2019 Nature and Science Summer Camps

Our popular five-day Nature and Science day camps introduce children to the birds, animals and plants of the Cowichan Estuary. 

We’ll explore the clam beds, eelgrass meadows, mudflats, and the beaches at Hecate Park. Campers will use scopes on the observation tower, beach seines, plankton tows, shovels and buckets to find out who lives here. They’ll get to know the region’s intertidal and sea creatures in our waters and up close in our touch tank, and have an opportunity to get acquainted with young Coho salmon in our fresh water aquarium. There will also be other fun age-appropriate hands-on science activities, games, hikes, and crafts, as well as a chance to explore our microscope stations, giant maps, interactive exhibits and ecology library.

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


Schedule for 2019 Nature and Science Summer Camps:

July 8 – 12:   Ages 5-7 

July 15 – 19: Ages 7-9

July 22 – 26: Ages 5-7 

July 29 – Aug 2: Ages 5-7

Aug 5 – 9: August Civic Holiday – no camp – Centre Open to the Public

Aug 12 – 16: Ages 7-9

Aug 19 – 23: Ages 5-7  

Details and Fees

Camp fees are $215 per child for a total of five days. Single Day Attendance: $40 per day per child only if the camp is not fully booked. Please register by phone or in-person for single days. 

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

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.

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 dropped off at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre.
  2.  Download and complete the required registration information and return by 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.

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

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