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Environmental Learning Centers

Give your children a summer of outdoor exploration . . .
All three Seattle Parks and Recreation Environmental Learning Centers offer day camps centered on outdoor exploration and environmental education. And each of them does it in its own unique way. At Carkeek’s Earth Keepers, campers explore the park each week around different themes including outdoor survival methods, intertidal ecology, and local history. Camp Long’s Nature Quest takes place throughout West Seattle with campers discovering the history of the Alki area one week, the forests of Camp Long or Schmitz Park a different week, the magic of Longfellow Creek another week, and more. Finally, campers attending Discovery Park’s Nature Day camp find themselves immersed in the different habitats of this huge park each day, exploring the beach one day, the ponds another day, and so on. What each camp has in common is a professional staff excited about sharing the wonders of nature with your children.

Discovery Park is a 550–acre urban green space located five miles northwest of downtown Seattle. It features eight miles of trails through four distinct habitats – pond, meadows, forest and saltwater beaches. It is the largest park in the city of Seattle and occupies most of the former site of Fort Lawton.

Camp Long is a 68–acre forested park located in West Seattle and is one of Seattle’s best–kept secrets. Five miles of trails within the park boundaries are enhanced by a southern connection to the Longfellow Creek trail. Visitors can enjoy nature, camp overnight in rustic cabins, rock climb or experience a low and high ropes course.

Carkeek Park is a 216–acre natural area park in the Broadview neighborhood of Seattle. It is the fourth largest park in Seattle with six miles of trails, 15 acres of tidelands and 1/5 of the park being wetlands. Visitors can explore lush forests, expansive meadows, creeks and beaches formed by the magical processes of water and time or touch time at the historic Piper’s Orchard.

 

About Our Camps

Discovery Park Nature Daycamp

Camp Long Nature Quest Daycamp

Carkeek Earth Keepers Daycamp

Camp Long Adventure Camps

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Registration for Nature Day Camp starts on February 3, 2015 at 12 noon.

At time of registration, a $15 non–refundable deposit per week will be collected that is applied to the balance. The balance of the fee, for all weeks, is due TWO weeks prior to the registered week. Participation is contingent upon submittal of REQUIRED forms that need to be submitted prior to the week that your child is attending camp.

 

 


SUMMER SCHEDULE 2015

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Discovery Park Nature Daycamp

The place Mother Nature could send her children

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At the Shore

Give a child a week of Discovery Park Nature Daycamp and they will receive:

  • A journey into the worlds of Pacific Northwest plants and animals.
  • A romp through the meadow and a spin on a sand dune.
  • A dive into the unusual world of pond life.
  • Time to play and form bonds with nature and new friends.
  • A hands–on introduction to Seattle’s largest park with the widest diversity of life.
  • The opportunity to experience animals in their natural habitats.
  • Five days of sharing with and caring for all living things.
  • The seeds for growing a lifelong relationship with the earth.

Nature Daycamp General Information

  • One week sessions run Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for 4–6 year olds and 9 a.m. –3 p.m. for 6–12 year olds.
  • Camper to Environmental Educator ratios are 10:1 for ages 6–12, and 8:1 for ages 4–5.
  • Children are guided by trained professional Environmental Educators.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • Before and After Camp Programming for ages 6–12 is available.

Comments from Nature Daycamp Families:

“(My Child) seemed to be bubbling over with enthusiasm every day about what he did/learned at camp.”
“There’s been a lot of habitat talk around our house.”
“Thanks for another great year! You all are exceptional, dedicated, and inspiring!”
“(My child) was a constant source of information about things she learned at camp–metamorphosis, digestion, fir cones, energy from food. It just poured out her and it continues to spurt out all year!”

Required Forms

Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center
3801 Discovery Park Blvd.
Seattle, WA. 98199

The following are REQUIRED FORMs that need to be submitted PRIOR to the week that your child is attending camp:

Participant Information and Authorization Form *

Certificate of Immunization Status Form

Buddy Request (optional only if needed)


2015 Camp Long NATURE QUEST DAY CAMP

At the Shore

Mailing address:
Camp Long Nature Quest
5200 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA. 98126
Camp Long web page
Fax: (206) 684–7435 (please include a cover sheet with Attn: Nature Quest)
Forms may also be dropped off at the Camp Long Env. Learning Center front desk

Camp Long’s Nature Quest Day Camps are a week–long adventure through different areas of West Seattle. Learn about history, outdoor survival, intertidal life, and Pacific Northwest forest ecology through games, hands–on activities, art projects, treasure hunts, and more! See below for descriptions of each week of camp. Please pay attention to where the camp is located each week. Some are at Camp Long and others are at different places throughout West Seattle.

All camps are for 6 to 12 year olds. Each week camp runs 9am – 4pm. Limited scholarships are available.

June 29 – July 2 Urban Wildlife Jungle Location: Camp Long
Note: There is no camp on Friday due to city holiday on July 3.
It is a jungle out there and worth investigating! Seattle is one of the top 10 cities for amazing urban forests. Become a scientist and explore the urban wilderness in the Camp Long woods. Unearth the forest’s secrets and learn how hawks, owls, coyotes, fox and a multitude of songbirds live here. In every layer you’ll find clues. Discover and name the native plants growing here for centuries and uncover how forests are important for human survival. Learn how you are a forest protector!

July 6 – July 10 Winged Wonders in Lincoln Park Location: Lincoln Park
Birds live in every habitat – forest, desert, fresh and salt water, icy, tropical – you name it, they are everywhere. Get to know the avian life all around us and gain skill in observing and identifying the numerous birds of Seattle. Learn using sight and sound, as well as watching behavior, how these adaptive creatures survive and the ways we can support them. Binoculars are provided.

July 13 – July 17 Survivor Week Location: Camp Long
Could you survive a night in the forest? Create a shelter? Build a fire? Do all that and more in learning the art of nature survival. Gain skills at identifying edible plants and berries and know which plants to avoid. Build confidence and agility to become secure in a forest setting.

July 20 – July 24 – Schmitz Park Wildlife Jungle Location: Schmitz Park
Schmitz Park has a very special forest. It is a place of very old, very tall trees that are still standing. Wander through this native ecosystem and gather clues as to how everything is connected. Explore huge old tree stumps and see evidence of logging from years ago.

At the Shore

July 27 – July 31 Intertidal Zone Journey at Me–Kwa–Mooks Location: Me–Kwa–Mooks Park
Search for life between the tides and discover how plants and animals adapt to changing conditions. Set up a beach science station to examine animals in their unique habitats. Learn how sea stars move, how clams and barnacles eat, and much more about the critters you find above and below the rocks, sand and water.

August 3 – August 7 Alki Treasure Hunt Location: Alki Community Center area
The natural and human history of Seattle is rich and diverse. From glaciers to Native Americans to European settlers, this area has many stories to tell. How did Puget Sound form? Where and how do Northwest Coast Indians and their ancestors live? And what major changes occurred through the centuries? Take a treasure hunt around West Seattle to find your answers to these questions and more.

August 10 – August 14 Creekside Adventure Location: Longfellow Creek Watershed
Wonder what’s a watershed? Come discover the Longfellow Creek watershed and follow the creek through magical places like the Salmon Bone Bridge and the Dragonfly Pavilion. Learn how land and water shape each other, observe creek wildlife and build a watershed model. We’ll also hold a Science Council to make decisions about an imaginary watershed, while exploring the many ways humans affect our watersheds.

August 17 – August 21 Survivor Week Location: Camp Long
Could you survive a night in the forest? Create a shelter? Build a fire? Do all that and more in learning the art of nature survival. Gain skills at identifying edible plants and berries and know which plants to avoid. Build confidence and agility to become secure in a forest setting.

Required Forms

The following are REQUIRED FORMs that need to be submitted PRIOR to the week that your child is attending camp:

Participant Information and Authorization Form *


2015 Carkeek EARTHKEEPERS DAY CAMP

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Mailing address:
Earthkeepers Camp
3801 Discovery Park Blvd.
Seattle, WA. 98199
Fax: (206) 684–0195 (please include a cover sheet with Attn: Earthkeepers)

Carkeek Park’s EarthKeepers is a special summer day camp for exploring, learning and playing outdoors. We offer activities to foster friendship, learning, creativity and leadership. On any given day a camp participant may explore the beach, hike through the forest, play in a field, learn about nature or create art. Each week has different themes. These are described below.

All camps are for 6 to 12 year olds. Each week camp runs 9am – 4pm. Limited scholarships are available.

June 29 – July 2 Eyes to the Sky
Note: There is no camp on Friday due to city holiday on July 3.
What can staring at the sky teach us about science? Find out this week! Learn how to forecast the weather by looking at cloud patterns. Perform some experiments to see how the water cycle works. Explore Carkeek Park through the eyes of a bird and discover how the weather effects where they live and how they survive.

July 6 – July 10 Furs, Tails, Tracks
Ever wonder what urban wildlife is in Seattle? This week, we learn basic tracking techniques, play games to learn about animal survival, explore mammal adaptations with hands–on materials, and take a trip to the Woodland Park Zoo. (This is subject to change.)

July 13 – July 17 Wet and Wild Tidepools
Love the beach? This week of tidepool exploration takes campers who love the beach to the next level with knowledge about the plants and animals that live on the beach. We venture down daily to explore treasures uncovered as the tide ebbs. Then we observe the power of tides as they flow up the shore bringing food and oxygen back to the animals we just explored.

July 20 – July 24 Survivor Island
Want to learn how to survive in the forest? This week we go over basic outdoor skills that could help with forest survival. Packing for an outdoor adventure, basic navigation skills, native plant identification, traditional uses of plants, and fire building are some of the topics covered.

July 27 – July 31 Windows to the Puget Sound
Campers spend time daily on the beach investigating the wonders of Puget Sound. We search for near shore species during low tides and spend time exploring what lives in the depths of Puget Sound. This week includes a trip to the Seattle Aquarium. (This is subject to change.)

August 3 – August 7 Buggin’ Out
Campers explore insects from multiple habitats and learn about their role in different ecosystems. We create bug–related art, learn about the insect life cycle and sing buggy songs. Don Ehlen of Insect Safari does a special presentation, sharing with students tons of insects he has collected over the year; some dead and some alive! (This is subject to change.)

At the Shore

August 10 – August 14 Survivor Island
Want to learn how to survive in the forest? This week we go over basic outdoor skills that could help with forest survival. Packing for an outdoor adventure, basic navigation skills, native plant identification, traditional uses of plants, and fire building are some of the topics covered.

August 17 – August 21 – Carkeek’s Incredible Time
Campers learn about the history of the area through outdoor exploration. Some exciting possibilities this week include: Native American storytelling, hands–on artifacts, panning for gold, cooking outdoors, and hikes through the park. Campers wrap up the week by creating their own culture to share with each other.

Required Forms

The following are REQUIRED FORMs that need to be submitted PRIOR to the week that your child is attending camp:

Participant Information and Authorization Form *

Enrollment Agreement (This form is found at the end of the camper handbook. The camper handbook is posted on Carkeek Park’s website.)


Camp Long Adventure Camps

Learn new skills and get outside your comfort zone. Learn about the environment, meet people from different schools, eat great food and have some FUN!

Rock Climbing

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All camps meet each morning at Camp Long Environmental Learning Center: 5200 35th Ave SW, 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Ages: 11 – 13 year olds.
  • $350/week
  • All climbing equipment and gear provided
  • No experience necessary.
  • Campers bring a pack with lunch, water bottle, swimsuit, towel and a hat.
  • Climbing shoes recommended, not required.

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June 22 – 26 Rock Climbing
This week includes Challenge Course experiences at Camp Long and rock–climbing experiences at various locations around Seattle: Schurman Rock at Camp Long, the Mountaineers Club, Seattle Bouldering Project, and the trestle at Exit 38 in Ollallie State park in North Bend.

Orientation June 18 from 5 – 6 p.m. at Camp Long Environmental Learning Center. This is the time to finish paperwork, understand the learning objectives, and have an opportunity to meet other participants.

June 29 – July 3rd Natural Challenges
Connecting nature and leadership. This week includes experiences at Camp Long that encourage teamwork, leadership, and stewardship and exposure to leadership dynamics, plant identification, personal sense of place, biology and ecology. Lessons are reinforced with Challenge Course  experiences and guest presentations.

Orientation June 18 from 6 – 7 p.m. at Camp Long Environmental Learning Center. This is the time to finish paperwork, understand the learning objectives, and have an opportunity to meet other participants.

July 6 – 10 Terra Aqua
This week consists of Challenge Course experiences at Camp Long, rock climbing, kayaking, and canoeing. Each excursion engages minds, bodies and character through physical activities, environmental education, and teamwork– related tasks. These activities take place in the city of Seattle and recreation destinations less than 1 hour away.

Orientation June 18 from 7 – 8 p.m. The orientation begins at Camp Long Environmental Learning Center and continues at SW Pool (2801 SW Thistle St.) to complete a float test. This is the time to finish paperwork, understand the learning objectives, and have an opportunity to meet other participants. In addition, a float test is conducted for aquatic activity days. For non–swimmers, limited alternative activities will be available during the aquatic activities.

Required Forms

The following are REQUIRED FORMs that need to be submitted PRIOR to the week that your child is attending camp:

Participant Information and Authorization Form *


*Medical Treatment Authorization/Instruction Forms (If we need to administer medication to your child or if your child: needs special accommodations, has a behavioral concern, allergies or intolerances, asthma, diabetes, seizures or any other health concerns. Please call 206-386-4236 to ask which forms are needed and we will be happy to get them to you.

Please note, if you check that your child has any medical concerns, including food related issues; additional paperwork will need to be filled out and submitted.

Updated March 25, 2015

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