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Outdoor Explorers


Our week-long summer day camps for ages 7-12 are spent exploring the trails and beaches, flora and fauna of Juneau's spectacular wilderness setting. Each day's destination is a new place and experience as children learn to be safe, confident, and responsible outside while having a great time with old and new friends. In addition to hikes and explorations, each week features role-play games, an art project, and an age-appropriate outdoor presentation by a local expert on the natural history of Southeast Alaska.

Registration Process

Register through the drop-down menus below, and then send a completed copy of the medical and release form to oceaned@discoverysoutheast.org. Member price for each week is $175, and non-member price is $195 - each child is limited to three weeks. If our child would like to attend weeks beyond that, we will be happy to place them on the waitlist. For program and registraion questions, contact the above email or call 463-1500. Cancellations incur a $25 cancellation fee, and are otherwise fully refunded up to one week prior to the session.  Within one week, refunds are only possible if we are able to fill the spot off the waitlist, and will incur the cancellation fee if so.

Scholarships are available for any child who needs one. Please contact us to learn more.  


Member Registration


Non-Member Registration


2014 Outdoor Explorers Summer Day Camp Weekly Themes
(we will list a note when sessions are reaching near capacity) 

Week 1 - June 9-13 Juneau Rocks:
Learn about geology, mining history and more.

(4 spaces left)


Week 2 - June 16-20 Beach Week:
Explore low tide and learn about intertidal life.

(0 spaces left, to be placed on  the waitlist,
contact oceaned@discoverysoutheast.org)


Week 3 - June 23-27 Plant to Plate:
Learn about Juneau's edible plants and at-home agriculture.

(0 spaces left, to be placed on  the waitlist, 
contact oceaned@discoverysoutheast.org)


Week 4 (10-12 year olds) - June 30-July 4 Wilderness Adventures:
A different adventure everyday. Past adventures include river rafting, ropes courses, kayaking, and SUP.

(3 spaces left)


Week 5 - July 7-11 Our Wild Backyard:
 Head out the door and discover your wild side!

(0 spaces left, to be placed on  the waitlist, 
contact oceaned@discoverysoutheast.org)


Week 6- July 14-18 Marine Madness:
More beaches, more fun with low tide.

(0 spaces left, to be placed on  the waitlist, 
contact oceaned@discoverysoutheast.org)


Week 7- July 21-25 Journey Downstream:
 How do watersheds work? From streams to lakes, and the ocean!

(2 spaces left)

Week 8- (10-12 year oldsJuly 28-August 1 Alpine Explorers:
Gain a perspective from above.

(8 spaces left)


Week 9 - August 4-8 Eco-detectives:
 Connect the clues to find out how nature works.

(3 spaces left)



Details about the program

Groups consist of 12 participants ages 7-9 or 10-12, with two to three adult naturalists. Participants must dress appropriately for each day's weather and terrain, and need to bring their own water and lunches.

Daily camp times are from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Fridays are a half day excursion from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, followed by a parent picnic from 1:00 - 3:00 PM. Parents may join their campers on Friday afternoons for an outdoor potluck picnic and a celebration of the week's fun activities and accomplishments. All Fridays this summer will be Parent Days! Join the potluck action and enjoy the afternoon with nature-minded folks of all ages.

Transportation is provided from Riverbend Elementary School (8:30 AM and 4:00 PM) and Harborview Elementary School (9:00 AM and 3:30 PM). 

Itineraries vary from week to week. Locations we often use include Point Bridget/Cowee Meadow, Windfall Lake, Point Louisa, Outer Point, Eaglecrest, Montana Creek, Dredge Lakes, West Glacier Trail, and the Dan Moller Cabin. Fridays are typically spent at Auke Village Recreation Area or Sandy Beach.


Take a look back at our past summer adventures!

2011 Outdoor Explorers Archive

2012 Outdoor Explorers Archive

This program is partially funded by the City and Borough of Juneau through sales tax revenues.


Check out the Outdoor Explorers videos from Summer 2010: