Camps for Kids

Join Portland Audubon for summer, winter and spring break camps! Whether youth discover a Coastal Giant Salamander along our trails, observe a 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.

Summer Camp Scholarships 2021

  • As part of our commitment to equity, 20% of our summer camp spaces for 2021 are reserved for camper scholarships. The scholarship application period is closed. Thank you!

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.

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Camps Schedules and Locations

Pick Up and Drop Off Locations  

  • Grades 1 & 2 meet at Portland Audubon, 5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR 97210. All 1st/2nd grade camps will be checked in and out of camp behind our Conservation House. This is the yellow house across the street from our main buildings. Located behind the gravel parking lot on the south side of our campus. 
  • Grades 3-5 meet at Portland Audubon, 5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR 97210. All 3rd-5th grade camps will be checked in and out of camp at the Native Plant Nursery. The trail to the nursery can be accessed from the east side of the gravel parking lot. Please walk up to the covered tent area.
  • Grades 6-8 meet at Upper Macleay Park, just a stone’s throw from Portland Audubon on Cornell Road (use the small trail between Wildlife Care Center and Cornell Rd)

When  

Summer Camp runs for ten weeks from Monday June 21, through Friday, August 27. Camps run Monday through Friday unless otherwise stated. Winter and Spring Break Camps occur during Portland Public School’s winter and spring breaks.

  • Week-long day camps start between 8:30/8:45 a.m. and end at 3:15/3:30 p.m.