Summer Outdoors Day Camps

The Basics

WHAT: Adventure, play, nature, science, art, & gardening! New adventures each week! 

WHERE: Outdoors at three different locations! Nana Cardoon Urban Farm & the Willamina Farmstead, Forest Grove; Duncan Farm, Gales Creek; and EdenAcres Forest School Campus, Hillsboro. Addresses for each site are listed below for each camp week.

WHO: Kids ages 3-16. Camps for kids of all ages! Max 10 children per stable cohort, taught by experienced nature educators. 

WHEN: June 21-August 20, 2021, week-long camps. Half & full-day options for camps for 3-5 yr. olds. Full-day camps for kids 6-16 run from 9 am-3 pm. Flexible check-in from 8:30 - 9:00 and flexible pick-up from 3:00-3:30. Half-day camps pick-up from 12-12:30. 

HOW MUCH: $415/week. Half-day option $300/week. Scholarships and flexible payments available!

Apply for a scholarship here. 

REGISTRATION and PAYMENT: When you enroll online, you will have the option to pay in full or pay in two or three installments. Scholarships available! Apply for a scholarship when you enroll online. 

Safe Camps

Your child's care and safety is our highest priority. First aid/CPR trained, OHA & CDC approved safety protocols.


Expert Educators

Our educators are experts in their craft, ready to teach your child authentic skills.  


Flexible check-in and pick-up with affordable extended hours, payment plans, and scholarships. 

Fun Skills

Real skills taught through adventure, play, & inquiry. From archery & primitive skills to the scientific method & mindfulness. 

  • Games Galore

    June 21-25

    Themes: Classic summer camp games / Physical Movement / Collaboration

    Ages: 6-12

    Location: 16528 NW Johnson Rd, Hillsboro 97124


    “Fun in the sun” is the theme of this action-packed camp. Make sure to pack plenty of water for classic summer camp games outside with friends, including Capture the Flag, Hide’N’Seek, and Obstacle Courses. There will be a lot of laughs as we play our way through a week of fun and games outside with friends.

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  • Wilderness Warriors

    June 28-July 2

    Themes: Playing in the woods / outdoor & primitive skills / Team Building 


    Ages: 6-12

    Location: 16528 NW Johnson Rd, Hillsboro 97124

    Calling all WILDERNESS WARRIORS! Come join us on a week-long outdoor quest unlike any other. Excitement awaits around every tree! We will build shelters, overcome challenges using teamwork, and learn survival skills you might just need one day -- all while having fun and playing games within the forest.

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  • Wilderness Wonders

    June 28-July 2

    Themes: Magical forest & creatures, connecting with nature, exploring


    Ages: 3-5

    Location: 16528 NW Johnson Rd, Hillsboro 97124

    There is much magic to be found in the forest! Your little one will experience wonders big and small throughout the week, from the tallest trees to the tiniest of insects and the magical world of fairies, elves, and gnomes. Under the guidance of experienced nature mentors, imaginations will run wild as we bring the magic of the forest alive. 

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  • Over the River & Through the Woods

    July 12-16

    Themes: Practical Outdoor Skills / Emergency Preparedness / Hands-on Wilderness Immersion

    Ages: 10-14

    Location: 16528 NW Johnson Rd, Hillsboro 97124


    Don't let the title fool you: this won’t be your average summer camp experience. Throughout the week, we will learn the basics of outdoor adventuring, mastering skills such as the 10 Essentials, how to use a map and compass, the best way to pack a backpack, and how to cook on a camp stove. All skill levels are welcome in this introductory adventure to outdoor living.

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  • Pride Outside: Wilderness Skills for Queer & Questioning Youth

    July 12-16

    Themes: community, identity, queerness, wilderness skills


    Ages: 12-16

    Location: 16528 NW Johnson Rd, Hillsboro 97124

    Prepare yourself for a life of wilderness adventure -in a group just for LGBTQ+ youth! While learning the basics of backpacking and outdoor survival, we will explore what makes each of us unique, and how we can find ourselves in the natural world. This is a space where we can safely share and celebrate our identities. All outdoor skill levels are welcome.

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  • Budding Biologist

    July 19-23

    Themes: Life sciences / Scientific method / STEAM

    Ages: 6-12

    Location: 16528 NW Johnson Rd, Hillsboro 97124

    All scientists start somewhere -- some start with us! We welcome all science-minded students to embark on a week full of butterfly nets, bug jars, and binoculars. We will step into the shoes of biologists and botanists alike as we explore the natural world, searching for answers to questions such as: why do beavers build dams? Are birds reptiles? And why do flowers smell so good? All curious minds are invited to join us for a week of fun and fascination. 

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  • eARTh

    July 26-30

    Themes: Creativity, Natural Materials, Wild Crafting, Self-Expression

    Ages: 6-12

    Location: 54303 NW Old Wilson River Rd, Gales Creek 97117


    You can’t spell EARTH without ART! Have you ever wanted to put on a play in nature? Or create a painting using only materials found in the forest? If these creative enterprises sound interesting, then Earth Art is for you! This week, we will draw inspiration from the beauty of nature and use materials provided by the earth to create a diverse and beautiful array of art such as natural dying, weaving, and sculpting with clay.

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  • Life of a Naturalist

    August 2-6

    Themes:  Nature Appreciation / Observation-based science / Ecology


    Ages: 6-12

    Location: 16528 NW Johnson Rd, Hillsboro 97124

    Come discover the intersection of art and ecology as we experience the land through a naturalist’s lens. We will spend a week getting to know our natural neighbors through play, exploration, and observation. Together, we will learn about our local Pacific Northwest ecology and how to be the best nature stewards we can!

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  • Mind, Body, Nature

    August 9-13

    Themes: Mindful Movement, Interrelationships, Nature Connection 


    Ages: 6-14

    Location: 16528 NW Johnson Rd, Hillsboro 97124

    The outdoors is the perfect setting to get grounded and tune into your body using all your senses. The beautiful scenes at our mountain-view site will be the backdrop for activities focused on mindful movement, therapeutic art, and yoga-inspired play! Kids will leave with a deeper connection to themselves, new friends, and the natural world.

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  • Farm to Table 

    August 16-20

    Themes: Community, Garden Ecology, Permaculture, Food Systems

    Ages: 6-12

    Location: 2542 Willamina Ave, Forest Grove 97116


    Join us for a week of fresh from the garden culinary exploration! This week, we will spend our days discovering the magic of gardening at Nana Cardoon Urban Farm and Willamina Farmstead. Everyday we’ll prepare and enjoy a delicious snack together as we share in the bounty of the garden. Each child will prepare their own farm fresh treats in our outdoor kitchen and enjoy seated in the outdoor "dining room" under the apple and pear trees. 

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  • Mad Science

    August 16-20

    Themes: STEAM, Inquiry-based Science Projects, Mad Science, Earth Science, Physics


    Ages: 6-12

    Location: 1155 B-street, Forest Grove 97116

    Try out your mad science skills during this week of rockets, catapults, melting volcanoes, and explosions! Through testing out the scientific method, we will experiment with all kinds of oozing, heating, flying, and exploding materials. Using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, we will design experiments beyond your wildest imaginations during this week of mad science!

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Refund Policy

General Cancellations:

  • Cancellations received with more than 21 days notice are 75% refundable

  • Cancellations received between 14-21 days notice are 50% refundable

  • Cancellations received with less than 14 days notice are not refundable.

  • We do not prorate or refund tuition for days missed due to illness or injury

  • Please Note Additional restrictions apply to Summer Camps (see below)

Summer Cancellations:

If your family needs to cancel a registration related to CV-19 at any time (even after camp begins), you’re covered by our CV-19 Policy. In these circumstances, there will be no cancellation fees and you will receive your full purchase price as a transferable credit on your EdenAcres account for any future EdenAcres program, valid until the end of 2021. Otherwise, our normal cancellation policy will remain in effect:

  • Cancellations until April 30: 75% of tuition is refundable

  • Cancellations on or after May 1: 50% of tuition is refundable

  • Cancellations on or after June 1: No tuition is refundable.

Program Changes:

Change Requests for other program dates must be received in writing (via email) at least 7 days prior to your original program's start date. All changes are subject to availability.

  • Changes to a program incur a $35 Administrative change fee

  • Registrations and fees are non-transferable to other accounts

About Refund Policies

Both our summer and forest school programs have limited room in groups to ensure quality mentoring. If someone leaves a program, we still have the expense of them attending due to commitments such as paying our educators. When we fill a camp and someone decides not to attend, it is often too late to find a student to take their place as waitlisted students have frequently chosen another program.

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