Registration is NOW OPEN for our 2019 Summer Programs!

Opportunities for ages 4-14

 

  All Camps are Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Optional extended drop-off and pick up times available. 

Camp scholarships are available!

 

Caterpillar Camps: Some of our camps are offered for 4 year old campers with pickup at noon. These specific camps have a half day option for ages 5-14 for the full week as well.

Bike Camps: Camps with this icon are bike camps! For more information see our Bike FAQs.

Float/Raft Camps: These camps have a water element. Make sure to read the daily itinerary and camp information closely to be prepared for camp.

Bring the Family: These events or camps have an element that is fun for the entire family!

Overnight Campout: Some camps have an optional camp out night. All camp outs are open to the whole family!

 

2019 Summer Programs

 

June 17-21   Birds of Prey

Daily Itinerary and Important Camp Information

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Do you dare to soar through the sky with raptors? Take flight on this adventure where you’ll touch a real bird’s talons, dissect fur and bones, hunt for prey, build a giant nest and size up our own wingspans!

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center every day.

Monday: Amazing Diurnal Raptor Adaptations

Tuesday: Amazing Nocturnal Owls

Wednesday: Dare to Soar with Fanciful Flight

*Presentation from Master Falconer

Thursday: Raptors at Finley

*Field Trip to Finley Wildlife Refuge

Friday: Soar, Catch and Build

Register for Birds of Prey

 

June 17-21 Camp Pizza Pie: Session One

Daily Itinerary and Important Camp Information

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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.

Drop-off and pick-up at SAGE Garden every day.

Monday: Introduction and Dough

Tuesday: Cheese

Wednesday: Sauces

*Field Trip to the Farmer’s Market

Thursday: Toppings

Friday: Pizza Making and Family Garden Party

*Family Garden Party at 2:00 pm

Register for Camp Pizza Pie

 

June 24 – 28  Wild Wing Bikers

Daily Itinerary and Important Camp Information

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This is a bike camp. For more information, visit our Bike FAQ page.

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!

Monday: Aerodynamics, Motion, and Raptor Hunt

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

Tuesday: Identification and Flight Formation

Drop-off and pick-up at MLK Park

Wednesday: Hummingbirds and Bats

Ages 5-7 drop-off and pick-up at Philomath Mary’s River Park

Ages 8-12 drop-off at Sunset Park and pick-up Philomath Mary’s River Park

Thursday: Insects of Water and Land 

Drop-off and pick-up at Crystal Lake Sports Park and Boat Ramp

Friday: Pollinators

Drop-off at Avery House Nature Center and pick-up at SAGE Garden

*SAGE Garden Family Pollination Celebration at 2:00

Register for Wild Wing Bikers

 

June 24 – 28 Farm to Fork

Daily Itinerary and Important Camp Information

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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!

Drop-off and pick-up at SAGE Garden everyday.

Monday: Fermentation and Pickling

Tuesday: Garden Art and Meet the Farmer

*Field Trip to Gathering Together Farm

Wednesday: Meet the Chef

*Field Trip to Corvallis Farmers Market and Castor

Thursday: Food Preservation

*Special Visit from the Master Food Preservers

Friday: Pollinators and Cob Oven

*SAGE Garden Family Pollination Celebration at 2:00 pm

Register for Farm to Fork

 

July 8 – 12 Animal Morphs

Daily Itinerary and Important Camp Information

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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.

Monday: Bones, fur, feathers, and cuddly animals

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

Tuesday: Movement, fins, tails, limbs, flight

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

Wednesday: Adaptations, mimicry, and camouflage

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

Thursday: Field Trip!

Drop-off at Timberhill Natural Area (end of 29th St.)

Pick-up at Chepenafa Springs Park

Friday: Create your Animorph!

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

Register for Animal Morphs

 

July 8 – 12 Camp Pizza Pie: Session Two

Daily Itinerary and Important Camp Information

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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.

Drop-off and pick-up at SAGE Garden every day.

Monday: Introduction and Dough

Tuesday: Cheeses, Sweet and Savory

Wednesday: Food Systems at OSU

*Field Trip to OSU Dairy and Food Forests

Thursday: Pollinators

    *visit from a local beekeeper

Friday: Pizza Making and Family Garden Party

*Family Garden Party at 2:00 pm

Register for Camp Pizza Pie: Session Two

 

July 15 – 19 Wilderness Navigators

Daily Itinerary and Important Camp Information

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This is a bike camp. For more information, visit our Bike FAQ page.

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.

Monday: Compasses and Orienteering

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

Tuesday: Maps and Topography

Drop-off and pick-up at Oldfield Animal Center (OATF

Wednesday: Building Navigation Tools

Drop-off and pick-up at Sunset Park

Thursday: Geology and Geocaching

Drop-off and pick-up at Crystal Lake Sports Park and Boat Ramp

Friday: River Navigation with Mary Rivers Float

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

Register for Wilderness Navigators

 

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!

Bring the family!

Register for Pollinator Celebration Meal

 

July 22 – 26  Waterfall Geologists

Daily Itinerary and Important Camp Information

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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.

Monday: Rapids, Waterfalls and Geological Movements

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

Tuesday: Gravity on the go

Drop off and pick up at Oak Creek entrance to Bald Hill

Wednesday: Rock Cycle and Mary’s River Float

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

Thursday: Field Trip to McDowell Creek Falls County Park

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

CAMPING OPTION for ages 7 -14 at Cascadia Park Group Campsite

  • Cookout style dinner provided, tents, and water provided
  • Students need a sleeping bag, warm clothes, toothbrush, and extra shoes

Friday (Campers): Waterfall Hiking on the upper Mckenzie River

*Back to Avery House at 4:00 pm on Friday

Friday (non-campers): Marys River Walk and Float

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

Register for Waterfall Geologists

 

June 25 and July 9, 16, 23 Natureplay Preschool: Slime Time in Nature – Garden Slime (Every Tuesday)

Dig in the dirt to uncover how soil slime and decomposers help plants grow. Each class will dig in the soil, plant food in the garden, collect garden snacks, find animal life, read stories, play games and create art with soil.

Register for Slime Time in Nature

 

June 27 and July 11, 18, 25 Natureplay Preschool: Slime Time in Nature – Slither and Slime (Every Thursday)

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.

Register for Slime Time in Nature

 

July 29 – August 2 River Rafters

Daily Itinerary and Important Camp Information

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This is a rafting camp. Read the daily itinerary and important camp information carefully to be prepared for this camp!

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!

Monday: Creek Walk and Bridge Building at Oak Creek and Mary’s River

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

Tuesday: Water Flow and Dam Building

Drop-off and pick-up at Oldfield Animal Center (OATF)

Wednesday: Momentum of Water

Drop-off at Porter Park and pick-up at Willamette Park 

Thursday: Rafting with River Spirit Journeys and History of the Willamette River

Non-Raft Group drop-off and pick-up at Crystal Lake Sports Park and Boat Ramp

Raft Group (ages 8-14): pick-up at Hyak Park in Albany around 4:30 pm or 5:00 pm

Friday: Mary’s River Float and Walk

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

Register for August 2 River Rafters

 

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.

Register for Fantasy Flight

 

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.

Bring the family!

Register for Edible Flowers

 

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!

Register for Fantasy Flight

 

August 5 – 9  Eco-Engineers

Daily Itinerary and Important Camp Information

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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.

Monday: Engineers DO Great Things

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

Tuesday: Chemical Investigators

Drop-off and pick-up at OSU

Wednesday: Create What Has Never Been Done

Drop-off and pick-up at SAGE Garden

Thursday: Forest Habitat Restoration

Drop-off at Chip Ross Park, pick-up at Chepenafa Springs Park

Friday: Quest into the Subterranean Underworld of Soil Life

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

Register for Eco-Engineers

 

 

August 12 – 16 Mountain Biking Explorers

Daily Itinerary and Important Camp Information

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This is a bike camp. For more information, visit our Bike FAQ page.

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.

Monday: BMX Dirt Track

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

Tuesday: Mountain Climbers

Drop-off and pick-up at Peavy Arboretum Intensive Management Trail Lot

Wednesday: Bald Hill Exploration

Drop-off and pick-up at Oldfield Animal Center (OATF)

Thursday: Bus field trip to Alsea Falls

Drop-off at  Avery House Nature Center at 8:45 am

    Pick-up at  Avery House Nature Center at 4:30 pm

Friday: Dimple Hill Climb and Bird Investigation

Drop-off and pick-up at McDonald Forest Oak Creek Rd. Access

Register for Mountain Biking Explorers

 

 

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!

Bring the family!

Register for Garden Pizzas

 

August 19 – 23 Pond Cyclers

Daily Itinerary and Important Camp Information

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This is a bike camp. For more information, visit our Bike FAQ page.

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.

Monday: Aquatic Algae and Ecosystems

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

Tuesday: Pond Habitat Exploration

Drop-off and pick-up at Sunset Park

Wednesday: Bogs and Aquatic Creatures

Drop-off and pick-up at Crystal Lake Sports Park and Boat Ramp

Thursday: Wetland Wonders

Drop-off and pick-up at Stewart Pond (on HP’s Campus)

Friday: Visit Oregon Department of Fisheries & Wildlife

Drop-off at Peavy Arboretum, pick-up at Adair Park

Family Camp Out

*All ages student / family overnight camp out at Adair Park (optional)

Register for Pond Cyclers

 

August 26 – 30 Adventure Camp

Daily Itinerary and Important Camp Information

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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 crafting with clay and tie-dye too!

Monday: Slackline and Hang Lines 

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

Tuesday: Mud Adventure

Drop-off and pick-up at Crystal Lake Sports Park and Boat Ramp

Wednesday: Ropes Course, Rock Climbing, and Science Labs

Drop-off and pick-up at OSU Adventure Leadership Institute Challenge Course

Thursday: Bus Field Trip to Silver Falls State Park

Depart from Avery House Nature Center at 8:45 AM, return at 4:30 PM

Friday: River Fun!

Drop-off and pick-up at Avery House Nature Center

Register for Adventure Camp

 

August 29 Garden Cookout Night: 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!

Register for Lentil Lettuce Wraps

 

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

Bring the family!

Register for Back to School