2021 Science and Nature Summer Camps


Do you have children between the ages of 5 and 9?  We are excited to offer our popular five-day Nature and Science day camps again this summer starting July 6th. Children will learn about the birds, animals and plants of the Cowichan Estuary, explore the clam beds, eelgrass meadows, mudflats, and the beaches at Hecate Park, and have the same fun we have every summer with all the required Covid-19 physical distancing and health and safety protocols in place – a safe, learning-filled camp experience for children in small groups of no more than 12 campers. 

Each camper will have their own learning package, including their own bucket and shovel to find out who lives here on the beach and in the estuary’s waters. They’ll also get to know the region’s inter-tidal and sea creatures in our salt water aquarium and observation tank and have an opportunity to get acquainted with young Coho salmon in our fresh water aquarium. There’ll be lots of other fun age-appropriate hands-on science activities, games, hikes, and crafts, where campers can play, learn and explore nature together and at a safe distance.

All Camps run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm 

COVID UPDATE: With the current update to Provincial health guidelines and our own Covid protocols in place, we are now able to register 12 children in each week of camp.


Schedule for 2021 Nature and Science Summer Camps:

July 5-9:   Ages 5-7

July 12-16: Ages 7-9

July 19-23: Ages 5-7 

July 26-30: Ages 7-9

Aug 3: Single Day Camp, Ages 5-9

Aug 4: Single Day Camp, Ages 5-9 

Aug 5: Single Day Camp, Ages 5-9

Aug 9-13: Ages 5-7

Aug 16-20: Ages 7-9  


Details and Fees

Camp fees are $240 per child for a total of five days. Single Day Attendance: $45 per day per child. Single Day Attendance during week-long camps may be available if the camp is not fully booked and depending on health and safety protocols.

We are proud to offer access to two bursary funds for camp fees this year. 

Cowichan Valley Naturalists’ Society has set up a camp fee bursary in honour of the late Eric Marshall who volunteered and dedicated himself to nature education in the marine environment. Update: As of June 1st the Cowichan Valley Naturalists bursaries have been allocated and we are looking forward to welcoming those lucky recipients to our camps this summer! We thank the CVNS for this fantastic opportunity!

The Nature Centre also has its own bursary fund. Here’s the application which can submitted along with registration info found below: Summer Camp Bursary Application 2021

All Camps run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  You may drop off your child between 8:45 am and 9 am.

As our camp leaders are busy setting up for the day, we cannot offer early drop off or late pick up. Parents will be charged late fees for not adhering to drop of and pick up times.

All camp participants must to be able to eat, dress and toilet independently.  For children with special needs, contact camps@cowichanestuary.ca to discuss possible accommodations.

Our staff are working hard to ensure the safety of all of our campers during Covid-19. You’ll find more details on how we will will work with you as parents to support your child to have a safe, health camping experience in our Covid 19 Parent Guide. For more information on our staff policy, please click this link: CENC Staff Covid 19 Policy – updated July 2021.

Please note as of July 2021 children under 12 will not be required to wear masks indoors at the Nature Centre however, they may wear one if preferred. We ask that adults please continue to wear a mask indoors at the Nature Centre to protect staff and visitors who may not yet be fully vaccinated. Thank you for your support!

How to Register

Registration is a two-step process:

  1.  Go to Eventbrite, select a camp, sign up, and make payment. Payment can be through a credit card on Eventbrite or cash/cheque mailed to or dropped off at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre.
  2.  Download and complete both sets of forms linked below:
    1. CENC Camp Registration Form 2021
    2. COVID 19 Parent Guide & Agreement 2021 – July 2021
  3. Return forms at least 2 weeks prior to camp start by:

    – email to camps@cowichanestuary.ca,

    – in person or by mail to:

    Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre, Box 5

    Cowichan Bay, British Columbia, Canada V0R 1N0

IMPORTANT: Your registration is not considered complete until we have received the medical information and waiver forms. Payment and forms must be received at least 2 weeks prior to camp start date or your registration will be forfeited.

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS:  If a camp is cancelled due to Covid-19 provincial health requirements, all camp fees will be fully refunded to affected families.   

Families withdrawing a child’s registration within the two week period prior to the camp offering or during a camp will be charged for days attended plus an administrative fee unless the withdrawal is illness-related.

Questions?  Contact camps@cowichanestuary.ca. Or phone:  250-597-2288

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