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Nature Center Summer Camps

  • 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.
  • Download the summer camp flyer  here.
  • Preschool camps are at the bottom of this page.
  • Outdoor Adventure Summer Camps can be found  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.


Nature Center Frog Eco Explorers
Ages 6-10, $117 - $195/child, TNC Members get 10% off fee
Discover ways that you can help to protect our planet through exploration, projects, games, crafts, and earth-friendly activities!

84512 6-9 yrs. 7/17-7/21 M-F  9:00 am-3:30 pm     $195/child        FULL
84522 6-10 yrs. 8/28-8/30 M-W  9:00 am-3:30 pm    $117/child        FULL  

Nature Center Frog Nature Detectives
Ages 6-10, $117 - $195/child, TNC Members get 10% off fee
Use tools of detection to identify animals of the Pacific Northwest and observe their behaviors with nature hikes, science labs, games and crafts. Field Trip to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. 

84357 6-9 yrs. 7/5-7/7 W-F    9:00 am-3:30 pm   $117/child      FULL
84520 6-10 yrs. 8/14-8/18   M-F    9:00 am-3:30 pm    $195/child     FULL

Nature Center Frog Wildlife Biologist Camp
Ages 10-12, $230/child, TNC Members $207
Survey and experience the life of a wildlife biologist. Meet scientists, take an all-day field research trip, and overnight tent camp at Snake Lake on Thursday for nighttime discovery. Camp starts Tuesday and ends at noon on Friday. Equipment provided.    

84521 10-12 yrs. 8/22-8/25    T - W  9:00 am-3:30 pm,  Th 9:00am - F  12:00pm

Nature Center Frog Oceans of Fun
Ages 6-12, $195/child, TNC Members $175.50
From Snake Lake wetlands to tidepools and the deep ocean, explore the amazing creatures of these wild ecosystems with hikes, games, crafts and a marine science lab. 

84511 6-10 yrs. 7/10-7/14 M-F    9:00 am-3:30 pm
84515 6-10 yrs. 7/24-7/28 M-F    9:00 am-3:30 pm      FULL

Nature Center Frog Survival in the Wild    CANCELLED
Ages 10-12, $230/child, TNC Members $207
Discover what it takes for animals to live in the wild. Learn outdoor skills to practice on an all-day field trip and overnight tent camp at Snake Lake on Thursday. Camp starts Tuesday and ends at noon on Friday. Equipment provided.

84514 10-12 yrs. 7/18-7/21 T-W 9:00 am-3:30 pm    Th 9:00 am - F 12:00 pm

Nature Center Frog Wild Expressions
Ages 6-12, $195/child, TNC Members $175.50
Creatively play and connect with nature through a variety of art projects, stories, music, photography, and whatever your imagination can dream up!      

84518 8-12 yrs. 7/31-8/04 M-F      9:00 am-3:30 pm
84519 6-9 yrs. 8/07-8/11 M-F      9:00 am-3:30 pm    

Nature Center Frog Gardens Galore  NEW!
Ages 6-10, $195/child, TNC Members $175.50
Discover the wonder that gardens have to offer. Enjoy garden treats, plant veggies, dig for worms and care for chickens!    

 84517 6-10 yrs. 7/31-8/04 M-F      9:00 am-3:30 pm      FULL

Preschool Camps

Nature Center Frog Backyard Nature Buddies
Ages 4-5, $100/child, TNC Members $90
Explore the natural world right outside our doors as we play, discover, and meet new friends! 



4-5 yrs.

4-5 yrs.



Tu, W, Th    9:00 am-12:00 pm        FULL

Tu, W, Th    1:00pm-4:00pm            FULL 

Nature Center Frog Tidepool Treasures
Ages 4-5, $100/child, TNC Members $90
Get your hands wet with games, crafts and stories all about the cool critters that live on the shore.



4-5 yrs.

4-5 yrs.



T, W, Th    9:00 am-12:00 pm        FULL

T, W, Th     1:00 pm-4:00 pm         FULL

Nature Center Frog Bugs & Slugs
Ages 4-5, $100/child, TNC Members $90
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.



4-5 yrs.

4-5 yrs.



W, Th, Fr   9:00 am-12:00 pm

W, Th, Fr   1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Nature Center Frog Junior Nature Detectives
Ages 4-5, $100/child, TNC Members $90
Campers will use their five senses to explore, observe and discover the natural world as nature detectives at Snake Lake.



4-5 yrs.

4-5 yrs.



T,W,Th   9:00 am-12:00 pm    OR  

T,W,Th   1:00 pm-4:00 pm 

Outdoor Adventure Camps >