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Nature Center Summer Camps

2019 Summer Camps will be available for registration beginning on March 4 for Tacoma Nature Center members and on March 18 for all participants.

  • 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.
  • We require all camp participants to be potty-trained and able to self-toilet by the time the program starts.
  • 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.


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Nature Center Frog Nature Detectives
Ages 6-12, $200/child,  $180/TNC Member
Use tools of detection to identify animals of the Pacific Northwest and observe their behaviors with nature hikes, biofacts, crafts, and games. This camp includes an off-site field trip. Please select correct code for your child's age.

#9873 6-10 yrs 7/01-7/03 M-W   9:00am - 3:30pm  Pro-rated to $120/$108
#9883 6-9 yrs 8/05-8/09 M-F    9:00am - 3:30pm       FULL
#9884 10-12 yrs 8/05-8/09 M-F    9:00am - 3:30pm

 

Nature Center FrogOceans of Fun
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. This camp includes an off-site field trip. Please select correct code for your child's age.

#9876 6-9 yrs. 7/15-7/19 M-F    9:00am - 3:30pm       FULL!
#9877 10-12 yrs. 7/15-7/19 M-F    9:00am - 3:30pm 
#9881 6-9 yrs 7/29-8/02 M-F    9:00am - 3:30pm       FULL!
#9882 10-12 yrs 7/29-8/02 M-F    9:00am - 3:30pm


Nature Center Frog Habitat Heroes
Ages 6-10, $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. This camp includes an off-site field trip.

#9885 6-10 yrs 8/12-8/16 M-F  9:00am - 3:30pm


Nature Center Frog Sow Many Gardens 
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! This camp includes an off-site field trip.

#9878 6-9 yrs. 7/22-7/26   M-F      9:00am - 3:30pm       FULL!


Nature Center Frog Wild Expressions
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. This camp includes an off-site field trip. Please select correct dates and code for your child's age.

#9880 8-12 yrs. 7/22-7/26 M-F      9:00am - 3:30pm
#9886 6-9 yrs. 8/19-8/23 M-F      9:00am - 3:30pm
 

Nature Center Frog Science ROCKS!   
Ages 6-12, $200/child, $180/TNC Member
Investigate, explore, experiment!  Discover amazing natural wonders through hikes, science labs, crafts, and games. This camp includes an off-site field trip. Please select correct dates and code for your child's age.

#9874  6-9 yrs. 7/08-7/12 M-F      9:00am - 3:30pm      FULL!
#9875 10-12 yrs 7/08-7/12 M-F      9:00am - 3:30pm
#9888 6-10 yrs 8/26-8/28 M-W    9:00am - 3:30pm*     FULL!
      *This camp is pro-rated to $120/$108

 

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 on Thursday. Four day camp starts Tuesday and ends at noon on Friday. Equipment provided.

  #9887    8/20-8/23            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, $105/child, $94.50/TNC Member
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 morning OR afternoon - this is a half-day camp.

#9889

4-5 years

7/01-7/03

M,Tu,W      9:00am - 12:00pm     FULL!

  OR    

#9890

4-5 years

7/01-7/03

M,Tu,W     1:00pm - 4:00pm

       

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.
Choose morning OR afternoon - this is a half-day camp.

#9892

4-5 yrs.

7/16-7/18

T,W,Th    9:00am - 12:00pm

  OR    

#9893

4-5 yrs.

7/16-7/18

T,W,Th     1:00pm - 4:00pm

 

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 wetlands home with stories, songs, outdoor play, and more! This camp takes place at Tahoma Audubon’s Adriana Hess Wetland Park. Choose morning OR afternoon - this is a half-day camp.

#9894

4-5 yrs.

7/30-8/01

T,W,Th     9:00am - 12:00pm  

  OR    

#9895

4-5 yrs.

7/30-8/01

 T,W,Th     1:00pm - 4:00pm 

       

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. Choose morning OR afternoon - this is a half-day camp.

#9897

4-5 yrs.

8/13-8/15

T,W,Th    9:00am - 12:00pm 

  OR    

#9898

4-5 yrs.

8/13-8/15

T,W,Th    1:00pm - 4:00pm

       

Nature Center Frog Furry Friends
Ages 4-5, $105/child, TNC Members $94.50
Discover mammals through stories, songs, games, nature walks, and more! Choose morning OR afternoon - this is a half-day camp.

#9899

4-5 yrs.

8/26-8/28

M,T,W     9:00am - 12:00pm

  OR    

#9900

4-5 yrs.

8/26-8/28

M,T,W    1:00pm - 4:00pm 

       

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