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Nature Day Camp - Summer Registration

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Find the dates, times, locations, and ages for all the Nature Day Camps for the upcoming summer.
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Registration for Summer 2024

Save the date! Sign ups for Nature Day Camp will begin May 16 at 9:30am during Session A.

All Nature Day Camp programs will be open during Session A only. There will not be a Session B for these programs. 

  • ONLINE at portland.gov/parks/register
  • CALL any community center or PP&R Customer Service 503-823-2525 during operating hours.
  • IN-PERSON at any PP&R facility, including the Customer Service Center.

General information

Age Range
Nature Day Camps are offered to children age 5 to 12.

2024 Locations - Locations or meeting spots are subject to change.

  • Mt Tabor Park, Southeast Portland, meeting at the covered shelter across from the visitor's center (turn right at the park entrance at SE 69th Avenue and Yamhill Street)
  • Sellwood Park/Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Southeast Portland, meeting at Picnic Area "I" at Sellwood Park (near SE 7th Avenue and Malden Street)

Traveling groups and friend requests
Campers will be assigned to traveling groups of 10-12 children who are close in age. Traveling groups have two assigned staff, with floating staff and support staff helping during required breaks and lunch. During the registration process, parents can name one (1) other registered camper, close in age (within 2 years), to be grouped with for the week of camp. 

Nature Day Camp policies
Before you register, make sure you are familiar with our camp policies. This includes information about withdrawal fees, late fees, lightning, and cancellations due to air quality or extreme heat. 

Start and end times
Camps begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:30 pm. Extended drop-off window is from 8:30 - 9:00 am. After-care is from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. 

Some shortened weeks
Weeks that will be shortened in 2024 will be listed here.

Extended drop-off and after-care options
We offer a 30-minute extended drop-off window before camp begins each morning. Drop off between 8:30 - 9:00 am, no registration required. We will be offering optional After-care in 2023. Pre-registration is required. After-care goes from 3:30 - 5:30 pm.


Camp Costs and the Access Discount Program

Camp Costs

  • Five-day weeks   |   $300 - Portland residents, $420 - Non-residents  
  • Four-day weeks |   $240 - Portland residents, $336 - Non-residents
  • Three-day week |   $180 - Portland residents, $252 - Non-residents

After-Care Costs

  • Five-day weeks | $60 - Portland residents, $84 - Non-residents
  • Four-day week | $48 - Portland residents, $67- Nonresidents
  • Three-day week | $36 - Portland residents, $50 - Non-residents

Need to lower the cost of camp? Nature Day Camp will be using the Access Discount Program in 2024. See the Access Discount Program webpage for more information


Registration Tips

  1. See the Access Discount Program webpage and sign up for the program before the morning of registration.
  2. Set up your account ahead of time. Before the morning of registration, take the time to create or update your PP&R ActiveNet account. Make sure there is an account for your family (including the parent or adult who is doing the registration and each camper. List yourself as the Parent/Guardian and each child as a dependent). Add a saved credit card if desired.  
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  3. Pay attention to camp dates! Some weeks have five-day camps, and others have three-day camps.
  4. Need to lower the cost of camp? Make sure to register for an Access Pass. Do this ahead of time!
  5. Nature Day Camps have a withdrawal fee. A 20% non-refundable withdrawal fee is charged each time you register for a camp and then withdraw. 
  6. Use payment plans to spread out the cost. Nature Day Camps offers the following payment plan option: Pay 20% when registering for camp, and then pay the remaining balance fourteen (14) days before the camp starts. A valid credit card must be on file to use a payment plan. Note: PP&R staff will follow up on any unpaid balances. Unpaid balances are sent to collections after 120 days. 
  7. If a camp is full, always join a waitlist. This is our only way to fill spots if they should become available.  We rely heavily on waitlists to fill camps which means if you are not on the list, you will not get a call that a spot is available. 

Summer 2024 Schedule and Registration Links

Summer 2024
Camp DatesTimesActivity TypeDaysLocationCamp Nature ThemeActivity Number
Week 1:
June 26 - 28
9:00-3:30 pmNature Day Camp

Wednesday - Friday
(3 days)

Mt Tabor ParkRock & Roll Lifestyle1160991
Week 1:
June 26 - 28
3:30-5:30 pmAFTER CARE (optional)Wednesday - Friday
(3 days)
Mt Tabor Parkn/a1163736
Week 2:
July 1-3
9:00-3:30 pmNature Day Camp - Monday - Wednesday
(3 days)
Mt Tabor ParkHabitats are Hip1160992
Week 2:
July 1-2
3:30-5:30 pmAFTER CARE (optional)Monday - Wednesday
(3 days)
Mt Tabor Parkn/a1163738
Week 3:
July 8 -12
9:00-3:30 pmNature Day CampMonday - Friday
(5 days)
Sellwood ParkBuzz & Flutter1160993
Week 3:
July 8 -12
3:30-5:30 pmAFTER CARE (optional)Monday - Friday
(5 days)
Sellwood Parkn/a1163739
Week 4:
July 15-19
9:00-3:30 pmNature Day CampMonday - Friday
(5 Days)
Sellwood ParkMarvelous Mammals1160994
Week 4:
July 15 - 19
3:30-5:30 pmAFTER CARE (optional)Monday - Friday
(5 Days)
Sellwood Parkn/a1163740
Week 5:
July 22 - 25
9:00-3:30 pmNature Day CampMonday - Thursday
(4 Days)
Mt Tabor ParkWe Can Wing It1160995
Week 5:
July 22 - 25
3:30-5:30 pmAFTER CARE (optional)Monday - Thursday
(4 Days)
Mt Tabor Parkn/a1163741
Week 6:
July 29 - Aug 2
9:00-3:30 pmNature Day CampMonday - Friday
(5 Days)
Sellwood ParkBackbone Not Required1160996
Week 6:
July 29 - Aug 2
3:30-5:30 pmAFTER CARE (optional)Monday - Friday
(5 Days)
Sellwood Parkn/a1163742
Week 7:
Aug 5 - 9
9:00-3:30 pmNature Day CampMonday - Friday
(5 Days)
Sellwood ParkBranching Out1160997
Week 7:
Aug 5 - 9
3:30-5:30 pmAFTER CARE (optional)Monday - Friday
(5 Days)
Sellwood Parkn/a1163743
Week 8:
Aug 12 - 15
9:00-3:30 pmNature Day CampMonday - Thursday
(4 Days)
Mt Tabor ParkWonders of Water1160998
Week 8:
Aug 12 - 15
3:30-5:30 pmAFTER CARE (optional)Monday - Thursday
(4 Days)
Mt Tabor Parkn/a1163744

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Contact

Location

Park Location or Entrance
SE 60th Avenue and Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97215
Park Location or Entrance
SE 7th Avenue and Sellwood Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
Park Location or Entrance
SE Spokane Street and Oaks Parkway
Portland, OR 97202