Information for Parents


Drop off/ pick up/meeting location: Various locations throughout the park. You will be sent location details after your registration is complete.  


Extreme Weather Protocol and Closure

With our #1 rule of safety in mind, Camp Roots considers weather closures of local schools (Northshore School District and/or Bastyr University), guidance from the rangers of Saint Edward State Park, and local weather alerts to determine if the school must be closed for extreme weather. If the roads within or leading to the park are deemed unsafe for driving, Camp Roots will be closed. Class may also be canceled if it is judged to be unsafe for children to be outside, for reasons of weather, air quality, or any other reason, as determined by the Forest School Director.

In the case of a High Wind Warning during class hours, classes will be canceled for the day. In the case of a Wind Advisory during class hours, any forested hikes or activities will be limited to times outside of the Wind Advisory. During the Advisory period, activities will be kept to the fields or open spaces, to avoid potential falling branches or trees. 

If lightning is in the forecast for a camp day, any trips to the lake or long hikes will be canceled for that day. If thunder is heard or lightning is seen, teachers will take shelter with students in the building with the ranger office until it stops. 

In the case of a weather-related closure, an email and Remind message will be sent out to parents to inform them of the change. We do not issue refunds or make-up days for classes canceled due to weather.


You can check here for NSD closures.   

You can check the National Weather Service Watches and Warnings for Kenmore here.


If Camp Roots is closed for any reason other than weather, you will receive a credit for the days missed.


If your camper misses a day during a Camp Roots session due to being sick, on vacation, or for any other reason please text the lead teacher and let them know your camper will not be attending that day. There are no refunds for days your camper misses during the session due to being sick, on vacation, or for any other reason.

Camper Checklist for Fall, Winter, and Spring Sessions

Campers should come prepared with the following each day:

  • Nourishing food and water

  • Backpack 

  • Water - reusable bottle preferred

  • Towel - good for many uses 

  • Bag for wet clothing/shoes/towel

  • Waterproof hiking shoes, Bogs, or rainboots and an extra pair of shoes if possible- in case their first pair gets wet

  • Base layer- synthetic material- NO COTTON- Synthetic materials like polyester wick moisture away from the skin 

  • Jacket or sweatshirt for cooler days

  • Wool and fleece layers for the Fall and Winter sessions

  • Rain pants or snow pants, the kind that pull over a pair of pants

  • No electronic items are necessary at camp. 

  • No Cotton- Cotton soaks up water like a sponge and if the kids are wearing it even as an overlayer and it gets wet it will not dry and will keep them wet and cold. 


Please be sure to label all personal belongings. Camp Roots is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.


Camp Roots is a very active camp no matter what the location or the weather. We are at camp to play and socialize outside and will do so despite rainy weather or hot temperatures.


Campers are expected to participate as they are able throughout the day and to come home tired and dirty, but with a smile.



Please review the following guidelines and policies:


It is Camp Roots policy that all adult staff or parents/caretakers wanting to accompany their children for a class have a current background check on file with us before working with/attending any Sprouting Roots, Kinder Roots, Forest Roots or Youth Roots program. 









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