Environmental Justice Camps

Our Environmental Justice Camps are year-round activities for LGBTQIA+ girls and gender expansive youth ages 11-18 that focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) topics. Through our outdoor activities, we practice marine science, learn about environmental issues and environmental justice, develop maritime skills, and interact with marine life in the Salish Sea. As part of the program, we also meet with local scientists and educators who share their knowledge and experience, creating a network of mentorship and a sense of community.

Communities for a Healthy Bay and the Tacoma Urban League teamed up to develop the very first Environmental Justice Camp as a way to empower youth most affected by environmental injustice and provide environmental education. We continue to work with additional local community groups to tailor programs to meet their specific needs and interests. Past camps included activities like hiking, tidepooling, beach cleanups, planting, birding on the bay, and lab visits.

Moving Forward

Please email chb@healthybay.org if you are a community group interested in hosting an Environmental Justice Camp or partnering with us on one. In addition to generous support from Tacoma Creates, No Child Left Inside, The Bamford Foundation, the Washington Department of Ecology and individual donors, Environmental Justice Camps are always free for youth. If you would like to support this program, please consider making a donation.

Click here to sign up for future Environmental Justice Camps.