Outdoor Education Curricula & Activities – Camp Fire Central Puget Sound

At the core of your student experience, our Outdoor Education Curricula & Activities are designed to meet your classroom objectives and are primarily targeted towards elementary grades. Lessons can be tailored to meet the needs of your students and can be modified to fit your goals and specific student grade levels. Review our options below and work with us to plan your ideal camp experience!

Environmental Science Curricula

Forest Ecology

Student ecologists explore the cycles and systems of forests in the Pacific Northwest. Student ecologists will learn to describe the characteristics of a producer, consumer, and decomposer and model a basic food web that shows relationships between producers, consumers, and decomposers. Activities illustrate the diversity and interdependence of elements including soil, water, habitat, wildlife, and vegetation as well as showcase native Pacific Northwest plants.

Staff teaching nature lesson
Deer looking at the camera with trees behind

Wildlife Ecology

Student ecologists learn about different kinds of wildlife that live in the Pacific Northwest and what their role is in their ecosystem. Students will learn to define adaptation and describe how different adaptations help animals live in their ecosystem. Activities involve learning about adaptations through bone examination and population dynamics in an ecosystem.

Marine Ecology

The cold marine waters of Puget Sound and the Washington Coast are some of the most productive in the world. Student ecologists will study the intricacies of a marine environment and how they might compare to life and ecosystems on land. Student ecologists will learn to define habitat and describe what an organism needs to live and grow in its habitat through examining intertidal invertebrates on the beach at low tide. Students will also learn to describe the different tidal zones on a beach and give examples of organisms that live in those tidal zones.

Student in blue jacket and pink backpack squats on the beach to look at rocks and shells near the waters edge

Wetlands Ecology

Student ecologists explore the diversity and dynamics of a wetland site. Student ecologists will learn to describe the definition of a watershed and how water moves through one building their own watershed. They will also learn about methods by which we can determine the health of our ecosystem by taking samples of macroinvertebrates and water.

Soil Ecology

Forests would not be able to function without hard-working decomposers returning nutrients to the soil. Using both our camp garden and the forest as examples, student ecologists learn about plant growth, decomposition, and soil ecology. Activities may include exploring and working in the garden, plant biology, decomposer scavenger hunts, and helping maintain our worm bin. Student ecologists will learn to describe a basic nutrient and energy cycle in an ecosystem and to describe what resources and conditions a plant needs in order to live and grow.

Campers in the garden peering through tall green plants
Stars are illuminated on the ceiling of a dark room

Astronomy (Currently Unavailable)

Our Star Lab is a great place for student ecologists to start their exploration of the universe including activities involving our solar system, constellations, moon phases, and tides. Student ecologists will also hear stories behind the constellations from around the world. Learning objectives include describing the different planets in our solar system and how the moon affects our tidal cycle on Earth.

Team Building

Ground Initiatives

Student ecologists participate in field game-style team building activities and challenges that can help them get to know each other better as well as introduce basic team building and leadership skills.

Challenge Course

The challenge course is a tool for continued team-building, individual confidence building, and fostering good communication in a group of people (usually done after completing initiatives). Facilitators balance fun, teamwork, and learning through a series of physical and mental activities.

Youth on the challenge course working to place wooden planks to travel across the area
bouldering wall

Bouldering Wall

Student ecologists climb horizontally around our former water tower using climbing holds with the help of fellow students spotting them. Spotting not only keeps students safe but also provides an opportunity to practice their communication and teamwork skills learned while participating in Initiatives and the Challenge Course.

Outdoor Adventure Activities

Fire Starting

Student ecologists will practice different methods for starting a fire in a controlled and safe setting, discover how to best construct a fire for their intended purpose, and learn how to identify different kinds of firewood.

Camper building campfire
Youth placing logs to practice shelter building

Shelter Building

Student ecologists learn which natural materials are best for building a shelter as well as best practices when building a shelter made of only natural materials. Then they test their skills by building their own. Be careful of sudden rainstorms!

Knot Tying

Student ecologists learn how knots can be helpful in their everyday lives by learning how to tie different types of knots along each knot’s intended purpose.

Compass Orienteering

Student ecologists learn how to use a compass to determine headings and the benefits of using a compass in the age of GPS. Then they test their skills in navigating our orienteering course!

Campers learning to tie a knot at a wooden picnic table
archery girl


Student ecologists will test their skills shooting arrows with recurved bows at our foam targets under the supervision of trained archery instructors. No prior archery experience is necessary to shoot! Archery is offered to students in grades 4 and above.

Guided Hikes

Student ecologists are led on a leisurely hike by a Camp Sealth instructor on one of Camp Sealth’s many trails. These hikes can involve different activities like plant identification, trail games, and solo walks.

Mossy Trail at Camp Sealth

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