A NATURE IMMERSION* CAMP
Camp Terra® is located on 5 acres of private undeveloped native forest land in the Paradise Ridge area of beautiful Vashon Island, Washington. Camp Terra provides an opportunity for children to immerse themselves in nature and provides opportunities for a stimulating, hands-on approach to environmental education. *Nature Immersion is defined as “unstructured free time in nature resulting in an intimate, deep and personal connection to the natural world”.
The camp atmosphere is non-competitive, allowing group bonding and encouraging individual empowerment. The Camp Terra program is designed by internationally recognized Forest Schools Expert and Nature Immersion Specialist Erin Kenny. Camp Terra has the same interest-led flow programming as the Cedarsong® Forest Kindergarten, using The Cedarsong Way® teaching method. We accept up to two high functioning autism spectrum or ADHD diagnosed children in each of our camps.
- Making herbal medicine and magic potions
- Learning about native plants and animals
- Nature games and crafts
- Musical Jams
- Creating secret hideouts in the forest
- Making forest decorations
- Storytelling around the campfire
Camp Terra® Summer Program
Each summer session of Camp Terra runs for four consecutive days. For Sessions 2, 3, 4 and 5, the schedule is 10am-3pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 10am-5pm on Thursday when we stay later for the cookout. For Session 1, the schedule is 10am-3pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 10am-5pm on Wednesday when we stay later for the cookout. An optional camp-out is available for Session 1 only and kids who choose to camp over with us take a night hike, eat s’mores, stay up late, sleep in a group tent and are served breakfast in the morning. Cost for each camp session is $300 per child, plus $100 additional for the optional camp-out. Register early – enrollment is limited to only 12 kids per session and these sessions fill up by March. Scholarships are always available; please do not hesitate to ask.
Contact our office by email for a registration form
Session 1 – June 26-29: boys and girls, ages 8-12 (2 spots left)
Session 2 – July 10-13: boys and girls, ages 4-8
Session 3 – July 17-20: boys and girls, ages 4-8
Session 4 – July 24-27: boys and girls, ages 4-8 (4 spots left)
Session 5 – August 14-17: boys and girls, ages 4-8 (1 spot left)
Session 6 – August 21-24: boys and girls, ages 4-8 (2 spots left)
Saturday Camp Terra® for 6-9 year olds (FULL FOR 2016-2017)
2017-2018 Schedule: 10am-2pm every first and third Saturday of the month from September through June. You can choose to enroll in one session or both.
Tuition is $450 for each session of this ten month program and must be pre-paid in full at the time of enrollment. Contact our office by email for an application.
*Older or younger on a case-by-case basis in each session*
Parent Feedback about Camp Terra
“You know what I think is one of the neatest things about the nature camp days? That the kids, particularly George, just wants to stay outside once we get home. You’d think they’d want to run in and do their inside stuff…. 🙂 But George is still outside…” – parent of two 2015-2016 Saturday camp kids
“Elly is still talking about her week at Camp Terra. On her first day of camp she was a little unsure of meeting new girls but was very comfortable with Erin. When we talked the first evening about her day she said she could not wait until tomorrow. When asked why, she replied, ‘I GET TO GO TO CAMP TERRA.” She was ready to do her first camp out after the second day of camp. She talked about her experience with nettles and using plantain. We often take walks with other little girls and Mom’s and Elly is always having them try fresh fir needles and salmon berries along the trail. She plans on coming back next year. I have been raving about this camp to all of the Mom’s I know. Thank you again for a memorable and educational experience.”
” I just wanted to send you a heartfelt thank you for your time spent with Kincaid this past week. He really had such an amazing time with you both and seemed to get so much out of the entire experience. His reflections about his week and his energy/spirit as he talked about it just made my heart ache in the best of ways. I love that my boy truly engages with all of these moments and that he is so at home in the woods…he told me today that he is not putting shoes on until school starts!! Thanks again for providing our kids with this opportunity and for loving them so well while they are in it. We will be looking forward to next year.”