Tualatin Riverkeepers’ summer day camp program welcomes youth between the ages of 4 and 13. Camps foster an appreciation and love of nature through place-based, hands-on experiential learning: lessons and activities are designed to develop campers’ self-confidence, problem solving skills, and understanding of their ecological niche. While exploring, learning, and having fun, campers will build memories that last a lifetime!

What makes TRK camps unique


We play and learn outside! Typically less than an hour a day is spent inside, and this is mostly during transition times at drop off and pick up. We know that environmental education is by nature place-based, and we get to know our place well. We are lucky to host our camps in Tigard’s largest nature park; this urban jewel means that there is no travel time to get to nature! Tualatin Riverkeepers is committed to strengthening the community around this resource, and is excited to share it with your kids.



At TRK camps, kids get up close and personal with the water they are learning to protect. We believe that a personal bond with the natural world needs to exist in order for scientific names and concepts to be meaningful. This means campers hop in Summer Creek to search for crawdads, freshwater mussels, and other aquatic life, while learning how to protect and care for what they are finding.

River Adventure camps include a full day of paddling on the Tualatin River with experienced river guides. Campers paddle alongside kingfishers, mink, eagles, otter, beaver, great blue heron and other wildlife right in the city!

Refund Policy

  • Within 2 weeks of camp start date – No Refund
  • Within 30 days of camp start date – 50% Refund
  • Within 60 days of camp start date – 75% Refund
  • If your schedule changes within a week of registering for camp, please contact us and we can switch your camp date or refund with a $12 service fee.



Please contact Kris Balliet at 503-218-2580 or kris@tualatinriverkeepers.org.

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge:

Refuge Adventures
Dates: June 25 – 29, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Age: 4 – 6
Come explore the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge and experience what it’s like to be an animal (or plant) in the refuge. Campers will learn to explore the Refuge from a bug’s eye view, and gain an appreciation for all living things, big and small.

Dirksen Nature Park:
All camps hosted at Dirksen also include a full day of paddling on the Tualatin River with experienced river guides.

Nature Sleuths
Dates: July 9 – 13, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Age: 7 – 10
Life isn’t about knowing, it’s about exploring, and no one knows that better than kids! Dirksen is in an amazing place, hosting seven unique habitats and supporting robust plant and animal communities. With a focus on exploration and hands on learning, participants will get up close and personal with these exciting communities.

Dirksen Adventures
Dates: July 16 – 20, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Age: 10 – 13
Run, jump, swim, and play your way to a summer adventure! Lost in the woods? What are the odds that you could find your way home? With a map, observation skills, and a sense of adventure, find your way through Dirksen. Build a shelter out of natural materials and discover the wonders of Dirksen Nature Park.

Sense of Place
Dates: July 30 – August 3, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Age: 7 – 10
Campers will touch, taste, smell, listen, and look their way to a deeper understanding of what keeps an ecosystem in balance. Discover the homes of wildlife living at Dirksen Nature Park and learn how to protect this special urban habitat.

Living Water
Dates: August 13 – 17, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Age: 10 – 13
Search for what’s living just below the surface of our rivers and creeks while building an appreciation for all the creatures, big and small, that call the water home. Get a chance to discover beaver dams, and search for crawdads.