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June 7, 14, 21 & 28    Creepy Crawlers for Preschoolers  (Avery House Nature Center)

Ages 3-5, 9am-noon, $100 ($25/class) REGISTER HERE

Dig for creeping, crawling invertebrates in the dirt!  We will find and examine slugs, worms, beetles, pill bugs, millipedes, centipedes, and spiders. How are their bodies different? What shapes and forms do they make? We will use nature in creating cool creature art projects!

 

June 18-22       Slimy Soil Science (Avery House Nature Center)

Age 4, 9am-12pm, $125/week (extended care available) REGISTER HERE.
Ages 5-13, 9am-3pm, $200/week (extended care available) REGISTER HERE.

Discover the amazing life in soil habitats as we dig deep underground! We will marvel at the connections between geology, decomposition, the creation of life and natural habitats! Unearth microbe mysteries and create soil concoctions from sculptures to slime, while we learn about the the world beneath our feet.  Explore the underground trail in Avery Park in search of slimy creatures!

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House
  • Thursday: Drop off and Pick up Martin Luther King Park

 

June 18-22      Camp Pizza Pie Session 1 (SAGE Garden)

Ages 6-11, 9am-3pm, Cost: $200/week REGISTER HERE!

From dirt to delicious, explore some of our favorite treats from the ground up! Spend the week at SAGE making sweet and savory pizzas in our cob oven–grind wheat, turn milk into cheese, make sauce from tomatoes and more! Let’s eat! Each day has garden time, games, and pizza-making activities.

 

June 25-29      Buzzing Bikers (Avery House Nature Center)

Ages 5-13, 9am-3pm, $200/week (extended care available) REGISTER HERE

Investigate native pollinators by bike! Bumble around like bees and fluttering butterflies, play pollinator games, and sip nectar. Discover fun ways you can help endangered species by creating bee habitats, building butterfly boxes, and visiting the OSU Horticulture Center! This camp and is open to bikers of all ability levels with preference of pedal free bikes instead of training wheels. Please let us know if you do not have one, we have loaner pedal free bikes. 

  • Monday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House
  • Tuesday: Drop off and Pick up Sunset Park
  • Wednesday: Drop off and Pick up Floral Garden at BC Fairgrounds
  • Thursday: Drop off and Pick up Crystal Lake Sports Park Boat Ramp parking lot
  • Friday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House.

 

June 25-29      Garden Food Adventures (SAGE Garden)

Ages 6-11, 9am-3pm, Cost: $200/week REGISTER HERE!

Spend a week playing and eating at SAGE garden. Be a garden explorer as you find out what it takes to get food from the garden to your plate. Learn to plant, tend, and harvest food. And best of all- become an expert at cooking and eating right from the garden! Ages 6-11. 

 

Thursdays in July (5, 12, 19 & 26)    Tracks & Trails for Preschoolers (Avery House Nature Center)

Ages 3-5, 9am-noon, $100/month or $25/class REGISTER HERE

Explore Avery Park to search for animal tracks and to follow their trails. Solve mysteries and the story of the clues wildlife leave behind.  We will learn about local amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal tracks. Create your own track stories with a fun art project!

 

Tuesdays in July (10, 17, 24 & 31)   Explore Nature with your Preschooler (Avery House Nature Center- meet at locations listed below)

Ages 2-6,  9:30-11:30am, $20/class  REGISTER HERE
  • July 10  Wetland Wonders (Sunset Park-parking lot): Explore the Dunawi wetland along the boardwalk. Net for aquatic insects and look for the critters that live among the reeds and cattails. Seek out the resident beaver and their lodge, and touch and feel beaver pelts and skulls.
  • July 17  Tall Tree Trail (MLK Park-parking lot): Stroll through the tall trees and have a chance to see how surprisingly active a tree is. We will learn some tree identification and use tree parts to make an art project!
  • July 24   Insects & Crayfish (Peavy Arboretum pond-Lodge parking lot): Who lives down in the water and hides at the bottom of the pond?  Net for critters in Peavy Pond, play pond life cycle games and search for water plants on a walk around the Arboretum trail!
  • July 31   Mud Bog (Crystal Lake Boat Ramp Parking lot): Come prepared to explore this muddy ecosystem! We will balance climbing over, along, and around logs, search for animal tracks, and look for flying birds and insects.

 

July 9- 13      Toxic Creatures (Avery House Nature Center)

Age 4, 9am-12pm, $150/week (extended care available) REGISTER HERE
Ages 5-13, 9am-3pm, $225/week (extended care available) REGISTER HERE

Welcome to the world of snakes, salamanders, frogs and all four legged scaly, slimy, slithering creatures! Uncover the toxic nature of these poisonous species, the physics of scales and the science of slime. Investigate Avery Park’s secret places to find these cool creatures!  We hope to visit or have a visit from Brad’s World to participate hands-on adventures and meet live rattlesnakes, giant snapping turtles and alligators!

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House
  • Thursday: Drop off and Pick up Peavy Arboretum, OSU McDonald Dunn Forest. 

 

July 9-13      Buzz About Bees (SAGE Garden)

Ages 6-11, 9am-3pm, Cost: $200/week REGISTER HERE!

Garden life depends on these busy, buzzing pollinators. Explore bee hives at the garden, create candles and lip balm from beeswax, make goodies with honey, and more! 

 

July 16-20       Wildlife Cyclers (Avery House Nature Center)

Ages 5-13: 9am-3pm, $200/week, add $25 for optional overnight camping for ages 8-13, (extended care available) REGISTER HERE

Roll through the phases of the sun and the moon as we explore diurnal, crepuscular, and nocturnal creatures and their habitats. We will learn about the power of the dark and the light, and the amazing  adaptations animals have that allows them to survive – at all hours of the day and night. We will explore local natural areas on our bikes, in search of wildlife and the clues they leave behind! Wednesday is an optional overnight camping excursion (for ages 8-13) at Adair Park.  This camp is for independent bikers on two wheels.

  • Monday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House
  • Tuesday: Drop off and Pick up Sunset Park
  • Wednesday: Drop off and Pick up EE Wilson Wildlife Management Area Office. Overnight campers ages 8-13 (pre-registered) will bike to Adair Park and camp-out
  • Thursday: Non-overnight campers: Drop off and Pick up Midge Cramer Trail at west end of Fairgrounds. Overnight campers: Pick up Peavy Arboretum, OSU McDonald Forest
  • Friday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House

 

July 16-20      Camp Pizza Pie Session 2 (SAGE Garden)

Ages 6-11, 9am-3pm, Cost: $200/week REGISTER HERE!

From dirt to delicious, explore some of our favorite treats from the ground up! Spend the week at SAGE making sweet and savory pizzas in our cob oven–grind wheat, turn milk into cheese, make sauce from tomatoes and more! Let’s eat! Each day has garden time, games, and pizza-making activities. Ages 6-11

 

July 23-27      River Riders (Avery House Nature Center)

Ages 5-13, 9am-3pm, $200/week, add $40 for optional river rafting for ages 9-13, (extended care available) REGISTER HERE

Investigate, explore, build, and play in nature to discover local rivers and streams of our watershed. We will bike from headwaters to main river junctions to follow several rivers and the route they take through our community to reach their destination of the Willamette River.  We will use maps and the river channels as our guide to explore Danawi Creek, Dixon Creek, Oak Creek, the Willamette River and Marys River. We will also visit the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Optional river rafting for ages 9-13  on the Willamette with Free Spirit Journeys on Thursday! This camp is for independent bikers on two wheels who can follow directions and travel in a straight line. 

  • Monday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House
  • Tuesday:  Drop off Porter Park and Pick up 1st Street River Park (Spaghetti Factory parking lot)
  • Wednesday: Drop off for ages 5-7: Oak Creek parking lot entrance to Bald Hill, Drop off for ages 8-13: Midge Cramer Trail at west end of BC Fairgrounds, Pick up for all ages Avery House
  • Thursday: Rafters (pre-registered ages 9-13) Drop off Crystal Lake Boat Ramp parking lot and Pick up Hyack Park, Albany @ 4:30. All other campers Drop off and Pick up Crystal Lake Boat Ramp Parking lot
  • Friday: Drop off and Pick Up Avery House

 

July 23-27      Farm to Fork Camp (SAGE Garden)

Ages 11-14, 9am-3pm, Cost: $225/week REGISTER HERE!

Ever wonder how the food you eat gets from the farm to your fork?  Spend a week with farmers and professional chefs while you harvest and cook right from the garden.  Experience your food all the way from the soil to your plate! 

 

July 30-August 3      Cascades to Coast Adventure (Avery House Nature Center)

Ages 5-13, 9am-3pm, $240/week (extended care available) REGISTER HERE

Take a trip to to the Cascades and the Coast to investigate Oregon’s ecosystem diversity and its inhabitants from the sage desert, to the forests of the Cascades and ending at the ocean shores of our amazing coast. Join us as we trailblaze a path through the biomes of the Pacific Northwest with field trips to both Cascadia State Park and the Coast! Climb over ancient boulders along Cascade rivers, walk across a suspension bridge and search for giant spruce trees as we explore through Oregon*Field trip fees are included will have an extended day-arrive at 8:30am and return by 5:00pm

  • Monday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House
  • Tuesday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House (field trip to Cascadia State Park*)
  • Wednesday: Drop off and Pick up Philomath Scout Lodge
  • Thursday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House (field trip to coast – Yaquina head & coastal woodland  trails*)
  • Friday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House

 

 

Thursdays in August (2, 9, 16 & 23)   Rivers to Oceans for Preschoolers (Avery House Nature Center)

Ages 3-5, 9am-noon, $100/month or $25/class  REGISTER HERE

Discover animal life in our rivers and learn how the water flows to the sea!  Get a little wet while we do hands-on water activities and experience how water moves. Art projects will focus on watery wonderlands!

 

Aug 6-10        Kinetic Energy Rollers (Avery House Nature Center)

Ages 5-13, 9am-3pm, $240/week (extended care available) REGISTER HERE

Explore the transfer and movement of energy in nature from the sun to plants, through wildlife to us.  Discover power and physics by engaging in fun experiments on bikes, in the water and up in the trees! We will learn about wave, wind and water energy and the LAWS of motion through visits to EPA and OSU Wave Lab and local streams where we will get wet and harness our own fun! This is a beginner to advanced nature bike camp for bikers on two wheels only.

  • Monday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House
  • Tuesday: Drop off and Pick up Sunset Park
  • Wednesday: Drop off and Pick up Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility
  • Thursday: Drop off and Pick up Crystal Lake Boat Ramp parking lot
  • Friday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House

 

Aug 13-17      Time Travelers Survival Guide (Avery House Nature Center)

Age 4, 9am-12pm & on Wednesday 9am-3pm (field trip) $145/week (extended care available) REGISTER HERE
Ages 5-13, 9am-3pm, $225/week (extended care available) REGISTER HERE

Travel into a time where dinosaurs disappear with the rise of the mammals. When the ice age ends with fierce floods, earthquakes and volcanoes and the arrival and survival of human life begins. We’re on a historic adventure from Native American survival tools to the lifestyle of the pioneers. Activities with raft building, botany, shelter making, fire skills and hydrology will show us how the valley we live in came to be the unique place it remains today! Wednesday field trip to Beazell Memorial Forest and Ft Hoskins. On Thursday we will find signs of the past in Willamette Park. Optional river rafting trip with Free Spirit Journeys on Thursday for campers ages 9 and up!

  •  Monday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House
  • Tuesday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House  
  • Wednesday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House (field trip to Beazell Forest and/or Ft Hoskins)
  • Thursday: Drop off and Pick up Crystal Lake Boat Ramp parking lot (all campers NOT rafting)
  • Thursday: Drop off Crystal Lake Boat Ramp parking lot and Pick up Hyack Park, Albany @ 4:30 (campers who have pre-registered  for rafting and are ages 9-13)
  • Friday: Drop off and Pick Up Avery House

 

Aug 20-24      Aquatic Bike Adventures (Avery House Nature Center)

Ages 5-8, 9am-3pm, $220/week includes bus fee, (extended care available) REGISTER HERE

Minnows, whirligigs, water striders and so many more amazing creatures to investigate while exploring the underwater world in ponds, streams and rivers around Corvallis and surrounding natural areas. We’ll get our feet wet and explore our local diverse aquatic life and ecosystems by bike! This is a beginner to advanced nature bike camp for bikers on two wheels only. 

  • Monday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House
  • Tuesday: Drop off and Pick up Mary’s River Park Philomath
  • Wednesday: Drop off and Pick up Crystal Lake Boat Ramp parking lot
  • Thursday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House (field trip to Alsea Falls – no bikes on this day)
  • Friday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House

 

Aug 20-24      Advanced WaterWheelin’ (Avery House Nature Center)

Ages 9-13, 9am-3pm, $245/week includes bus and camping fee, (extended care available) REGISTER HERE

Are you ready to conquer mountains, bridge creeks, jump tree logs and speed along river trails all by bike? Join us for a week of wet and wild fun as we roll through the water cycle in this advanced bike camp! Overnight trip to Alsea Falls to mountain bike around stunning waterfalls! Skills test to be completed the first day of camp, your child is welcome to join Aquatic Bike Adventures for the week if they do not pass the skills test!

  • Monday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House
  • Tuesday: Drop off and Pick up Oak Creek Road Parking Lot of Bald Hill Park
  • Wednesday: Drop off and Pick up Peavy Arboretum in McDonald Dunn Forest
  • Thursday: Drop off Avery House (Overnight camping trip to Alsea Falls (bring mountain bike)
  • Friday: Pick up Avery House

 

Aug 27-31       Adventure Camp (Avery House Nature Center)

Ages 5-13, 9am-3pm, $220/week (extended care available) REGISTER HERE

Balance between trees on a slackline, navigate an obstacle course, bog hop, zipline through the trees, mountain bike, go geocaching, ride the river currents and float the Marys River, and so much more! Get muddy at the Crystal Lake bog and balance on logs.  Bike Bald Hill Park on Wednesday and take a trip to Cascadia State Park on Thursday to explore waterfalls and natural swimming pools! This is our summer capstone camp and is designed to enrich your sense of adventure!

  • Monday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House (treeline swing and balance)
  • Tuesday: Drop off and Pick up Crystal Lake Boat Ramp parking lot (mud bog and big log balance)
  • Wednesday: Drop off and Pick up Floral Garden at Fairgrounds (bike day creek walk and climb)
  • Thursday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House (field trip to Cascadia State Park)
  • Friday: Drop off and Pick up Avery House (Marys River float)