Summer Nature Camps
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!
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.
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.