Start your summer camp adventure at Seattle Parks’ Camp Long

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites youth ages 11-13 to summer Adventure Camps at Camp Long Environmental Learning Center. These camps expose kids to fun outdoor activities, environmental topics, leadership skills and team development.

Participants will take day trips to try out different outdoor activities like kayaking, rock climbing and hiking. No experience is necessary, but campers must attend camp orientation on June 18 and complete a float test.

The three different camps offered are:

Rock Climbing, June 22-26, registration barcode 133772
Rock Climbing Adventure Camp consists of Challenge Course experiences and rock climbing at Schurman Rock, Magnuson Park, Seattle Bouldering Project and Olallie State Park.

Natural Challenges, June 29-July 23, registration barcode 133773
Natural Challenges Adventure Camp promotes strong leadership skills through nature activities. Campers will experience challenges to encourage teamwork, leadership, survival techniques and stewardship.

Terra Aqua, July 6-10, registration barcode 133774
Terra Aqua Adventure Camp consists of Challenge Course experiences, rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, stand up paddle boarding and canoeing.

Participants must fill out the application below and turn them into the Camp Long Environmental Learning Center at 5200 35th Ave SW in West Seattle. In addition to filling out the application, campers register here:

For more information, please call Seth Wendzel, Seattle Parks Environmental Learning Center staff, at 541-286-0169.

All campers must attend a mandatory orientation from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, at Camp Long. The cost for the week-long camp is $350. The payment covers registration, a float test, gear, transportation and snacks for the week. It is recommended that students bring a pack with lunches, a hat and water bottle each day.

Scholarships are available. See application below.

Registration materials:

Camp application: Camp Application

Scholarship application: Scholarship Application


Seattle Parks and Recreation hosts free football camp with New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Gibson

Seattle Parks and Recreation, in cooperation with USA Football,  invites children ages 8-15 to participate in a free football camp with New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Gibson June 25-26 at Rainier Playfield.

The Brandon Gibson Football Frenzy camp will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. both days. Campers will participate in games and drills to improve their football knowledge and skill. Each child will receive a t-shirt and lunch will be provided on June 26.

Rainier Playfield is located at 3700 S. Alaska St. Pre-registration for the camp is required. To register, visit and use course code 129046. Participants must also register with USA Football at .


Kids learn, have fun at Camp Long’s NatureQuest Summer Day Camp

Award-winning author Richard Louv coined the term “nature-deficit disorder” for children who are spending less time outdoors resulting in a wide range of negative physical, mental and emotional consequences.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Camp Long NatureQuest Summer Day Camp in West Seattle has just the “cure” for this disturbing trend: fun and educational day camp in the great outdoors.

Beginning Monday, June 30, 2014, summer day camp program hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at different park locations in West Seattle, depending on the week. See the schedule below. Fees are $215 per week (sibling discount $10) unless otherwise noted. Register by calling 206-684-7434

Week 1 (6/30-7/3):  Watershed Wonders (Camp Long) ($175; sibling discount $8 pro-rated 4 day week)
Wonder what’s a watershed? Come discover the Longfellow Creek Watershed and follow the creek through magical places like the Salmon Bone Bridge and the Dragonfly Pavilion. Learn how land and water shape each other, observe creek wildlife and build a watershed model. We’ll also hold a Science Council to make decisions about an imaginary watershed, while exploring the many ways humans affect our watersheds.

Week 2 (7/7-7/11):  Journey through the Intertidal Zone (Mee Kwa Mooks Park)
Search for life between the tides and discover how plants and animals have adapted to such changing conditions. Set up a beach science station where you can examine animals in their unique habitat. Learn how sea stars move, how clams and barnacles eat, and much more about the critters you find above and below the rocks, sand and water.

Week 3 (7/14-7/18):  Urban Wildlife Jungle (Camp Long)
It is a jungle out there and worth investigating! Seattle is one of the Top 10 Cities for Urban Forests. Become a scientist and explore this urban wilderness in the Camp Long woods. Unearth the forest’s secrets and learn how hawks, owls, coyotes, fox and a multitude of songbirds live here. In every layer you’ll find clues. Identify native plant species that have grown here for centuries and investigate the role forests have in human survival.  Learn how you can be involved in forest protection.

Week 4 (7/21-7/25):  Schmitz Park Wildlife Jungle (Schmitz Park)
What makes Schmitz forest special are some very old trees still standing. Wander through this native ecosystem and gather clues as to how everything is connected. Explore huge old tree stumps and see evidence of logging from years ago.

Week 5 (7/28-8/1):  History Happenings (Schmitz Park)
The natural and human history of Seattle is rich and diverse. From glaciers to Native Americans to European settlers, this area has a lot to tell.  How did Puget Sound form?  Where and how did Northwest Coast Indians live?  And what major changes have occurred through the centuries? Take a treasure hunt around West Seattle to find your answers to these questions and more.

Week 6 (8/4-8/8):  Winged Wonders (Lincoln Park)
Birds live in every habitat – forest, desert, fresh and salt water, icy, tropical – you name it, they are everywhere. Get to know the avian life all around us and gain skill at observing and identifying the numerous birds of Seattle. Learn using sight and sound, as well as watching behavior, how these adaptive creatures have survived and ways that we can support them. Binoculars are provided. 

Week 7 (8/11-8/15):  Watershed Wonders (Longfellow Creek South)
Learn the ways of a watershed as described above, but explore a different section of Longfellow Creek. Journey through restored areas of the creek and discover the wildlife that has also altered it. See beaver dams and study beaver ways to appreciate their unique impact on land and water.

Week 8 (8/18-8/22):  Survivor Week (Camp Long)
Could you survive a night in the forest? Create a shelter, build a safe fire and cook outdoors? Do all that and more in learning the art of nature survival. Gain skills at identifying edible plants and berries and which plants to avoid. Build confidence and ability to become most secure in a forest setting.