New! Jr Naturalist Program (12-15 years)

This program is perfect for teens who love the camp experience and are ready for more. Interested teens will fill out an easy application. Those accepted to the program will be required to complete a fun, one-day training and sign up to volunteer for one week of summer camp (additional weeks are possible if space allows). At the end of the summer Jr. Naturalists will be thanked with a special celebration.

As a Jr Naturalist you will:

•  Share your curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and nature with the campers.

•  Build leadership skills assisting campers with nature-focused games, crafts, and activities.

•  Practice communication skills while assisting camp counselors and directors in preparing and  leading activities.

•  Learn about local ecology.

Apply Now!



If you enjoy spending time in nature and want to share that joy with kids ages 5-11, then you are invited to apply to become a Jr. Naturalist.

Applying is easy! Fill out and submit this online application. We will notify applicants of their acceptance to the program and provide instructions for completing their registration. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Summer Camp’s run from 9:00am-3:00pm. Jr Naturalists will be expected to arrive by 8:30am and stay until 3:30pm.

Summer Camp dates and locations are:

  • June 22-16 at Miller Woods Conservation Area, McMinnville
  • July 20-24 at Charles Metsker County Park, McMinnville
  • August 3-7 at Charles Metsker County Park, McMinnville
  • August 17-21 at Charles Metsker County Park, McMinnville
  • Aug 31–Sept 4 at Charles Metsker County Park, McMinnville

All of our camp programs allow lots of space for nature exploration and discovery. Activities encourage children to make observations, ask questions, and connect to place. Science, games, and arts & crafts are used as tools to help build connection to our natural world.

Questions? Contact us!

Need financial assistance?  OEA’s Adventure Camp Scholarship Application


Paperwork to Bring With You to Camp

Print and complete all required paperwork to bring with you to camp, or plan extra time for filling it out the first day of camp.

Required paperwork includes the following: The releases and contracts provided here are for your information and may not be identical to releases we provide on the day of programming.