Outdoor School

Why choose Camp Kirby?

Camp Kirby is the perfect outdoor classroom with 47 acres of forest, grasslands and beach that spreads 1 & 1/2 miles along Padilla Bay. We are a rustic site with several large buildings and sleeping cabins as well as a beautiful wood lodge with a commercial kitchen.  With many program area’s available, we work with schools to design curriculum to fit students needs. With 100 years of experience in getting youth outside, Camp Kirby is the perfect choice for your outdoor school stay.

Recently, Outdoor Schools Washington has issued Camp Kirby the Seal of Assurance. Camp Kirby has proven safety is a priority with our policies and procedures to minimize risk for staff and students and that has been recognized by Outdoor Schools Washington.

Email kathryn@campfiresamish.org for booking info. 


Sample Schedule

Day 1

10:30 Arrive, unload buses, bathroom break

10:45 Orientation & Chaperone Meeting

11:00 Move into cabins

11:30 Lunch (own sack lunches) 

12:00 All-camp Field Games

1:00   Field Journal and Get into Learning Groups

1:30   Learning Station 1

2:30   Bio Break

2:45   Learning Station 2

3:45   Snack and Journaling (Skit Explanation if doing them Night #2)

4:00   Free time until dinner 

5:15   Dinner KP to Lodge

5:30 Dinner 

6:30 Prep for Evening Program

7:00 Evening Program 


Day 2

8:15    Breakfast KP to Lodge

8:30    Breakfast

9:30    Learning Station 3

10:30  Bio Break

10:45  Learning Station 4

11:45  Lunch KP to Lodge

12:00  Lunch

12:45  Cabin Rest/Free Time

1:15    Learning station 5

2:15    Bio Break

2:30    Learning Station 6

3:30    Snack and Journaling

3:45    All Camp Games

4:30    Free Time until dinner

5:15    Dinner KP to Lodge

5:30 Dinner 

6:30 Prep for Evening Program

7:00 Evening Program 


Day 3

8:15     Breakfast KP to Lodge

8:30     Breakfast

9:15     Pack, clean cabin, bring stuff to lodge porch

9:45   Free time/Camp Exploration/Learning Station 7

10:45   All camp Reflection activity in the woods

11:30   Gather/Eat sack lunch

12:15   Restroom, Load buses

12:30   Goodbye!

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Camp Fire Who We are
Camp Fire Who We are

Program Examples

  • Forest Ecosystems – Invasive species, plant identification, ecological community interactions, wildlife behavior, and evolutionary biology
  • Beach Ecosystems – Tidepools, plankton, intertidal zones and disturbances, and mollusk identification
  • Grassland Ecosystems – Wildflower identification, bird identification, and pollinators
  • Human Impacts – Impacts of liter and plastic on ocean life, oil spill activity, and succession after human-caused disturbances
  • Water – Filtration, water tables, the water cycle, evaporation and condensation
  • Earth Sciences – Landforms and water erosion
  • Chemistry and Physics – Energy activities, and exploring chemical reactions
  • And More – We are more than happy to come up with curriculum to connect with what students are doing in your classroom!

We also offer Traditional Camp Activities

  • Outdoor Living Skills
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Art and Nature
  • Archery
  • Climbing Wall
  • Team Building or Active Games

Evening Activity Options

  • Campfire
  • Skits
  • All camp games – active
  • Challenge Stations
  • Dance Party
  • Night Hike

Email kathryn@campfiresamish.org for booking info.