KEENs Pond to Pines

Outdoor Nature Day Camps 2021!

KEEN is excited to announce our 2021 Summer Camps.

Each camp and activity is carefully constructed to provide the ultimate nature-based learning environment while providing a FUN hands-on experience while following social distancing protocols. Depending on the COVID situation at the time, camp may be limited to a specific number of participants in order to maximize social distancing. We will track the recommendations closer to the final dates. Please register early and we will keep in close touch.

During our summer camp children learn through inquisitive and creative activities utilizing science, math, critical-thinking skills and a great deal of imagination!


Camp is for Pre-K-Middle School and is held at Helen McCabe State Park.

Camps are organized by age/grade level! See below for a description of each camp.

Camp runs June 21 through July 31. Each week is a new theme.
 

Pre-K to K camp is 9am-12pm and is offered Week 1 June 21-28.

Registration is open! Please click on the button above and register online. 

Cancellation Policy:

Because we are a non-profit entity, we cannot process cancellations after tuition is due May 1, 2021. Cancellations before that date will be processed as soon as possible. Thank you for understanding.

 

Camp Descriptions and Dates!

Operated by our friends at Washington Outdoor School who specialize in the little kiddos! 

The theme will be based around the book Over and Under the Pond and other stories that explore both the easy to see and hidden worlds of plants and animals living in Helen McCabe Park.

 

Pre-K camp runs 9am-12noon M-F 

Rate: $160

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ULTIMATE SURVIVOR           
Grades 1-3                             9am-3pm/Family Night

Rate: $350

Description – Think you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Learn to identify local edible plants and treat water, create an emergency shelter, learn to light a fire, and navigate with the stars. From Leave No Trace to first aid, learn all the essentials skills to survive in the wilderness… and BEYOND! The whole family can join us on Thursday evening for our Survivor campfire!

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PREDATOR PROWL  Grades K-2                           
T-F 9am-3pm

Rate: $300

Description – Lions, coyotes, and bears OH MY! Experience the thrill of the hunt as we explore our PNW predators and what adaptations these animals have to help them survive. Learn about predator-prey relationships and how to be safe in a carnivore’s territory. Find out what it’s like to be at the top of the food chain!

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THE KITTITAS EXPERIENCE                 
Grades 6-8 (Max 8 kids)          9am-3pm

Rate: $750

Description – Let’s get out of town! You’ll spend each day exploring a new adventure in the Kittitas Valley. Investigate a wind turbine, test your vertical skills on a wall of rock, explore a fire lookout, and discover the forest atop an equine friend.

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WAGONS WEST                   Grades 3-5                                     9am-3pm

Rate: $350

Description – Spend the week exploring Helen McCabe State Park as the pioneers may have. Learn how to pack the essentials for a long journey and participate in a live action Oregon Trail game. Write letters home on handmade paper and eat fireside goodies smeared with homemade butter! Create your own rag doll, play pioneer games, and learn about our Indigenous neighbors though oral storytelling, just like Laura did!

ULTIMATE SURVIVOR     Grades 3-5                                     
9am-3pm/Overnight

Rate: $550

Description – Think you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Learn to identify local edible plants and treat water, create an emergency shelter, learn to light a fire, and navigate with the stars. From Leave No Trace to first aid, learn all the essentials skills to survive in the wilderness… and BEYOND! Test your skills on our Thursday night campout at Helen McCabe State Park!

WILDERNESS WANDERERS                          Grades 6-8 (Max 8 kids)                         
9am-3pm/Overnight

Rate: $1250

Description – If you love to hike, camp, and love to test your limits, then grab your backpack! We’ll start the week learning about gear, food, Ten Essentials, navigation, and Leave No Trace. Then we’ll head into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area to test our skills on a four-day backpacking adventure! Are you up for the challenge? (Campers must be in good physical condition, although previous backpacking experience is not necessary. Limited gear is available to borrow).

WET & WILD                         Grades 3-5                                     
M-F 9am-3pm

Rate $350

Description – Water is LIFE! Spend the week soaking in every aquatic opportunity at camp. Learn about watersheds and riparian habitats, test water quality and investigate all the critters that live in the pond. Spend the heat of the summer days paddling around, fishing the depths, and learning water rescue techniques. And swimming, of course!

KEEN's Covid19 Camp Policy

KEEN is following the American Camp Association summer camp guidelines for business operations. The link is provided below.

 

Luckily, because we do not have any indoor facilities, our plan can be slightly simplified and social distancing is easier. 

 

Please take a look below and let us know if you have any additional questions.

https://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/coronavirus/camp-business/camp-operations-guide-summer-2020

https://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/coronavirus-information-camps

Mailing Address

414 South Willow Street

Ellensburg, WA 98926

kittitasee@ycic.org 

509-551-8807

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Our mission is to cultivate an active awareness and understanding of the endangered shrub-steppe, provide

nature-based education for all ages, and strengthen commitment to environmental stewardship.