Outdoor Garden


CBNS camps are a combination of nature play and exploration, STEAM topics, make & take crafts, games, stories and of course, fun!  We typically offer camps during school breaks in winter, mid-winter, spring, and summer.  





FEBRUARY 18-21 / TUE-FRI /  9 AM - 12 PM  / 2-day or 4-day combo

Winter Wonder Lab

Let the winter season ignite your child's creativity and imagination!  Explore ice and snow with cool science experiments, make snow cones, create one-of-a-kind art inspired by the Northern Lights, and hop on the Polar Bear Express train for an adventure to discover animals of the Arctic and Antarctic. Campers will also have the opportunity to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count during outdoor exploration time.  


APRIL 13-17 / MON-THU / 9 AM - 12 PM / 2-day or 4-day combo 




JUNE 29-JULY 2 / MON-THU /  9 AM - 12 PM / 2-day or 4-day combo


What does the human body and the earth have in common?  Anatomy!  What are the parts of the body?  What are the parts of the earth?  What is weather and the climates around the world?  How does weather affect the earth?  How does the weather affect the human beings and animals living on earth?  Hands-on science experiments and projects will be explored!


JULY 6-9 / MON-THU /  9 AM - 12 PM / 12 PM - 3 PM / 2-day or 4-day combo / half-day or full-day combo (ages 6+)


Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!  Which of these animals really live in the forest?  What is a deciduous tree?  How do plants grow from seeds?  We'll discover the answers to these questions and more by reading, hiking, painting and singing!


JULY 13-16 / MON-THU /  9 AM - 12 PM / 2-day or 4-day combo


Did you know that when we go to sleep at night, some animals are just waking up?  Raccoons, opossums, and bats are just a few of the animals that we'll be learning about during our nocturnal week!  How do nocturnal animals see at night?  What do they eat and where do they go during the day?  Come find out!


JULY 20-23 / MON-THU / 9 AM - 12 PM / 12 PM - 3 PM / 2-day or 4-day combo / half-day or full-day combo (ages 6+)


Join us in celebrating our Northwest pride by learning about various habitats and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest and the living things that grow, run, eat and play here!  Through art, books, songs and science experiments, we'll explore the Puget Sound and find out what life is like for whales, bald eagles, salmon, fish, anemones, crabs, and octopuses that live in the sound.  


JULY 27-30 / MON-THU /  9 AM - 12 PM  / 2-day or 4-day combo


Learn how plant and animal life in alpine and sub-alpine habitats differ from forest life.  We'll study how animals, such as the mountain lions, mountain goats, marmots, and ground squirrels that live at high elevations, seem to defy nature by surviving in such harsh climate conditions.  We'll also compare and contrast grizzly and black bears.  At the end of this week, you'll know how grizzlies survive at elevations when salmon is not available in their diet.  


AUGUST 3-6 / MON-THU / 9 AM - 12 PM / 12 PM - 3 PM / 2-day or 4-day combo / half-day or full-day combo (ages 6+)


Have you ever noticed how many types of wildlife call our backyard home?  During this session, we'll explore the squirrels, birds, insects, trees flowers, and other wildlife that you can find living right in your neighborhood.  You'll also learn about the historic Gig Harbor maritime history and how our local culture was shaped by fishing, logging, and Native American roots.


AUGUST 10-13 / MON-THU /  9 AM - 12 PM half-day / 2-day or 4-day combo


Bring on the sun as we explore the tropical ocean life.  Campers will have opportunities to explore what life is like for those plants, animals, and humans that live in warm weather climates.  


  • All camps include outdoor exploration, so weather-appropriate gear is required.
  • Campers must bring a water bottle, and mid-morning snack (and a sack lunch for full-day campers).  We are a tree nut-free and peanut-free facility.  
Who Can Attend?

Camps are open to currently enrolled CBNS students and children ages 2.5 to 10 years old.  Children ages 3 and up must be able to use the bathroom independently.  Campers will be divided by age group.    


Camp Fees and Discounts

  • $90: 2-day half-day 
  • $170: 4-day half-day combo
  • Full-day combo available (for campers 6 yrs. old and up)
  • Multi-child discount: 10%
  • Full session discount (Summer Camps only): 10% 

Prices are subject to change



Camp fees are due in full at the time of registration. Registrations are processed on a first come, first served basis in the order they are received. Spaces cannot be held without full payment.  

To register, contact the school office at 253-514-6338 Ext. 103 or email curiousbynature@gigharborfoundation.org.


Cancellation Policy

Registrations made at least 14 days before camp start date receive full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee per camp. Cancellations made less than 14 days before camp start date receive a 50% refund per camp.  Inside of 7 days, no refund or credit will be given unless a camp is cancelled.