The Wenatchee River Institute (WRI) outdoor learning center in Leavenworth is offering full and partial scholarships for youth outdoor education and recreation camps for the 2019 summer season.

Campers entering first through sixth grades will have fun in nature while learning about local flora and fauna, traveling on and along the Wenatchee River, rock climbing and creating nature-themed artwork. Scholarship applications are available online in both English and Spanish.

At WRI youth summer camps, young minds and bodies are exercised while a greater appreciation for the environment surrounding us all is developed.

Camp sessions run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 24-Aug. 16. Pre-camp care begins at 9 a.m. and is available for an additional fee.

Scholarships are available to anyone, middle to lower income, needing assistance to make attending camp possible, whether it is to cover the entire cost of a camp, give that extra boost to cover a portion of camp cost, or help when a household has multiple children wanting to participate in camp this summer.

WRI does not want any child to miss the WRI camp experience due to financial limitations, and is grateful to New Belgium Brewing’s environmental education grant providing funds for scholarships.

Camp highlights include Amazing Artists Camp for those entering fourth through sixth grades. Campers will explore their creative side making art inspired by the natural world. Local watercolorist Amber Wray will teach sessions during the camp, celebrating the beauty of the outdoors.

Creativity Camp is offered for those entering first through third grades, with campers learning that anyone can be an artist through drawing, painting, dance, music, theater and costume making. All skill levels are welcome.

Campers will learn new physical skills while also experiencing the natural world first-hand in the Rock On Camp for students entering fourth through sixth grades.

Campers explore the amazing world of rocks and take themselves to new heights in the great outdoors. Building skills and confidence while working as a team are emphasized during Rock On Camp.

Activities are held at the Riverfront Rock Gym one day, two days climbing outdoors with Northwest Mountain School, and another two days exploring and having fun around WRI’s Barn Beach Reserve.

During the Forest Friends Camp, for students entering first through third grades, the forest will be explored like never before with discoveries being made while playing games along wooded trails and down by the river.

Campers entering fourth through sixth grades can stay cool on the river paddleboarding, tubing and exploring while participating in the River Wild Camp. River skills and knowledge will be developed so campers can continue adventuring long after camp is over. Additional camps include Soil To Snack, Crazy Critters and Kids In The Wild.

For more camp information, visit the WRI website’s Youth Summer Camp page,, or email

Tricia Cook is the administration and communications manager for the Wenatchee River Institute.