What to bring, at a glance:
  • Kid sized daypack/backpack - one that’s comfortable for your child to wear throughout the day

  • Full water bottle

  • Snack and Lunch* - Nutrient dense/low sugar food is best, as we are doing a lot of walking, running, exploring, and playing (see more info below)

  • Rain Jacket

  • Bathing suit under clothes (for summer camps)

  • Closed-toe shoes

  • Quick dry towel

  • A full change of clothes (including socks and underwear) in labeled, water resistant bag - wet clothes will be placed in the bag after changing to be sent home.

  • Bug spray

  • Sunscreen

    • Nature Connect staff have sunscreen and bug spray on hand, but please pack your own if you prefer a specific kind​

  • Optional: journal, binoculars, field guides, compass, hand sanitizer, small quick-dry travel towel

  • Anything your child needs to be comfortable at the beach or in the woods, but please remember, they are responsible for carrying their own gear! 

Lunch & Snack:

Please pack both a snack and lunch each day*. Snack should be packed separate from lunch for easy access. Please include a reusable cloth napkin, and the appropriate utensils needed.


Snack should be a fruit, vegetable, grain or protein that can be eaten relatively quickly, and without a lot of mess. Please pack your child's snack separate from their lunch. Having it in a separate pocket on their backpack is ideal. It is very distracting for students to get out their entire lunch during snack. It often causes our snack time to run longer, which cuts into activity time, and they often end up eating part of their lunch which leaves them with less food during our actual lunch time.


Lunch should ideally contain a vegetable, fruit, grain, and protein. Please do not send any desserts, cookies, chocolate, or other sugary items for lunch or snack. When packing your child's lunch, please be mindful that they are required to carry it in their pack all day. Bento-style boxes are great, but they can be heavy. If your child is persistently struggling with the weight of their pack, a reusable cloth lunch bag, or paper bag with lightweight food containers may be a better option.


Students are very active throughout the day at Nature Connect and need complex, whole-foods for optimal energy. Please be mindful of containers and packaging. Participants carry all of their items throughout the day, and all waste must be packed out, including fruit peels.

All students must bring an age-appropriate water bottle that is filled with enough water to get them through the entire day. Be mindful that children are required to carry all of their own items throughout the day, and water can be heavy, so over packing is also possible. If your child is regularly finishing all of their water before the end of program, a facilitator will inform you that they need to bring more. Please do not pack any beverages other than water. It’s important for children to stay hydrated during our programs, and having other drinks can distract them from drinking enough water.

We ask that you make an effort to create as little waste as possible when packing food for your child. Any trash will be "packed out" and sent home in your child's backpack.

  • Bathing suit under clothes 

  • Short sleeved shirt and shorts

  • Water shoes with straps​

  • Tennis shoes and socks

  • Light jacket or long sleeve 

  • Hat

Please apply sunscreen before arriving each day at camp. We will also have the kids reapply sunscreen periodically throughout the day.

​It is very helpful if you have clothes that are designated just for Nature Connect. Please make sure that the clothes they wear are clothes that can get dirty and/or ripped. Nature Connect staff are not responsible for stained or damaged items.

Rain Gear:
  • Rain Jacket

  • Optional: A hat with a bill is helpful for keeping rain off of the face

We meet every day RAIN or SHINE. A very good raincoat is an absolute necessity. No umbrellas please. Please make sure the raincoat is water-proof and not just water-resistant. It is not uncommon for children's rain gear to not be fully waterproof, especially if purchasing from a department or big box store that is not specifically an outdoor store. Before purchasing, check the inside seams and make sure they are lined with plastic. If they aren't - it's not waterproof. Water will leak through the seams. Here are two brands that we recommend: Oakiwear (15% discount coupon code: "outdoorschool") and Sofee & Lenee. If you sew, you can get great rain material at a store in Oregon called the Rain Shed.


On rainy days, please come fully prepared. When in doubt, bring raincoat any way.

Resources for buying backpacks and clothing:




Rain Gear:


https://oaki.com/ (15% discount coupon code: “outdoorschool”)




Thrift & Consignment Shops:

Secondhand is a fabulous way to acquire affordable gear. Children most often come home from our programs quite dirty, and used clothes can add that extra sense of freedom for letting them “trash” their clothes.

Local children's consignment shops:

Once Upon a Child

Kid to Kid

Memories of a Child


You can also us Social Haven to communicate with other parents about hand-me-down gear.

Nature Connect also has a limited supply of hand me down gear available. Please contact us with your specific needs. 


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