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: Due to current Provincial guidelines stating no more than 10 people may gather (including Hecate Park within CVRD park land) we have temporarily capped group size to 10. We are optimistic that by summer we will be able to offer our full capacity of 12 children and will operate a waitlist to ensure your space with us!


Schedule for 2021 Nature and Science Summer Camps:

July 5-9:   Ages 5-7


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 two bursaries 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. If you would like to apply please download the CVNS form here and submit it to the CVNS at CVNS@naturecowichan.net . The Nature Centre has also set up a bursary fund and the application found here 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


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
  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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