Where Outdoor Education
Meets Social Development

OSPREY Camp, an acronym for “Opportunities for Stewardship Promoting Respect for the Environment and Youth” is an experiential and hands-on outdoor school located in Olympia, WA. Our program is tailored to provide students with hands-on learning and application of natural science and conservation concepts while living together in the outdoors.

OSPREY Camp resides on on the unceded territories of the Stl’pulmsh (Cowlitz) and the dxʷsqʷaliʔabš (Nisqually) tribes. We gratefully acknowledge the Native Peoples on whose ancestral homelands we gather, as well as the diverse and vibrant Native communities who make their home here today. As settlers, we would not be able to enjoy and recreate in the beautiful Pacific Northwest without the longstanding and ongoing land and watershed stewardship of Coast Salish peoples.

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A Unique Outdoor Education Camp Experience

The social development aspects of OSPREY Camp set it apart from any other outdoor education program. Students unplug and take a break from cell phones, computers and electronic games to focus on relationships with peers, mentors, teachers and even themselves. Outside of class, students enjoy structured down-time, including skits, songs and other team-building activities. The theme of “respect for the environment and youth” is woven throughout all aspects of camp, encouraging our students to be their best selves. Countless friendships have started at OSPREY Camp.

OSPREY Camp is a safe environment

OSPREY Camp is a safe, positive and supportive environment where, for my students, poverty and limited English is not a liability. Everybody, no matter their cultural or language background, can participate fully.

Kristy Johnson, 5th grade teacher
Cascade View Elementary, Tukwila, WA

Beautiful sounds of the Earth

The beautiful sounds of the earth make me feel calm, relaxed and like there’s really more than just cities and lights… these sights are beautiful and fill me with joy… I think it is much better than video games. I love nature!

Matthew L., 6th grader
St. Vincent de Paul School, Federal Way, WA

Diverse range of Environments

The diverse range of environments is an amazing benefit of being at Camp Solomon Schechter. My favorite spots are the beaver dam, the mystery trees, the bog and the lake.

Coral Nafziger, OSPREY Camp Volunteer Trainer
Seattle, WA

Powerful Application of Science Concepts

OSPREY Camp began over 50 years ago when environmental education became a focus in elementary schools in the Pacific Northwest. The program is designed to provide students with a powerful application of science concepts as they live and learn in the outdoors. It continues to evolve and improve, adjusting to reflect changes in scientific understanding and school requirements. Our lessons are aligned with the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. At OSPREY Camp, students learn hands-on science in an outdoor school!

Home of OSPREY Camp

Camp Solomon Schechter, the home of OSPREY Camp, is minutes from I-5, near Olympia. This beautiful locale provides opportunities to hike through and learn about the 170-acres of varied ecosystems. Students challenge themselves physically, while developing an appreciation for our natural environment, transforming them into environmental stewards of the future.