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

Our week-long summer day camps provide grades 1 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 1:6. 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:

  • Help students feel comfortable and safe in outdoor settings
  • Provide hands-on experiences that increase knowledge about Oregon’s 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 STEM practices, including scientific inquiry, community partnerships and applied learning.

Summer School dates:
TBD - Check back soon for our new Summer Camp dates

Who is eligible:  Students entering 1st through 8th grade 

What SEC provides: All standards-based environmental studies curriculum planning and instruction. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience fun, science-based activities outdoors in a supportive environment!

Curriculum:  Our education curricula revolves around innovative STEM practices, which include scientific inquiry, community partnerships and applied learning.

Our approach:  Our Summer Camp activities are led by certified and experienced environmental science educators; the teacher-student ratio is 1:6.   We work on a small scale so we can keep the student-to-instructor ratio low and ensure that the learning experience is of the highest quality for the students.

WhereLocal parks around the Salem area.

Cost $245/student. Select need-based tuition scholarships are available 

cool critters grades 1-3 & 4-5

Join us for an exciting, week-long adventure in learning about Oregon’s bugs, birds and other critters. We’ll visit local parks to see the awesome animals that live right in our neighborhoods. Learn how to pack an earth-friendly lunch and other ways to help the planet. 

Critters: Grade 1 -3 PDF Overview

Critters: Grade 4-5 PDF Overview


earth keepers grades 6-8

Be an Earth Keeper and discover how we can help the planet by taking care of nature right here in Oregon! Learn about earth-friendly farming, native habitats.

Earth Keepers: Grade 6-8 PDF Overview