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Kids Nature Day Camps in Puyallup & Tacoma

June 26-30, 2017 at Clark’s Creek Park in Puyallup with extended care and transportation from Tacoma with multiple theme choices running simultaneously this week for ages 6-12 from 9:30-3:30 Mon-Fri with extended care available from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM except Friday afternoon.

Camp includes optional swimming/wading and games/archery during lunchtime, depending on park rules, weather and other factors.  Campers are grouped with others closest to their age within our hallmark 6-1 average, 8-1 maximum student-teacher ratio that’s so critical for safe and profound outdoor experiences. You can also check out our day camps near Olympia and Lake Sammamish.

Camp Themes This Year:

For New Campers – The Wilderness Skills Sampler:

This theme is designed to provide participants with an overview of the skills that Wolf Camp offers. Registration is open for this theme – see below!  (Parents and family members are also invited to rsvp at our site for any of the simultaneous family classes running on the following topics that the kids at day camp will be experiencing on their itinerary:)

Monday Itinerary:

Morning Session: Wildlife Safety & Nature Awareness Skills
Lunchtime: Choice of Swimming, Archery & Nature Games (depending on park rules; bring lunch)
Afternoon Session: Natural Navigation plus Map & Compass

Tuesday Itinerary:

Morning Session: Wilderness Survival including Emergency Shelters
Lunchtime: Choice of Swimming, Archery & Nature Games (depending on park rules; bring lunch)
Afternoon Session: Traditional Fire Making including the Bow Drill & Fire Steel

Wednesday Itinerary:

Morning Session: Wild Edible Food Plants & Critters
Lunchtime: Choice of Swimming, Archery & Nature Games (depending on park rules; bring lunch)
Afternoon Session: Wild Plants for Medicine & Craft

Thursday Itinerary:

Morning Session: Literal Language of the Birds
Lunchtime: Choice of Swimming, Archery & Nature Games (depending on park rules; bring lunch)
Afternoon Session: Tracking & Trailing Animals

Friday Itinerary:

Morning Session: Rawhide Drums to Leather Pouches: Traditional Animal Hide Crafts
Lunchtime: Choice of Swimming, Archery & Nature Games (depending on park rules; bring lunch)
Afternoon Session:  Parents are invited to attend closing ceremonies from 2:00-3:30.

For Returning Campers – Advanced Nature & Survival:

Advanced Nature & Survival Day Camp: Click for a description or register below for this option only available to campers returning from prior years.

For Families – Wilderness Skills Classes:

Family Wilderness Skills Classes: Click for a description of our adult and family classes running all week, and parents may register  on our site, whether or not your children attend as well.

Camp Leaders

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris ChisholmKim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing professionally-trained staff instructors at our hallmark 6-1 average, 8-1 maximum student-teacher ratio that’s critical for safe, profound and fun outdoor experiences. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out camp testimonials dating all the way back to 1997!


Instruction runs Mon-Fri 9:30-3:30 with complimentary extended care available as early as 8:30 AM and as late as 4:30 PM except Friday afternoon. You can drop off directly at Clark’s Creek Park – South Entrance, 1700 12th Ave. SW in Puyallup, or scroll to bottom of this page for transportation options to/from Lakewood, University Place & Tacoma except Friday afteroon.

There is no aftercare or transportation on Friday afternoon. Instead, parents are invited to join us for closing ceremonies from 2:00-3:30 on Fridays.  The schedule includes classic songs and stories from 2:00-2:15, camper-lead workshops for parents from 2:15-3:15, and camp graduation certificate awards from 3:15-3:30. Please join us for closing ceremonies to help campers integrate the skills they learned back into their life!


Our regular day camp fees are $345 but in celebration of our 20th Anniversary we are offering our Puyallup Day Camps at just $295. To reserve your spot, make a $75 minimum deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival. The only additional expenses you may incur for camp are that you will need to pack a lunch and snacks every day, add van transportation or extended care if desired, and of course all campers need health insurance. Tuition includes choice of Wolf Camp Book or Organic T-Shirt at your first camp with us, and Washington Firesteel or Orienteering Compass at subsequent camps.

Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, and $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer.

Scholarships Availability: Our primary focus for scholarships is for residents of rural Pierce County and its cities. If you need financial assistance or want to apply for a merit scholarship, add to your camp Microsoft Word or PDF registration form answers to the 8 financial aid scholarship questions, or complete a merit scholarship project as described on that page. Alternatively, you can join your child to attend our affordable family classes which follow the exact same schedule as the in-depth sampler day camp.


Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone now for the Wilderness Skills Sampler with no prerequisite, or the Advanced Nature & Survival with prerequisite.

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form for each participant and send with a check deposit payable to Wolf Camp, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. You can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.

Or Use PayPal to register online securely with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Use the link below (might not be visible if you are using “reader view” on your phone or other device) or sign into and “send money” to our email address: (we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need)

Register Now for the Wilderness Skills Sampler with no prerequisite, or the Advanced Nature & Survival with prerequisite securely via PayPal: (account not necessary for debit and credit cards)
RSVP for Family Classes
Names/Ages of Participant(s):
Phone & Pickup/Dropoff Point:

Or email us to be put on our our list for this program in the future. We always keep your information absolutely private, and will never share it. You can also like our facebook page to keep in better touch, and once you’ve attended a program, please review us on our Better Business BureauYelpGoogle pages.

Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($75 for day programs, $175 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel for any reason, you may receive a full credit good through the following calendar year on appropriate and available programs listed on our schedule, although an additional deposit may be required to secure your spot in the future program. If a program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, you may receive a full refund except in case of natural (weather, geologic, etc) disasters, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us without expiration date for your future use in appropriate/available programs of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.

Day Camp Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’s

Day Camp Packing List

Day Camp Agreements for Participation

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

Extended Care Option

If you want to drop your camper off at the park before 9:30 a.m., or pick up after 3:30 p.m., you can take advantage of our extended care option available on-site at the park. There is no extended care available at vanpool rendezvous points. Campers utilizing this option will have a dedicated staff member leading them in activities, sometimes joining the overnight campers when appropriate.

In celebration of our 20th Anniversary of Wolf Camp, extended care is complimentary in Puyallup this summer. Normally, we charge the equivalent of $6/hr. for before/after care, payable at the end of the camp week.  We have parents write down the time when they “sign in” and “sign out” so we can keep track of that throughout the week, billing at $1 per 10 minute increment before 9:10 a.m. and after 3:50 p.m. Parents can pay their bill when they pick up at the end of the week on Friday. Please indicate your approximate drop-off and pick-up times upon registration.

Transportation Options for Tacoma, Lakewood & University Place

North Tacoma also serving University Place & Gig Harbor departing at 8:45 and returning at 4:10-4:15
at Tacoma Boys, 5602 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406. Cost is $60 for the week except no van on Friday afternoon.
Downtown Tacoma also serving Fife/NE/E Tacoma departing at 9:00 at the Portland Ave Shell Station, 2802 Portland Ave E; and returning at your choice of 3:50 at the Pioneer Ave Shell Station; or 4:30-4:35 back at the Portland Ave Shell Station, 2802 Portland Ave E. Cost is $60 for the week except no van on Friday afternoon.

(Not being used in 2017 but will be offered in 2018 is Lakewood also serving South Tacoma departing at 8:30 and returning at 4:00 off I-5 Hwy 512 (Exit 127) at the McDonald’s, 10417 South Tacoma Way. Cost is $60 for the week except no van on Friday afternoon.)

Planned for 2018! The Ezra Meeker Pioneer Camp:

Click for a full description of the Ezra Meeker Pioneer Camp inspired by the founder of Puyallup who traveled the Oregon Trail in 1852 with his wife Eliza and first child, as well as an original old farmhouse where Wolf Camp is now situated next to the park where day campers will visit to help on the re-created pioneer farm, plus visits to the Meeker Mansion and Pioneer Park where Ezra & Eliza built their first local cabin.

2 comments to Kids Nature Day Camps in Puyallup & Tacoma

  • Emily Thompson

    I am interested in enrolling my two daughters, ages 7 and 9 in the Wilderness Skills Nature Day Camp at Clarks Creek June 27-July 1. My plan is to drop off and pick up, so I don’t think additional transportation is needed. I am going to try the mail registration process I think. Is there shelter or something else in case of inclement weather?
    Thank you. Emily Thompson

    • Thanks Emily. We have the picnic shelter at Clark’s Creek South reserved all week in association with the Puyallup Parks & Rec department. We also bring canopies as needed. Please let us know if you have any additional questions, and we look forward to receiving your registration. Thanks again, – Chris & Kim

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