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Nature Nuts

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Discover. Explore. Connect.

“I write to thank you for opening one young Washingtonian’s eyes to the natural world… his every conversation is peppered with organic stories of flora and fauna due to your inspiration. Go Nuts!” – Governor Jay Inslee, former Nature Nuts Grandparent

The mission of Nature Nuts is to provide a space for the children in our community to reap the developmental benefits of outdoor learning and free play in a safe and immersive way while cultivating a love and awe of nature.

Focusing on child-led outdoor play, team building, and early naturalist training, Nature Nuts offers unique outdoor programming on and near Bainbridge Island. Sharing fun, hands-on learning experiences where participants are encouraged to discover through adventurous play, free exploration, and guided field investigations, and facilitated by experienced instructors from Peacock Family Services.

In order to meet the diverse needs of our community, Nature Nuts offers a variety of programming that runs seasonally throughout the year. Click to learn more about our after school and day camp programs!

After School Programs

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Our After School Program runs rain or shine, immersing kids K-2 in outdoor play and learning all year long. Join us after school from 12:50PM- 5:45PM on Mondays and 2:20PM- 5:45PM Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Kids meet their outdoor instructors at the Ordway bus hub and then head somewhere naturally amazing around Bainbridge Island for a few hours of exploring. Parent pick-up is at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church (The Madrona School) anytime between 5:00 pm and 5:45 pm.

  • Amazing Outdoors (September 9- October 3)
  • Fall Fun (October 7- November 7)
  • Migrations and Hibernations (November 12- December 19)

Day Camps

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We are thrilled to experience fun, friendship, and discovery as we host nine weeks of summer fun for youth entering grades K-3! Our regular hours run from 9AM – 5:00 PM. We offer extended hours from 8:30AM – 6:00 PM to extend the fun. Come join us as we form friendships, build skills, and make memories!

Outdoor Families Nature Club

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Please join us every Thursday at 9:30 am, rain or shine, for our pilot program Outdoor Families Nature Club. Part play group, part outdoor education, part family hike, Outdoor Families is a drop-in group led by a Nature Nuts outdoor instructor and naturalist whose goal is to connect families to nature, their community, and to each other.

We will meet at Fort Ward Park (the upper lot) and explore the forest, play, and connect. Parents or caregivers join their children and we welcome kids of all ages, from babes in arms on up. Please bring your own snacks, a change of clothes for your kiddos, and waterproof boots and jacket in fall and winter.

Click Here to learn more about Outdoor Families, which meets each Thursday at Fort Ward!