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Classic Beach Camps


Since 2000, NRNC has played host to numerous popular summer day camps at Luhr Beach. Led by the Education Director and many volunteer counselors, these camps are designed to connect students ages 7-12 with nature through a hands-on, inquiry-based science program. Each 3-day camp enrolls approximately 15-20 students. 

Our summer camps emphasize basic science concepts through engaging activities, educational games and free time on the beach. Workbooks given to each student contain information about beach etiquette guidelines, worksheets for recording data, word games, and puzzles, as well as identification pages for local estuary plants and animals.

In addition to the NRNC core curriculum, new elements are introduced each year. These include guest speakers and innovative activities. Past presentations have focused on the geology of sand/mud, nature journaling, bird facts/myths , salmon life cycle and habitat, prey/predator relationships, dogfish and squid dissection, deep-sea diving in Puget Sound, fly fishing, nature mapping, and much more. Many campers return year after year to build on and refresh what they experienced the previous summer.


We look forward to seeing you for our 2020 summer camps! If you have any questions, please contact April Roe, NRNC Education Director, at aprilroe@nisquallyestuary.org.

2020 Classic Beach Summer Camps

Click the links below to sign up!


July 20-22 Classic Beach Camp Session 2 (Ages 10-12)

August 3-5 Classic Beach Camp Session 1 *Rescheduled from June* (Age 7-9)

August 19-21 Classic Beach Camp Session 3 (Age 9-11)


Important Reminders

  • All Classic Beach Summer Camps are from 9 AM – 4 PM. Before care (8 AM) and aftercare (until 5 PM) is available at an additional cost ($15/hr).
  • Before you pay for camp make sure you have filled out an online registration form found by clicking the blue buttons above.
  • Payment options: You can bring or mail a check to 4949 D Milluhr Dr NE Olympia WA 98516 or pay online using the sign up links above.
  • Scholarship Assistance: It is part of our mission to be accessible to students of all financial backgrounds. For more information and to apply, click the button below.

For Older Students

In addition to the Classic Beach Camps for younger students, the center also hosts more robust 6-day advanced science adventure camps for students aged 12-17. Click the links below to learn more.