Summer Camps

Columbia Gorge Art Camp

Join us this summer for three innovative art camps! All three drawing on the power of collaboration to cultivate social and intellectual skills.
Campers explore diverse and fun projects aimed to nurture their self-esteem and allow for their inner wisdom to shine!

See our Blog at columbiagorgeartcamp.blogspot.com

Who - ages 6 - 13 welcome
What - Week long sessions comprised of nature walks, gathering, collecting and observing, snack breaks, stories, games, jump-rope and lots of fun!
When - July 11 - 15, Mon- Fri, 10am-3pm - $285


PORTRAITS

Campers will create a wide variety of portraits using many different mediums. We will work individually, in pairs, and a big collaborative portrait,
thus gaining a deeper comfort within ourselves and others.

August 1 - 5, Mon- Fri, 10am-3pm - $285


SEEING

Learn to see like an artist. Our brain training will include, journal making, botanical drawings and paintings, a contour collaborative, and many more!

August 15 -19, Mon- Fri, 10am-3pm - $285


TACTILE/TEXTILE

We will have loads of fun and make many messes as we make dyes and paints from our collections of the day and other local rocks and fauna.
We'll dye local wool,using our dyes and then felt with our dyed wool. We will also squish and mold clay, and paint with our hand-made paint!

Where - All camps are held in open shelters on a beautiful 28 acres acre property on the hills of White Salmon, using the natural environment as our backdrop.

Why - When children learn to describe their world around them through art, divisions of nature and art dissolve, and they gain strength and self-esteem to blossom.

At the end of each camp parents are welcome to come an hour early to come on our Art Walk. There is a limit of 12 kids per camp, so don't wait!
Registration closes 1 week before start date. Call Molly at 971-256-2510, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info and registration.

Water Sports

Kids Watersports in the Columbia Gorge

Windsurfing, Kiting, Padding & Sailing - check out these opportunities to learn watersports in the Columbia Gorge!

  • GORGE Junior Sailing Program
    Experience the thrill of sailing in a fun and safe environment! Classes are taught in small prams and sailing dinghies in the safety of the Hood River Marina. Sailing fosters independence, teamwork, sportsmanship, responsibility, and environmental awareness.

    Check out Gorge Junior Sailing's Facebook page.

    Open to kids ages 5-18 years old

    All instructors are qualified, experienced, & US Sailing certified!

    Weekly classes are held July 9th – August 17th @ The Hood River Marina

    For complete schedule, list of classes, and registration visit:
    Hood River Community Education Sailing and Watersports Classes
  • CGWA's Gorge Groms
    Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association (CGWA) features 'Gorge Groms'. Often the biggest obstacle for kids to become “a windsurfer” is access to gear and having friends who participate. To fill this gap, CGWA is pleased to offer Gorge Groms, a youth windsurfing club. Our goal is to build community and camaraderie amongst kids who windsurf in the Gorge
  • Brian's Windsurfing
    Call us at 386-1423 for more information. We're located at the east end of the Hood River Event Site. See our website at www.brianswindsurfing.com or E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Cascade Kiteboarding
    Kiteboarding has an incredibly empowering effect on kids! Check out Cascade Kiteboarding at the east end of the Hood River Event Site!
  • Big Winds
    Big Winds offers 4-day windsurfing programs, as well as paddling clinics and programs for kids.
  • Both Hood River Valley Parks & Recreation and Northern Wasco County Park & Recreation offer summer watersport programs.
  • Wet Planet Whitewater Kids' Kayak Program
    Get Your Kids Out on the River in a Kayak this Summer!

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Sports Parenting

Check out these great resources from United States Ski & Snowboard Association regarding Successful Sports Parenting

If your child participates in any competitive sport such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, skiing etc., download these helpful .pdf files on subjects ranging from sports nutrition to volunteering and more.

Sports Parenting in the Columbia Gorge

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Summer Camps

Check out these fun camps for children in the Columbia Gorge!

Columbia Gorge Art Camp
Join us this summer for three innovative art camps! All three drawing on the power of collaboration to cultivate social and intellectual skills. Campers explore diverse and fun projects aimed to nurture their self-esteem and allow for their inner wisdom to shine! Call Molly at 971-256-2510, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info and registration.

Who: For Ages 6 - 13 years

What: Week long sessions comprised of nature walks, gathering, collecting and observing, snack breaks, stories, games, jump-rope and lots of fun!

When: July 11-15, August 1-5 and August 15-19

More Info and Details

Smith Rocks Rock-climbing Camp
This ultimate adventure for kids ages 11-18 teaches beginner to advanced climbing skills at the climbing mecca of Smith Rocks, a couple hours south of Hood River. Kids learn rappelling, building and cleaning anchors, lead climbing, multi-pitch climbing and more through the guidance of experienced guide and HRCE’s own director John Rust.

Cascade Mountain School Environmental Science and Adventure Camps
Cascade Mountain School offers top quality science education delivered in the outdoor classrooms of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Current programs focus on field science and sustainable agriculture. Biking, Kayaking and backpacking accompany a curriculum of applied, hands on science and natural resource management studies. Inquire about high school and college level science credit. See our website

Lets Get Out
For ages 5-13 - summer days camps focusing on introducing older kids to adventure sports like mountain biking, whitewater rafting and rock climbing. Camps for younger children focus on sense of wonder and exploring the natural world. See our website

Kids Creations Art Camp
Leave the Kids with us! We provide a stimulating and creative place for the kids to spend their day. They will have the chance to explore a variety of mediums incorporated into various projects. Our focus is on fun and maintaining an open and comfortable atmosphere. See our website or call Leslie at 541 386-2373.

Blossoms Bilingual Preschool Summer Camps
Blossoms will be having 7 camps this summer for ages 3-7 years old, from 7:30am to 4:30pm. Each summer camp will be 1 week long.

We will be focusing on a different theme and emerging Spanish vocabulary, related to the theme, in each camp. If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Socci Galvez at 541-399-4840 with questions.

Columbia Gorge Peace Village
Peace Village is an interfaith, multicultural day camp located at Mosier School with the mission to provide a fun, educational environment in which children can learn the messages and practice of nonviolence and peacemaking from various world traditions. Peace Village will be held August 4-8, 2014. We will gather at 9:00 AM each morning and finish by 3:30 PM. If you have any questions, please contact our director, DeLona Campos-Davis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with questions.

Marimba Musango Summer African Art and Music
Camp Musango! 10am-3pm, for ages 9-15. Sign up through Hood River Community Education

Art in a Garden with Sarah and Miranda Starr
enriching and fun art activities, a healthy snack, stories and poetry, and some singing. Camps run from June 24 - July 3. Call 541-399-2688 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Like us on Facebook.

Wet Planet Whitewater Kids' Kayak Program
Get Your Kids Out on the River in a Kayak this Summer!

In line with our philosophy of sharing our passion for river running with our guests, we have developed a summer kayak program for kids, creating the opportunity for these lucky kids to interact and have fun with other children in an outdoor river environment while building skills, confidence, and an appreciation for the beautiful area we live in.

At Wet Planet we have the unique opportunity to utilize our own private outdoor pool for our instruction. Located right on the Wet Planet property, the pool is the perfect place for a comfortable introduction to whitewater kayaking. In addition, our facilities are located on 4 acres of river and creek side property right along the White Salmon River. We are fortunate to be able to take advantage of this perfect outdoor classroom!