Welcome to ECO Summer Camp 2019!

Your favorite, entirely outdoor summer camp experience is back! Some of you brought your campers out when we were known as the Green Schoolhouse, now our camps (and after school sessions!) are brought to you by Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO!). Our educators - with Lauren at the helm - are gearing up for next summer when they’ll boost the curiosity of your camper through chemistry, artistic endeavors, growing food, and many, many adventures. We have camps running throughout summer 2019 at the Learning Gardens Laboratory in the SE Woodstock neighborhood.

We’re thrilled to be expanding our camps to welcome students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade! What’s more? Campers from K-6th grade will be at one location. That simplifies coordinating multiple campers! We’ll be forming two groups, K-3rd grade and 4-6th grade, to ensure they receive age-appropriate programming.

There will be 10 sessions next summer - register for one, a few, or all of them! We have revamped our experience so that if your camper has spent time with us before, they can look forward to all new explorations. To those of you who only know ECO’s in-school programs, we’re excited - at long last - to offer year round opportunities for hands-on learning! A typical day of camp >>


Our Camps:

Weekly themes are the same for all campers with age-appropriate activities for each group.
Early bird pricing runs until April 1st.

Will you need a later pickup? Camp ends at 4:00 pm everyday.
Each camp gives you the option to ‘Add Extended Day’ for a 5:00 pm pick up all week for an additional $50 per camper.
What does my camper need to bring? >>

Note: There is no camp for the weeks of July 1-5 and August 5-9.


Week 1: June 10-14   Water, Water Everywhere!  This time of year the Pacific Northwest hasn’t always decided if it really is time for sunshine or not. We’ll relish every drop and reiterate that water is a precious resource; all that we have on this planet is all we will ever have, with only 3% of the Earth’s water being freshwater! A few sprinkles here and there will add to our investigations as we search for rainbows and create our own by refracting light; search for worms, slugs, and other slimy friends; and plant our summer treats in the ECO plot.

Week 1: June 10-14

Water, Water Everywhere! This time of year the Pacific Northwest hasn’t always decided if it really is time for sunshine or not. We’ll relish every drop and reiterate that water is a precious resource; all that we have on this planet is all we will ever have, with only 3% of the Earth’s water being freshwater! A few sprinkles here and there will add to our investigations as we search for rainbows and create our own by refracting light; search for worms, slugs, and other slimy friends; and plant our summer treats in the ECO plot.

270.00 300.00
Grade level:
Register and add to cart
Week 1: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)
Week 3: June 24-28   Strawberry Moon.  Tis the season for strawberries! Campers will be able to taste test all the different varieties that we can get our hands on. We’ll explore the ethnobotany of these juicy, red berries along with a few of our other favorite Pacific Northwest gems. Jam, compote, dye, and experiments will unveil a realm of strawberry you didn’t know existed!

Week 3: June 24-28

Strawberry Moon. Tis the season for strawberries! Campers will be able to taste test all the different varieties that we can get our hands on. We’ll explore the ethnobotany of these juicy, red berries along with a few of our other favorite Pacific Northwest gems. Jam, compote, dye, and experiments will unveil a realm of strawberry you didn’t know existed!

270.00 300.00
Grade level:
Register and add to cart
Week 3: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)
Week 5: July 15-19   Junior Ranger!  Our week will start by creating a field guide to keep our notes together for the week. Bugs, birds, mammals, trees, bushes, and so much more will become our areas of interest as we slow down and observe what is going on all around us. We’ll tackle the questions: Where do humans fit into the “natural” environment? How can human impact harm and/or help? Who are the people who have jobs in the field? We’ll work to answer these questions and more through games, fort building, experiments, and investigations galore!

Week 5: July 15-19

Junior Ranger! Our week will start by creating a field guide to keep our notes together for the week. Bugs, birds, mammals, trees, bushes, and so much more will become our areas of interest as we slow down and observe what is going on all around us. We’ll tackle the questions: Where do humans fit into the “natural” environment? How can human impact harm and/or help? Who are the people who have jobs in the field? We’ll work to answer these questions and more through games, fort building, experiments, and investigations galore!

270.00 300.00
Grade level:
Register and add to cart
Week 5: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)
Week 2: June 17-21   Solstice.  It’s officially summer! We cannot wait to celebrate the arrival of one of our favorite times of year. All week long we’ll be gearing up to welcome the season of berries, tomatoes, and light. Science will drive our explorations as we take a look at the rotation of the Earth and how we in the solar system toward summer, the rising summer temperatures and decrease in precipitation, and how we can work as a community to preserve the Pacific Northwest we all love.

Week 2: June 17-21

Solstice. It’s officially summer! We cannot wait to celebrate the arrival of one of our favorite times of year. All week long we’ll be gearing up to welcome the season of berries, tomatoes, and light. Science will drive our explorations as we take a look at the rotation of the Earth and how we in the solar system toward summer, the rising summer temperatures and decrease in precipitation, and how we can work as a community to preserve the Pacific Northwest we all love.

270.00 300.00
Grade level:
Register and add to cart
Week 2: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)
Week 4: July 8-12   Farmstead.    What did it take to survive in the wild west? Jarred goods, the ability to darn a sock, knowing how to live off the land, starting a farm, harvesting wild foods, avoiding dangerous situations, and building your community. This week we’ll try our hand at a few of these skills and put in some good ole fashioned work on the farm to create our Friday community feast.

Week 4: July 8-12

Farmstead. What did it take to survive in the wild west? Jarred goods, the ability to darn a sock, knowing how to live off the land, starting a farm, harvesting wild foods, avoiding dangerous situations, and building your community. This week we’ll try our hand at a few of these skills and put in some good ole fashioned work on the farm to create our Friday community feast.

270.00 300.00
Grade level:
Register and add to cart
Week 4: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)
Week 6: July 22-26   Soil to Table.  Have you ever wanted to try to grow a giant pumpkin, wondered why some plants grow faster than others, or were curious about harvesting wild edible foods? This is the week for you. All week long we will be exploring where our food grows - whether wild or cultivated - how it grows, and when it tastes the best! Science meets culinary explorations this week, and it’s sure to unleash the food scientist in all of us!

Week 6: July 22-26

Soil to Table. Have you ever wanted to try to grow a giant pumpkin, wondered why some plants grow faster than others, or were curious about harvesting wild edible foods? This is the week for you. All week long we will be exploring where our food grows - whether wild or cultivated - how it grows, and when it tastes the best! Science meets culinary explorations this week, and it’s sure to unleash the food scientist in all of us!

270.00 300.00
Grade level:
Register and add to cart
Week 6: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)
Week 7: July 29-August 2   Storytelling.    This week is all about unlocking the story of the garden and land around us while diving deep into literature that has been inspired by nature. Campers will create a story together, illustrate creatively with natural resources, and everyone will walk away with their very own bound book.

Week 7: July 29-August 2

Storytelling. This week is all about unlocking the story of the garden and land around us while diving deep into literature that has been inspired by nature. Campers will create a story together, illustrate creatively with natural resources, and everyone will walk away with their very own bound book.

270.00 300.00
Grade level:
Register and add to cart
Week 7: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)
Week 8: August 12-16   Nature’s Structures.    Scientists have been looking to the natural world since the beginning of time to be inspired in their creative endeavors. We’ll spend this week finding our own inspiration from the tiniest ladybug to the tallest tree. Campers will move throughout the space with an inquisitive eye as they discover where they are drawn, what is fleeting, and what can stand the test of time as they translate it into their own artistic impression.

Week 8: August 12-16

Nature’s Structures. Scientists have been looking to the natural world since the beginning of time to be inspired in their creative endeavors. We’ll spend this week finding our own inspiration from the tiniest ladybug to the tallest tree. Campers will move throughout the space with an inquisitive eye as they discover where they are drawn, what is fleeting, and what can stand the test of time as they translate it into their own artistic impression.

270.00 300.00
Grade level:
Register and add to cart
Week 8: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)
Week 9: August 19-23   Ecologist, Naturalist, Agriculturist.  Our camp location is a unique area that hosts developed farmed area, an orchard, natural undeveloped space, and curated “wild” land. From the bugs, to the soil, to the plants come and become a scientist in the field to understand where each of these sciences meet and how they work together.

Week 9: August 19-23

Ecologist, Naturalist, Agriculturist. Our camp location is a unique area that hosts developed farmed area, an orchard, natural undeveloped space, and curated “wild” land. From the bugs, to the soil, to the plants come and become a scientist in the field to understand where each of these sciences meet and how they work together.

270.00 300.00
Grade level:
Register and add to cart
Week 9: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)
Week 10: August 26-30   Feast!    Campers will get to study what it takes to make our seeds grow through field experiments - from the soil, to the water, and the temperatures. We’ll test the health of our soil, create chemical reactions, and report our quantified and qualified findings. Every experiment along the way will lead us closer to our final outcome, a delicious feast!

Week 10: August 26-30

Feast! Campers will get to study what it takes to make our seeds grow through field experiments - from the soil, to the water, and the temperatures. We’ll test the health of our soil, create chemical reactions, and report our quantified and qualified findings. Every experiment along the way will lead us closer to our final outcome, a delicious feast!

270.00 300.00
Grade level:
Register and add to cart
Week 10: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)