Portland-Area Outdoor Summer Camps

It may not seem like it in the midst of all.this.rain (please, enough with the rain!), but come summer you will actually want to be outside. And more to the point, so will your kids. 

If summer camps are in your future, check out this roundup of camps that specialize in outdoor education and fun. 

The Audubon Society of Portland. Offering half-day, full-day, and week-long camps, the Audubon Society lets kids explore nature through hands-on outdoor leadership and adventure programs. Programs include hikes, games, songs, nature-based craft projects, myth and storytelling, and science experiments–all with a nature theme. 
Cost: $175-$495
Ages: K-12
Dates: June 19-August 26
Where: 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Portland 

Adventure Wild! Nature, art, science and play are the building blocks that campers use to explore the vibrant outdoors. Camp proceeds help send sixth graders to Outdoor School.
Cost: $295-$325 per week
Ages: 4-10
Dates: Weeks of July 10 to August 7
Where: 527 SE 43rd Ave., Portland

In a Child’s Path Farm School. This camp believes that children should play for the first 5 years of life. Children will learn through the power of play about chickens, collecting eggs, planting seeds, art, drumming and animal care. 
Cost: $160
Ages: 3-6
Dates: Weekly from June to August
Where: 29495 SE Kelso Rd., Boring

The Green Schoolhouse. This day camp experience is completely outdoors. Children can explore their natural environments through art, food, gardening, games, and magic. 
Cost: $250-300
Ages: K-5
Dates: June 12-August 25
Where: 11733 SW Breyman Ave., Portland; 6801 SE 60th Ave., Portland 

Old McDonald’s Farm, Inc. Is your child interested in caring for animals? This program will explore the care and maintenance of farm animals that chew their cud (think goats, cows, and sheep). Meet and feed other farm animals too, including horses and rabbits. 
Cost: $229
Ages: 4-12th grade
Dates: Week of 7/24
Where: 1001 SE Evans Rd., Corbett OR 

Oregon Zoo. Zoo camps offer unique and engaging experiences to connect kids with nature. Campers explore little-known areas of the zoo, meet animals face-to-face, and care for the natural world. 
Cost: $155-$400 per week
Ages: 4 years old through entering 8th grade
Dates: June 19-August 25
Where: 4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland

Portland Parks Environmental Education. Grab your backpack, a lunch, and your curiosity! Head out into Portland’s natural areas to learn ecology, be imaginative, play games, make friends, and connect to nature. 
Cost: $160 partial day/$225 full day per week
Ages: 3 3/4 to 12
When: Weeks of June 26-August 21, excluding July 4
Where: 2909 SW 2nd Ave., Portland

Sauvie Island Center. Children are outside on the farm all day soaking up the fresh air and sunshine. Each day is a new adventure, as kids explore the 18-acre Sauvie Island Organics farm and Metro’s Howell Territorial Park, learning about how food grows, the plants we eat, healthy bugs, and more. 
Cost: $225
Ages: Entering grades 2-4
Dates: July 10-14
Where: 13901 NW Howell Park Rd., Portland

Schoolyard Farms. Reconnect to food, nature and community. Rising 1st through 6th graders will experience a week in the life of an urban production farm. Outdoors all day!
Cost: $250
Ages: Incoming 1-6th graders
Dates: July 10 – September 1
Where: 5910 SE Hull Ave., Milwaukie

Trackers Earth PortlandTrackers offers outdoor day and overnight camps. Programs focus on safety and making friends while learning with expert educators. Kids discover skills like wilderness survival, archery, farm craft, fishing, and film-making. They can embark on a story adventure with secret agents, ninjas, elves, wizards, or dragons. 
Cost: $349 (day camp) – $625 (overnight)
Ages: 4-17
Dates: June 12-August 25
Where: 4617 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland; 2334 NE 57th Ave, Portland; 8111 SW West Slope Dr., Portland

Friends of Tryon Creek. Be a nature explorer, a scientist and make friends at Tryon Creek. The camp offers half day programs for ages 4-6, and full-day programs for 1-5 graders and leadership camps for middle school. 
Cost: $195-$295 per week
Ages: 4-6 and 1-5th grade
Dates: June 19 – August 25
Where: 11321 SW Terwilliger Ave, Portland

Zenger Farm. Campers will play with chickens, explore nature and cook fresh food from the farm. Camp activities including cooking, planting in the gardens, creating nature art, learning about farm creatures, and playing songs and games. 
Cost: $295 per week
Ages: K-12
Dates: June 19-August 25
Where: 11741 SE Foster Rd., Portland

Looking for even more camps? Check out our comprehensive summer camps guide

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Ali Wilkinson is the Online Editor for PDX Parent, and is one of the founders of PDX Kids Calendar. She loves exploring Portland with her three small children, especially when the explorations lead outdoors, to music or to ice cream. You can read more from Ali at www.runknitlove.com.
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  • Michael D. Barton

    Missing Tualatin Hills Nature Center in Beaverton. Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge also does nature camps, as does Tualatin Riverkeepers in Tigard. Rewild Portland is another! 🙂