Our popular Camp Wa-Ri-Ki Nature Days are back this year with a new overnight event so kids and parents can unplug up at scenic Camp Wa-Ri-Ki on the beautiful Washougal River right near Dougan Falls. The Camp is about 30 minutes north of Portland, Oregon and to the northeast of Washougal, Washington. Mark your calendars for this year’s schedule:
- Nature Day 2019 – June 20th — full day, lunch served
- Nature Day 2019 – July 16th — full day, lunch served
- NEW: Nature Day & Night 2019 – Oct. 19-20th. Features Ladybug Day Camp (lunch served), then stay overnight if you choose for stargazing Overnight Camp, on the evening of the 19th.
The new Nature Day and Night event is the brainchild of our new Event Coordinator, Briana Parks. She has taken her three children up to the Camp for a couple of years and fell in love with it. There’s a huge “encampment” of ladybugs each year in Fall, and when you pair that with the Orionid Meteor shower, it will make for a memorable time for you and the family in the great outdoors. The Orionids return every year between Oct. 2 and Nov. 7. At their peak on Oct. 21, you may be able to see 20 to 30 meteors per hour!
A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate, or originate, from one point in the night sky called Radiant. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories. The Meteor Data Center of the IAUlists over 900 suspected meteor showers of which about 100 are well established. — American Meteor Society
Watch here for a sign-up form for Camp Wa-Ri-Ki Nature Days soon. For now, take a look at a slideshow (click any pick) of some fun and unplugged learning from past nature days: