Registration for 2019 Programs is Now Open!
Opportunities for ages 2-14
All Camps are Monday – Friday from 9am – 3pm with optional extended drop-off times.
Some of our camps are offered for campers age 4 (see *) with pickup at noon.
These specific camps* have a half day option for ages 5-14 for the full week as well.
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May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Natureplay Preschool Field Trip: Wetland Wonders
Wade into a wild wet world of beavers, birds, snails, aquatic nymphs and crayfish. Be ready for mud each week with boots and raincoats if needed. Small hike and play adventures in local wet and wild places. Wetlands are an important local ecosystem and fun to explore. We will use nets and traps to see nature up close on each adventure. Each class includes art, stories, and science experiments
Adventures can be muddy and we will go off trail into wet wild areas for investigation.
5/2 Location – Sunset Park parking lot of SW 45th Place off Country Club Road (1st lot on left)
Building blocks of a wetland with willow
- Build like the beavers creating dams structures with sticks and mud
- Test different types of soil to understand why water stays in so locations and not others
- Hike the trail investigate ways beavers use mud to build their habitat
5/9 Baldhill – Oak Creek Road parking lot to Bald Hill Natural Area
(Harrison Blvd turns into oak creek rd after crossing walnut/ 53rd less than 1mile to parking)
Birds, worms, snails, and cattails
- Compare streams and wetland water, species and substrate
- Fill different bird bills with different wetland foods to discover local bird species
- Wander into the wild cattail wetlands of bald hill hunt for birds and their foods
- Build a duck from cattails
5/16 Jackson Frazier boardwalk – NE Lancaster St. off NE Conifer BLVD
Frogs, pond turtles, and tall grass
- Wetland filtration science
- Plant types trail – hunt for trees, shrubs, grasses and more
- Net for tadpoles and more from the boardwalk
- Metamorphosis art make a tadpole that can turn into a frogs
5/23 Crystal Lake Park
Aquatic nymphs and cottonwood trees
- Capture store release science – how wetlands hold water and slowly evaporate
- Explore the real crystal lake in a wet, muddy and log climbing adventure.
- Net for aquatic insects and view metamorphosis
- Sparkle Dragonfly art
5/30 Peavy Arboretum
Crayfish vs fish / ash vs alder
- Pond food chain art
- The science of decomposition in a pond
- Catch and view the anatomy of a fish with fins and the walking legs of crayfish
June 17-21 Birds of Prey *
Do you dare to soar through the sky with raptors? Take flight on this adventure where you’ll touch real bird’s talons, dissect fur and bones, hunt for prey, built a giant nest and size up our own wingspans!
June 17-21 Camp Pizza Pie: Session One
From dirt to delicious, explore some of our favorite treats from the ground up! Make savory pizzas in our cob oven at SAGE during Camp Pizza Pie Session One. Grow your own sourdough starter, make sauce from tomatoes, and visit the OSU Dairy for a yummy surprise! Let’s eat! Each day has garden time, games, and pizza-making activities. Attend Session Two later this summer for dessert pizzas.
June 24 – 28 Wild Wing Bikers
Buzz, flap and rise on the currents of an aerodynamic adventure! Glide down trails while we seek out bats, bees, butterflies and birds in high flying habitats. Explore the mechanics and physics involved in the diverse adaptations for flight. Our adventures include off-site biking at MLK park, Philomath, and Crystal Lake. Enjoy a family celebration on Friday for National Pollinator Week at SAGE!
June 24 – 28 Farm to Fork
Ever wonder how the food you eat gets from the farm to your fork? Spend a week visiting local farmers and cooking with professional chefs. Taste honey, harvest produce from SAGE, and make recipes in our cob oven. Experience your food all the way from the soil to your plate!
July 8 – 12 Animal Morphs *
Creatively investigate the anatomy and adaptations of vertebrate species. From getting to know and handling an array of live mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians to then artistically crafting our own “mystical beasts” through fun projects, we’ll explore the world of critters and learn how they camouflage, mimic, hunt, fly, and use their feathers, fur, scales or slime to survive in the wild.
July 8 – 12 Camp Pizza Pie: Session Two
Explore some of our favorite foods from the ground up! We will spend the week at SAGE making dessert pizzas in our cob oven – you can craft your own honey butter, harvest edible flowers from our garden, and learn from a local beekeeper! Each day has garden time, games, and delicious cooking activities.
July 15 – 19 Wilderness Navigators
We’ll take on an all terrain bike adventure to geocache discover some of the wildest places in Corvallis and perhaps discover some hidden prizes along the way. Try out an orienteering bike challenge! Then make your own compass and create topographic maps.
July 18 Garden Cookout Night: Pollinator Celebration Meal!
Celebrate our incredible garden friends: pollinators! Learn more about the incredible creatures that help to provide 75% of our food. Enjoy dinner, explore our pollinator garden, and create pollinator art!
July 22 – 26 Waterfall Geologists
Get ready to hit the trail hiking and discover the wonders of water’s movement, rock formations, plate tectonics, soil erosion and explore some spectacular waterfalls along the way. We’ll sift and shake through fun activities to understanding the geology that creates these incredible natural features. Play by the river, take a rafting trip down the Marys River, or camp out overnight too at Cascadia Park.
June 25 and July 9, 16, 23 Natureplay Preschool: Slime Time in Nature – Garden Slime
Dig in the dirt to uncover how soil slime and decomposers help plants grow. Each class will dig in soil, plant food in the garden, collect garden snacks, find animal life, read stories, play games and create art with soil.
June 27 and July 11, 18, 25 Natureplay Preschool: Slime Time in Nature – Slither and Slime
Hands-on with live amphibians and reptiles in Corvallis and the foods they eat. Many hunt the organisms that live in both garden and wild habitats. Connecting the soil organisms to other important animals in nature.
July 29 – August 2 River Rafters Ride
Navigate the physics of a river through experiments with current, flow and momentum. We’ll dive into designing rafts, dams, and bridges to discover the incredible power of water. What better way to experience it ourselves than by taking a rafting trip too!
July 30 and August 6, 13, 20 Natureplay Preschool: Fantasy Flight – Pollinator Power
Understand the reason for a flower and the importance of pollinators. We will dance like bees, create like butterflies and eat like birds! We will also have fun with flowers as we taste nectar, eat flowers, find pollen and do so many things with seeds.
August 1 Garden Cookout Night: Edible Flowers!
Dine on one of the most beautiful meals you’ll ever eat! Explore SAGE while learning about edible flowers and their benefits. Make flower spring rolls and side salads.
August 1, 8, 15, 22 Natureplay Preschool: Fantasy Flight – Power of Flight
Knowledge about our winged animals helps us understand and appreciate them. Join us as we compare the diversity of flight and flying species from small fast wings to bat wings and more!
August 5 – 9 Eco-Engineers *
Delve into your curious side and see how you can help solve problems and protect our planet. We’ll explore skills that scientists and engineers use to tackle real-world issues with renewable energy, water resources and balancing the impact of human habits. Come learn with tools that can improve our environment today, have fun, and make a difference in the future.
August 12 – 16 Mountain Biking Explorers
Jump onto some all-terrain trails with balance, control and skill while you learn to maneuver your bike up and down hills, over roots and rocks, and around every exciting corner. We’ll summit the best two-wheel destinations in Corvallis.
August 15 Garden Cookout Night: Garden Pizzas!
Create dinner and dessert pizzas in our cob oven at SAGE! Make your sauce and harvest your toppings. Learn about our bees while enjoying honey butter dessert pizzas!
August 19 – 23 Pond Cyclers
Get your feet wet and your hands dirty while exploring the diversity and many features of our local wetlands from their sandy banks, underwater life, and their tangled plants. We’ll hunt for minnows, frogs, water striders and many more amazing creatures in the unique freshwater ecosystems in our own backyards. The whole family can join in the fun on Friday for a Nocturnal Wetland Life camping event.
August 26 – 30 Adventure Camp
Embark upon a new adventure every day while we climb on ropes, hike to waterfalls, raft on the river, and balance on a slackline through a full week of outdoor nature challenges. Try your hand a crafting with clay and tie dye too!
August 29 Lentil Lettuce Wraps!
Spend time as a family creating lentil lettuce wraps! Gather ingredients from the garden, taste test different lentil varieties, and learn more about this amazing little superfood!
September 5 Back to School: Harvest of the Month Meal!
Join us as we celebrate the last days of summer with a fresh garden meal! Learn about the Corvallis Farm to School program and dine on a tasty Harvest of the Month dish.