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A quiet moment at Nature Rangers Camp, summer 2012

Magnuson Nature Programs are designed to give children and families outdoor exploration that inspires, educates, and encourages curiosity while experiencing the wonders that nature offers in this amazing park.  We feel very fortunate that the great diversity in ecosystems in Magnuson Park’s 350-acres gives us the ability to explore wetlands, forest, fields, and gardens, for a comprehensive experience of the natural world, all within urban Seattle!

Our programs include:

  • Nature camps for children ages 4-12 during school breaks and summer vacation;
  • School field trips;
  • Gardening and nature classes;
  • Family Nature Walks;
  • Custom nature walks and classes;
  • “Nature Birthday” custom events
  • Explorer Packs to check out for a day of self-guided park exploration
  • Service-learning opportunities;
  • The Magnuson Nature Docent Program;
  • and more!


What inspires us?
Magnuson Nature Educators and Nature Docents have two important things in common: We all love being outdoors, and we all enjoy sharing what we’ve learned about nature with people of all ages!

Studies done worldwide have shown a wide variety of positive effects for children who spend plenty of time outdoors in play, hands-on exploration, and in guided or self-directed nature education.  We think adults benefit in similar ways, which is why we also offer so many family-oriented walks, classes, and special events throughout the year!

Visit our History page, Staff and Teaching Methods page and Benefits of Outdoor Learning page for more details!