Registration is now open for Inside the Outdoors Virtual Summer Camp

For the second consecutive year, OCDE’s environmental education program — better known as Inside the Outdoors — will offer a free virtual summer camp for students ages 6 to 12 years old.

From mid July through early August, ITO will offer a series of week-long day camps for kids, led by the program’s field naturalists.

ITO virtual summer camp 2021

Inside the Outdoors 2020 virtual camper with flat animal ambassador of the week, Cannoli the Western Toad.

Registration is now open and campers can register by clicking the link below.

https://link.ocde.us/ITO-summer-camp

Similar to the program’s in-person summer sessions, the camps run Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Each week will feature themed science-and-nature-based activities that include a daily journal prompt, along with family extension, kindness and get-moving activities and the virtual sharing of ideas with fellow campers.

Although camps are taking place virtually, Inside the Outdoors Operations Manager Stephanie Smith says this year’s program promises to be interactive, fun and full of surprises.

“From Zoom calls with live animals to virtual hikes, we’ve got some awesome activities in store for our campers this summer,” said Smith. “While we know a virtual camp can’t fully replace an in-person experience, our goal is to get students outside exploring nature and interacting with the different spaces around them.”

Below is a full list of dates along with program themes for each week:

July 12 – 16: Animal Ambassadors

July 19 – 23: Green Earth

July 26 – 30: Exploring Our Ecosystems

August 2 – 6: Full STEAM Ahead


OCDE’s Inside the Outdoors has been a leader in hands-on science and social science programs since 1974. The mission of the program is to empower students, teachers, parents and the community to explore natural areas and expand their knowledge, understanding and stewardship of the environment.

To learn more about Inside the Outdoors, visit the ITO website.