Steampunk Camp:
Trains, Riverboats & Other Fantastic Steampowered Tech

4449 train

Do you love all things steam?

Imagine a world run entirely by steam. Steam robots, steam zeppelins, steam cars, steam lattes, steam everything! In this camp we explore the amazing engineering feats of both the real world and steam fantastic. We meet trains, boats and even lumbermills that run on pure steam power awesome.

This is a camp where parents are welcome to join us for our weekend bonus days at the Great Oregon Steam UP in Brooks, Oregon (Saturday) and to ride the 1910 Heisler Steam Locomotive from Garibaldi to Rockaway Beach (Sunday).

Steampunk Camp


7:30am - 8:30am FREE Morning Pre-Camp
8:30am - 3:30pm Camp Session
3:30pm - 6:00pm Pre-registered After Camp

Get After Camp Precamp is free! Add After Camp and extend to 3:30pm-6pm

Location 4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, Oregon Map It


steampunkDay 1 (Monday) Steam Science Explore the engineering feats of steam. Work on simple steam projects and learn how the "Steam Time Machine" forged by the blacksmith Wiley Eyed Wayne Dillon will rocket us through time and the local history of the giant engines of steam. Even try a "steamer" drink of pure steamed milk, we have the technology.

Day 2 (Tuesday) Steam Fantastic This is where we delve into the fantastic realm of Steampunk and maker culture as we "gear" up for the journey ahead.

Day 3 (Wednesday) Steam Powered Monsters Go to the Brooklyn Roundhouse in Portland, Oregon where the operable steam locomotives of the classic #4449 and #700 are stored. View these fire breathing beasts up close and learn how they work. Also, tour the paddle wheel propelled Portland Steamer Tugboat at the seawall in downtown Portland, including the steam engine room. Finally, we visit an "Elder Statesman of Steam" who builds and operates live “G” scale locomotives at warehouse in NW Portland.

Day 4 (Thursday) Industry of Steam Travel to Dawson, OR and visit the Hull Oake’s Lumber Company’s steam powered sawmill, the last active one operating in Oregon. A rare treat indeed.

Day 5 (Friday) Journey to the Land of Steam Head to Centralia, Washington, to the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum, where just for us they fire up ol' #15, a logging locomotive from the year 1916. We tour the train and finally take short rides in the cab of this iron giant.

Bonus Family Days (Saturday and Sunday)

Please Note There is an additional charge and separate registration for the bonus weekend. It is 50 for each family member attending (adult supervision is required both Saturday and Sunday). Trackers provides transportation.

steampunkBonus Day 1 (Saturday, 8am-6pm) The Great Oregon Steam UP Journey with us to Brooks, Oregon and spend the day viewing  all the awesome antique equipment on display, both static and in actual operation. Ride behind miniature gauge live steam locomotives, see steam farm tractors, steam cranes, almost every variety of steam engine that has operated over the centuries; plus other antique equipment. This will be a very full day.
Bonus Day 2 (Sunday, 8am-6pm) Steam Train Ultimate Jump on the Trackers Big Bus (sadly it does not run on steam) to Garibaldi, OR and ride the #1, a 1910 Heisler Steam Locomotive, from Garibaldi to Rockaway. The No 1 served many years in the forest hauling trains of cars loaded with logs for steam powered lumber mills in the Northwest. Now you sit back, riding behind and enjoying the scenery.

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We help children to feel like that group of kids wandering country backyards 50 years ago: independent, tired, muddy, wet and happy from the woods and wild. We are acutely aware of full and real hazards of the out of doors after years of working in environmental education. We try to move away from the highly structured and limiting tolerances of conventional environmental education while keeping kids truly safe but not encapsulated from, or phobic of nature. We are deep patriots to the value of offering guided yet very free and transparent experiences for kids. We believe it is okay to be thirsty at times, cold at times, and wet at times. It builds empathy and care for the gifts of life. It fosters adventure and sincere accomplishment. We also believe it is critical to feel supported and cared for as they truly explore their passion and responsibility. And through a healthy life immersed in nature, they test the limits and great potential of the often untapped physical and emotional resiliency they possess