Long days and a break from the seemingly incessant grey skies are here! As we slide into sunny skies, many parents begin to think about summer plans. We're excited to highlight some great opportunities for kids and youth this summer.
From swimming lessons and sports teams to arts and crafts and nature walks, Portland Parks and Recreation has an exciting camp for all. Older teens can backpack through the wilderness outside of the city while younger tots can become immersed in nature close to home with a bug hunt at the Hoyt Arboretum.
Interested in birds, you say? Well, attend camp at the Audubon Society of Portland! "Explorador" campers learn about healthy watersheds, native wildlife, habitat and backyard birds, with exciting trips to nearby natural areas, wetlands, ponds and parks, such as Smith and Bybee Lakes, Columbia Slough and Portland Audubon's own Wildlife Sanctuaries.
The Community Cycling Center gives kids the opportunity to become comfortable on a bike as well as explore the Portland community. Programs range from one to three mile rides for young students to more advanced 35+ mile rides for advanced high schoolers.
Children in grades one to nine also can attend a day camp at Zenger Farm. Examples of these camps include "Plant Potions," "Farm Party!" and "Chef de Cuisine." In fact, our friends at Zenger just received an award for being one of the Best Summer Camps! Check out more winners at: NW Kids Magazine.
There's also a great Summer Camp Guide available at: PDX Kids Calender.