School is out, now let's go outside and learn!

Our week-long summer day camps provide students in grades 1 through 7 with an opportunity to experience fun, science-based activities in a supportive outdoor environment. Camps are led by certified and experienced environmental science educators and boast a teacher-student ratio of 1:5. Our students enjoy an in-depth learning experience involving Oregon's bugs, birds and other wildlife by visiting local parks and natural areas to see first-hand the animals that live right in our neighborhoods.

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Our summer camp goals are to:

  • Help students feel comfortable and safe in outdoor settings

  • Provide hands-on experiences that increase knowledge about Oregon’s environment and natural resources

  • Inspire curiosity, cooperation and multi-sensory connections with nature

  • Teach campers how to be good stewards of our natural world

Our standards-based outdoor school curricula revolve around innovative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) practices, including scientific inquiry, community partnerships and applied learning.


2019 Summer Camp Dates:                                                                                                                                                               
Nature Rangers:

June 24-28 | Willamette Mission State Park (ONE SPACE OPEN!)

July 8-12 | Silver Falls State Park (FULL - WAIT LIST)

July 15-19 | Champoeg State Heritage Area (FULL - WAIT LIST)

July 22-26 | North Santiam State Recreation Area (FULL - WAIT LIST)

July 29- August 2 | Luckiamute Landing & Kid-Friendly River Float (FOUR SPACES OPEN!)

Who: Ages 6-12, students entering Grades 1-7

Where: Local parks and natural areas in the Willamette Valley. The drop-off/pick-up location for each day is at the Eco Hub

Camp Hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.  Check-in at the Eco Hub begins at 7:30 am. After-camp care from 4:00-5:00 pm will be provided by staff for an additional $5/day. 

Tuition: $275/child per week. There is a 15% discount for campers registering for multiple weeks and a 10% discount for multiple siblings registering for the same camp session(s).

Each camp is limited to 20 participants. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. 

More Information: To fill out an application or find more information on Nature Ranges, please refer to our Summer Camp Guide. To request a scholarship application for Nature Rangers and other general inquiries e-mail info@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227.