Location & Description

Adventure WILD Summer Day Camp is based at the Mazama Mountaineering Center (MMC), located on the corner of SE Stark and SE 43rd in Portland, Oregon.  There is a parking lot and ample street parking available for drop-off and pick-up. From there, we’ll explore the outdoors, learning about urban nature and the vibrant life in the beautiful greenspaces around us, including the 26-acre Laurelhurst Park. Each themed week includes components in nature, science, and art, tailored to the ages and interests of that week’s participants. Plus, every Thursday campers travel to the Mazama Lodge in Government Camp, and every Friday is indoor rock climbing day (always a camper favorite!) supervised by trained Mazamas volunteers. We’ll teach our young adventurers how to properly use climbing equipment and safely belay, as well as the basics of climbing technique, carefully scaled to the age and ability of each child.

Adventure WILD Summer Day Camp serves children ages 4-10. Children must be at least 4 years old, based on their age at the time of camp week.

The Mazama Lodge, built in 1960, is a beautiful wooden lodge nestled on US Forest Service Land between Timberline Lodge and Government Camp on Mount Hood. Thanks to the careful stewardship of Mazama members, the Mazama Lodge remains a functional and beautiful campsite which welcomes thousands of visitors each year, from summer camps to wedding parties to Mazama instructional programs.

Contact Information

Mail: Adventure WILD Day Camp
c/o Mazamas
527 SE 43rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97215
Phone: 971-808-2267
Email: adventurewild@mazamas.org

NEW! for Summer 2018!

Due to increased popularity and demand, we’re expanding our trips to the mountain! All sessions now include a Thursday excursion to the Mazama Lodge on Mt. Hood. While at the Lodge, we’ll enhance our nature, science and arts thematic learning by embarking on trail adventures and scavenger hunts, learning to identify alpine plants and animals, trying our hands at orienteering, and immersing ourselves in art projects inspired by the alpine environment.

During camp weeks 5, 6, & 7 (July 23rd, July 30th, and Aug. 6th) we’ve added an optional Thursday night overnight for campers ages 8-10 years at the time of camp. Overnight campers will experience two full days of extended mountain excursions and dive deep into the wildlife and ecology of Mt. Hood. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up your 8-10 year old early to secure a space on this two-day, one-night mountain adventure. Overnight week tuition is $375, and includes dinner on Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Friday, as well as full transportation to and from the Mazama Lodge.

We’re excited to offer a full-day field trip during camp week 4 (July 16th), WILD Winds & Waters. Campers will embark on an adventure to Portland’s own Kelley Point Park. Here, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, campers will explore what happens when winds and waters collide! Tuition for WILD Winds & Waters week is $340, which includes transportation to and from base camp at the Mazama Mountaineering Center.

Fees & Hours

Full Day:
9AM to 5PM

Weeks 1-3 & weeks 5-7: $325
Week 4 (includes full-day field trip to Kelley Point Park): $340
Optional overnight add on (ages 8-10 years only): +$50

Lunches and Snacks

Please make sure to pack an environmentally-friendly lunch for your child. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided for each group. If your child has dietary restrictions, please pack two additional snacks daily and share dietary information when registering your child.

Lost and Found

Lost and found items will be held until the end of the summer. If an item is lost while your child is at Adventure WILD Camp, please contact 971-808-2267. Items not claimed by Labor Day will be donated to charity.

Camp Policies
  • Registration begins February 1st, 2018 and is open until filled or the Friday prior to the week of camp.
  • Each session has limited space and is closed when filled. A waiting list is kept for each session.
  • If you are unable to register online, please contact our Adventure WILD office, at the Mazama Mountaineering Center (adventurewild@mazamas.org, 503-227-2345).
  • We reserve the right to refuse enrollment to anyone or dismiss without refund any student for behavioral issues.
  • Summer programs operate rain or shine. Children should dress accordingly.
  • Any accompanying aides for special needs campers will require a background check by Adventure WILD.
Cancellations & Refunds
  • Adventure WILD reserves the right to cancel or combine classes that are below the minimum participant requirement. Should cancellations occur, our staff will contact the participant’s family about alternative classes.
  • Prior to June 1st, 2018: Cancellations made prior to June 1st will result in a $50 cancellation fee, with the remainder refunded.
  • After June 1st, 2018: Cancellations made after June 1st receive no refund, with the following exceptions:
    • Short-term illness or injury: If a short-term illness or injury prevents the camper from attending the scheduled camp, the client may reschedule another camp, during the same summer season only, for a transfer fee of $35 (unless the new camp is of a greater value), provided that the desired camp has available space.
    • Long-term illness or injury:
      • Cancellations made after June 1 due to long-term illness/injury must be accompanied by a doctor’s note for a $50 cancellation fee.
      • A doctor’s note must be received before a refund will be issued.
  • Existing waiting list requests: For cancellations made after June 1st, if there is a waiting list for a space in the camp, then the cancellation may result in a $50 fee, with the remainder refunded, only after the vacated space in the camp has been filled.
Camp Session Transfers

After June 1st, 2018 a camp transfer fee of $35 will be assessed for each camp session change. No Camp Transfers are allowed within two weeks from the start date of either camp session (except in the case of illness or injury documented by a doctor’s note).


Please contact the Camp Manager at 971-808-2267 if your child will be absent. There will be no make-up classes for any summer camp programs. Absences will not be refunded unless the entire enrollment is cancelled before the session has begun.

About the Mazamas

The Mazamas, founded in 1894 on the summit of Mt. Hood, is a nonprofit mountaineering education organization.  Mazamas offers over 700 hikes and 350 climbs annually. Mazamas’ mission is to promote mountaineering through education, climbing, hiking, fellowship, safety, and the protection of mountain environments. Every love for mountaineering is borne out of a love for the outdoors, which can only be shaped by positive experiences and understanding of the outdoors. The mission depends on getting children outside and exploring, but they recognize that the urgency extends far beyond the Mazamas, with the need to engage all children in formative outdoor experiences.
In 2012, Mazamas partnered with Friends of Outdoor School to further our shared goals of providing meaningful, educational outdoor experiences to youth in the Portland metro area. Adventure WILD Summer Day Camp is an exciting and evolving result of our shared goals.

About Friends of Outdoor School

Friends of Outdoor School is dedicated to increasing student access to Oregon Outdoor School programs that contribute to educational development, inspire youth, and promote personal growth. We accomplish our mission through advocacy, fundraising, and community engagement. They are the key connection between Outdoor School and the larger community of individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies that support Outdoor School programming.

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