O‘ahu Nature Adventure Camps for Keiki

Week-long Nature Adventure Camps On O‘ahu

2131 Makiki Heights Drive, Honolulu | Call: 808.955.0100 x126 | Email: nac@hawaiinaturecenter.org

Our week-long Nature Adventure Camp for keiki, who are 6 to 11 years-old, will be held during the next school break.  Kids can go tech-free and high touch in nature in this five-day program held Monday through Friday from 8 am to 3 pm. Our program is led by expert environmental educators who specialize in outdoor exploration with hands-on education.

We provide 1 teacher for every 10 students to ensure that every child gets the best experience possible.

Please scroll down for Summer 2023 O‘ahu Nature Adventure Camp information.

Spring 2023 O‘ahu Nature Adventure Camp | March 13 - 24, 2023 | Weekly Sessions | Both Sessions are SOLD OUT!

For Ages 6 to 11

Week 1: March 13-17 | Awesome Arthropods | This week is SOLD OUT!

What is an arthropod and why are they totally awesome? Join us this week as we explore the insects, arachnids, and crustaceans that carry out important roles in our valley ecosystem. Our search will take us through the meadow, forest, and stream as we learn all about these little critters and their habitats. 

March 13 – 17 | O‘ahu 5-day program: $375 (for members) or $450
8 am to 3 pm (drop-off as early as 7:45 am) | Extended Care Not Offered

Week 2: March 20-24 | Amazing Animals | This Week is SOLD OUT!
Animals do amazing things, don’t they? This week, each day will be themed after an amazing behavior or adaption found in the animal world. From migration, to flight, from life cycles to camouflage, we’ll learn about the various incredible (and sometimes crazy!) things animals do to survive.

March 20 – 24 | O‘ahu 5-day program: $375 (for members) or $450
8 am to 3 pm (drop-off as early as 7:45 am) | Extended Care Not Offered
If the week you are interested in is SOLD OUT, contact NAC@HawaiiNatureCenter.org to be added to our wait list. List the week(s) you want, the number of spots per week, and best phone number to reach you.

Summer 2023 Nature Adventure Camp | May 30 - August 11, 2023 | Weekly Sessions for Ages 6 to 11

Registration Opens late-March or early-April!

O‘ahu 5-day program: $375 (for members) or $450
8 am to 3 pm (drop-off as early as 7:45 am) | Extended Care Not Offered
O‘ahu 4-day program: $300 (for members) or $375
8 am to 3 pm (drop-off as early as 7:45 am) | Extended Care Not Offered

**Closed for the following holidays – no programs: Monday, May 29th – Memorial Day Holiday | Monday, June 12th – King Kamehameha Day (Observed) | Tuesday, July 4th – Independence Day Holiday**

**Holiday weeks are our 4-day programs**

Summer Themes:

Hawaiian Legends
This week, each day starts by reading a Hawaiian legend themed around the islands’ natural world. From Maui and the Secret of Fire, to the story of how the kalo plant came to be, we will use these legends as a jumping off point to explore the many wonders of Hawaii’s ecosystems. We will also dive into oral traditions, make our own legends with a cast of animal and plant characters, and learn more about the cultural importance of these fascinating myths.

  • Week of May 30th | **4-day program – Closed Monday, May 29th – Memorial Day
  • Week of June 26th | 5-day program
  • Week of July 24th | 5-day program

Designs in Nature
Get ready for a fun filled week exploring the designs in our natural world! We will be searching Makiki Valley for the natural patterns it holds and unveils to us while exploring our own creative skills through art, games, and team challenges. We will investigate how nature’s designs allow plants and animals to camouflage from or even warn others to ensure their survival, as well as look to nature to solve our own issues we face as people while practicing biomimicry.

  • Week of June 5th | 5-day program
  • Week of July 3rd | **4-day program – Closed Tuesday, July 4th – Independence Day
  • Week of July 31st | 5-day program

Sea-ing Green
It’s no surprise that humans have an impact on the natural world, specifically the marine environment. Each day, we will move through a different part of the water cycle, from covering freshwater ecosystems to saltwater environments. We will cover topics through marine science lessons, outdoor activities, and sustainable crafting, resulting in a deeper and more meaningful relationship with nature.

  • Week of June 13th | **4-day program – Closed Monday, June 12th – King Kamehameha Day (Observed)
  • Week of July 10th | 5-day program
  • Week of August 7th | 5- day program

Getting a Sense for Nature
Our natural world is full of color, sounds, textures, and wonder. Throughout the week, we will explore nature using our five senses to learn how plants, animals and fungi thrive using their senses. We will hike through the forest and explore the coast to deepen our understanding of these concepts. By the end of the week, students will feel a greater sense of comfort in nature.

  • Week of June 19th | 5-day program
  • Week of July 17th | 5-day program
Registration Opens late-March or early-April!

Day Camp Hours

8 am – 3 pm

Gear Up & Get Ready

  • Eat a hearty breakfast.
  • Wear clothes and closed-toe (hiking or athletic) shoes that can get wet and dirty.
  • Put on mosquito repellent and sunscreen at home.
  • Leave anything expensive, valuable, or fragile at home.

What to Pack Daily

  • Small backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Morning snacks and a big lunch (no refrigeration)
  • Extra change of clothes, raincoat/poncho and water shoes
  • Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses
  • Swimsuit and towel for beach day field trip
  • COVID face masks (optional)

CANCELLATION POLICY  If offered, we reserve the right to cancel the program and/or Extended Care if we do not have minimum enrollment. In this rare case, we will contact you as soon as possible and refund the program and/or Extended Care cost. If you cancel within seven days of the first day of each camp, your enrollment is non-refundable for any reason.

REFUND POLICY  With at least seven-days notice prior to the program’s start, we will refund your tuition. However, a $50 cancellation fee per child per week and administrative processing fees will be charged. Memberships purchased during enrollment are non-refundable.

THIRD PARTY REGISTRATION POLICY  Hawai’i Nature Center will no longer accept third party registrations or registrations on behalf of other friends or family–the registering child’s parent or guardian must be the individual to complete and submit all registration information. If we determine that a third party has completed your child’s registration, your registration will be cancelled and we will refund your tuition. Please note, a $50 cancellation fee per child per week and administrative processing fees will be charged.

COVID-19 SAFETY  Keeping children, families and our staff safe is our highest priority.  Health and safety measures are in place to keep participants safe. Modifications include smaller group size to accommodate social distancing. We’ve added six feet of social distancing in our seating arrangements. Mask must be worn inside and on field trip buses. More frequent and easier-to-monitor hand washing is required. Frequent disinfecting of surfaces and high traffic areas are performed. Since our programs are outdoors, we have lots of room to spread out and enjoy the fresh air while exploring nature.


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