2020 Nature and Science 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 


Schedule for 2020 Nature and Science Summer Camps:

July 6 – 10:   Ages 5-7 

July 13 – 17: Ages 7-9

July 20 – 24: Ages 5-7 

July 27 – July 31: Ages 5-7

Aug 4: Single Day Camp, Ages 5-9

Aug 5: Single Day Camp, Ages 5-9 

Aug 6: Nature Art Camp, Ages 7-9

Aug 10 – 14: Ages 7-9

Aug 17 – 21: Ages 5-7  

Details and Fees

Camp fees are $225 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.

Some Bursaries are available to eligible children from the Cowichan Valley Naturalists’ Society and through our successful Great Blue Heron Hair-off Fundraising Campaign. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please fill out the form below, email it to Karlie at camps@cowichanestuary.ca, or drop it off in person or mail it to the nature centre at:

                     Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre, Box 5

                     Cowichan Bay, British Columbia, Canada V0R 1N0

Bursary Application Form: Summer Camp Bursary Application 2020

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

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 2020
    2. COVID 19 Parent Guide & Agreement 2020
  3. Return forms at least 2 weeks prior to camp start by:

    – email to camps@cowichanestuary.ca,

    – in person or 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 an administrative fee and for days attended unless the withdrawal is illness-related.

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


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