Kids, cameras, science, and fun! We learn about nature by going out in nature. From the high deserts of Oregon to the Redwood Forests, we explore tidepools 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 award-winning 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.

Summer 2017 we are teaming up with OMSI again! Learn more about our Desert Documentary Explorers Camp for middle schoolers and our Coastal Documentary Explorers program for high-school age students by clicking on the links.

Check out the Documentary Explorers Camp student films online.

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