NextGen Outdoor Camp

Outdoor experiences for the next generation!


Great Peninsula Conservancy (GPC) is entering its second year of NextGen Outdoor Camp (NextGen), a program designed to offer no-cost outdoor experiences to youth from Kitsap, Pierce and Mason counties.  NextGen will provide 8 weeks of tuition-free programming for 15-20 students in 6th to 8th grade. Participants will meet twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) beginning on June 25th and ending August 15th, 2019 (with no programming on July 4th). Upon completion of the program, there will be a celebration for all participants.

NextGen Outdoor Camp’s fieldtrips, service-learning days, and recreational activities will emphasize learning by doing, and strive to develop an awareness and appreciation of the relationship that is possible between people and the natural environment.  Through skilled leadership and participant responsibility, GPC will promote an atmosphere that is challenging, educational, safe, and welcoming for students and instructors of any physical ability, race, ethnicity, economic background, gender, sexual preference, age or religion.

By introducing young people to mentors within the environmental community, and connecting them to the wonders of the natural world on a local level, GPC aspires to have a lasting, positive impact on the next generation.

NextGen's 2019 Blog

Are you ready?

Get outside with NextGen this summer!

  • Hike
  • Kayak
  • Garden
  • Participate in stewardship activities
  • Learn about local plants and animals
  • Learn about exciting careers in environmental fields
  • Make great new friends!

Register today!

NextGen Outdoor Camp can only accept 15-20 students (ages 11-13) to participate in this opportunity.  We are recruiting students who want to get outside for the summer, and learn about the natural world in a fun and safe environment!  Email to see if our program is a good fit for your child, or click the link below to complete your child’s registration packet now.

NextGen Outdoor Camp Complete Registration Packet 2019

You can complete the registration packet (see link above) in 2 ways:

  1. Download a copy of the PDF and open it with Adobe Acrobat Pro.  This will allow you to fill in forms and to digitally sign the document before returning it.  (Adobe will prompt you to save your document after each signature.  It is a normal safety protocol written in to the Adobe program, but please remember to send us the last document saved as it will be the only one with all three completed signatures.)
  2. Alternatively, feel free to print out the document and complete it manually.  Once you are done, scan the document and return it by email.

Please return completed registration packets to Claire Voris at by June 15th. 

Meet your leaders

Outdoor Education Specialist
Lauren Richardson

Lauren learned about the Great Peninsula Conservancy through a trip to REI and right away wanted to be part of such an amazing program. Lauren spent her first couple of years after college teaching science to middle schoolers in New Orleans, and eventually moved to Washington to teach 7th and 8th grade science in Union Gap. In her science classes, students participate in exciting, hands-on projects such as building robotic self-driving cars and LED light shows coded to their favorite music. Lauren is passionate about making science accessible and engaging for her students and wants to bring that same passion to the NextGen program. In her free time, she likes to go hiking, camping, and snowshoeing with her family. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Microbiology and Economics, and in 2019 graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master of Science in Secondary Education. Lauren is thrilled to work with the students in NextGen in becoming our next future scientists and environmental advocates!



Assistant Outdoor Education Specialist
Skyler Schmidt

Skyler came to the Great Peninsula Conservancy through a chance (yet incredibly fortuitous!) encounter while shopping for gear for a backpacking trip at REI where GPC was doing outreach work. When he learned about the NextGen program he knew he wanted to be a part of it! Skyler moved back to Washington after three years working in education in New Orleans, LA where he met his wife Lauren (our NextGen Outdoor Education Specialist). Since 2017 they have lived in Yakima, WA but will move to the westside in June of 2019. Growing up hiking, camping, swimming, lifeguarding, fly fishing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing (among other outdoor pursuits) here in Washington gave him a keen appreciation and love for the lands of the Pacific Northwest and a passion for helping others learn about them as well. He graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2014 with Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Public Policy & Social Justice, and In 2017 he earned a Master of Education through Concordia University – Portland. He is excited to work with the GPC team to help bring a love and passion for the outdoors to the Next Generation of outdoor enthusiasts and stewards.

Outdoor Education Intern
Breanne Johnston

Breanne grew up in Bremerton and loves feeling hugged by the Olympic mountains and Salish Sea. As a recent Evergreen State College graduate (go geoducks!!!) she is excited to have time to read books on her never ending reading list, do art projects, and go on adventures in the community. Breanne is on a journey to become a middle school history and language arts teacher and thinks that middle schoolers have an amazing way of questioning and being curious about the world around them. Around town, you might see Breanne commuting to work on her unicycle!