MacGyver Camp

Ages: 6-8

Aug 5-8, 2019

9am to 3pm (Mon-Thur)

Beavers are nature’s engineers and creative problem solvers. These charismatic creatures design, build, test, and redesign, shaping the natural environment and many of our waterways. Join us for four days at MacGyver camp, where we’ll hone our creative design-thinking skills while borrowing inspiration from Beaver and fellow engineers of the natural world: Honey Bee, Ant, and Bird. We’ll rely on teamwork, ecological designs, and natural materials as we learn about structural integrity in nature, fractals, mechanical motion, electricity, and more!


MacGyver Day Camp harnesses the effusive creativity of young campers, giving them the confidence to bring their imagination to reality. Campers can expect a week of fun activities that allow for play, kinesthetic exploration, curiosity, and tinkering under the shade of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Everyone and anyone can be a MacGyver! 

Time: 9am - 3pm


Ages: 6-8

Dates: Monday, August 5- Thursday, August 8, 2019

Activities: Tinkering, environmental design, engineering, water purification, team building

Instructor: Erynne Van Zee

Location: Forest Campus, Mt. Adams Institute, Trout Lake, WA.

Cost: $300 per student plus fee for optional transportation.

Optional Shuttle: There is optional transportation for students from Hood River, OR and Bingen, WA for an additional fee. The payment for the optional shuttle is $12.50/day or $50/week per student.


Erynne van Zee


Erynne is an environmental engineer by training, but an educator at heart. At Cascade Mountain School, she combines her passion for engaging students in creative problem solving through engineering, ecological sciences, and teambuilding. She brings curriculum development and teaching experience for 2nd-5th grade STEAM outreach, as well as college-level environmental justice courses. Drawn to the vibrant communities of the Gorge, Erynne also works part-time as a substitute teacher, plays cello in the Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta, and coaches a Destination Imagination team for 4th graders. A Northwest local, Erynne loves to share experiences while surrounded by beautiful mountains, moss, and towering trees.


Cascade Mountain School, a program of Mt. Adams Institute

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