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Youth Programs

Documentary Explorers Camp
Saturday Academy
Produced By Her
Recording Resilience
Public Schools

Documentary Explorers Camp
A partnership between NW Documentary & OMSI

Kids, cameras, science, and fun! We learn about nature by going out in nature. From the high deserts to the beaches of Oregon, we explore tide-pools and abandoned homesteads, canoe estuaries, and hunt for thunder eggs. Along the way, we learn from the people who live and work in these remote regions, such as forest fire fighters, naturalists, and Native Americans.

With the mentorship of documentary filmmakers and experienced science instructors, students team up in small groups to shoot, write, narrate, and edit their very own documentaries. Students learn documentary filmmaking as a tool for experiencing, exploring, understanding, and appreciating the natural scientific world.

Films created in our camps have won the coveted Student Production Awards presented at the Northwest Regional Emmy® Awards.

Registration opens January 15: Register on OMSI’s Website


Desert Documentary Explorers
For Grades 6-8

Lights! Camera! Action! “Desert Doc” is an introduction to documentary filmmaking based at Camp Hancock in the high desert. With a team of friends, you’ll film, narrate and edit a mini documentary.

Coastal Documentary Explorers
For Grades 9-12

Quiet on set! Get ready to work with professional film makers from NW Documentary and a team of other high school campers to create a short film about science and nature in Newport, Oregon.

Documentary Explorers Camp Films

NW Documentary & Saturday Academy

In 2019, NW Documentary partnered with Saturday Academy for Documentary Lens on River Cleanup, which produced the following short film:



The Saturday Academy Camp will be back in 2020! This year the camp will run for three weeks, the first focused on shooting, the second on editing, and the third on animation. Register for one or all three!

Registration Opens in 2020: Register on Saturday Academy’s website


Produced By Her
A partnership between NW Documentary & Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest

Produced By Her is a youth documentary filmmaking program that inspires girls age 12 – 17 to share the stories of women though documentary filmmaking. We address the lack of representation of women in the media by prioritizing the stories of girls in the LGBTQ community and girls of color.

Under the creative direction of Kerri Lynne Thorp and In Partnership with Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest and NW Documentary, Produced by Her creates a pro-girl environment where success is modeled through the mentorship of professional women in media. We create an environment where the stories that girls want to tell are prioritized.


  • Rising 8th grade – Rising 12th grade
  • Ability to commit at least 3 hours per week, in the fall, to make your film
  • Live in the Portland Metro area


Contact us about joining or supporting the program!

Recording Resilience
A partnership between NW Documentary & the Dougy Center

In Recording Resilience, we work with teenagers who have recently suffered the tragic loss of a loved one. In partnership with the Dougy Center, we create a supportive, healing opportunity for the participants to create a personal film under the direct guidance of professional filmmakers.

The workshop results in the teens each creating a documentary about their loss, and then sharing the film at a public screening, online, in NW Documentary’s library, and within larger support groups at The Dougy Center.


NW Documentary & Portland-Area Public Schools

In 2019, NW Documentary partnered with educators at Sunset High School and Lake Oswego High School to produce short films about student interests. Check the films out on Vimeo: Public School Film Gallery

Please contact us if you are an educator who is interested in working with us.

Portland, Oregon

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