About Outdoor Explorers...
Exciting 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.
Register through the drop-down menus below, and then send a completed copy of the medical and release form to firstname.lastname@example.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.
Scholarships are available for any child who needs one. Please contact us to learn more.
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.
Week 2 - June 16-20 Beach Week:
Explore low tide and learn about intertidal life.
Week 3 - June 23-27 Plant to Plate:
Learn about Juneau's edible plants and at-home agriculture.
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.
Week 5 - July 7-11 Our Wild Backyard:
Head out the door and discover your wild side!
Week 6- July 14-18 Marine Madness:
More beaches, more fun with low tide.
Week 7- July 21-25 Journey Downstream:
How do watersheds work? From streams to lakes, and the ocean!
Week 8- (10-12 year olds) July 28-August 1 Alpine Explorers:
Gain a perspective from above.
Week 9 - August 5-9 Eco-detectives:
Connect the clues to find out how nature works.
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!
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: