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Vancouver-area summer camps offer the outdoor adventure and get-your-hands-dirty kind of fun that eco-loving kids crave


For kids heading to camp this summer there’s a wealth of options. You can do just about anything at camp—from learning new circus skills to creating your own video games.

Check out this listing if you want an idea of just how many camps are available out there.

But if your kids want to get out into nature this summer and learn about ecology, sustainability or just play in the dirt, you might want to check out these camps first:


 

FarmWonders


FarmWonders offers city kids a chance to learn where their food comes from. Run by the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC farm the summer camps include planting and growing food, hiking, a visit with farm chickens, and various workshops.

604-827-4048 (voicemail only)


 

VanDusen Botanical Garden summer camp


Summer camp VanDusen Botanical Garden encourages environmental stewardship by getting kids out into the garden exploring and growing things. Each week has a different theme—one that focuses on the plants and animals that thrive in the urban garden.

604-718-5898 | Email
 


FUN camps for kids at UBC in Vancouver


Exploring tide pools at a FUN Camp. (Image: FUN Camps)

Evans Lake summer camp in Squamish

Campers gather around the campfire at Evans Lake. (Image: Evans Lake)

 

FUN Camps


FUN Camps are environmental leadership camps at UBC that are run by Friends Uniting for Nature (FUN) Society. Activities focus on the sustainable: Build and race a solar car, cooking brownies with a solar oven and building forts in the woods are just some of the fun.

250-386-9978 | Email 


 

Eco Fun Forest Education sleepover camp


Evans Lake runs an Eco Fun Forest Education sleepover camp near Squamish that teaches campers about trees, soils and wildlife while they learn outdoor and leadership skills.

604-294-2267 | Email


 

Watershed Wilderness Heroes Camp


Watershed Wilderness Heroes Camp in the Seymour Watershed is a three-day camp that gives kids a chance to explore the Seymour Watershed and learn how to protect it.

604-451-6506 | Email


 

Have you come across any great camps that encourage sustainable living? Feel free to share them in the comments section.