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Mill Creek Nature Day Camps & Sea-Bell Transport: Wildlife, Survival & Herbology

Nature Day Camps for North King & South Snohomish Counties with van transport, extended care, and friday options

Day Camp Week of June 30 – July 4, 2014 (friday optional) at McCollum Park in Mill Creek with transportation from Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Woodinville, Shoreline, Everett, Snohomish & Monroe

Register asap after choosing from our Western Washington locations for children ages 5-12, grouped with others closest to their age, in your choice of one of the following 3 theme options:Wildlife Search & RescueWilderness Survival CraftWild Cooking & Herbology including optional wading/swimming and games/archery during lunchtime, depending on park rules, camper safety tests, weather and other conditions.

Day camper measures Skye Dog’s foot to compare with wild dog tracks.

Wildlife Search & Rescue

Wildlife Search & Rescue celebrates its 16th year this summer with a cool new name and a field trip to our nearest wildlife rescue sanctuary. You’ll also be learning from professional Search & Rescue volunteers on our staff how to navigate in the wilderness, then track and rescue lost people!

We’ll also head into the field every day for great wildlife tracking which is how you can learn everything about the maker of tracks. You’ll discover what it’s really like to be a bird or other animal, using sensory awareness to know everything that’s going on around you, and especially by learning the language of the birds.

We’ll work together to plaster casts of favorite animals, craft tracking sticks, safely move through the woods, and investigate trails, lays, larders, and other signs of life all around. This camp is full of exciting, interactive, challenging and cooperative games, as campers learn to work as a team to develop skills of leadership, cooperation, patience, orienteering, dexterity, fun.

Day camper displays flowers for herbal sachet

Wild Cooking & Herbology

Wild Chefs & Herbology celebrates 12th year this summer. Explore the fields, forests, prairies, streams, ponds, bogs, seashores, and backyards of our beautiful region to discover wild foods and medicines growing everywhere. Campers will work with more than even the Top 10 Most Important Plants of their area, and be able to identify their look-alikes.

We wish parents could watch the unfolding of this camp week, because the journey for these young chefs and healers is amazing. From discovering wild foods and medicine, to investigating their properties, to fully utilizing their gifts, and finally being able to tell their true stories, campers develop more real skill than you might imagine.

The kids will also learn to start and use a fire safely, cook with ancient and modern methods, spin natural rope, purify drinking water, and come home with oils and creams they blended with herbs to heal common ailments, among other accomplishments.

 

Day camper peeks out from Debris Hut

Wilderness Survival Craft

Future Survivors Fun celebrates its 15th year this summer. Re-create a traditional way of life, honoring the gifts of wood, stone, fire and water. We’ll follow theCritical Order of Survival, practicing emergency response scenarios, building warm shelter, purifying drinking water, making safe fire, and using the most important plants for survival.

Campers will also witness bow drill fire by friction and then work with a team to practice it themselves. They will learn aidless navigation for lostproofing, and craft tools of stone, including a course knife. They will make “rabbit sticks” and other honorable hunting implements, learning that all life – plant, animal and mineral – is sacred to be respected.

Direct Pickup/Dropoff Times: (scroll down for van transportation and extended care options)

Instruction runs Mon-Fri 9:30-3:30 with Friday optional due to the July 4th Holiday. If you would like to drop off directly at McCollum Pioneer Park in Mill Creek,[masked]th St SE, Everett, WA 98208, arrive between 9:15-9:30 and pick up at 3:30. Or see extended care and vanpool options below.

If you choose to attend on Friday, parents are invited to join us for closing ceremonies from 2:00-3:30. The schedule for closing ceremonies on Friday includes camp graduation certificate awards from 2:00-2:15, classic stories from the camp week from 2:15-2:30, camper-lead workshops on each of the 3 week’s themes from 2:30-3:15, and parent comments and questions from 3:15-3:30.

See extended care options below, or instead of dropping off and picking up at McCollum Park, scroll down to see van transportation from Seattle, Shoreline, Issaquah, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Redmond, Kirkland, Bothell, Monroe, Snohomish & Everett for $35-$95 extra per week. However, if you also can’t attend closing ceremonies on Friday and would like your camper to add a van ride home that afternoon, please double your vanpool rate listed at the bottom of this page.

Tuition:

Due to the July 4th Holiday, this camp week is being charged at $235 for Monday-Thursday only, plus an extra $60 for Friday.

Registration Options for ages 5-8 & 9-12 the week of June 30 – July 4, 2014:

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word Registration Form for each participant and send with a check deposit payable to the Wolf College,[masked]th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. You can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at[masked] or[masked] and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

Meetup PayPal Option: RSVP here and pay $235. You can add $60 later for Friday, plus extended care and transportation options if space remains available.

Extended Care Options:

If you want to drop your camper off at the park before 9:15 a.m., or pick up after 3:45 p.m., you can take advantage of our extended care option. Campers utilizing this option will have a dedicated staff member leading them in activities, sometimes joining the overnight campers when appropriate.

We charge the equivalent of $8/hr. for extended care.  We have parents write down the time when they “sign in” and “sign out” so we can keep track of that throughout the week, billing at $2 per 15 minute increment before 9:15 a.m. and after 3:45 p.m. Parents can pay their bill when they pick up at the end of the week on Friday. Please indicate your approximate drop-off and pick-up times upon registration.

Vanpool Route Descriptions, Times, Locations, Drivers & Maps:

If you can’t drop off directly at McCollum Pioneer Park in Mill Creek,[masked]th St SE, Everett, WA 98208, you can register for one of our van transportation routes listed below. However, please note that the priced quoted below are for Monday-Thursday morning and afternoon, plus Friday morning, but parents are invited to join us for closing ceremonies from 2:00-3:30 on Friday. The schedule for closing ceremonies on Friday includes camp graduation certificate awards from 2:00-2:15, classic stories from the camp week from 2:15-2:30, camper-lead workshops on each of the 3 week’s themes from 2:30-3:15, and parent comments and questions from 3:15-3:30.

If you can’t make it to McCollum Park on Friday in time for closing ceremonies, you can also pick your camper up there anytime between 3:30-3:45, or we can give your camper a ride home, but please double the cost quoted below; i.e. if the weekly rate is $45 then add another $45 for the special trip home on Friday.

SEATTLE ROUTE on I-5: Drivers are Wolf Camp Director Chris Chisholm and Wolf Camp Administrator Andy Jacobs. Maximum Occupancy 24 Campers between two vans.


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Seattle – UW at Montlake departing at 8:30 and returning at 4:35 (Montlake Grocery Parking Lot at[masked]nd Avenue East 98112 at the corner of Montlake Blvd by the Hwy 520 exit) – ($60/wk not including Friday afternoon  - email if clarification needed)
Seattle – Green Lake at Roosevelt departing at 8:45 and returning at 4:15 (Safeway at the corner of NE 75th St. at 7300 Roosevelt Way NE) – ($50/wk not including Friday afternoon - email if clarification needed)
Shoreline – Ballinger departing at 9:05 and returning at 3:55 (Ballinger Thriftway, 20150 Ballinger Way NE, Shoreline, WA 98155 off Moutlake Terrace I-5 Hwy 104 Exit) – ($40/wk not including Friday afternoon - email if clarification needed)

EASTSIDE ROUTE on I-405: Drivers are Wolf College Director Kim Chisholm and Wolf Camp Logistics Coordinator / Lead Instructor Patrick Wiley. Maximum Occupancy 18 Campers between two vans.


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Bellevue – Medina: departing at 8:30 and returning at 4:30 (Downtown Bellevue Boys & Girls Club,[masked]th Ave NE, Bellevue WA 98004) – ($65/wk not including Friday afternoon - email if clarification needed)
Kirkland also serving Redmond departing at 8:45 and returning at 4:10 (I-405 Exit 18 off NE 85th St / Redmond Way, meeting at the 76 gas station, 11848 Northeast 85th St., Kirkland, on the corner of 120th Ave NE) – ($50/wk not including Friday afternoon - email if clarification needed)
Bothell also serving Woodinville: departing at 9:05 and returning at 3:50 (I-405 Exit 26 in the Phillips Medical Systems parking lot south off 220th St. SE at 22100 Bothell Everett Highway, 98021) – ($35/wk not including Friday afternoon - email if clarification needed)

SNOHOMISH COUNTY Route: Driver is lead instructor Jason Patterson. Maximum Occupancy 4 Campers.


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Monroe/Freylands departing at 8:30 and returning at 4:30 at the YMCA, 14033 Fryelands Blvd. – ($45/wk not including Friday afternoon - email if clarification needed)
Snohomish departing at 8:45 and returning at 4:15 off Hwy 2 at King Charlie’s Drive-In,[masked]th Street on the corner of Hwy 9 – ($35/wk not including Friday afternoon - email if clarification needed)
Everett departing at 9:00 and returning at 4:00 (in the Group Health parking lot behind the Denny’s Restaurant on Pacific Ave, just off I-5 and Hwy. 2) – ($35/wk not including Friday afternoon - email if clarification needed)


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  • Suzanne

    Daughter Athena is very excited about Wild Plants camp! See you at Greenlake/Roosevelt at 8:45am.

    June 6, 2014

    • Chris C.

      It's going to be great! I'll probably be the driver for her van, although it might be her Wild Plants instructor Megan. Looking forward to it!

      June 6, 2014

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