Nature Studies 2021

Register Now for February Programs!

In lieu of our normal classroom field trips, we’re offering small-group in-person programs for the 2020/21 school year. 

  • Small groups of 6-8 students mixed grades K-5th or 6th-8th, to accommodate siblings participating together
  • 3 hour long programs either 9am-12pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm for K-5th graders
  • 6 hour 9am-3pm program available for 6th-8th graders
  • Valley and Douglas all outdoors locations- specified when you select the different options below
  • February’s themes include Winter Skills & Safety, Outdoor Games, and How Animals cope with Winter.
  • We will follow our pandemic protocols which include: small groups, cloth face coverings, social distancing, health screenings and exclusively outdoors

You can see more details in the “Description” tab below, and please send us an email if you have any questions. 

Children may enroll in one 3-week session, families may sign up on waitlist if we have room to accommodate a child in multiple groups.  Tuition is free (just list the price as “0”), though you may pay, if you like, our suggested price of $15/day.

We can bill HomeBridge or Raven directly for you, please indicate in the appropriate box below when registering and we’ll take care of the rest.


Feb 9, 16, 23


Feb 10, 17, 24


Feb 11, 18, 25


K-5th Fish Creek

Outdoor Skills: Shelter Building, navigation, and winter safety. 


Dzanitk’i Heeni Middle School

Outdoor Skills: Shelter Building, navigation, and winter safety. 

6th-8th Graders 


 Treadwell Ditch Through Hike!

2/10 Blueberry Hill – Eagle Creek

2/17 Eagle Creek to Emerson Spur

2/24 Emerson Spur to Eaglecrest

Animal Tracking and Winter Skills!

K-5th Riverbend Elementary

Outdoor Games!



Glacier Valley Elementary

Hibernate, Migrate or Deal with it: How animals cope with winter


Category: SKU: N/A


Discovery Southeast’s Nature Studies 2021 is an in person program for K-8th students in Juneau. Small groups of 4 to 8 children spend a few hours together discovering, learning, playing, and reconnecting with each other and our natural surroundings. Groups will meet directly at either a school or trailhead of the day and will carry all they need in their backpacks. 

What should my child bring? 
  • In a daypack: A snack, water and warm layers
  • Please come to camp wearing a well-fitting, comfortable face mask that covers the nose and mouth. Having a dry spare on wet days is really nice!
  • Clothes for the weather… usually rain gear, boots, warm layers, and a change of clothes. *If these are hard to come by, just let us know; we may have clothing to loan or give.
How does tuition work?

Programs will primarily be 3 hours long for a suggested full tuition of $15/child/day.  However, we proudly offer sliding-scale tuition.  If full tuition is not appropriate for your family right now, simply enter the amount you’d like to pay, per child. It’s totally fine to enter “0.”

Is there transportation? 

This year families are responsible for dropping off and picking up their child at the day’s trailhead or school site.  

If getting to or from the daily drop off location is a challenge for your family, please reach out to us by phone 463-1500 or email

Can we sign up for multiple days?

This program is one day a week for 3 weeks. In order to keep space available for many Juneau families, we ask that you register for one program/month. 

Will I ever get off the waitlist?

If a day is full, please do sign up on the waitlist, and there’s a good chance we can make it happen if a space becomes available.

What’s the paperwork?

After registering we have some important paperwork that includes Medical Information, Risk Acknowledgement, and Legal Waivers.  It’s all contained in our online Participant Agreement, which needs to be completed more than 7 days before the program starts. 

This year we’ll also require an online addendum specific to the pandemic.

(If you’d like to preview either form, you’re welcome to download a review pdf of the Participant Agreement, and a review pdf of the Pandemic Addendum.)

Registration is voluntary, so if you don’t agree with the terms there, please don’t register, and instead let us know at

Can I cancel?
  • If you cancel more than 10 days in advance, there’s a $10 cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel 10 or fewer days in advance, a refund is only possible if we can fill your spot, and if so there’s still the $10 cancellation fee.
  • If you don’t submit a completed Participant Agreement within 7 days of the camp, or if a child is not allowed to participate due to behavior reasons, that is considered a cancellation 10 or fewer days in advance.
  • If your cancellation is due to a participant or household member experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, you can opt to be rescheduled for a later program day in lieu of a refund. 
What is Discovery doing for the coronavirus pandemic?

Many of the above details are new this year for the pandemic.  For additional discussion, you are welcome to read our blog post summarizing some considerations here. You can also review our protocols here, updated 1/11/21

As described above, we will  have smaller groups.  We also will be minimizing supplies to avoid touching similar items, minimizing or totally avoiding group transportation, and supporting social distancing and mask-wearing. Campers will regularly be expected to wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth. Campers are expected to stay 6 ft apart from others outside their household during the whole day, and we will help them learn what 6 feet looks like. 

Those with symptoms of COVID-19, or living with someone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, will not be able to take part in camp. Upon arrival to camp each day, we will conduct a health screening of each participant, which includes a questionnaire about symptoms, travel and close contacts. We expect parents and children to answer these questions on a daily basis and let us know if anyone in their household develops symptoms of COVID-19. 

If the participant or anyone in their household has traveled, we expect families to be complying with the health mandate requiring testing or quarantine if traveling here from out of state.  We will be reliant on you and your family for your open communication about these things to keep our programs running.  

For the safety of our staff and other participants, we ask that you cover your face at drop off and pick up and maintain at least 6 ft from anyone outside of your household. We also remind you to practice social distancing even when you’re not at our program, to avoid large gatherings, and to keep a record of anyone you have come into close contact with.

What’s expected of my child?

Students are expected to follow directions from the adult Naturalists in order to keep them and the group safe. Any student unable to follow safety directions, especially with regard to our pandemic protocols may be asked to be picked up, stay home the next time, or to not return to our program. 

Nature Studies is possible thanks to a community of support.