2020 Nature Day Camp

at the Yakima Area Arboretum 


Weekly, Monday - Friday, 9am - 3pm.*

*Camps run weekly June 15 through August 21, 2020


Camp Fee: $180/week/child
YAA Member's Camp Fee (Fir and above): $162/week/child (Use promo code YAAMEMBER to receive your discount)

Your child's spot will not be held and discounts will not apply until full tuition is paid or you have made direct contact with YAA staff about your payment options.

To reduce confusion the Yakima Area Arboretum has moved to a school-grade limit to determine camp readiness for your child. We will only allow campers that have completed a full year of Kindergarten and are going into the 1st grade to attend camp.  Campers can expect to walk 2+ miles a day during camp and work in groups up to 15.


Every child deserves the opportunity to go to Nature Day Camp. Therefore, we are proud to offer scholarship funds for deserving families and campers in our community that are in need of financial assistance.

Please note that our scholarship funds are limited and applications must be turned into the Arboretum by May 24th, 2020. Arboretum staff will contact all applicants by June 1st about the status of their scholarship application(s). Any scholarships awarded after June 1st will be based on availability of funds, date application(s) is submitted, and information provided on the application(s).

To learn more about the Arboretum's scholarship fund please download this Scholarship Application.

*Scholarships are limited to 1 week of camp per child and up to 3 children per family. Selected awards are not guaranteed to receive full amount requested on application*

Submit completed applications via email, fax, mail, or in person to:

Yakima Area Arboretum
1401 Arboretum Drive
Yakima, WA  98901
Hours: Mon - Sat, 9AM to 5PM
Phone: 509-248-7337

Fax: 509-248-8197
Email: info@ahtrees.org

Health and Registration Form

Each child is required to have a completed "Health and Registration Form" on file with the Arboretum staff before starting camp. Download the form here or pick one up in the Arboretum's Jewett interpretive Center. Turning these forms in early will help us better serve your child/children.


Health and Registration Form

Submit completed Health and Registration Forms via email, fax, mail, or in person to:

Yakima Area Arboretum

1401 Arboretum Drive
Yakima, WA  98901
Hours: Mon - Sat, 9AM to 5PM
Phone: 509-248-7337
Fax: 509-248-8197
Email: info@ahtrees.org






1401 Arboretum Drive
Yakima, WA 98901


Yakima Area Arboretum

Cancellation/Refund Policy

If you need to cancel your child's Nature Day Camp session for any reason, please contact us immediately.  If the session is cancelled with at least 21 days notice you will receive a full refund minus a $30 processing fee.  If the session is cancelled with less than 21 days, no refund will be given

After Camp Childcare

Pre-arranged after camp child care available from 3 pm - 5 pm ($15/child/hour). Call the Arboretum at 509-248-7337 to make arrangements



Don't spend your summer indoors! Discover how much fun it is to spend  time outdoors, exploring, playing, and learning about nature!

The Yakima Area Arboretum is committed to offering first rate environmental education to our Nature Day Campers.  We believe that facilitating positive outdoor experiences while developing an understanding of local ecology can yield a powerful and lasting educational experience that helps create more informed, sensitive, and thoughtful citizens.  We strive to provide a collaborative learning environment that blends the arts, sciences, and playfulness, that actively engages the hearts, hands, and minds of our students.

This year for the summer camp season, we've created and changed some of our camp themes. These themes will help guide the games, lessons, activities, and exploration of each camp throughout the week to offer a wider variety for multi-week campers and a more focused week based on your child's interest. While these seem like big changes, just know that Nature Day Camp will have all the fun experiences that campers and parents have come to expect from this program for the past several years. Check out our themes below for 2020!

Camp tuition includes one (1) T-shirt and twice daily snacks. 

Campers should come prepared each day with:

  • Sunscreen already applied
  • Backpack
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Durable clothes and shoes that can get wet and dirty 


2020 Schedule & Camp Themes:


Explorers (1st-3rd) and Survivors (4th-7th)

Kids learn the basics of what it takes to explore and survive in the wilderness. Both groups will learn the basics of what to bring on a trip in the wilderness and what to do if you're lost. Explorers will focus on what to look for while walking (plants, wildlife, safety, etc.) through games, creature features, and projects. Survivors will create a survival shelter, learn about ways to get clean water, learn what’s needed to build a fire, and how identify native plants and animals. Survivor is our most popular camp!

Week 1- June 15 to June 19

Week 7- July 27 to July 31

Week 10- August 17 to August 21


Art and Nature (1st-3rd) and Creature Creations (4th-7th)  

Campers will be inspired to create natural art and recreate engineering feats found in the natural world. Art and Nature campers will use natural materials to use for art projects which may include making their own creatures, wind chimes, and other fun projects that they will get to take home. Creature Creations campers will learn from lessons that include making "owl pellets" to dissect at home, bird nest weaving, and more.

Week 2- June 22 to June 26

Week 8- August 3 to August 7

Creeks (1st-3rd) and Rivers (4th-7th)

Campers will get wet this summer with a week of water exploration. Discover the critters that live in our water, learn where our water comes from, and cool off with water inspired games. This was formerly our “Water World” camp.

Week 3- June 29 to July 3

Week 6- July 20 to July 24


Funky Forests (1st-3rd and 4th-7th)

Campers learn about what goes on in our forests. Both groups will learn the basics of what makes up our forests and what the trees there can tell us! They’ll learn about how forest fires move through terrain, what you can find in the forest above and below ground, and the effects of removing too many trees from the landscape!  

Week 4- July 6 to July 10


Leap, Slither, and Crawl (1st-3rd) and Call, Growl, and Howl (4th-7th)

Explore the creatures of the Yakima Area Arboretum. Younger campers spend their days looking for smaller creatures that might be leaping, slithering, or crawling through the grounds and trees. Older campers learn about larger and stealthier animals, focusing on their sounds and identifying their tracks.

Week 5- July 13 to July 17

Week 9- August 10 to August 14

Please Keep In Mind

Please help your child put on sunscreen and insect repellent before camp! 

Send your child to camp with weather appropriate clothing since we will be learning and playing outside rain or shine!  Please select clothing that is not expensive or new.  Pack an extra set of clothing to keep in your child’s camp-cubby, just in case!

Choose lightweight lunch foods that do not need to be refrigerated since we will be packing our lunches and picnicking often.  No need for heavy drinks since we will have our water bottles with us.

Any necessary medications must be included on the registration form or explained to camp staff during sign in. Campers with potentially life-saving medication or medical devices (inhaler, epi-pen) CANNOT participate if they do not have the medication or device at camp.

Camp staff will have extra sun block, insect repellant, and itch relief ointment along with a complete first-aid kit including topical antibiotic and Benadryl.  If you have concerns about these over-the-counter products being offered to your camper if she/he is in need, please talk with camp staff during sign in/out.  All staff are First Aid/CPR certified.

We will be traveling to offsite locations such as Sarg Hubbard Park, Robertson’s Landing, and Sherman Park during the week. At these times all campers are advised to use facilities provided at the Arboretum before leaving. Once we have left Arboretum grounds, we will be using facilities provided at the various locations that may not be as well kept. Please speak with camp director Garrett Brenden if you believe this may be an issue for your camper(s).

Nature Day Camp is Sponsored by the Following Organizations: