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Wilderness Explorers Club

January 8, 2022 9:00 am

Outdoor Science Explorers - Mondays at Miller Woods

February 7, 2022 3:00 pm

Outdoor Science Explorers - Wednesdays at Wennerberg

February 9, 2022 1:30 pm

Outdoor Science Explorers - Friday Fun at Maple Grove

February 11, 2022 3:00 pm

Spring Break Camp

March 21, 2022 9:00 am

Spring No School Day Camps

April 15, 2022 9:00 am

Nature Play Summer Program at Maple Grove

June 21, 2022 10:00 am

Wild Builders Summer Camp Day Adventure

June 27, 2022 9:00 am

Slip, Slither, & Slide Summer Camp Day Adventure

July 11, 2022 9:00 am

Water Works! Summer Camp Day Adventure

July 25, 2022 9:00 am

Creek Critters! Summer Camp Day Adventures

August 8, 2022 9:00 am

Art in Nature Adventure Summer Camp

August 22, 2022 12:00 am

Read Below for Program Descriptions

Maple Grove Nature Preschool

An Outdoor Education Adventure for Early Childhood

We are full! Please contact us with questions or to be added to a waitlist. 

Child playing with tree roundsServing ages 3.5 – 5.5

Maple Grove is an early childhood program that takes place solely outdoors. Licensed teacher Heidi Hoskins’ curriculum is rooted in nature and emerges out of the children’s natural curiosity and wonder as they freely play and explore their environment. Through connection with each other, and the earth, children’s experience blossoms into a holistic learning experience.

Full-time and part-time options available  Monday-Friday, 9:00am-1:00pm

Learn more on our Maple Grove Page.

To inquire about enrollment and to apply, please click the button below. By filling out the form you are not enrolling your child. Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified within a week of your application as to whether or not your child has been accepted.

Please contact us with questions.

Maple Grove Nature Preschool Application for Enrollment


Outdoor Adventures for Older Kids

Girls orienteering

Are your older kids ready to take on more responsibility for themselves while they stretch their desire for a little more freedom? Are they ready to learn survival skills and heighten their sense of awareness? Do you want them to get off of their screens and have some real-world adventures? Then it’s time to register for the Wilderness Explorers Club.

Youth will engage in one club meeting and one full day adventure each month. The meetings and adventures will take place in natural areas around the county and within a roughly one-hour drive of McMinnville. These excursions will provide participants opportunities to explore and practice using skills and knowledge shared during the previous adventures and club meeting. Meetings will take place at the beginning or end of the full day adventures. During the meetings youth will make decisions about activities or projects they wish to engage in as a group and will be introduced to awareness and wilderness survival skills.

Ages: 11-13 years

Days: First Saturday of the month

Times: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm



Girl looking through magnifier The Outdoor Science Explorers Program is a great way for kids to spend some time outside after school, exploring, playing and learning in nature. Kids will engage in activities and games that strengthen their observational skills, build self reliance and social skills, and increase their knowledge of local plants, animals, and ecosystems.

Drop-off begins 15 minutes before listed start time; please pick-up within 15 minutes of listed end time.

Ages: 5-10 

Click on the links below to learn more & register:

Mondays at Miller Woods | 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Wednesdays at Wennerberg | 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Fridays at Maple Grove Nature School | 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Spring Break Camp

Image of child hanging from a tree branch

Spring Break Adventure Camp is two days of exploring the early spring forest and fields. Yep, it’s generally wet and muddy, but kids have a great time searching for and learning about all of the animals that are returning to the area as well as the plants that are just waking up after a cold winter. We will spend a little time learning about, searching for and collecting some of the edible plants that grow around Miller Woods. As always we will spend time playing games, exploring, and making discoveries.

Ages: 5-10 years

Dates: March 21 & 22, 2022 (registration is open for one or both days)

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Miller Woods Conservation Area


No School Day Camps

Kids sitting on a logSpring showers bring … mushrooms, mosses, slugs, and salamanders! Yep, it’s generally wet and muddy, but kids have a great time searching for and learning about all of the animals that are returning to the area as well as the plants that are just waking up after a cold winter. Some flowers will be in bloom, and the spring sun-showers will awaken our senses. As always we will spend time playing games, exploring, and making discoveries.

Ages: 5-10 years

April 15, 2022 at Charles Metsker County Park; McMinnville School District no school day*
May 6, 2022 at Miller Woods Conservation Area; McMinnville School District no school day*

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

*These camps are scheduled around no school days for the McMinnville School District but is open to all.


Nature Play Summer Program at Maple Grove

Image of child looking in a puddleCome explore the Maple Grove Nature Preschool site during this summer camp program for young children and an adult caregiver.

Nature Play is a program for children between 18 months – 3 1/2 years of age and their caregiver. An experienced nature educator will model how to explore the outdoors with young children and allow healthy risk taking. Activities will be guided by the children’s natural curiosity and wonder as they freely play and explore their environment.

Children must have an adult caregiver present with a maximum of two children per adult.

Ages: 18 months – 3 1/2 years + an adult caregiver

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Session 1: June 21, 23, 28, 30, July 5, 7
Session 2: August 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25

Location: Maple Grove Nature School, McMinnville


Summer Day Camps

Kids sitting on a log over a creekEach day of summer camp is structured to encourage curiosity, creative thinking, and exploration and is filled with a mix of free exploration and guided activities. 

Each week of camp has a different theme. While we will plan activities centered around the theme there will still be plenty of time playing games and exploring. 

Ages: 4-12 years

Campers are split into three cohorts:

  • Seedlings for 4 – 6 year olds who have not yet completed 1st grade
  • Sprouts for 6 – 8 year olds who have finished a year of kindergaten or equivalent
  • Saplings for 9 – 12 year olds who are entering 5th grade through kids entering 7th grade 

Full day: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Morning only: 9:00 – Noon (option only available for ages 4-6)

Click on the links below for camp details and to register:

Jr Naturalist Program

Teen assistant teaching kidsThis program is perfect for the young teen who loves the camp experience and wants to share that love with younger kids. Jr Naturalists will participate in a camp-like training day where they will learn about local ecology, play and lead camp games, and build leadership skills. Their training and mentoring will continue as they help OEA staff run a week of summer camp for kids ages 5-10.

Participants need to submit an application and be available for the training day.

Ages: 12-15 

More information for 2022 coming soon!

Personalized Outdoor Science Experience

Teacher showing kids plantsAre you looking for an outdoor experience customized to meet the needs of your group? Whether it is an adult group of friends looking to learn a little more about the natural world or a group of kids of any age who want a little guided outdoor time we have naturalist educators ready to create a nature enrichment opportunity for you.

Group sizes are currently capped at ten participants and masks are required.

Contact us to design your nature experience!

Not seeing a program that meets your needs or preference? Please let us know. We are open to considering adding more programs if we have the capacity to do so safely. We are keeping tabs on what the public schools are doing and trying to develop programs that will coordinate with public school schedules and meet the wishes and needs of families. We cannot guarantee we will be able to accommodate your request, but we do appreciate hearing from you.