Nature Day Camps for Portland-Vancouver

Day Camp Week of July 27-31, 2015 in collaboration with Columbia Springs Environmental Center

Scroll down to maps for transportation options available from Oregon City – Clackamas – Milwaukee – Gresham – Battle Ground – Ridgefield – Salmon Creek – Vancouver – Portland

This is a unique camp amongst our Western Washington locations designed for children ages 6-12, grouped with others closest to their age, in your choice of one of the following 3 theme options: Wildlife Search & RescueWilderness Survival CraftWild Cooking & Herbology

Day camper measures Skye Dog’s foot to compare with wild dog tracks.

Wildlife Search & Rescue

This theme is excellent for exploratory learners, but not recommended for asperger spectrum students, as the itinerary diverges daily based on wildlife “finds” and other learning opportunities.

Wildlife Search & Rescue celebrates its 18th year this summer with a new field trip to our nearest wildlife rescue sanctuary. You’ll also be learning from Search & Rescue volunteers on our staff how to navigate in the wilderness, then track and rescue lost people!

We’ll also head into the field every day for great wildlife tracking to learn everything about the maker of tracks. You’ll discover what it’s like to be a bird or other animal, using sensory awareness to know everything that’s going on around you, and by learning the language of the birds.

We’ll work together to make plaster casts of favorite animal tracks, craft tracking sticks, safely move through the woods, and investigate trails, lays, larders, and other signs of life all around. This camp is full of exciting, interactive, challenging and cooperative games, as campers learn to work as a team to develop skills of leadership, cooperation, patience, orienteering, dexterity, fun.

Day camper peeks out from a “debris hut” made during a mock survival scenario at camp.

Wilderness Survival Craft

This theme is excellent for anyone interested in the projects and lessons we cover, and especially great for hands-on learners.

Wilderness Survival Craft celebrates its 17th year this summer. Re-create a traditional way of life, honoring the gifts of wood, stone, fire and water. We’ll follow the critical order of survival, practicing emergency response scenarios, building warm shelter, purifying drinking water, making safe fire, and preparing the most important plants for survival food.

Campers will also witness bow drill fire by friction and then work with a team to practice it themselves. They will learn aidless navigation for lostproofing, and craft tools of stone, including a course knife. They will make rabbit sticks and other honorable hunting implements, learning that all life – plant, animal and mineral – is sacred to be respected.

Day camper displays flowers for herbal sachet

Wild Cooking & Herbology

This theme is excellent for focused learners, as it is like a mini college course on herbalism (although very hands-on) and therefore not recommended for adhd students.

Wild Cooking & Herbology celebrates its 16th year this summer. Explore the fields, forests, prairies, streams, ponds, bogs, seashores, and backyards of our beautiful region to discover wild foods and medicines growing everywhere. Campers will work with more than even the top 10 most important plants of their area, and be able to identify their look-alikes.

The kids will also learn to start and use fire safely, cook with ancient and modern methods, spin natural rope, purify drinking water, and come home with oils and creams they blended with herbs to heal common ailments, among other accomplishments.

We wish parents could watch the unfolding of this camp week, because the journey for these young chefs and healers is amazing. From discovering wild foods and medicine, to investigating their properties, to fully utilizing their gifts, and finally being able to tell their true stories, campers develop more real skill than you might imagine.

Camp Leaders:Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm

Kim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing staff instructors. In fact, Kim herself will be lead instructor for Wild Cooking & Herbology!

Columbia Springs has been running day camps in this location for years, and this is the second year Wolf Camp is coming in to collaborate. For a taste of what’s it will be like, click here to read day camp testimonials dating back to 1997!

Direct Pickup/Dropoff Times: (scroll down for van transportation options)

Camp runs Mon-Fri 9:00-3:00. You can drop off and pick up directly at Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy  Vancouver, WA 98683.  Scroll down to see the maps for Van Transportation Options which are available for an additional fee.

Families are also invited to attend closing ceremonies at Columbia Springs on Friday from 1:30-3:00. The schedule for closing ceremonies on Friday includes camp graduation certificate awards from 1:30-1:45, classic stories from the camp week from 1:45-2:00, camper-lead workshops on each of the 3 week’s themes from 2:00-2:45, and parent comments and questions from 2:45-3:00.

If you are interested in adding van transportation from your area, scroll down to see van routes from Oregon City, Clackamas, East Portland, Vancouver, Battle Ground, Salmon Point & Ridgefield for $15-$45 extra per week. However, if you also can’t attend closing ceremonies on Friday and would like your camper to add a van ride home Friday afternoon, please double your vanpool rate listed at the bottom of this page.


$250 per camper, including all expenses except optional transportation below.

Registration for the week of August 18-22, 2014:

Registration is now open for ages 6-12. Click here to register!

To add vanpool transportation, first make sure you have reserved a spot for camp, then take a look at the detailed van routes displayed below, and register for van transportation directly with us here at the Wolf College. Options include:
Option 1: Check/Mail/Email Vanpool Registration Option: Send with a check deposit payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St SW, Puyallup WA 98371 with a full payment for vanpool point as described above. Please include your child’s name, pickup/dropoff point, a list of people who may pick-up your child, and cell phone numbers for each of those people.Option 2: Credit/Debit Card Vanpool Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone with a credit card.Option 3: PayPal Vanpool Registration Option: Register online securely with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account:
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Day Camp Preparation: Agreements & Packing List

Day Camp Agreements for Participation

Day Camp Packing List

Vanpool Route Maps & Descriptions:

OREGON I-205 ROUTE serving areas east of Portland: Driver is Wolf Camp Founder & Director Chris Chisholm with an assistant. Maximum Occupancy 12 Campers.

Oregon City – Lake Oswego – Tualatin Collector departing at 8:00 and returning at 4:00 (Interestate 205 off Exit 8 at the Life Support Community Center, 4985 Willamette Falls, West Linn 97068) – ($45/wk not including Friday afternoon- email if clarification needed)
Milwaukee – Clackamas Collector departing at 8:15 and returning at 3:45 (First camp family to reserve a spot at this pick-up point gets to choose which stop we use: • Milwaukee Expy & I-205 Exit 13 at the Big K-Mart, 13750 SE Johnson Rd 97222; or • I-205 Exit 14 at the Clackamas Sunnyside Inn, 12855 SE 97th Ave 97015) – ($35/wk not including Friday afternoon- email if clarification needed)
East Portland – Gresham Collector departing at 8:25 and returning at 3:35 (I-205 Exit 19 at Burgerville, 3504 SE 92nd Ave 97266) – ($25/wk not including Friday afternoon- email if clarification needed)
Northeast Portland & East I-84 Interchange Collector departing at 8:40 and returning at 3:20 (I-205 Exit 23 at the Quality Inn & Suites, 9727 NE Sandy Blvd 97220) – ($15/wk not including Friday afternoon- email if clarification needed)

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WA I-5 ROUTE serving Central Portland, Vancouver & Points North: Driver is Wolf Camp Administrator Andrew Jacobs with an assistant. Maximum Occupancy 12 Campers.

Kelso – Woodland – Ridgefield Collector departing at 8:00 and returning at 4:00 (I-5 Exit 14 at the Chevron Station, 5801 Pioneer St, Ridgefield 98642) – ($35/wk not including Friday afternoon- email if clarification needed)
North Vancouver – Salmon Creek Collector departing at 8:15 and returning at 3:40 (I-5 / I-205 Interchange at Burgerville, 13309 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver WA 98686 or if the new Park-N-Ride is completed, then we’ll meet there for the easiest on/off access.) – ($25/wk not including Friday afternoon- email if clarification needed)
Central Vancouver – North Portland Collector departing at 8:30 and returning at 3:20 (I-5 East Mill Plain Blvd exit at the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District Offices, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver 98663) – ($15/wk not including Friday afternoon- email if clarification needed)

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BATTLE GROUND – ORCHARDS ROUTE: Driver is Logistics Coordinator & Camp Instructor Patrick Wiley with assistants. Maximum Occupancy 8 Campers.

Battle Ground Collector departing at 8:20 and returning at 3:40 from Maple Grove Elementary School, 610 SW Eaton Blvd 98604. ($25/wk not including Friday afternoon- email if clarification needed)
East Vancouver – Orchards Collector departing at 8:35 and returning at 3:25 in front of the Subway Sandwich Shop, 5620 NE Gher Road 98662. ($15/wk not including Friday afternoon- email if clarification needed)

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