minimum wage. As a result, we have been required to implement a moderate increase in camp pricing. Scholarships are still available for up to half off the cost of camp.

Reminder: We seek donations every year to be able to offer scholarships to those who need it! We offer 25%-50% off of our tuition in need-based scholarships. Learn more here.


Summer Nature Camp

2017 Summer Nature
Camp Schedule

To view detailed descriptions for each camp click the camp name. Remaining camp capacity is updated manually on this page, and thus may not always reflect actual capacity. However, you can easily view an up to date list of spaces available by clicking the Register Now button. Click “Register Now” to see updated camp availability, and to register your child. We offer a 5% discount to families registering more than one child at the same time.

Now offering convenient after-camp care Monday-Friday!
Register for it during the camp registration process. Click here for complete details.
1:00pm-5:30pm: $140 per week, pre-registered. (Daily drop-in rate: $50 per day)
1:00pm-3:30pm: $70 per week, pre-registered. (Daily drop-in rate: $25 per day)
3:30-5:30pm: $70 per week, pre-registered. (Daily drop-in rate: $25 per day)

Prefer to register by check? Click here to download a form and register by mail.

Week 1

June 26th-30th

Ages 3-5: My First Nature Camp; 9:00am-1:00pm; $205 Camp completed.
Ages 4-6: ‘Expotition’ to the Hundred Acre Woods; 9:00am-1:00pm; $205 Camp completed.
Ages 6-8: Brave Archers; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp completed.
Ages 9-12: Brave Archers; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp completed.
Ages 9-12: Herbology; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp completed.
Ages 12-17: Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training (this camp is the prerequisite for all CIT programs); 9:00am-3:30pm $285 Camp completed.
Ages 12-17: CIT at LCC: Coyote In Training (prerequisite: Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training); 8:30am-4:00pm; $35 Camp completed.
Whole Earth nature camps at Mount Pisgah Arboretum!
Ages 4-6: Fort Clatsop; 9:00am-1:00pm; $235 *
Ages 6-8: Lewis and Clark: Corps of Discovery; 9:00am-3:30pm; $315 Camp completed.
Ages 9-12: Lewis and Clark: Corps of Discovery; 9:00am-3:30pm; $315 * Camp completed.
Ages 12-17: CIT at Mount Pisgah: Coyote In Training (prerequisite: Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training); 8:30am-4:00pm; $35 Camp completed.
* All camps at Mount Pisgah Arboretum include one Arboretum Annual Membership and one Lane County Annual Parking Pass, per child enrolled.

Week 2

July 3rd-7th (there will be camp on July 4th)

Ages 3-5: My First Nature Camp; 9:00am-1:00pm; $205 Camp completed.
Ages 6-8: Homesteading; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp completed.
Ages 6-8: Way of the Jedi; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp completed.
Ages 9-12: Way of the Jedi; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp completed.
Ages 9-12: Bushcraft Skills; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp completed.
Ages 12-15: Archers of Sherwood Forest; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 plus $35 materials fee Camp completed.
Ages 12-15: Camp Terance; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp completed.
Ages 12-17: Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training (this camp is the prerequisite for all CIT programs); 9:00am-3:30pm $285 Camp completed.
Ages 12-17: CIT: Coyote In Training (prerequisite: Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training); 8:30am-4:00pm; $35 Camp completed.

Week 3

July 10th-14th

Ages 4-6: Earth Ninja; 9:00am-1:00pm; $205 Camp completed.
Ages 6-8: Earth Ninja; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp completed.
Ages 9-12: Earth Ninja; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp completed.
Ages 8-12: Advanced Earth Ninja: Way of the Wolf Clan (invitation only); 9:00am-3:30pm; $310 Camp completed.
Ages 12-17: CIT: Coyote In Training (prerequisite: Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training); 8:30am-4:00pm; $35 Camp completed.

Whole Earth nature camps at Mount Pisgah Arboretum!
Ages 4-6: The Lost Treasure of Mount Pisgah; 9:00am-1:00pm; $235 Camp completed.
Ages 6-8: The Secret Life of Birds; 9:00am-3:30pm; $315 * Camp completed.
Ages 6-8: The Lost Treasure of Mount Pisgah; 9:00am-3:30pm; $315 * Camp completed.
Ages 9-12: The Lost Treasure of Mount Pisgah; 9:00am-3:30pm; $315 * Camp completed.
Ages 12-17: CIT at Mount Pisgah: Coyote In Training (prerequisite: Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training); 8:30am-4:00pm; $35 Camp completed.
* All camps at Mount Pisgah Arboretum include one Arboretum Annual Membership and one Lane County Annual Parking Pass, per child enrolled.

Week 4

July 16th-21st

Ages 12-17: Big Bear: Advanced;Overnight; $687 Camp completed.

July 17th-21st

Ages 4-6: At Home in the Wilderness; 9:00am-1:00pm; $205 Camp completed.
Ages 6-8: Brave Archers; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp completed.
Ages 9-12: Brave Archers; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp completed.
Ages 12-17: CIT: Coyote In Training (prerequisite: Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training); 8:30am-4:00pm; $35 Camp completed.

Week 5

July 23rd-28th

Ages 10-12: Big Bear Village;Overnight; $687 Camp is full!
Ages 14-18: Big Bear Village Junior Counselor; Overnight; $225 Camp is full!

July 24th-28th

Ages 4-6: Woodland Faeries; 9:00am-1:00pm; $205 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!
Ages 6-8: Forest Elves; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!
Ages 9-12: Mine Crafters; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!
Ages 12-17: CIT: Coyote In Training (prerequisite: Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training); 8:30am-4:00pm; $35 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!

Week 6

July 30th-Aug 4th

Ages 13-16: Big Bear Village;Overnight; $687 Only five spaces left! Register now!
Ages 16-18: Big Bear Village Junior Counselor; Overnight; $225 Only one space left! Register now!

July 31st- Aug 4th

Ages 4-6: ‘Expotition’ to the Hundred Acre Woods; 9:00am-1:00pm; $205 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!
Ages 6-8: Art of Nature; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 plus $25 materials fee Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!
Ages 9-12: The Cutting Edge; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 plus $25 materials fee Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!
Ages 7-10: Camp Little Bear; 9:00am-3:30pm plus Thursday Campout; $357 (Additional fee covers the additional instructional time as well as breakfast and snack on Friday.) Camp is over half full. Register soon.
Ages 12-17: CIT: Coyote In Training (prerequisite: Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training); 8:30am-4:00pm; $35 Only three spaces left! Register now!

Week 7

Aug 6th-11th

Ages 10-14: Camp Artemis; All Girls Overnight; $687 Camp half full! Register soon!
Ages 15-18: Camp Artemis Junior Counselor; Overnight; $225 Only one space left! Register now!

Aug 7th-11th

Ages 4-6: At Home in the Wilderness; 9:00am-1:00pm; $205 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!
Ages 6-8: Lost Boys (Boys only); 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!
Ages 6-8: Wild Girls (Girls only); 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!
Ages 9-12: Lost Boys (Boys only); 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Only one space left! Register now!
Ages 9-12: Wild Girls (Girls only); 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!
Ages 9-12: The Cutting Edge; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 plus $25 materials fee Only one space left! Register now!
Ages 12-17: CIT: Coyote In Training (prerequisite: Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training); 8:30am-4:00pm; $35 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!

Week 8

August 14th-18th

Ages 4-6: Earth Ninja; 9:00am-1:00pm; $205 Camp is over half full. Register soon.
Ages 6-8: Earth Ninja; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!
Ages 9-12: Earth Ninja; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp is over half full. Register soon.
Ages 8-12: Advanced Earth Ninja: Way of the Wolf Clan (invitation only); 9:00am-3:30pm; $302 Only three spaces left! Register now!
Ages 12-17: CIT: Coyote In Training (prerequisite: Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training); 8:30am-4:00pm; $35 Only one space left! Register now!

Whole Earth nature camps at Mount Pisgah Arboretum!
Ages 4-6: The Oregon Trail; 9:00am-3:30pm; $235 * Only one space left! Register now!
Ages 6-8: The Oregon Trail; 9:00am-3:30pm; $315 * Only one space left! Register now!
Ages 9-12: The Oregon Trail; 9:00am-3:30pm; $315 * Only three spaces left! Register now!
Ages 12-17: CIT: Coyote In Training (prerequisite: Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training); 8:30am-4:00pm; $35 Only two spaces left! Register now!
* All camps at Mount Pisgah Arboretum include one Arboretum Annual Membership and one Lane County Annual Parking Pass, per child enrolled.

Week 9

August 21st-25th

Ages 4-6: School of Wizardry; 9:00am-1:00pm; $205 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!
Ages 6-8: School of Wizardry; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!
Ages 9-12: School of Wizardry; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp is over half full. Register soon.
Ages 9-12: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (with eclipse viewing field trip Monday!!); 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp is over half full. Register soon.
Ages 12-15: DUNE-geons and Dragons; Overnight at the Oregon Dunes; $687
Ages 12-17: CIT: Coyote In Training (prerequisite: Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training); 8:30am-4:00pm; $35 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!

Week 10

August 28th-Sept 1st

Camps at Eastgate Woodlands:
Ages 4-6: Stalking the Summer Harvest; 9:00am-1:00pm; $205 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!
Ages 6-8: Stalking the Summer Harvest; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!
Ages 9-12: Stalking the Summer Harvest; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp is over half full. Register soon.
Ages 12-17: CIT: Coyote In Training (prerequisite: Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training); 8:30am-4:00pm; $35 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!
Camps at LCC:
Ages 4-6: School of Wizardry; 9:00am-1:00pm; $205 Only one space left! Register now!
Ages 6-8: School of Wizardry; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!
Ages 9-12: School of Wizardry; 9:00am-3:30pm; $285 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!
Ages 12-17: CIT: Coyote In Training (prerequisite: Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training); 8:30am-4:00pm; $35 Camp is full! Register for waitlist now!

Prefer to register by check?

Click the image below to download a form and register by mail

Cancellation Policy

Whole Earth Nature School has implemented the following cancellation policy based on the time, resources and staffing that goes into planning a camp. We cannot recover these expenses if you cancel. Cancellations made on short notice may also prevent others from attending.
If you ask to transfer to a different camp you may do so up to 15 days prior to the start of your camp. There will be a $25 fee per camp transferred. Less than 15 days before camp transfers will be subject to our cancelation policy below.
All programs have a non-refundable, 25% deposit
If you cancel or ask to transfer to a different camp for any reason:

  • Cancellations made at least 15 days prior to the first day of camp will receive a full refund, minus the 25% non-refundable deposit.
  • Cancellations/transfers made between 8 and 14 days prior to the first day of camp will receive a refund of 50% of the total camp tuition
  • Cancellations/transfers made 7 days or less prior to the first day of camp, or after the start of a program, are not refundable

Oops Policy: You have 48 hours from the time of purchase to cancel your registration with no penalty. (Cancellation must be requested prior to the start of the program.)

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