NatureBridge Olympic Family Program, Canoeing on Lake Crescent

Family Camp

Connect with your family and nature!
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This summer, NatureBridge invites cohorts of families to learn together, laugh together and build a lifetime of memories as part of Olympic Family Camp. 

NatureBridge's Lake Crescent campus will serve as your base camp for exploring one of the country's most ecologically diverse national parks. Relax lake-side on the grounds of the historic Rosemary Inn, hike wilderness trails with our experienced educators and explore grand watersheds within Olympic National Park. Olympic Family Camp is best suited for ages 4 and up.

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Our Program

Over five fun filled days, families will:

  • EXPLORE a lowland old growth forest with a NatureBridge educator.
  • LEARN about the giant trees of Washington and the critters that share their domain.
  • RELAX around the campfire and gaze at the star filled sky.
  • DISCOVER the joy of building memories together in the outdoors.

Sample Itinerary

Morning: Enjoy breakfast in a designated family cohort eating area. Pack backpacks and prepare to meet your educator.

Instructional Day on Trail (9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.): Spend the day in family cohorts led by an experienced NatureBridge educator. Participants engage in educational experiences that encourage exploration, observation and discovery in various parts of the park.

Sample Activities:

  • Hike wilderness trails to viewpoints catching spray from a 90 foot waterfall.
  • Study the ecological relationship among native plants and animals of the old growth forests
  • Paddle the waters of Lake Crescent in 34-foot Salish-style canoes.
  • Explore dynamic features of the parks protected watersheds.

Afternoon/Early Evening: Return to campus to relax and unwind. Dinner will be served in a designated family cohort eating area.

Evening: NatureBridge educators facilitate evening programs that could include stargazing and campfire circles. Participants then return to the dorms and get ready for bed. 

Covid-19 Precautions

Olympic Family Camp is being coordinated in cooperation with the National Park Service and US Public Health Service officials following current CDC guidelines for outdoor camps. 

The safety of our participants and staff is our number one priority and guides every aspect of the program. In order to ensure safe distancing, family groups will be organized into individual family cohorts that have their own designated bunk house, outdoor eating areas and dedicated restrooms. We will coordinate alternating times for accessing the central bath/shower house. The rustic bunk houses will be ventilated with open windows and fans. Masks and social distancing will be maintained when we're interacting together. NatureBridge has a robust Health & Safety Plan that all participants and staff will be required to review and follow.

Your Stay at Lake Crescent

Nestled among the ancient forests, glacial lakes, and towering mountains of Olympic National Park, our campus provides a beautiful natural setting for your family vacation. The lush surroundings and stunning views of Lake Crescent will be sure to leave your family inspired, energized and more connected. 

Your family cohort will have its own designated sleeping and restroom area. Assignments will be made based on availability and group size. Wheelchair accessible facilities are available. We have two types of cabins:

  • Standard cabins are modern, heated and air-conditioned. Each cabin has four or six private rooms, each room sleeps two to six guests.
  • Historic cabins are smaller than our standard cabins. Each one has a unique charm and feature.

Each cohort has its own designated shower and restroom although they may be located in a separate bathhouse.


Dates and Pricing

All sessions run Wednesday - Sunday during Summer 2021.

June 30 - July 4

July 7-11

July 14-18

July 21-25

July 28 - August 1

August 4-8

Pricing - Includes meals, lodging and all educational experiences
Lodging Family cohort size Price Option to Increase
Cabin 4 participants $2000 $375/person for each additional participant over 4 years old

What is included with my purchase? 

  • Five days of guided activities with one of our educators
  • Four nights stay in one of our cabins with your cohort
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during your stay
  • Evening programs facilitated by our education staff
  • See the sample itinerary for more information.

What is a family cohort? 

  • Immediate family group (parent/guardian and children)
  • Extended family group (parent/guardian, children, aunts, uncles, cousins grandparents)
  • Family pods that have been practicing safe protocols (two or three family groups within the same community)
  • School pods that have been practicing safe protocols

Prepare for the Program

REQUIRED: All participants must fill out an online registration form prior to arrival. A link to the form will be sent to you after you register.

Helpful Planning Documents are hyperlinked below.

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Contact Us

Request For More Information

If you would like more information about Family Camp, please fill out the form below and a NatureBridge representative will be in touch with you to discuss your interest in more detail. 

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NatureBridge at Olympic
111 Barnes Point Road
Port Angeles, WA 98363