5th Grade Camp

What is special about early May in 5th grade? Environmental Camp! Mark your calendars for

What did you find?

What did you find?

May 2nd through May 4th as we look ahead to this extraordinary opportunity.

As an enhancement to our hands on, scientific process and inquiry based science curriculum, the fifth grade will be visiting the Nature Bridge: Olympic Park, an overnight camp and field science facility outside of Port Angeles.  Nature Bridge’s mission is, “To provide educational adventures in nature’s classroom that inspire a personal connection to the natural world and the responsible actions to sustain it.” Nature Bridge instructors lead students in a variety of field and laboratory Next Generation Science Standards based activities where participants have a unique opportunity to explore, observe, describe, and discover the natural world.  We are delighted to make this inquiry-based learning opportunity available to Villa 5th graders.

How does this experience connect to Villa’s fifth grade science curriculum?  Over the course of the spring, we spend time engaged in activities that deal with the environment.  The students participate in a simulation called “Environmental Detective.”  In this unit the students explore the mystery of why the fish are dying in the “Gray Area.”  Through the activities the students make connections on how we can positively and negatively affect the environment by our actions.

At camp, the students will conduct real-life tests on Barnes Creek, Lake Crescent, and the Elwha River to determine each is healthy or not. The data we collect is reported to the National Park as part of the ongoing monitoring of the area. These experiences not only provide the students with scientific knowledge of the environment, but instill a sense of stewardship, a pride in caring for the beautiful resources God has given to us.

Fifth grade camp is the first of 4 years of outdoor education field experiences here at Villa. In 6th grade the students attend North Cascades Institute, 7th they go to Eastern Washington for a Geology/rock climbing experience, and in 8th grade the students spend time away from school developing their leadership skills at Leadership Camp. These are all distinct and varied trips.

As we look ahead to April, here is some important dates and information to keep in mind:


  • Tuesday, April 10th: all forms returned to school (the earlier the better!!!)
  • Thursday, April 12 th: Mandatory parent informational meeting in the Parlor; 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 2nd –Friday, May 4th : dates of camp

               •Leave school at 8:00 am Wednesday morning

               •Arrive back at school Friday between 6:00 and 6:30p.m.


  • $365 per student. This amount includes all lodging, meals, curriculum instruction and field experiences, and transportation to and from camp. Scholarship money is available to any family. Please do not hesitate to contact Angela Dugan in the Admission Office if you would like to find out more. You can reach Angela at:

    • adugan@thevilla.org
    • 206.729.0219 ext. 260

Your tuition accounts will be billed in April, 2018.

Below, you will find links to several forms that you MUST complete and return to school.

  • Nature Bridge Registration, Medical Information and Assumption of Risk Form (4 pages)
  • Student Contract
  • Villa Field Trip Authorization Form (This form will authorize the Business Office to charge your tuition account the $355 fee for camp)

If you anticipate that your child will be bringing ANY medication to camp (prescription or over-the-counter) you must complete and return the Authorization to Administer Oral Medication form linked below. NOTE: If your student already has medication that is housed at school (ie. epi pen; inhaler; etc.) and the office has the paperwork for it already, you need NOT send in another form. The one we have suffices!

  • Villa Academy’s Authorization for the Administration of Oral Medication form for each medication. This form is signed by the parent/guardian AND the prescribing physician. Medication must be in its original container and labeled with the student’s name. The medication and the accompanying form must be brought to Anne Terry in the office no later than Monday, April 23rd. NOTE: To insure that students enjoy the richest experience possible, we require that any meds students take on a regular basis be sent along to camp. If you have any questions about this, please contact Mrs. Elsner directly!

An overview of what to expect at camp and more specific “nuts and bolts” type of information will be shared at our April 12th Parent Meeting. We are looking forward to an exciting adventure!


Nature Bridge Forms:

Participant Registration/Risk Form 2018

Nature Bridge Field Trip Permission Slip-2018

Student Contract 2018

Authorization For Medication at Nature Bridge 2018

Packing and Equipment List 2018

Note: the packing list will be discussed at length at our Parent Meeting. However, just a heads-up…we do require all of the students to have waterproof pants and waterproof jackets with hoods. The school has a limited supply of these and boots that may be borrowed for camp. Please contact Norma Jenner (ext. 239)

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