Outdoor Explorers week-long summer day camps for ages 7-12 explore Juneau's spectacular outdoors. Each day brings a new destination and the opportunity to learn, explore, and grow outside with old friends, new friends, and Discovery Southeast Naturalists.
Each week has a 7-9 year old camp and a 10-12 year old camp. Drop-off and pick up either 1) in the valley behind USFS headquarters at 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM, or 2) shuttle from Harborview Elementary 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM (space is limited). Itineraries change each week, and will be sent to parents in the week prior to camp. Weekly themes indicate a general focus for the week, but all weeks prioritize open time to explore outdoors each day.
*Registration for 7-9 year olds is now full, to be placed on the waitlist, please fill out the registration form, indicating your prefered waitlisted weeks. Thank you!
Week 1 - June 8-12 Eco-detectives: When you eat a blueberry, how are you also eating a salmon? Our goal is to answer this question and more and we connect the many pieces of our unique Juneau ecosystem.
Week 2 - June 15-19 Beach Week: Ever wondered what those creatures in our tidepools are? This is the week to grab some new friends, head to the beach, and find out.
Week 3 - June 22-26 Juneau Rocks: Juneau's landscape has some great stories to tell us, and we want to hear them! We will explore the area's natural history as told by glaciers, rocks, and landforms.
Week 4 - June 29-July 3 Up in the Air: Time to check out our feathered friends! This week will focus on some of the incredible birds that call Juneau home.
Week 5 - July 6-10 Marine Madness: Heading back to the beach, we will get to know a whole new round of sea creatures from marine mammals right down to our intertidal invertebrates. *This week is now full for ages 10-12. To be placed on the waitlist, please select "waitlist 10-12 years old" on the registration form.
Week 6 - July 13-17 Wilderness Explorers: We are taking on any and all terrain this week! With activities like fire and shelter building and navigation, we will use this week to build our outdoor skills toolbox. *This week is now full for ages 10-12. To be placed on the waitlist, please select "waitlist 10-12 years old" on the registration form.
Week 7 - July 20-24 Alpine Explorers: Its time to head up and snag some beautiful views. Whether we are taking the tram or hiking the hills ourselves, we will be able to enjoy a week above the trees. *This week is now full for ages 10-12. To be placed on the waitlist, please select "waitlist 10-12 years old" on the registration form.
Week 8 - July 27-31 Journey Downstream: From glaciers to wetlands, Juneau's watersheds never cease to amaze; let's explore them. Throughout the week, we will connect the different pieces of our aquatic ecosystems, and maybe even jump right in.*This week is now full for ages 10-12. To be placed on the waitlist, please select "waitlist 10-12 years old" on the registration form.
Week 9 - August 3-7 Our Wild Backyard: Juneau is home to a lot of unique critters! Our focus this week will be the terrestrial animals we live in harmony with. *This week is now full for ages 10-12. To be placed on the waitlist, please select "waitlist 10-12 years old" on the registration form.
Tuition is $220, and we proudly offer full and partial scholarships for every family for whom cost is a hardship. Consider our scholarship guidelines here, and please let us know if you’d like a scholarship or discount.
Before you register, please review our medical form and liability waiver. You’ll complete the blanks online during registration, and will be asked to sign it online—make sure you read it first!
We ask that each child brings a lunch, waterbottle, snacks, boots, and raingear each day. We can keep raingear and a change of clothes in the van for the week.
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. We ask that you limit registration to 3 weeks per child, and email us to be placed on the waitlist for additional weeks.
Please note, registration is not complete and your spot is not saved until we have recieved BOTH the online form and payment.
This program is supported by the US Forest Service, and partially funded by the City and Borough of Juneau through sales tax revenues.
Hey, Discovery Southeast is a non-profit, why is there tuition? We run a quality camp, with great staff and a high adult to child ratio. Even the full cost of $220 does not cover our expenses, and we rely on grants and donations to make our program available to Juneau families. We’re proud of our open scholarship program, and invite any family for whom tuition is a hardship to request a scholarship or discount.
Take a look back at our past summer adventures!
Check out the Outdoor Explorers videos from Summer 2010: