K-12 Education at the Environmental Learning Center

The John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center (ELC) is a place where all ages can learn about the environment through hands-on, interactive activities that are both educational and fun!

We offer K-12 class field trips, day camps and a pre-school program - all designed to enrich student learning through outdoor education. Students get to explore, interact with, measure and create within the lush outdoor surroundings of the ELC, which contains both forest and wetland habitat.

For more information about opportunities, contact ELCfieldtrip@clackamas.edu.

Children attending ELC programs are expected to follow Oregon's immunization policy. Please visit the Oregon Health Authority for more information.


  • Notice of ELC event cancellations on CCC campuses

    All K-12 camps and field trips are suspended until further notice, as part of the college’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. For more information on Clackamas Community College's protective efforts, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notifications page.

Nature Spy Explorer Kits

Child outdoors examining something in the grassEquip your nature lover with engaging materials that will help them discover the natural world that surrounds them - from the comfort of home and neighborhood!

The ELC's Nature Spy Explorer Kits are sent right to your door and have all the supplies your budding naturalist will need to learn, create and play. Each kit has a theme and will provide hours of fun and discovery for your child. Kits contain:

  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Materials for creating a nature-themed craft
  • Nature journal page with fun facts
  • Activities to keep them exploring all week long!

The first set, "Welcome Wildlife Home," is all about animal homes and designed for ages 6-9. Individual kits include:

  • Bug Safari
  • Be a Bird Lookout
  • Squirrels are Everywhere
  • I Spy a Butterfly
  • What's Living in Your Soil?

Kits are sold individually for $25 each or snag the full set of five for $115.

Buy a Nature Spy Explorer Kit

For questions about Nature Spy Explorer Kits, contact elcatccc@clackamas.edu.

ELC programs for kids

School Field Trips: Ecosystems, Food Webs, Adaptations (CANCELED)
School Field Trips: Watershed Health (CANCELED)
Virtual Field Trips: Watershed Health
Nature Striders Pre-School Program (CANCELED)
Livestream Episodes: Winter in the Watershed
Nature Spy Spring Break Camps (CANCELED)
Nature Spy Summer Camps (CANCELED)