Nisqually Reach Nature Center: Citizen Science Academy 2019 (July 20-26)
Thank you for your interest in attending NRNC's Citizen Science Academy! NRNC is a non-profit 501(c)3 in Olympia, Washington offering year-round programming to help build students’ knowledge and connection to the nearshore environment though fun, inquiry-based science projects on the beach.

This 7 day science-based adventure academy is part day camp and part overnight camp. Camp runs from 9 AM to 4 PM daily with the exception of two overnight trips occurring July 22nd-23rd (kayak camping trip) and July 24th-26th (Mt. Rainier camping trip). Our trained staff keeps the momentum moving in this engaging camp where we have 1 primary and 4 secondary instructors per 16 students. Our program strives to connect campers to the valuable resources and beauty of the South Sound while having fun on the beach. Nestled in one of the healthiest estuaries in Puget Sound, students will get access to and gain knowledge about what makes this estuary so special.

Campers from the Citizen Science Academy program will be participating in an overnight kayaking/camping trip on the Nisqually Delta. NRNC is partnering with Kayak Nisqually ( to offer this new and exciting adventure to campers! Participants will be staying on Anderson Island and have an opportunity to interact with whale scientists from Cascadia Research Collective and join in an evening bioluminescent plankton paddle.

Campers will also get a chance to see the Nisqually glacier and river while on a hiking and camping trip to Mt. Rainier National Park. Please note there will be additional permission, liability, and medical forms emailed to parents/guardians closer to the camp date.

Saturday, July 20th: 9 AM - 4 PM @ NRNC
Sunday, July 21st: 9 AM - 4 PM @ NRNC
Monday, July 22nd: 9 AM @ NRNC - Overnight at Anderson Island
Tuesday, July 23rd: Anderson Island Overnight - 4 PM @ NRNC
Wednesday, July 24th: 9 AM @ NRNC - Overnight at Mt. Rainier
Thursday, July 25th: Away at Mt. Rainier
Friday, July 26th: Come back from Mt Rainier, Pick up at 4 PM @ NRNC

During the Anderson Island kayak trip and Mt. Rainier trip the following are provided for campers: Tents, Sleeping bags, Sleeping pads, Meals (menu provided beforehand) and snacks.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Enrollment is first come, first served.

To apply, please submit this program registration (including financial aid request form if applicable) and at least a $250 non-refundable deposit if not the full tuition for Citizen Science Academy.

We will notify each applicant regarding enrollment status as soon as possible, typically within three weeks of receiving your complete application. If you don’t hear from us within three weeks of submitting your application, it may be incomplete. Please contact us to find out what is missing!


Members - $600 (Must have household membership or above)
Non-Members - $650

The $250 non-refundable deposit due with your application is part of your child’s tuition. The remaining tuition is due by July 1, 2019.

Limited need based financial aid is available. We try very hard to make camp accessible to everyone. Please fill out the scholarship application form to apply for funds. Financial Aid requests may take longer than three weeks to process.

We work all year long to keep our costs low, to offer more programming, and to provide financial aid through grants, fundraising, benefits, etc. As a nonprofit, any amount paid over the standard fees is considered a tax-deductible donation and is greatly appreciated. This includes donations to help sponsor another camper. Let us know if you need a tax receipt, and we will send you one. Thank you!

Questions? Contact April Roe at 484-264-5441 or

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