Metro Parks Tacoma

Nature Center Summer Camps

  • 2018 Summer Camp registration opens for TNC members on March 12 and to all others on March 24. You can purchase a membership in person or over the phone and start registering immediately!
  • Please note that all camps are first-come first-served.
  • Pre-registration by one week before camp is required.
  • $30 non-refundable deposit is required with balance due 6 days before camp.
  • Extended care available for an additional fee for all full-day camps located at the Tacoma Nature Center. Extended care: 8:00-9:00am & 3:30-5:30pm. Fee: $50.00.    
  • Some scholarship assistance is available.
  • A downloadable flyer for summer camps will be available soon.
  • Preschool camps are at the bottom of this page.
  • Outdoor Adventure Summer Camps available  here.

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.


sign-up-online-button-transparent

Nature Center Frog Wildlife Detectives
Ages 6-9, $160/child,  $144/TNC Member
Use tools of detection to identify animals of the Pacific Northwest and observe their behaviors with nature hikes, science labs, crafts, and games. 4 day camp: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri. Option to add Wed July 4th for an additional $40.

90218 6-9 yrs. 7/2-3 & 7/5-6 M,Tu,Th, F  9:00 am-3:30 pm    
90276 6-9 yrs. 7/4                    W  9:00 am-3:30 pm   Add-on for $40  ($36)

 

Nature Center FrogSea to Shore
Ages 6-12, $200/child, $180/TNC Member
From Snake Lake wetlands to tide pools and the deep ocean, explore the amazing creatures of these wet and wild ecosystems with hikes, games, crafts, and science labs. Help to protect the nurseries of turtles and tadpoles. Includes field trip to low-tide beach and aquarium. Please select correct code for your child's age.

90219 6-9 yrs. 7/9-7/13 M-F    9:00 am-3:30 pm  
90220 10-12 yrs. 7/9-7/13 M-F    9:00 am-3:30 pm  


Nature Center Frog Habitat Heroes
Ages 6-9, $200/child, $180/TNC Member
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 discover the many super powers that nature has to offer. Two date and length options, please carefully choose the one best for you.

90221 6-9 yrs. 7/16-7/20 M-F    9:00 am-3:30 pm   Full fee of $200 ($180)
90230 6-9 yrs. 8/27-8/29 M-W  9:00am - 3:30 pm  Pro-rated Fee of $120 ($108)

 

Nature Center FrogSea to Shore
Ages 6-12, $200/child, $180/TNC Member
From Snake Lake wetlands to tide pools and the deep ocean, explore the amazing creatures of these wet and wild ecosystems with hikes, games, crafts, and science labs. Help to protect the nurseries of turtles and tadpoles. Includes field trip to low-tide beach and aquarium. Please select correct code for your child's age.

90222 6-9 yrs. 7/23-7/27   M-F   9:00am - 3:30pm
90223 10-12 yrs. 7/23-7/27   M-F   9:00am - 3:30pm


Nature Center Frog Gardens Galore
Ages 6-9, $200/child, $180/TNC Member
Discover the wonders the garden has to offer. Enjoy tasty garden treats, plant veggies, investigate pollinators, learn about worms, and care for chickens! Field trip to farm included.

90224 6-9 yrs. 7/30-8/03   M-F      9:00 am-3:30 pm  


Nature Center Frog Nature's Canvas
Ages 6-12, $200/child, $180/TNC Member
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, and learn techniques from guest artists. Includes field trip to art museum.   Please select correct dates and code for your child's age.

90225 8-12 yrs. 7/30-8/03 M-F      9:00 am-3:30 pm
90228 6-9 yrs. 8/20-8/24 M-F      9:00 am-3:30 pm


Nature Center Frog Wildlife Detectives
Ages 6-10, $200/child,  $180/TNC Member
Use tools of detection to identify animals of the Pacific Northwest and observe their behaviors with nature hikes, science labs, crafts, and games.

90226 6-10 yrs. 8/6-8/10      M-F    9:00 am-3:30 pm


Nature Center Frog Nature ROCKS!  NEW!
Ages 6-10, $200/child, $180/TNC Member
Investigate geology, fossils, nature, space and more! Discover amazing natural features through hikes, science labs, crafts, and games. This science focused camp will also include a field trip.   

 90227 6-10 yrs. 8/13-8/17 M-F      9:00 am-3:30 pm

 

Nature Center FrogWildlife Biologist Camp
Ages 10-12, $240/child, $216/TNC Member
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 tent camp at Snake Lake on Thursday for night-time discoveries. Camp ends at noon on Friday. Equipment provided.

90229      10-12 yrs.    8/21-8/24             T,W  9:00 am - 3:30 pm, Th 9:00 am until Fr noon

 

 

Preschool Camps

Nature Center Frog Bugs & Slugs
Ages 4-5, $70/child, TNC Members $63
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. 2 day camp: Tues & Thurs. Option to add Wed July 4th for $30.

90231

4-5 years

7/3 & 7/5

T, Th  9:00am - 12:00pm

90277 4-5 years 7/04 W    9am-12pm         Add-on for Bugs & Slugs Camp

90232

4-5 years

7/3 & 7/5

T, Th  1:00pm - 4:00pm

90277 4-5 years 7/04

W    1pm-4pm         Add-on for Bugs & Slugs Camp

Nature Center Frog Tidepool Treasures
Ages 4-5, $105/child, TNC Members $94.50
Get your hands wet with games, crafts and stories all about the cool critters that live on the shore.

90233

90234

4-5 yrs.

4-5 yrs.

7/17-7/19

7/17-7/19

T, W, Th    9:00 am-12:00 pm  

T, W, Th     1:00 pm-4:00 pm     

Nature Center Frog Backyard Bird Buddies
Ages 4-5, $105/child, TNC Members $94.50
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.

90235

90236

4-5 yrs.

4-5 yrs.

7/31-8/02

7/31-8/02

T, W, Th     9:00 am-12:00 pm    OR

T, W, Th     1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Nature Center Frog Furry Friends
Ages 4-5, $105/child, TNC Members $94.50
Discover mammals through stories, songs, games, nature walks, and more!

90237

90238

4-5 yrs.

4-5 yrs.

8/14-8/16

8/14-8/16

T,W,Th   9:00 am-12:00 pm    OR  

T,W,Th   1:00 pm-4:00 pm 

Nature Center FrogPond Critters
Ages 4-5, $105/child, TNC Members $94.50
Take a close-up look at the wet and wild animals that call Snake Lake home with stories, songs, outdoor play, and more!

90239

90240

4-5 years

4-5 years

8/27-8/29

8/27-8/29

M, T, W   9:00am - 12:00pm   OR

M, T, W   1:00pm - 4:00pm

Outdoor Adventure Camps >