Nature Day Camp - Summer Schedule

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

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COVID-19 update

All Summer 2020 Environmental Education Camps have been canceled in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more about closures and postponements related to the COVID-19 pandemic response.

General information

We have three camp models at three different locations: Sellwood Park/Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Mt Tabor Park, Hoyt Arboretum

  • Ages 4-6     |  Nature Day Camp Chickadees: Partial-day
  • Ages 5-11   |  Nature Day Camp Flickers, Hawks, Juncos, Ospreys, and Ravens
  • Ages 10-12 |  Nature Skills Camp 

Visit the main Nature Day Camp page to learn more about the three camp models.  

Reminder: Before you register, make sure you are familiar with our camp policies

Friends or siblings who want to attend camp together must sign up for the same activity number.

Would you rather see all the options at once?

Click here for a printable version of the Nature Day Camp schedule.


How to register for camp 

  • Online: Go to portlandparks.org and enter the activity number listed below. (You can also search for "Nature Day Camp" to see all options at once.)
  • By phone: Call the Customer Service Center at 503-823-2525 and refer to the activity number listed below.
  • In person: Visit your local community center and refer to the activity number listed below.   

Chickadees | Ages 4-6

Partial-day camps for preschoolers

Campers start and end each day as a large group. For preschool campers, days are spent in a mixture of structured and unstructured time. Structured activities may include music, games,  crafts, and science activities. Unstructured time includes nature play, walking, and exploring in nature. Learn more about the Chickadees camps on the main Nature Day Camp page.

Camp begins at 9am 
Camp ends at 1:30pm

Before-care is free and available from 8-9am (no registration required).
Sorry, there is no after-care for partial-day camps. 
Costs listed are for Portland Residents. Non-Resident costs are 40% higher than those listed. 
Friends or siblings who want to attend camp together must be signed up for the same activity number.

No current listings for this age group.

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Flickers, Hawks, and Juncos | Ages 5-8

Full-day camps for lower elementary grades. 

Campers start and end each day as a large group. For full-day campers, days are spent in a mixture of structured and unstructured time. Structured activities may include music, games, crafts, and science activities. Structured times take place mostly at the beginning and the end of the day. The middle of the day is spent in small traveling groups of campers close in age. Unstructured time allows time to play, hike, explore, and hang out as a group. Learn more about the camps for lower elementary on the main Nature Day Camp page.

Camp begins at 9am
Camp ends at 3:30pm. 

Before-care is free and available from 8-9am (no registration required).
After-care is available from 3:30-5:30pm (registration is required - details about after-care are listed on the main Nature Day Camp page.)
Costs listed are for Portland Residents. Non-Resident costs are 40% higher than those listed.
Find more information about the weekly nature themes on the main Nature Day Camp page
Friends or siblings who want to attend camp together must be signed up for the same activity number.  

No current listings for this age group. Information will be updated in January for Summer 2021. 

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Ospreys and Ravens | Ages 8-11

Full-day camps for middle elementary grades. 

Campers start and end each day as a large group. For full-day campers, days are spent in a mixture of structured and unstructured time. Structured activities may include music, games, crafts, and science activities. Structured times take place mostly at the beginning and the end of the day. The middle of the day is spent in small traveling groups of campers close in age. Unstructured time allows time to play, hike, explore, and hang out as a group. Learn more about the camps for middle elementary on the main Nature Day Camp page.

Camp begins at 9am
Camp ends at 3:30pm. 

Before-care is free and available from 8-9am (no registration required).
After-care is available from 3:30-5:30pm (registration is required - details about after-care are listed on the main Nature Day Camp page.)
Costs listed are for Portland Residents. Non-Resident costs are 40% higher than those listed.
Find more information about the weekly nature themes on the main Nature Day Camp page
Friends or siblings who want to attend camp together must be signed up for the same activity number.  

No current listings for this age group. Information will be updated in January for Summer 2021. 

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Nature Skills Camps | Ages 10-12

Full-day camps for upper elementary grades 

Nature Skills Camps offer an option that combines activities of Nature Day Camp with hands-on skills. Campers join Nature Day Camp for the beginning and end of the day. They may join in all-camp games and activities when the schedule allows. Unstructured time is spent learning a hands-on skill or craft. 
This option is good for campers who have been to Nature Day Camp numerous years. It also works well for an older, crafty camper who appreciates time to hang out and make new friends.  Learn more about Nature Skills Camp on the main Nature Day Camp page.

Camp begins at 9am
Camp ends at 3:30pm. 

Before-care is free and available from 8-9am (no registration required).
After-care is available from 3:30-5:30pm (registration is required - details about after-care are listed on the main Nature Day Camp page.)
Costs listed are for Portland Residents. Non-Resident costs are 40% higher than those listed.
Find more information about the weekly nature themes on the main Nature Day Camp page
Friends or siblings who want to attend camp together must be signed up for the same activity number.  

No current listings for this age group. Information will be updated in January for Summer 2021. 

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Extended care options at Nature Day Camp

Details about before-care and after-care are listed on the main Nature Day Camp page.)

Before-care is free and available between 8-9am. No registration is required. Just arrive and drop off your camper!  
After-care is available Monday-Friday from 3:30-5:30pm by registration only. 
  • Full-day camp registration is required to participate in after-care. (Children must be registered for a concurrent week of full-day Nature Day Camp or Nature Skills Camp.) 
  • Register by Sunday evening before camp begins. Registration closes at 7am each Monday for that week of camp.  
  • Spots are limited! Please register early. 
  • After-care is not available for partial-day camps (Nature Day Camp Chickadees)

After-care registration numbers are listed in the chart below. (If you have more than one child who needs after-care, you will need to register each child individually.) 

No current listings for after-care. Information will be updated in January for Summer 2021. 

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