Our Beginning

Camp Roots was founded in 2013 by April Rose, an educator and mother of five with a passion for the outdoors and a simple mission: to get kids outside. April spent her childhood afternoons freely exploring outdoors: playing at the park with friends, making forts in the bushes outside her home, catching bugs and making them her pets, or just being outside. She credits those hours of unstructured engagement, wonder, and discovery for shaping her love of nature and her entrepreneurial spirit.

After having her own children and spending many years working in various educational environments, April finally recognized her true calling: to share the experience of the great outdoors with others. In 2013 she opened the first Camp Roots, a one-week summer camp focused on nature immersion, mindfulness, play, and stewardship. She found the nature-based learning environment of this camp so effective that it inspired her to return to school to pursue a Master of Education, which she earned in 2015 from Antioch University in Seattle. That summer Camp Roots ran for 6 weeks, and after again seeing what a positive impact it had on the campers, April decided to continue offering outdoor programs throughout the year. Camp Roots soon grew into the year-round nature immersion school that it is today.

" Let the forest be our teacher and the trees our guides. Let nature's wisdom root us to the earth, awaken our mind, nourish our body, and free our soul. When we are rooted to the earth and feel the connection, it becomes a part of us and we become a part of it."

April Rose

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