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Juneau Nature Seminars: Community and Teacher Classes

Weekend and evening classes open to the community and providing free professional development for teachers.  Instructors Richard Carstensen and Steve Merli address natural and cultural history with a focusing question  ‘why do we live here?’

Most seminars involve a weekend (both days) outdoors plus two weekday evening classroom sessions.  You may enroll in as many of the three seminars as you wish.

The three 2019 Seminars are:

  • March 2-3, 5-6:  History & geography of Áak’w & T’aakú Aaní (land of Auk & Taku people).
  • May 30-June 2:  Landforms (geology) of Áak’w & T’aakú Aaní: Year-2: Kaxdigoowu Héen (Montana Creek) & Eeyák’w (Amalga Harbor)
  • June 6-9: Habitats of Áak’w & T’aakú Aaní: Year-2: Kaxdigoowu Héen (Montana Creek) & Eeyák’w (Amalga Harbor)

We recommend a $75 donation for members of the general public, and ask no fee of teachers or professional educators.  *Teachers seeking Ed 581 credit:  Each seminar provides 1 credit. To receive professional development education credit, you’ll register for the course with UAA, and will complete the seminar plus independent study and a final project. Upon successful completion, you may submit your UAA receipt to us for reimbursement!

If a course is full or “out of stock” please join our waitlist here.  We expect to take participants off the waitlist. 

Please see the full Description below for all the details!

 

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Outdoor Explorers Summer Camp 2018

Let’s explore!

Discovery Southeast  offers weekly day camps, plus kayak camping for middle schoolers and overnight cabin trips.  We’re outside having fun every day!

Small group sizes allow travel by van to a different location daily, as we explore Juneau’s gorgeous natural areas and the Tongass National Forest.   Our open format allows inquiry-based STEM learning, and plenty of unstructured time to explore and enjoy.

Please review the details, participant agreement, cancellation policy, and more info in the “Description” tab below.  Some highlights:

  • No more than 3 weeks per child, please.
  • Camps are for 7-12 year olds, except those specified for middle schoolers or 10-12 year olds.
  • Recommended full tuition is listed below. However, thanks to donations, we offer pay-as-you-can tuition, all the way down to $0!
  • If a week is full/”out of stock” sign up for our waitlist. We take children from the waitlist regularly.
  • Also use the waitlist if you wish to register a child too young, too old, or for more than 3 weeks.  Include a note on the waitlist and we will accept them on a case by case basis.
  • Info about Middle School Kayaking Trips is here.  Info about cabin trips is below under the “Description” tab.
  • After registering you’ll need to complete our Participant Agreement, noted below in the “Description” tab.

 

Click here for detailed list of dates

June 4th-8th
– Rocks Week

June 11th-15th
– Adventure Week

June 18th-22nd
– Oceans Week
– Overnight #1 (backpacking cabin to cabin, 10-12 year olds)

June 25th-29th
– Photo Camp (better for the older kids, 9-12)
– Animal Camp (better for the younger kids, 7-10)
– Kayak Expedition #1 (middle schoolers, overnight camping) more info

July 2nd-6th No summer Camp this week

July 9th-13th
– Survival/Outdoor Skills Camp
– Kayak Expedition #2 (middle schoolers, overnight camping) more info

July 16th-20th
– Peak Week #1 (10-12 year old enthusiastic hikers please, a few days may be longer this week)
– Adventure Hikes (less strenuous)

July 23rd- July 27th
– Salmon Week

July 30th- August 3rd
– Photo Camp
 Botany/Wild edibles
– Overnight #2 (backpacking cabin to cabin, 10-12 year olds)

August 6-10
– Maps/Orienteering Week
– Peak week #2 (10-12 year old enthusiastic hikers please, a few days may be longer this week)

August 13-17
– Stream Camp

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Outdoor Explorers Summer Camp 2019

In the bullet points below you’ll find links for special camps like K-1, after care, and middle school kayak camp.

For regular Outdoor Explorers camp, registration is closed/full, but we’re working to move children off the waitlist as fast as possible. You can sign up on the waitlist here.

Discovery Southeast offers weekly day camps, plus kayak camping for middle schoolers.  We’re outside having fun every day!

We explore Juneau’s gorgeous natural areas and the Tongass National Forest, traveling by van to different locations daily.   Our open format allows inquiry-based STEM learning, and plenty of unstructured time to explore and enjoy.

Please review the details, participant agreement, cancellation policy, and more info in the “Description” tab below.  Some highlights:

  • No more than 3 weeks per child, please.
  • Grades listed are the grades the child is going into.  Camps are for 2/3 graders & 4-6 graders, except those specified for middle schoolers.
  • Regular tuition is $260, but if that isn’t appropriate for your family, you can name your own price. *This year we’ll ask anyone paying $150 or less to apply for the city-wide scholarship funds.
  • After registering you’ll need to complete our Participant Agreement, noted below in the “Description” tab.
  • If a week is full (”out of stock”) sign up for our waitlist. We take children from the waitlist regularly. We’ll also try to keep a couple spots available for the Summer Youth Activity Expo at Centennial Hall on March 30.
  • Also use the waitlist if you wish to register a child too young, too old, or for more than 3 weeks.  Include a note on the waitlist and we will accept them on a case by case basis.
  • Info about Middle School Kayaking Trips is here.
  • Info about the K/1 program is here
  • Info about “after care” (until 5:30pm) for the weeks of July 22 and 29 is here.

Click here for detailed description of week themes

June 3-7
Oceans & Streams (grades 2-6)

Ocean, streams, rivers, lakes and even rain. Grab your tallest pair of boots and join us for a wet and wild week in Alaska’s great rainforest. This week we’ll be focusing on Juneau’s aquatic ecosystems and all the fun they have to offer. Activities will include tide pooling, stream mapping, marine mammal research, trips to NOAA and DIPAC and much more.

June 10-14
Outdoor Skills (grades 2-6)

Do you have the skills to thrive in the wilderness? Come find out with Outdoor Skills camp. We’ll be building shelters, practicing fire safety, learning navigation skills and identifying edible plants along the way to becoming experienced wilderness explorers. Tap into your wild side and get ready for fun.

Kayak Expedition (Middle Schoolers)

June 17-21
Birds Week (grades 2-6)

We’re going birding, whatever the feather! Birds capture our imagination as they navigate the skies, but we’ll learn how truly creative birds can be. We will follow birds into every ecosystem, discovering how they adapt to fly thousands of miles or dive beneath the waves. We’ll visit with guests from the Juneau Raptor Center, build our own nests, and learn to identify and spot common species around Southeast Alaska.

June 24-28
Insect Week (Grades 2/3)

Bees, beetles, and bugs, we’re going to be looking under logs, inside flowers and in streams in search of our favorite six legged friends! We’ll grab our magnifying glasses and zoom in to the miniature world of insects

Nature Art & Writing (grades 4-6)

Living in a place like Southeast Alaska it’s hard not to be inspired by the outdoors. This week will be spent channeling that inspiration into time spent creating outside. Activities will include journaling, rhyming, drawing, acting, and more! Join us for a week filled with creative pursuits with nature as our muse.

July 1-5 No Summer Camp this week!

July 8-12
Photo Camp (grades 2/3)

Each day we will head out to a new location and take on a new adventure! We will focus on team-building, goal-setting, orientation skills, environmental stewardship, and of course having a lot of fun along the way. This week is all about the joy of hiking. Get ready to get out and get moving, both on-trail and off-trail. Previous years’ Adventure Hikes camps have included hikes to local Forest Service cabins, hikes to Juneau’s waterfalls, and venturing off to a whole variety of notable features in the landscape, great views, and discovering the world of possibilities that comes from stepping off the trail.

Adventure Hikes (grades 4-6)

Do you like to connect with nature through pictures? We do, too! We will find waterfalls, wildflowers, and maybe even wildlife to practice the art of a beautiful shot. We will learn how to take action shots, close-ups, landscapes and portraits from Discovery photographers and local experts. No experience necessary. Cameras preferred over smartphones and other communications devices. Discovery Southeast can provide for students in need of a camera — let us know you would like to use one of ours.

– ORCA/SAIL Communication (grades 3-6)

How do you communicate with the land? Lend your listening ears to nature this week as we explore how plants, humans, and animals communicate. We will traverse the microscopic mycelial networks of our forests, analyze birdcalls, and search for personal connections with the land this week.

July 15-20
Dirt Week (grades 2-6)

Dig into the wonder of the world beneath your feet! We’ll be spending the week learning about why dirt and rocks are so important and how they shape our ecosystems. Activities will include identifying and interviewing rocks, comparing dirt and rocks in different ecosystems, learning about different types of soil, and nature art with dirt and rocks. Prepare to get a little muddy and make space for a few new rocks in your collection!

Peak Week (grades 4-6; enthusiastic hikers please, a few days may run long this week)

It’s back! A long-time favorite, this fun and rigorous week is all about getting up high. Based on strong teamwork, leadership building, and trail safety, we venture up some of Juneau’s most beautiful peaks. Mt. Juneau, Mt. Roberts, John Muir Cabin, Dan Moller Cabin, Thunder Mountain and Eaglecrest have all been peak destinations of past years. Bring your best boots, your best trail energy, and a big bottle of water — this week is all about the climb!

July 22-26
Salmon Week (grades 2-6)

Don’t feel gill-ty if this is your favorite week of camp! We’ll be following salmon from birthplace to the ocean this week, exploring how salmon affect both the natural world and the lives of Alaskans. Expect stream-walking, dissections, and visits to NOAA and DIPAC to learn from experts in the field. If that doesn’t tip the scales, we will try catching our own too!

July 29- August 2
Botany/Wild edibles (grades 2-6)

We’re headed out to find out what our backyard, the forest, and our kitchen have in common: food! From berries to seaweed to labrador tea, join us on a tasty week of adventures, games, and discovery. In forests, muskegs, tidal flats and riverbanks, we’ll get to know what is edible, what is medicinal, and what look-alikes to wisely avoid.

August 6-10
Adventure Hikes (grades 2/3)

Each day we will head out to a new location and take on a new adventure! We will focus on team-building, goal-setting, orientation skills, environmental stewardship, and of course having a lot of fun along the way. This week is all about the joy of hiking. Get ready to get out and get moving, both on-trail and off-trail. Previous years’ Adventure Hikes camps have included hikes to local Forest Service cabins, hikes to Juneau’s waterfalls, and venturing off to a whole variety of notable features in the landscape, great views, and discovering the world of possibilities that comes from stepping off the trail.

Photo Camp (grades 4-6)

Do you like to connect with nature through pictures? We do, too! We will find waterfalls, wildflowers, and maybe even wildlife to practice the art of a beautiful shot. We will learn how to take action shots, close-ups, landscapes and portraits from Discovery photographers and local experts. No experience necessary. Cameras preferred over smartphones and other communications devices. Discovery Southeast can provide for students in need of a camera — let us know you would like to use one of ours.

August 13-17
Mammals (grades 2-6)

In the summer, we mammals abound. From honing our tracking skills to learning to see the world from another mammal’s point of view, we’ll be getting to know these critters in-depth this week. Join us for animal games, animal stories, and some great hikes into the various forests, stream banks, mountains, and beaches that make this place many mammals’ ideal home.

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Outdoor Explorers Summer Camp 2020

Outdoor Explorers is Discovery Southeast’s summer day camp. Camp is outside every day at Juneau’s many parks and trails, with much of our time spent in the Tongass National Forest.  We use our open format to allow for inquiry-based learning and plenty of unstructured time, with activities emphasizing local natural sciences. 

This year, in light of Covid-19, we have made a few adjustments and will be beginning our summer at a much slower pace, as explained in a blog post here. We will be opening registration for just 2 weeks for now, with shorter days, smaller groups, and no shared transportation. The first two weeks are open to only 4th-6th graders, as we figure out how to adapt to new requirements for social distancing. 

Please review the details, participant agreement, cancellation policy, and specific changes required for the pandemic in the “Description” tab below.  Some highlights:

  • No more than 1 week per child at this time.
  • We plan to split groups into smaller sub-groups of generally 4-6 kids.
  • Grades listed are the grades the child is going into this fall, for now just 4th-6th. 
  • For the first week or two, camp will be from 9 AM-1 PM, and we may extend the days later. We believe that the transition to being with others will be challenging for both staff and kids, and would like to ease into it. 
  • Regular tuition is $240, but if that isn’t appropriate for your family, you can name your own price. If you’re enrolling multiple children list the price per child, the internet will do that math.
    *This year we’ll ask anyone paying $150 or less to apply for the city-wide scholarship funds, linked below.
  • After registering you’ll need to complete both our Participant Agreement and a special acknowledgment pertaining to the pandemic, which are linked below.
  • If a week is full (”out of stock”) sign up for our waitlist ASAP. If a child cancels or we are able to open additional slots, we will pull from the waitlist. 

 

Camps:

June 1st-5th 9 am- 1 pm (grades 4th-6th) In the spirit of starting small and slow, we will only have 10 spots available and camp will be held in rotating Valley locations such as Dredge lakes and the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation area. We will let registered families know the exact details of where to be dropped off each day.  Instead of focusing on a theme, camp will have more open exploration than normal as we learn how to balance our traditional activities with precautions for the pandemic. Activities may include: short hikes, games, art, and exploration based on curiosity. We will support campers with an emphasis on social-emotional learning and will remain flexible based on the needs of the group.

June 8th-12th 9 am- 1 pm (grades 4th-6th)This week will again emphasize open exploration with similar activities as the prior week. We’ll have two camps, one using rotating Valley locations and the other using Downtown/Douglas locations such as outer point trail, sandy beach, and basin road. 

 

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Spring Break Camp

**Camps are currently on hold while we all social distance to prevent the spread of coronavirus.  We are looking into small group camps, and hope to start up opportunities like that as soon as it is safe for our community.  Please stay tuned, and be sure to follow Discovery Southeast’s online resources as you look for ways to engage your children outdoors – it’s more important now than ever.**

We’re excited to have you join us to explore outdoors! Spring Break Camp offers programs outdoors exploring Juneau’s parks and natural areas.

New this year! In addition to our week-long program for 2-6th graders, we’re offering a three day, half day K-1st program based out of Sandy Beach, details below.

Times:
For 2nd-6th Graders: Monday-Friday, the drop off time is 8:30 AM and the pick up is 3:30 PM.  Drop off and pick up are both at Twin Lakes, by the Caouette skating cabin.

K/1st grader program is half days, and only Monday-Wednesday. The drop off time is 9:00 AM and the pick up is at 12:00 pm. Drop off and pick up are both at Sandy Beach Shelters.

Registration:

The recommended/full tuition for Spring Break Camp is $250 for 2-6th grade and $100 for K-1st grade. However, we proudly offer sliding scale tuition; enter the amount that’s right for you.

When enrolling multiple children, please list the price you’ll pay per child. The internet will do the math. You’ll receive a link to our online Participant Agreement, which you need to complete at least ten days before the Discovery Day(s).  Please view the details and more info below in the “Description” tab.

If the day is full (or “Out of Stock”), you can join our waitlist here. We usually end up adding participants from the waitlist, so do sign up if interested.

Registration Deadlines:

Spring Break Camp will close on March 15th.

 

 

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Spring Break Camp & Discovery Days

Registration is now closed! If you have any questions or concerns regarding camp, please contact Andrew at either (503)-407-6910 or andrew@discoverysoutheast.org.

We’re excited to have you join us to explore outdoors! Discovery Days and Spring Break Camp offer day-long outdoor programs exploring Juneau’s parks and natural areas.

The recommended/full tuition is $50 for the Discovery Day or $250 for Spring Break camp. However, we proudly offer sliding scale tuition; enter the amount that’s right for you.  (If you’re a Glacier Valley student looking for the Feb. 18 Discovery Day, find it at this link.)

Times (New!):
The drop off time is 8:30 AM.  For Discovery Days, the pick up is 4pm.  For Spring Break Camp, the pick up is 3:30 PM.  Pick up and drop off are both at Twin Lakes, by the Caouette skating cabin.

When enrolling multiple children, please list the price you’ll pay per child. The internet will do the math. You’ll receive a link to our online Participant Agreement, which you need to complete at least ten days before the Discovery Day(s).  Please view the details and more info below in the “Description” tab.

If the day is full (or “Out of Stock”), you can join our waitlist here. We usually end up adding participants from the waitlist, so do sign up if interested.

Registration Deadlines:
March 1st registration will close on February 25th, and Spring Break Camp will close on March 11th.