Camps for Kids
Join Portland Audubon for summer, winter and spring break camps! Whether youth discover a Coastal Giant Salamander along our trails, observe an Bald Eagle soaring over the gorge, or see whales off the coast of the San Juan Islands, children get to learn, play and explore, all while making friends and connecting to nature.
Our programs are fun, safe, inclusive, and offer a holistic approach that allows campers to express themselves individually through hands-on learning.
View our Frequently Asked Questions for information on food allergies, student ratios and more.
Summer Camp Update
Based on state guidelines and increasing awareness regarding the spread of COVID-19, Portland Audubon has decided to cancel summer camps this year. This difficult decision was made with heavy hearts. We recognize that many families depend upon Portland Audubon camp as an important part of their children’s care and development. We also believe that not hosting camp will help continue to flatten the curve over the summer and ensure that we keep doing everything in our power to help contain this virus.
We know that this is disappointing news for all of us, but we need to move forward with our first priority being the safety of our campers, families, community, and our staff.
New for Summer: Aftercare
Campers can continue their camp day with even more nature play! Available for grades 1-5 all summer long from 3:45 – 5:45 p.m. Aftercare not available for Audubon East camps. Learn More.
What to Expect
Each week-long summer camp or day-long winter/spring camp is thematic, giving campers the chance to learn new skills, gain knowledge, and pursue their passions. Our holistic approach allows participants to express themselves through different mediums like crafts, poetry, skits, and music, and experience hands-on learning, problem solving, and teamwork.
We recognize that children have different learning styles and we address these by doing, seeing, touching, smelling, hearing and, at times, tasting! This student-directed approach empowers youth to connect with nature in a way that is organic and meaningful to them, helping each person to build on their own authentic relationship with the natural world.
We always recognize that within a program we have the fantastic opportunity to create a culture of care and respect for each other and the Earth through teamwork and big belly laughs.
**Scholarships for San Juan I, San Juan II, San Juan III, Redwoods, and Alpine Lakes Backpacker are at capacity.*
Portland Audubon offers scholarships for individuals in need of financial assistance. We work to inspire all people to love and protect nature, and we believe that income should not be a barrier in a person’s path to connecting with nature. Scholarship determination will be made by early April.
The scholarship application deadline for summer camp is March 20, 2020.
Email your completed application to Tara Lemezis, Education Registrar.
Download Summer Camp Application
Download Scholarship Application
Professional Environmental Educators
Our professional Environmental Educators are highly trained to serve participants in a safe, inclusive, and authentic way. Along with our intensive interview and hiring process, our staff training provides two weeks of community building, diversity, equity and inclusion training, curriculum development, safety protocols, and child behavior training. We strive to create a community of care between all participants and educators.
Camps Schedules and Locations
Pick Up and Drop Off Locations
- Grades 1-3 typically meet at Portland Audubon.
- Grades 4-5 meet at Upper Macleay Park , just a stone’s throw from Portland Audubon on Cornell Road
- Grades 6-8 Wallace Park, just down the hill on NW 25th & NW Pettygrove.
- Audubon East Explorers: meet at the Portland Arthur Academy, 7507 SE Yamhill Portland, OR 97215
*Both Wallace Park and Audubon East are accessible by public transportation
*Please be sure to check camp listings on website and brochure for high school pick-up and drop-off locations. Some camps will vary.
*Audubon Aftercare not available for Audubon East camps.
Summer Camp runs for ten weeks from Monday June 22, through Friday, August 28. Camps run Monday through Friday unless otherwise stated. Winter and Spring Break Camps occur during Portland Public School’s winter and spring breaks.
To better accommodate parents’ busy schedules, our full-day camps have a start time window between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. and at 3:30 p.m. An aftercare fee of $25 will be charged for any child picked up after 3:30 p.m.
As part of our commitment to support working families, we’re launching Audubon Aftercare for the first time this summer. Campers can continue their camp day at Portland Audubon with even more nature play!
Aftercare is available for grades 1-5 only all summer long.
When? Join us for aftercare Monday through Friday from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m, with pickup time flexible during aftercare.
Where? All campers enrolled in Audubon Aftercare will be picked up at the Audubon House, 5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR 97210
How much? $85 member / $105 non-member per week.
How to Register? Pre-registration for Audubon Aftercare is required. Space is limited so please note that it may not be possible to add aftercare after your initial registration. Register online for aftercare at checkout when you register for camps.
- Full-day Programs and Excursions: 8:30/8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Overnight Trips: Start and end times vary. Please check individual camp listings.