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Spring Break Camp: Spring Fairies, Grades K-1 *FULL*

Fairies awake with the warming weather and the longer days of Spring. These ancient and magical creatures roam the forest floor when you are not looking! Let’s go find them deep in the forest and create spaces for them to play in. Let your creativity run wild as we craft magical fairy crafts to keep the magic alive long after the camp day ends!

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A Western Red-backed Salamander being handled by youth and environmental educator.

Spring Break Camp: Waking up from Winter, Grades 2-3

Come learn about all the small animals that inhabit our Sanctuary forest as they awake from their winter hibernation. We will tell animal tales and play games inspired by what you learn! We’ll be sure to spend plenty of time searching the forest for bushy squirrel tails, slippery newt tails and glossy amphibian eggs to find out who’s waking from a sleepy winter.

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Spring Break Camp: Nature Mosaics, Grades K-1 *FULL*

Come get creative on this hands-on camp and experience the joy of creating mosiacs inspired by nature.
We will forage the land for materials like sticks, leaves, mosses and rocks to create our one of a kind mosiac. Hike the trails to gain inspiration and let your creativity run wild in this art-inspired camp. 

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Spring Break Camp: Watershed Wanderers, Grades 3-6

Go out and explore the big and small watersheds in the vicinity of Forest Park. Travel to Cedar Mill Falls, collect water samples, learn about what a watershed is and how they are interconnected to all the nature that surrounds us. Conduct science experiments to see if the creek is healthy and learn about things that humans can do to preserve the watersheds we live in!

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Spring Break Camp: Sounds of the Forest, Grades 2-3

From birdsong, to the wind, to the sounds of Balch Creek –  experience the cacophony of sound that can be found in a forest on this sensory-filled camp. Go deep into the woods with your acute sense of hearing in search of forest melodies. Learn how to interpret the sounds you are hearing and what you can learn from the forest by taking a moment to listen!

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Spring Break Camp: Tales of the Forest, Grades K-1 *FULL*

What tales have our ancient Pacific Northwest forest heard and what stories do our century-old growth trees know? Immerse yourself in the giant trees of the forest, that exist right here in our city to find out what stories they tell. Learn how to identify some of our most common plants and animals in our Nature Sanctuary and create your own stories about them!

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Spring Break Camp: Salmon Run, Grades 3-6

Oregon’s Salmon run depends on the vitality of hundreds of water springs in the Gorge that trickle to the Columbia River. We will hike up to waterfalls to learn about the habitats and geology that support salmon and visit a fish hatchery with thousands of fish ready to start their journey to the sea. Come learn about the ecology, geology and cultural significance of the Columbia River on this exciting search for wildlife!

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Two boys sit at a picnic table outside with stuffed animals and their nature journals.

Spring Break Camp: The Colors of Spring, Grades 2-3

We will form a deeper understanding of nature by exploring different ways of observing and experiencing the natural world that surrounds us. We will sketch shapes that come to life near the creek and create projects inspired by the forest and all of the amazing things that we observe. Spring is the perfect time to draw inspiration from nature’s colors – from blooming flowers and native plants to colorful songbirds returning from their winter homes, so come on out and create the day away!

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Spring Break Camp: Miniature Bug Hideouts, Grades K-1 *FULL*

They range from microscopic to bigger than your hand and science estimates that there are millions of species on the planet! Insects and their arachnid cousins can be bizarre, funny looking, beautiful but also powerful. This camp is all about learning the basic science behind what makes bugs one of the greatest evolutionary successes in nature! Head out into the forest with your magnifying glass in hand to seek out some of these tiny inhabitants that call our Sanctuary home.

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