Outdoor Explorers Summer Camp 2019

A couple weeks have spots still available for 2019, add them to your cart below.

For all the other weeks, please sign up on the waitlist here. (We usually do take children from the waitlist).

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.

 

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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Category: SKU: N/A

Description

Please heed the age ranges, and please enroll a child for no more than 3 weeks of camp. If you’re just outside the age range or already signed up for 3 weeks, use our waitlist and we’ll make case-by-case decisions on whether we can accommodate your request.

Drop-off and pick up will generally be at 8:30 am and 3:30 pm at Twin Lakes.  From there we will travel by 15 passenger van to our day’s destination, exploring the Tongass National Forest or other parklands in the CBJ. Itineraries change each week and will be sent to parents in the week prior to camp.  Weekly themes indicate a general focus for the week, but all weeks prioritize open time to explore outdoors each day.

New! ORCA/SAIL Camp:
This year we’re excited to announce a collaborative camp with SAIL’s ORCA program. This inclusive camp will have an open format, allowing for inquiry-based learning and unstructured time, with activities emphasizing local natural sciences. We’ll have 6 spaces available for our Discovery Southeast families and combine with ORCA’s 5 participants for a week of fun outside. Our theme is communication, but like all our camps, we’ll be outside on different trails all day every day.  Our theme for the week is communication:  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.

Cost:
Regular tuition is $260 per week, and Kayak Camp is $440.  This is thanks to financial support from Discovery Southeast members, the Forest Service, and many others.  In addition, we proudly offer sliding-scale tuition.  If regular tuition is not appropriate for your family right now, simply enter the amount you’d like to pay, per child. We’ll ask anyone paying less than $150 per week to apply for the new city-wide summer scholarships form here.  If the city-wide scholarship is awarded, we’ll expect some of it to be used for Outdoor Explorers camp.  If a family does not qualify for a city-wide scholarship, we’ll ask that families pay at least $100 per week for camp, unless there are extenuating circumstances. Please fill out the CBJ scholarship form within a week of registering.

Transportation: 

If getting to or from Twin Lakes is a challenge for your family, please reach out to us by phone or email bess@discoverysoutheast.org.

IMPORTANT: Participant Agreement, including Medical Information, Risk Acknowledgement, and Legal Waivers:
After registering you’ll receive a link to our online Participant Agreement, which needs to be completed more than 10 days before camp starts. We recommend you take a moment now to look over a copy, so you’re comfortable with it before registering. Registration is voluntary, so if you don’t agree with the terms there, please don’t register, and instead let us know at info@discoverysoutheast.org.

 Expectations:
  • Please pack a sack lunch, water, and a snack.
  • Bring 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 have clothing to loan or give.
  • We expect children to behave in a manner that does not jeopardize the group’s safety or our ability to offer meaningful programs for all participants.

Cancellations:

  • If you cancel more than 10 days in advance, there’s a $25 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 $25 cancellation fee.
  • If you don’t submit a completed Participant Agreement within 10 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.

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