School is out, now let's get outside to learn!

Our week-long summer day camps provide students grades 2 through 8 a wonderful opportunity to experience fun, science-based activities outdoors in a supportive environment. Camps are led by certified and experienced environmental science educators and boast a teacher-student ratio of 1:10. Our students enjoy an in-depth learning experience involving Oregon's bugs, birds and other wildlife by visiting local parks and natural areas to see first-hand the animals that live right in our neighborhoods.

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Our summer camp goals are to:

  • Help students feel comfortable and safe in outdoor settings
  • Provide hands-on experiences that increase knowledge about Oregon’s environment and natural resources
  • Inspire curiosity, cooperation and multi-sensory connections with nature
  • Teach campers how to be good stewards of our natural world

Our standards-based outdoor school curricula revolve around innovative STEAM practices, including scientific inquiry, community partnerships and applied learning.


2018 Summer Camp Dates:                                                                                                                                                               
Nature Rangers | July 9-13, 2018 | Students entering Grades 2-3 (Tuition: $235/child) 

Wild Trackers | July 16-20, 2018 | Students entering Grades 4-5 (Tuition: $275/child) 

Wilderness Quest | July 23-27, 2018 | Students entering Grades 6-8 (Tuition: $295/child) 

Where: Local parks and natural areas in the Willamette Valley. The drop-off/pick-up location for each day (with the exception of Friday for Grades 4-5 and 6-8) is at the Eco Hub

Camp Hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.  Check-in at the Eco Hub begins at 7:30 am. After-camp care from 4:00-5:00 pm will be provided by staff for an additional $5/day. 

Each camp is limited to 10 participants. Camps for Grades 4-5 and 6-8 include an overnight camp-out on Thursday night. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. 


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Applications (PDF): Deadline: Friday, June 1                                                                                                    
Nature Rangers (Students entering Grades 2-3) 

Wild Trackers (Students entering Grades 4-5) 

Wilderness Quest (Students entering Grades 6-8) 

Please fill out your application, either online or by hand, and print out a completed hard copy. Hard copies, with your form of payment can be: 

  • Mailed to P.O. Box 12363 Salem, OR 97309
  • Dropped off at the Eco Hub (1313 Mill Street SE, Suite 107, Salem, OR 97301 |Tuesday-Thursday from 12-5 pm) 

Applications can also be filled out in person, by parents and students, at the Eco Hub (Tuesday-Thursday from 12-5 pm). Payments will not be processed or deposited until the first day of camp. 

For any questions or for more information, email info@straubcenter.org or call 503-779-5227.