Nature Rangers: ages 8-12

IMG_4006By popular demand, we are EXPANDING our camps for ages 8-12 this summer!  We’ll have 3 weeks of Nature Rangers Camps this summer instead of just 1 week!

Join us for adventuresome camp days, exploring the diverse ecosystems of Magnuson Park!  Each camp day is filled with hands-on nature and science activities in the garden, and on hikes to one or more of Magnuson Park’s many amazing natural areas.

We’ll pick “provisions” from our organic P-Patch for our hikes, create our own exploration packs with binoculars and other tools and supplies, gain mappingand survival skills, and create handmade nature journals and advanced crafts.  Each camp will also feature a very special guest to add to our nature knowledge!

All Nature Rangers Camp days are 6 hours long, but this year all our camp days will begin at 9:00am.  After-care is also available for all 3 camps, from 3:00pm-5:00pm each day.

Children should wear sturdy shoes, and bring a morning and afternoon snack, a nutritious lunch, and a water bottle.  Fee includes an official Nature Rangers bandana.

Please view our Nature Rangers Camp Letter for all the details on camp location what to expect, what to bring to camp, and more!

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Nature Educators: Emily Bishton, Magnuson Nature staff and Docents

Location: Magnuson Brig/Hawthorne Hills Room

6344 NE 74th St. Seattle, WA 98115

(download a map)

Visit our Registration page for details on how to sign up.


2017 Nature Rangers Camp schedule:

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Camp #1: “Marine Biologist Camp”    Learn about the marine-based ecosystems in and around the shores of Lake Washington and the Magnuson Wetlands Complex.  Both of these watery wonderlands are home to an amazing array of aquatic insects, amphibians, waterfowl, dragonflies, beavers, river otters, fish, and other creatures!

The lake shore is a great place to watch Salmon fry swimming by!

Young Salmon migrate downsteam along the edge of the lake shore and adult fish travel back through the cool depths to the streams of their birth, the Central Wetlands Complex is one of the best places in the Puget Sound region to see dragonflies and tree frogs, and the Shore Ponds provide great nesting spots for ducks, grebes, and other waterfowl.

The wetland ponds are full of life!

The wetland ponds are full of life!





Plus, several original wetland areas that developed after the Naval Air Station runways were demolished are still flourishing.  Our special guest for this camp will be from NOAA!

Monday-Friday  July 10th – 14th

9:00 am-3:00 pm     


SPARC class code #159869



owl bodyCamp #2: “Ornithologist Camp” Magnuson Park is a green oasis for a wide variety of birds and other wildlife: the Promontory Point forest and North Remnant forest are popular stopping points for migratory and resident songbirds, and where there’s always a chance to see other special birds such as Pileated Woodpeckers foraging in the snags, or young Barn Owls roosting in the lichen-covered Maple trees! The places where the forest edge meets the central grasslands are unique places to observe Song Sparrows and other species that need access to both shady refuge and sunny meadows.

Photo by Dennis Paulson

Violet-green Swallows and Cliff Swallows are two of the migratory species that live in the park each summer! Photo by Dennis Paulson

Campers will learn about bird biology, life history, and habitat needs, they will gain identification skills, and much more.  Our special guest will be from the Seattle Audubon Master Birder Program!

Monday-Friday  July 24th – 28th      

9:00 am-3:00 pm     


SPARC class code #159870




You never know what you’ll see and hear during a “sit spot” observation.

Camp #3: “Botanist Camp”

This is a tree-mendous camp for kids who love learning about the amazing world of plants during adventures and explorations!  We’ll explore the shady oasis of the Kite Hill Forest and Promontory Point woodlands, the acres of grassland in the central part of the park, the Alder/Willow sapling groves and giant rushes in the wetlands, and much much more.


Campers will also learn about plant/animal relationships and food chains, how PNW First People have used native plants for centuries, and enjoy snacking on the late summer bounty of crops in our organic P-Patch plot!

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Asters are late summer flowers essential for our native bees and Woodland Skipper butterflies!

August is a fabulous time for children to observe, compare, and contrast the deep green oasis of the woodlands with the mid-summer color burst in the open areas of the park and community garden, as we take our daily hikes.

Our special guest will be from the WSU/King Co. Master Gardener Program!

Monday-Friday  August 14th – 18th      

9:00 am-3:00 pm      $225 

SPARC class code #159871