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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.

Registration for Nature Day Camp starts on February 2, 2016 at 12 noon. We will update this page with new information in early 2016.

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 2, 2016 at 12 noon. We will update this page with new information in early 2016.

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.



Discovery Park Nature Daycamp

The place Mother Nature could send her children

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


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.

At the Shore


Download the Earthkeeper's Handbook

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.

At the Shore

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

Updated October 26, 2015

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