Earth Heroes camp is designed for participants 6-9 years old, and appeals to all kids who love exploring the outdoors.
Our goal is to foster an understanding of and appreciation for our urban parks and the life that thrives in them. We will discover and explore different ecosystems in the park, and learn to identify the plants and animals and their roles in each. This unique opportunity provides professional instruction and guidance in learning to explore and enjoy the natural world around us through activities like hands-on science experiments, nature-themed games and art projects, group activities, and more.
Campers will also be swimming and exploring in the James River itself. Life jackets will be worn while swimming. From rock hopping on the river banks and discovering what lives in the shallow pools on the river’s edge, to identifying trees in the forest, to watching an osprey dive for fish, this camp is all about learning to love and appreciate our natural spaces right here in the city. Camp is led by experienced environmental and outdoor educators, and many of our activities tie in with Virginia SOLs.
Earth Heroes Camp will be from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, and is held in Forest Hill Park and the James River Park System.
9:00AM - 4:00PM
The camp capacities listed below were last updated manually on 3/22/23. For real-time capacities, please click “Register Now” to enter the enrollment portal.
June 12-16 – Waitlist only
June 19-23 – Waitlist only
June 26-30 – Waitlist only
July 3-7 – 7 spots left! We hold camp on July 4.
July 10-14 – Waitlist only
July 17-21 – Waitlist only
July 24-28 – 3 spots left!
July 31 – Aug 4 – Waitlist only
Aug 7-11 – 3 spots left!
In order to give our staff meaningful pay increases this year without pricing out many of our campers, we are implementing a sliding scale for camp payments.
If none of the sliding scale options are affordable to you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about our scholarship program.
Sapling activities include arborist-style tree climbing, high ropes activities, giant tree swings, creative games, river exploration and even a rafting trip!
Oak activities include arborist-style tree climbing, high-ropes activities, giant tree swings, stand up paddleboarding, creative games, river exploration and rafting!
Earth Heroes camp activities include exploring Richmond's awesome forests and river, wildly fun hands-on science activities, nature-themed art and games, and natural outdoor fun!
Mountain Bike camp activities include trail rides, self-paced mountain biking skills development, goofy games, river exploration, and natural outdoor fun!
Rappelling, rafting, downriver stand-up paddleboarding, and advanced tree climbing techniques are just some of the experiences you can expect from this camp!
River Shredders campers will have a one-of-a-kind experience learning to paddle a variety of different crafts on the James River, as well as learning about river ecology, hydrology, and river safety.