Summer Nature Camps

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Registration still open* for
Calyx Nature Camps 2020!
at South Whidbey State Park
for ages 5-10
June 29 - July 23, 2020
9:00am - 3:00pm
*COVID-19 Update for Calyx Camp Families

We have all been challenged to find our way, and called to step into a position of deeper awareness and mindful action as we navigate this current complex moment; a moment that is characterized by uncertainty and disconnection on one hand, but also unprecedented global solidarity and love on the other. At Calyx, we stand in solidarity with those within our own community, and the global community, who are most vulnerable and, thus, disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. 

Calyx endorses a science and data driven response to COVID-19. Under Washington’s Safe Start recovery plan, outdoor camps will be allowed under Phase 3, so long as they comply with ongoing physical distancing requirements and safety protocols for participants and employees. In deciding whether or not to hold camp in person this year, we are considering a number of factors. We will defer first to Washington's Safe Start plan. We will also consider whether we feel like we can provide a healthy and safe experience for children, their families and our greater community. We are continuing to gather information and learn from the experience of others who are farther along in their own processes of addressing the pandemic. 


Currently, Calyx mentors are discussing various options, as we develop new protocols and ways of being together physically that increase opportunities for shared outdoor learning experiences while also helping to decrease health risks to our community. Calyx started responding to COVID-19 in January, when we adapted our daily Calyx School flow to better safeguard the health of our community. Some of our tools are ready. Others are being handcrafted with loving intention. We are all very eager to be back together, in person. And yet, we will continue to take a measured approach in our decision-making. We believe this will continue to serve us all in the short and long term. 


If we are not able to hold camp in person, we will provide creative Calyx Nature Camp zoom options inspired by our learning over these last two months at Calyx's Online Outdoor School and our new Calyx Connects program. This is not our first choice. We know lots of you may be starting to feel a little zoomed out! But if that's what we've got, that's what we will use in new and creative ways.


So, step by step.... We will get through this together. And we will keep you informed as we go. Please know that you will not be under any financial obligation if we cannot hold camp in person and you decide not to participate in an online outdoor option. You do not need to make that decision now, but we want you to know this. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions! 

Calyx Nature Camps combine good, old fashioned outdoor forest fun, with plenty of time for nature connection, exploration, creativity and discovery. Our mixed-age Nature Camps for children ages 5-10 are led by our experienced educators and mentors. We hope you will join us for yet another summer of exploration and play!

Camp Costs

One week of Camp costs $195-$325 and is based on a sliding fee scale.*

*Calyx Nature Camp fees are based on a sliding fee scale of $195 - $325 per week. Although the real cost of one week of camp is $325, Calyx works to make its programs available below cost to ensure they are accessible to all families. In figuring out how much to pay, we ask you to consider what you can afford, what you would or do pay for a comparable camp, and how much Calyx programming is worth to you. We know that in some cases, your ability to pay will not match the worth that you ascribe to the experience. We understand. We ask you to pay what you can within that range. And, if you are able to pay more, please do as it helps ensure ongoing Calyx programming, and to ensure diversity within our programming. Please know that we will turn no child away due to the inability to pay, and please let us know if you are in need of scholarship support.

2020 Camps

Join us for 1, 2, 3 or all 4 of our Summer Nature Camps!

Camps run Monday - Thursday from 9am - 3pm.

To enroll your child for Calyx Summer Camp, please complete the registration form by clicking the yellow button above. Payment is due at the time of registration.


Checks can be made out to SEA and sent to Calyx at P.O. Box 1366, Freeland WA 98249.

To pay by credit card, please contact Maisie Greer at


Registration will be considered complete upon receipt of payment.

Week 1: Monday, June 29 - Thursday, July 2

Be the Change: Earth Warrior Camp

Calling all Earth Warriors! Join Calyx as we explore the warrior within through story, collaboration, physical challenges and forest fun. We will challenge our bodies, minds, and hearts as we deepen our connection to the earth and each other, and explore what it means to walk the path of an earth warrior. How does kindness, compassion, justice and honor guide you down your path? What does the earth have to teach us about community, diversity and interdependence? We will explore these questions as we wander and explore, learning earth skills and creating earth challenge courses together.

Week 2: Monday, July 6 - Thursday, July 9

The Nature of Tinkering

What happens when we dismantle everyday machines and allow our imaginations to see not only what is there, but to discover what is possible? Inviting all tinkerers, dreamers, artists, and inventors to join us for daily forest explorations of nature’s own inventions and a rare opportunity to deconstruct and experiment with everyday objects and to dream, innovate, and create something entirely new. Local artist-maker Bin Greer will join us this week, sharing his expertise in guiding processes of discovery, experimentation, risk-taking, and creation.

Week 3: Monday, July 12 - Thursday, July 16

Singing With The Plant Nation

Join us for a week of celebration of all things green and branchy! Plant whisperer Silvi Vulpini joins Calyx for a week of plant exploration and study. Campers will weave and cord ropes from plant fibers, explore edible and medicinal varieties, hone plant identification skills, learn about respectful harvesting practices, and sing their gratitudes with the summer symphony of South Whidbey State Park. Find out what beauty we can create with our plant brothers and sisters.

Week 4: Monday, July 20 - Thursday, July 23

Forest Kin, Forest Ways: Finding Our Way Home

Excite your passion for the outdoors, discover how to move through the forest unseen, and awaken your senses through a week of trail fun, exploration and connection. This camp will be almost exclusively on the trails, with a trail drop off each morning. Together, we will explore and learn the stories of the forest as we explore traditional orientation and mapping tools, and the role of story within these ancestral ways. As we discover the way we inhabit the forest and the world, we will create our own stories and songs, and map our journey through the week. Come explore, connect, play and learn with us on the trails of South Whidbey State Park!

PO Box 1366, Freeland WA 98249

office: 360.331.4811

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