Nature Rangers: ages 8-12

IMG_4006Join us for an adventuresome camp, exploring the diverse ecosystems of Magnuson Park! Due to popular demand, this camp has been extended to be a 5-day experience!

This camp will be filled with advanced nature science activities, plant/animal relationships, the forest and wetland food chains, learning about native plants and peoples, and gaining survival skills!

Hike the Park: Woodlands and Wetlands Camp

Monday Aug. 8th – Fri. August 12th

9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Fee: $225

SPARC camp code: #145692

Camp Director: Emily Bishton

Location: Magnuson CC-The Brig/Hawthorne Hills Room, Children’s Garden, & a wide variety of the park’s natural areas

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

This is a tree-mendous camp for kids who love adventure and exploration! We’ll explore the shady spots from the Kite Hill Forest to Promontory Point, and all the wetlands in between.

Magnuson Park’s woodland areas are 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 something special, such as Pileated Woodpeckers foraging in the snags or roosting Barn Owls! The Kite Hill forest and lake-shore edge woodlands are bordered by open fields, which makes them unique places to observe wildlife species that need access to both shady refuge and sunny meadows.

The wetland ponds are full of life!

The wetland ponds are full of life!

Magnuson’s wetlands are home to an amazing array of aquatic insects, waterfowl, and dragonflies: the Central Wetlands Complex is one of the best places in the Puget Sound region to see dragonflies and tree frogs, the Shore Ponds provide great nesting spots for ducks, and the original wetlands that developed after the Naval Air Station runways were demolished are still flourishing.

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 as we take our daily hikes.


This camper picked some spicy provisions!

We’ll pick daily “provisions” from the P-patch before each hike, create our own “explorer packs” with tools and supplies, and campers will also create handmade journals and nature crafts.  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.

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








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 and Magnuson Nature Docents

Day 1 Sign-in Location: Magnuson Brig/Hawthorne Hills Room

6344 NE 74th St. Seattle, WA 98115

(download a map)