Homeschool Fridays

One Day every month from September through December

Facilitated by professional Camp Seymour Naturalists

Classes change each month, but always mix environmental education and outdoor recreation. Classes are designed to be active, hands-on, engaging, and interesting for all ages.

Program Goals and philosophy:

This program is designed for a home-school student to meet the following goals:

1.Develop relationships with other home-school students and camp staff.
2.Have fun while experiencing hands-on environmental education taught by professional naturalists. 
3.Learn outdoor and recreational skills in a safe setting.

To meet these goals, we strive to have a low student to staff ratio, have the same few naturalists lead every program, and encourage students and parents to attend each month by varying the classes and having a whole lot of fun!


Session fees are $25 for current YMCA members and $30 for non-members. Students over the age of 9 may be dropped off for an additional fee. Adults may join us for lunch, the charge is $8. Non-participating children ages 5 and under are welcome with constant adult supervision, their lunch fee is $3. Program enrollment is limited; please sign up early.

Registration now open!

 Printable Registration Form 

Questions? Call or email Heidi at 253-884-3392 or

Basic Schedule:

9:45 -10:00 Arrive and check-in at the Camp Seymour upper parking lot. 
10:00 – 11:30 Class 1 
11:45 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 2:00 Class 2
2:00 Head to the upper parking lot to be picked up.

Dates and Themes

January 26 - Salmon Day

Learn about Pacific Salmon through activities, games, and discussions. Camp Seymour seasoned naturalist Ben Williams will also facilitate a Salmon Dissection.

February 16 - This day Rocks

Geology & Climbing Wall! University of Puget Sound Geology alumni and current naturalist, Rita McCreesh, will lead an exciting geology lesson utilizing a stream table. Kids will also get a chance to challenge themselves at Camp's 37 foot tall rock wall. Belay on!

March 22-23 Family Campout

(see separate document for cost and more information; please don't register for March 23rd day if registering for the family campout)

March 23 - The Art of Nature

Nature Drawing, Poetry, & Crafts. Students and families will take part in creating art together that gets inspiration from the natural world.

April 13 - Nature Movement, Yoga and Big Canoes

Get your blood flowing as you get creative moving in the outdoors. We'll then take Camp's Big Canoes out for a paddle on the Puget Sound.

May 4 - Recreation Celebration: Family Day

All students must be accompanied by a family member for the entire day. The last official home school session of the season at Camp Seymour is a celebration. Go where you like! We'll open up the Waterfront for Boating, Archery Range, Reptiles, Marine Science Touch Tanks and low tide beach walk.

May 25 - Garden and Nutrition: Service Day

Today AmeriCorps member Jessica Murray leads a few activities on service, growing your own food, nutrition, and sustainability at Camp Seymour's newly renovated Sustainability Center. Then participate in some service projects to help get the camp garden ready for summer. The fee is reduced for this day because your family will need to bring your own sack lunch.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: What is the age range?

A: Short answer 6-12

Longer answer: We have had kids of all participate in this program. Our classes are meant to be fun and interesting for any age.

FAQ: Can my 13 to 17 year-old help?

A: Yes, there is a $15 fee for teen helpers that includes lunch.

FAQ: Why is there an additional fee for dropping off my child?

A: For the saftey of all participants in our program, we maintain high standards including a low student to adult ratio. The extra fee helps cover staffing costs of extra supervision. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

FAQ: How do I register?

A: Fill out the registration form. Fax the completed form to 253-460-8897 or email it to Please contact our office 253-884-3392 if you have questions or need help with your registration.

FAQ: Camp I bring my own lunch?

A: Yes, but please leave peanut butter and tree nuts at home.

FAQ: What's the cancellation policy?

A: Pre-payment is required to register as is non-refundable. Full credit is available for cancellations made with at least 48 hours notice.

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