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Summer EcoCamps in Stanley Park, July 6-August 28, 2020


We are officially running Summer EcoCamps in alignment with the COVID-19 Safety Plan guidelines of the Government of BC. Capacity will be limited to 10 campers per week. We will strictly adhere to social distancing in all activities while still delivering a fun and educational camp for your child! *See more on COVID-19 guidelines at the bottom of this page.

Summer Day Camps for Kids

Camps for kids ages 7 to 11 & youth ages 14-17 run weekly, rain or shine, through July & August, 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

We are also excited to announce our new, blended two-week program, Ecostories Nature Film Camp, that blends virtual and in-person learning for youth ages 14-17!

**EcoCamp Fees: Members $260, Non-members $300
EcoStories Film Camp: Members $430, Non-members $470

Family memberships are available upon registration for $40 and offer discounts on year-round programming. 

**Save $10 when you sign up more than one child per week!

NOTE: Our EcoCamps are currently full. Pre-registrants have a week to complete their registration and pay for the camp. If this is not completed, new spots will become available and you will be notified via email with instructions once a spot becomes available for you!

GET ON THE WAITLIST!

*We will provide our comprehensive safety plan shortly after you register your child for camp. Our indoor space will be larger and campers will have their own distanced square in which they will keep their personal items and participate in any indoor activities. We have also designed creative activities and ways of moving around Stanley Park that distance the children and reduce shared touching of items. Campers with any symptoms of illness will be asked to not attend camp with no penalty on fees.

For more information, please contact school@stanleyparkecology.ca or 604-257-6907.


Summer 2020 dates & weekly themes:

July 6-10: EcoLeader’s Adventure

Calling all kids to come connect with nature and make a difference! Join us for a fun-filled week exploring the diversity of Stanley Park and taking action through conservation and citizen science. Children will develop their leadership and team work skills and become true stewards of the Park. From exploring wetlands, to rainforest, to the intertidal zone, sign-up for an adventure your child won’t forget!


July 13 – 17: Flying Wonders

Has your child ever wondered which birds migrate through Stanley Park, or how to identify songbirds based on their calls? Have they ever thought about the wonder of bat wing anatomy, questioned if Stanley Park is home to flying squirrels, or marveled at dragonfly larvae? If so, our Flying Wonders camp is for them! This week, our campers will learn about the amazing ducks, hawks, owls, and other flying creatures that call Stanley Park home, and will have a hoot doing it! 


July 20 – 24: Art in the Park

Nature is beautiful, inspiring, and full of details, from towering Douglas-fir trees to tiny colourful bugs! Tap into nature’s design and your own creativity for a week of inspiring art projects and activities.


July 27 – 31: Raincoast Survivor

This fun-filled week is full of exciting activities designed to get campers thinking about the challenges of outdoor survival, both for themselves and for all the creatures that call Stanley Park and the Pacific Northwest home. This includes learning about edible plants, compass navigation, and shelter building for humans, as well as behavioral adaptations and survival strategies of the creatures in Stanley Park! If your child likes spending time outdoors and wants to do more of it now and in the future, this is the week for them! 


NEW! July 27 – August 7: EcoStories – Youth Nature Film Camp

*For youth between 14-17 years of age. This camp will run either online or in-person. During an online camp, youth must be able to participate in nature activities and filming without supervision or, alternatively, have guardians available to supervise. Limited bursaries are available for this camp – email school@stanleyparkecology.ca to learn how to apply.

SPES is excited to collaborate with The Cinematheque to launch EcoStories, a pilot camp combining nature and film production. Through a variety of nature-based activities, including weaving with plants, youth will learn from diverse knowledge holders about our relationship to the natural world and the power of story-telling. Experts from The Cinematheque will coach and empower youth to convey these learnings and connections via a short film made on a smartphone (learn more about The Cinematheque here).


August 4 – 7: Wild About Water

*Save $40 during this 4-day week. No camp on Monday.

What do salmon, beavers, eagles, and cattails all have in common? Water! They are all part of our aquatic landscape. In this action-packed week, campers explore Stanley Park’s beaches, creeks, and other wetland environments, while contributing to Citizen Science. Cool off in the heat of summer by exploring the marine and freshwater ecosystems in Stanley Park.


August 10 – 14: Forest Explorers

While Stanley Park forest is in full summertime swing, we’ll hone our senses to unlock its seasonal secrets and changes. Which plants are blooming? Who has migrated back? Where are the frogs? What’s making that sound? The forest—and its beaches!—are a wondrous place with many exciting mysteries just waiting to be explored!


August 17 – 21: Animal Detectives

How can you tell what an owl has eaten? Why are salmon so important to the forest? How do animals survive in the harsh intertidal zone on the beach? Sharpen your animal detective skills and learn how to use tools to find the answers to some of the mysteries of the forest and ocean! This week our campers explore the habits and habitats of Stanley Park’s birds, mammals, amphibians and more! 


August 24 – 28: Raincoast Survivor

This fun-filled week is full of exciting activities designed to get campers thinking about the challenges of outdoor survival, both for themselves and for all the creatures that call Stanley Park and the Pacific Northwest home. This includes learning about edible plants, compass navigation, and shelter building for humans, as well as behavioral adaptations and survival strategies of the creatures in Stanley Park! If your child likes spending time outdoors and wants to do more of it now and in the future, this is the week for them! 

Photo: Richard King