Nature Explorer Camp 2017 at Kiwanis Camp Wa-Ri-Ki!


Registration for 2017 Nature Explorer Camp

Please contact me with any questions: Thank you!

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NEC Success & Our 2016 Program Coordinator

With 3 Nature Explorer Camps completed, and our last one coming up on August 17th, 2016, we have had over 300 children and their parents join us at the camp and experience the outdoors!


This year our 4 NEC events where planned and coordinated by our 2016 Program Coordinator Desire Costello! She joined us this year after participating in the 2015 NEC event with her daughters. Our success has been a community effort, but it has been Desires’ passion for children and the importance of those children experiencing the outdoors, that has really brought it all together this year. Thank you to Desire and all our Kiwanis Members, Community Volunteers, Parents, Camp Personnel, Vendors, and Sponsors for the awesome summer!

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See the article about us by Danielle Frost in the Camas Post Record here:

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What’s Up at WA-RI-KI!!


In good Hands –
Our caretakers’ wife, Diana Richards is one of the newest members of the volunteer fire fighter team at the Skamania volunteer Fire department #4. As the only woman on the team, they like to test her. But she can hold her own and is a huge asset to the fire department team.  Her husband and our camp caretaker, Mike Richards also joined the fire depart team. Thank you both for your service and commitment to our camp and community.7 8 6

We are working hard on the camp to enhance your outdoor camp experience. These fellows put their body and heart in to their work to ensure we have everything ready for your visit!

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Update for 3rd Annual Nature Explorer Camp

Update for 3rd Annual Nature Explorer Camp:

We are gearing up for an amazing time this summer. As we welcome some fun educators of forest and animals, to help us all connect a little more to nature. It is so important for kids to feel a connection with nature for they will be the ones we are all counting on to protect, care for and enjoy it.

A special thank you to Mr. Lizards Mobile Zoo, The Audubon Society, The Oregon Coast Aquarium, Smokey the Bear, Skamania Fire Department, and to all the volunteers that will be coming together to help with these events.


UPDATE: The bus for July 27th date is full. The Bus for the August 18th is now full.

We now have transportation from Marshal Center to camp Wa-Ri-Ki leaving at 9:30 am, and returning from Wa-Ri-Ki to Marshal Center at 3pm for all of our Nature Explorer Camp days. Please try and arrive 15 min prior to departure. If you are interested in taking the bus or Van to Wa-Ri-Ki please mark it on your registration and we will let you know when there are no longer spaces available, but as of now we have plenty of room.  Thank you Clark County Parks and Recreation for your assistance with the transportation.


If you are driving out to Wa-Ri-Ki we are located North 17 miles up Washougal River Rd, off of Highway 14. Expect it to take you about 45 min to an hour from Vancouver or Portland. Look for the large Wa-Ri-Ki sign on the left hand side of the road; it’s hard to miss.

What you may want to bring to Nature Explorer camp:

Water bottle

Nature Explorer backpack (if you were able to borrow one from Vancouver Library or Marshal Center)

Lunch if you have allergies, a vegetarian preference or a desire for something specific.

Dress for the weather, we will try to be outside most of the day, but have access to an indoor area if we need to. We will be inside the gymnasium for part of the day Saturday August 6th for a presentation from the Oregon Coast Aquarium. They have some surprises for us.

Have a great summer and we are looking forward to seeing you at Nature Explorer Camp at Wa-Ri-Ki.


For questions please email

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Fall & Winter Camps Beautiful at Wa-Ri-Ki

Camp Wa-Ri-Ki for Groups near Portland, ORegon

In the Fall and Winter, stars twinkle at night in the crisp air, campfires beckon and snow pads the ground… just 40 minutes from Vancouver, Wa at Kiwanis Camp Wa-Ri-Ki on the Washougal River

Just 40-45 minutes away from the Portland metro area lies a great retreat center to unwind in natural beauty…

Been searching for a great place for a business retreat or Winter Church Youth Group get-away? We know the place. Camp Wa-Ri-Ki is just 40 minutes from Vancouver, WA an nestled in the foothills along the Washougal River. We’re open in the Fall and Winter. (more…)

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Second Annual Nature Explore Event a Success

This lad was proud to have found a pumice stone during the Nature Explore event.

This lad was proud to have found a pumice stone during the Nature Explore event.

A happy group of day visitors made camp at Wa-Ri-Ki last weekend as they attended the second annual “Nature Explore” club event — a joint offering by Kiwanis Camp Wa-Ri-Ki, in partnership with The Parks Foundation of Clark County,Vancouver Summer Adventure, and the US Forest Service on August 8th.

The event included short hikes to event learning stations where a number of show and tell sessions were held to help the children, and even Moms and Dads, learn about the beautiful natural surroundings the Camp affords.  Paul Perdone, a federal geologist from Vancouver whose grandsons were in attendance, presented some of the natural rocks and sediments in the area.  All the campers made themselves an official name tag, cut from a tree branch.  The Camp paid for a bus to bring attendees up from Vancouver to the event. (more…)

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