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.

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

*Our scholarship application deadline for Summer Camp 2019 is currently closed.*

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. 

Email your completed application to Tara Lemezis, Education Program Assistant. You will be notified within 14 days if you are awarded a scholarship. 

Download Summer Camp 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.

Photo by Andre Dengo

Camps Schedules and Locations

Pick Up and Drop Off Locations  

  • Onsite Programs typically meet at Portland Audubon.  
  • Off-site Day Trips meet at Upper Macleay Park , just a stone’s throw from Portland Audubon on Cornell Road, or 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

When  

Summer Camp runs for ten weeks from Monday June 24, through Friday, August 30. 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 8:45 and 9 a.m. and end between 4 and 4:15 p.m. A late fee of $25 will be charged for any child picked up after 4:30 p.m.

  • Half-day Programs:  8:45/9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Full-day Programs and Excursions:  8:45/9 a.m. to 4/4:15 p.m.
  • Overnight Trips:  Start and end times vary. Please check individual camp listings.