Summer Day Camps

Imaginative Hands-On Learning

On both our Bainbridge Island campus and at the Brightwater Center in Woodinville, IslandWood Summer Day Camps invite children to open their imaginations in rich natural settings. Our instructors are experienced environmental educators with a passion for connecting children with the outdoors through hands-on exploration that also builds important social and academic skills. With camps ranging from marine science to cooking to journalism, there’s something for everyone.

Click here for information about our camps at the Brightwater Center in Woodinville.


Registration for 2016 IslandWood Summer Camps is now open!

Read the camp descriptions below, then click the Register Now button to register for one or more camps.

Refund & Cancellation Policy: 

  • Cancellations at least one month before start date of camp receive a full refund minus a $40 cancellation fee per camp.
  • Cancellations 2-4 weeks before start date of camp receive a 50% refund per camp.
  • Cancellations within 2 weeks of start date of camp are not eligible for any refund.
Half-day camps for campers entering PreK - Kindergarten

Choose from AM Sessions from 9:00 am-12:00 pm, or PM Sessions from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm


Campers must be 4 years old by the first day of camp to attend.


Sprouting Scientists  AFTERNOON SOLD OUT!
Week 1: July 5-8
$156

You don’t need a lab coat to be a real scientist-everyone has a little mad professor in them. This camp is designed to introduce young campers to chemistry and physics through colorful art projects, wacky experiments, and a little magic.


Make-a-Mess Art Camp 
Week 2: July 11-15
$195

Make sure to wear some grubby clothes because you will be getting messy each day in this camp that’s a whole new spin on arts and crafts. Look at the world through an artist’s eyes as you take on projects where making a mess is a requirement.


The Enchanted Forest  SOLD OUT!
Week 3: July 18-22
$195

Who says fairytales aren’t real? See the forest in a whole new way as you search for gnomes, build houses for fairies, and discover mini lake monsters in this truly unique camp for kids with big imaginations. 


Super Critters  SOLD OUT!
Week 4: July 25-29
$195

Ever wish you had super strength? How about the ability to stick to walls? To fly? To disappear? Spend the week exploring the animal kingdom’s most bizarre real-life superpowers in this camp that unveils nature’s coolest critters.


Bugs, Grubs, & Slugs
Week 5: August 1-5
$195

Peer into the world of everything that crawls, wiggles, and squirms! Shrink down to understand the forest through the eyes of a beetle, or uncover hidden cities of ants in this camp that is small on critters, but big on fun. 

Full-day camps for campers entering 1st – 2nd grades

From 9:00 am-4:00 pm


Claws, Paws, and Jaws  SOLD OUT!
Week 1: July 5-8
$248

Head out on a forest safari with this camp all about wild creatures. Learn about what life is like for mammals, birds, invertebrates, and fish that hunt as you explore the awesome adaptations of nature’s coolest predators. 


Nature Chefs  SOLD OUT!
Week 2: July 11-15
$330

In this unique camp, learn how a seed transforms into a snack. Identify edible plants in the woods, get your hands dirty in the garden, and take your harvest into the kitchen to create your own yummy treats with our chefs. 


H2Ology  SOLD OUT!
Week 2: July 11-15
$310

Explore the wonders of water in this wet and wacky week. Check out incredible aquatic creatures, uncover the mysteries of the ocean, and dive deep into the the science of ice, snow, fog, and glaciers. 


Squirmy, Slimy Science  SOLD OUT!
Week 3: July 18-22
$310

Uncover nature's weird, surprising, and downright gross phenomena in this camp for young scientists not afraid to get a little dirty. Do worms really have five hearts? Why do slugs produce slime? What is an owl pellet made of? Hold your nose and dive into these and plenty of other strange questions. 


Woodland Wizardry  SOLD OUT!
Week 4: July 25-29
$310

Transport yourself into a magical world of spells, potions, and enchantments in this camp that looks at science in a whole new way. Earn your membership in IslandWood's Young Naturalists of Magical Affinity Society throughout this week of exciting exploration. 


Earth Art  SOLD OUT!
Week 5: August 1-5
$310

Get creative in this camp for the artist in all of us. Test out new ways to express yourself through everything from food art to weaving as you explore the natural of IslandWood’s forest. 


Woodland Wizardry  SOLD OUT!
Week 6: August 8-12
$310

Transport yourself into a magical world of spells, potions, and enchantments in this camp that looks at science in a whole new way. Earn your membership in IslandWood's Young Naturalists of Magical Affinity Society throughout this week of exciting exploration. 


Full-day camps for campers entering 3rd – 4th grades

From 9:00 am-4:00 pm


Naturalist 101
Week 1: July 5-8
$248

Put your outdoor skills to the test in this camp focusing on observation, tracking, and wilderness survival. Whip out your magnifying glass, focus your binoculars, and dust off your field guide for a week of immersing yourself in the woods.


Soil2Snack
Week 1: July 5-8
$264

Roll up your sleeves and see where your food really comes from. Explore edible plants in the forest, harvest exotic species from the garden, and turn it all into a tasty snack each day. Combine cooking with science in a week of delicious discovery. 


Builder's Quest
Week 2: July 11-15
$310

Our forest is home to some of the world’s best architects. In this camp, you’ll explore incredible natural structures, and then design and build your own forts and shelters as a team. You may even get a couple new ideas for a certain video game…


Masters of the Sky
Week 2: July 11-15
$310

Dinosaurs are extinct, right? Think again, because high above the earth, dinosaurs continue to soar - we just call them "birds" now. Discover your inner bird nerd during this week all about avian adaptations and the remarkable life of our feathered friends. 


Under the Sound  SOLD OUT!
Week 3: July 18-22
$330

Living on an island definitely has its advantages-like being surrounded by the amazing Puget Sound. Spend the week discovering what makes this place so incredibly cool and weird. Travel to beaches around Bainbridge Island and the Seattle Aquarium to dive into marine science. 


Builder's Quest  
Week 3: July 18-22
$310

Our forest is home to some of the world’s best architects. In this camp, you’ll explore incredible natural structures, and then design and build your own forts and shelters as a team. You may even get a couple new ideas for a certain video game…


Wild Discovery  SOLD OUT!
Week 4: July 25-29
$310

Take your observation skills to the next level as you dive into the science and tools used by zoologists around the world. Set camera traps for coyotes, study our resident owls, and create your own field guide in this camp for budding biologists.


Eyes of the Forest
Week 4: July 25-29
$310

Get ready to look at art in a whole new way with larger-than-life projects using IslandWood’s forest as your canvas. Take the week to construct your own intricate art project while honing your skills in visual art in this camp that takes its inspiration from nature. 


Builder's Quest  SOLD OUT!
Week 5: August 1-5  
$310

Our forest is home to some of the world’s best architects. In this camp, you’ll explore incredible natural structures, and then design and build your own forts and shelters as a team. You may even get a couple new ideas for a certain video game…


Eyes of the Forest
Week 5: August 1-5
$310

Get ready to look at art in a whole new way with larger-than-life projects using IslandWood’s forest as your canvas. Take the week to construct your own intricate art project while honing your skills in visual art in this camp that takes its inspiration from nature. 


Wild Discovery SOLD OUT!
Week 6: August 8-12
$310

Take your observation skills to the next level as you dive into the science and tools used by zoologists around the world. Set camera traps for coyotes, study our resident owls, and create your own field guide in this camp for budding biologists.

Full-day camps for campers entering 5th–6th grades

From 9:00 am-4:00 pm


Island Odyssey 
Week 1: July 5-8
$264

This camp’s about the journey - not the destination. Learn different techniques for navigating around the wild, and create your own intricate scavenger hunt that explore areas of IslandWood no camper has dared to venture.


History's Mysteries 
Week 2: July 11-15
$330

Ever wonder what life was like on Bainbridge Island 100 years ago? In this unique camp, travel around the island - and beyond - to uncover its hidden past. Explore some of Bainbridge’s coolest spots and discover clues to unravel history’s mysteries. 


Innovators & Engineers SOLD OUT!
Week 3: July 18-22
$310

Everyone can make a difference. Explore the amazing ways scientists, engineers, and architects have created new technologies to create a healthier planet for us all. In this camp for budding inventors, work with a team of fellow innovators to create new inventions that will make the world a better place.  


Expedition: Art   SOLD OUT!
Week 4: July 25-29
$330

Ever dream of working for National Geographic magazine? This camp combines writing, photography, art, and wilderness skills to help you become a master explorer. Produce your own magazine in this project-based camp like none other. 


Island Odyssey
Week 5: August 1-5
$330

This camp’s about the journey - not the destination. Learn different techniques for navigating around the wild, and create your own intricate scavenger hunt that explore areas of IslandWood no camper has dared to venture.


Dirt2Dinner SOLD OUT!

Week 6: August 8-12
$330

Dive deep into gardening, harvesting, and cooking in this cool camp for aspiring chefs. Explore how energy is transferred from sun to soil to seed, and then food back to the earth. Make your lunch each day with ingredients from IslandWood’s forest and garden, and maybe develop some recipes of your own. 

 

Full-day camps for campers entering 7th–9th grades

From 9:00 am-4:00 pm


The Hidden Forest  SOLD OUT!
Week 4: July 25-29
$310

Explore the hidden parts of IslandWood as you journey to places no camper has ever been before. You will slog through the bog, traverse the ravine, and bushwack around the pond to discover unknown parts of the forest. Your team will chart the uncharted in this camp that takes exploration to the next level.   


Pay It Forward
Week 6: August 8-12
$330

Want to change the world? Spend a week exploring how young people can create a positive impact on their local and global communities. Engage in different service learning opportunities, develop your leadership skills, and create your own plans for how you want to leave your mark on our planet. 

Volunteers in Outdoor Leadership (VOL)

Teen volunteer opportunities with IslandWood's Summer Program
From 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Session 1: July 5-8, July 11-15

Session 2: July 18-22, July 25-29

Session 3: August 1-5, August 8-12

Like kids? Like the outdoors? Want to spend a couple weeks working with both? IslandWood’s Volunteers in Outdoor Leadership (VOL) is an opportunity to test out your skills in connecting young people with Nature, as well as gain valuable experience in education. As a VOL, you will commit to 2 weeks of volunteering with IslandWood’s Nature Day Camps - working with a group of campers between 4 and 12 years old. Each group is led by an experienced educator, as well as a college intern for you to learn from.

Upon completion of your time at IslandWood, you will receive a certificate of service for 85 hours toward community service, and a possible reference for future employment.

Applicants must be entering 10th-12th Grade to be considered. 

Please send:

  • A letter of interest
  • Contact information for 2 - 3 references to:
    Volunteers in Outdoor Leadership
    Attn: Community Education Manager
    IslandWood
    4450 Blakely Ave. NE
    Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Applications will be reviewed between April 15 - May 15, 2016