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Summer Camp Flyer 2020

Registration opens for 2020 camps on March 25.
Registration opens for TNC members on March 18.

Summer Day Camp at the Tacoma Nature Center is convenient for parents, fun for kids!

The Tacoma Nature Center is located at 1919 S. Tyler Street in Tacoma.

Each camp includes indoor and outdoor activities to suit all ages and interests. Many camps fill quickly, so register early.

  • Please note that all camps are first-come first-served.
  • Pre-registration required at least one week before camp begins.
  • $30 non-refundable deposit is required with balance due 6 days before camp.
  • Extended care available for an additional $60 for all full-day camps located at the Tacoma Nature Center. Extended care hours: 8-9 am & 3:30-5:30 pm.
  • Some scholarship assistance is available.
  • We require all camp participants to be potty-trained and able to self-toilet by the time the program starts.

Looking for Adventure? Browse Outdoor Adventure Camps

Upcoming Activities

TNC Teen Volunteer Training 2020

Jun 18-19, 2020
Thu 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Tacoma Nature Center Teen Volunteer Training is for ACCEPTED Summer Nature Day Camp teen volunteers. This two day training introduces best practices for working with children…

Wildlife Detectives

Jun 29, 2020 - Jul 3, 2020
Mon 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Use tools of detection to identify animals of the Pacific Northwest and observe their behaviors with nature hikes, science lab, crafts, and games.This camp includes an off-sit…

Wildlife Detectives

Jun 29, 2020 - Jul 3, 2020
Mon 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Use tools of detection to identify animals of the Pacific Northwest and observe their behaviors with nature hikes, science lab, crafts, and games.This camp includes an off-sit…

Gardens Galore

Jul 6-10, 2020
Mon 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Discover the wonders of gardening! Enjoy tasty garden treats, plant veggies, investigate pollinators, learn about worms, and care for chickens! This camp includes an off-site…

Tidepool Treasures AM

Jul 7-9, 2020
Tue 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Get your hands wet with games, crafts, and stories all about the cool critters that live on the shore. Choose from AM or PM section. $30 nonrefundable deposit to reserve space…

Tidepool Treasures PM

Jul 7-9, 2020
Tue 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thu 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Get your hands wet with games, crafts, and stories all about the cool critters that live on the shore. Choose from AM or PM section. $30 nonrefundable deposit to reserve space…

Nature ROCKS!

Jul 13-17, 2020
Mon 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Investigate, explore, experiment! Discover amazing natural wonders through hikes, science labs, crafts, and games. This camp includes an off-site field trip. $30 nonrefundable…

Survival in the Wild

Jul 13-17, 2020
Mon 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Discover what it takes to live in the wild, whether you are predator or prey, vertebrate or invertebrate. Learn skills that will help you enjoy and survive your own outdoor ad…

Sea to Shore Camp

Jul 20-24, 2020
Mon 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tacoma Nature Center

Sea to Shore Camp

Jul 20-24, 2020
Mon 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tacoma Nature Center

Nature Adventures at Titlow

Jul 20-24, 2020
Mon 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wed 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Titlow Park & Lodge
Discover what cool organisms live in the marine and forest ecosystem with Tacoma Nature Center Staff. Enjoy low tide beach walks, hikes through the forest, games, crafts and s…

Pond Critters AM

Jul 21-23, 2020
Tue 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Outside Metro Parks
Take a close-up look at the wet and wild animals that call wetlands home with stories, songs, outdoor play, and more! This camp takes place at Tahoma Audubon’s Adriana Hess We…

Pond Critters PM

Jul 21-23, 2020
Tue 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thu 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Outside Metro Parks
Take a close-up look at the wet and wild animals that call wetlands home with stories, songs, outdoor play, and more! This camp takes place at Tahoma Audubon’s Adriana Hess We…

It’s Art, Naturally

Jul 27-31, 2020
Mon 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Creatively play and connect with nature through a variety of art projects, stories, music, photography, and whatever your imagination can dream up! Take hikes, meet wildlife,…

Wildlife Biologist Camp

Jul 27-30, 2020
Mon 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Survey and experience the life of a wildlife biologist through visits and activities with scientists and nature specialists, an all-day field research trip, and an overnight t…

Extended Care – Outdoor Adventures: Kayaking Camp

Aug 3-7, 2020
Mon 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Tue 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Wed 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Fri 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Mon 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wed 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thu 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Titlow Park & Lodge
Extended Care – Must be registered in Outdoor Adventures: Kayaking Camp (8/3/20-8/7/20) at Titlow Lodge. Extended Care allows for you to drop off and/or pick up your cam…

Nature Camps – Extended Care 8/3-8/7

Aug 3-7, 2020
Mon 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Tue 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Wed 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Mon 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Tue 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Wed 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Thu 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Fri 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Extended care is available for a limited number of registered full-day nature campers on a weekly basis from 8:00-9:00am before camp and 3:30-5:30pm after camp.

Wildlife Detectives

Aug 3-7, 2020
Mon 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Use tools of detection to identify animals of the Pacific Northwest and observe their behaviors with nature hikes, science lab, crafts, and games.This camp includes an off-sit…

Wildlife Detectives

Aug 3-7, 2020
Mon 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Use tools of detection to identify animals of the Pacific Northwest and observe their behaviors with nature hikes, science lab, crafts, and games.This camp includes an off-sit…

Extended Care – Outdoor Adventures: Camp Agua

Aug 10-14, 2020
Mon 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Tue 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Wed 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Fri 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Mon 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wed 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thu 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Titlow Park & Lodge
Extended Care – Must be registered in Outdoor Adventures: Camp Agua (8/10/20-8/14/20) at Titlow Lodge. Extended Care allows for you to drop off and/or pick up your campe…

Nature Camps – Extended Care 8/10-8/14

Aug 10-14, 2020
Mon 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Tue 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Wed 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Mon 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Tue 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Wed 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Thu 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Fri 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Extended care is available for a limited number of registered full-day nature campers on a weekly basis from 8:00-9:00am before camp and 3:30-5:30pm after camp.

Nature Superheroes

Aug 10-14, 2020
Mon 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Discover ways that you can help to protect our planet through projects, games, crafts, and earth-friendly activities to become a habitat hero! Hike through the woods and disco…

Bugs & Slugs (AM)

Aug 11-13, 2020
Tue 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Find the smallest wild animals under rocks, in the Discovery Pond, or sleeping on a leaf. Magnifiers, games and crafts will help you explore this miniature world. Choose from…

Bugs & Slugs (PM)

Aug 11-13, 2020
Tue 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thu 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Find the smallest wild animals under rocks, in the Discovery Pond, or sleeping on a leaf. Magnifiers, games and crafts will help you explore this miniature world. Choose from…

Extended Care – Outdoor Adventures: Rock & Paddle Camp

Aug 17-21, 2020
Mon 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Tue 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Wed 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Fri 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Mon 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wed 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thu 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Titlow Park & Lodge
Extended Care – Must be registered in Outdoor Adventures: Rock & Paddle Camp (8/17/20-8/21/20) at Titlow Lodge. Extended Care allows for you to drop off and/or pick…

Nature Camps – Extended Care 8/17-8/21

Aug 17-21, 2020
Mon 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Tue 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Wed 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Mon 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Tue 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Wed 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Thu 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Fri 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Extended care is available for a limited number of registered full-day nature campers on a weekly basis from 8:00-9:00am before camp and 3:30-5:30pm after camp.

Sea to Shore Camp

Aug 17-21, 2020
Mon 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tacoma Nature Center

Sea to Shore Camp

Aug 17-21, 2020
Mon 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tacoma Nature Center

Backyard Bird Buddies AM

Aug 18-20, 2020
Tue 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Outside Metro Parks
Explore the natural world right outside our doors as we play, discover, and meet new friends! This camp takes place at Tahoma Audubon’s Adriana Hess Wetland Park. Choose from…

Backyard Bird Buddies PM

Aug 18-20, 2020
Tue 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thu 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Outside Metro Parks
Explore the natural world right outside our doors as we play, discover, and meet new friends! This camp takes place at Tahoma Audubon’s Adriana Hess Wetland Park. Choose from…