Camp Saturna welcomes groups of students in grades 5 – 8 to come and take part in our environmental education program. Our property provides an amazing outdoor learning environment with a curriculum focused on regional ecology, environmental science, and natural resource management. Our standard educational program includes a 3 day/2 night stay at the camp, meals included. Other options may be available dependent upon your educational interests and group size.
Camp Saturna provides students with a quality environmental education experience through hands-on, experiential learning that integrates outdoor recreation and traditional camp activities.
Our environmental education objectives include:
- Meeting Washington State environmental education requirements (WAC 392-410-115(6)).
- Providing environmental education instruction that follows the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) where applicable and appropriate.
- Encouraging team building and leadership skills.
- Building a connection between the students and the North Cascades foothills ecology and natural history.
- Providing a safe, fun, and dynamic learning environment for participants.
Camp Saturna provided the backdrop for part of an NPR story about outdoor learning via Mount Baker, Blaine, and Bellingham School Districts' Connections program during the coronavirus pandemic.
The following topics are examples of our environmental education curriculum:
- Local & Regional Geology
- The Water Cycle
- Soils (Physical & Chemical Characteristics)
- Pollination & The Wonders of Fall Foliage (Seasonal)
- Forest Succession
- Timber Harvest & Natural Resource Management
- Vegetation – Native vs. Invasive
- Freshwater Macroinvertebrates
- Ecosystem Relationships
- Beaver Ecology
- Bird Identification & Evolution
- Predators of the North Cascades
- Camouflage in the Natural Environment
- Echolocation – Bats
- Stewardship & Environmental Responsibility