July


​.;. there is no camp the week of July 4th .;.



 The Musical Forest: Improvising instruments and Writing Songs

           Come join us as we learn how to make our own instruments, get comfortable singing together, learn new songs, and even get to arrange and write our own! Camp will include plenty of fun, silliness, games, and exploration in nature, and draw from natural materials or tales of adventures had in nature for our inspiration. Children will be introduced to haiku, spoken word, folk songs, songs that rhyme and songs that don't, barn dancing music and more. The goal of this camp is to inspire creativity without judgement, and more than anything - laugh and play while doing it.

Materials fee $5.00.

Session III - July 9 - 13

~ 4 – 7 Yrs. Old ~
~ 8 – 12 Yrs. Old  ~


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 Medicines, Handicrafts and Watercolors with Native Plants

             The plants and fungus around us are all full of unique life histories. Some of these tales include fascinating and strange uses – such as the bark of redwood trees being good for making rope, or the redwood cones being good for making natural dyes, or lichens that are antimicrobial and make for good band aids… in this camp kids will get to explore the forest in an Ethnobotanical fashion – discovering how plants and other forest items have been used creatively for many generations. Children will get to leave with their own jar of herbal medicine along with many fresh and dried herbs responsibly collected on our explorations!

Materials fee $20.00.

Session IV - July 16 - 20

~ 4 – 7 Yrs. Old ~
~ 8 – 12 Yrs. Old  ~


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Earth Bellies: Learning to Make a Solar Oven, Bread, Pie, Sauerkraut and More

      The only thing more fun than making a pie is eating it. And even better.- eating it with friends. The kids will get to work together to engineer a solar oven that we will use to make several different dishes of their choosing, all with local, organic ingredients. We will also get to learn, prepare and take-home several different ferments that they can watch turn in to yummy and healthful snacks. Camp will cover many aspects of food - from how we grow it, to how we turn old food back into fertilizer through compost. This is a fun, creative, hands on way for children to learn tangible skills of food preparation alongside an appreciation and ethic for caring for the places and people that our foods come from. Food prep and learning will be "sandwiched" between lots of games and activities outside in the garden and in the forest. Food allergies will be accommodated. 

Materials fee $20.00.

Session V- July 23 - 27


~ 4 – 7 Yrs. Old ~
~ 8 – 12 Yrs. Old  ~


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Forest Wizards II: Shelter Building, Tracking, and Awareness

     
 In this camp students will get to learn how to build survival shelters using all natural materials and techniques ranging from traditional to wacky and innovative, depending on the child’s unique passions. Students will learn the art of following track and sign, understanding animal behavior and our impact on their environment, and how we can become better trackers, stewards, forest walkers, and friends through cultivating our powers of awareness.​



Session VI - July 30 - August 3

~ 4 – 7 Yrs. Old ~
~ 8 – 12 Yrs. Old  ~


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August


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Wild Artisans: Pottery, Weaving, Painting, and Jewelry Making in the Forest

      What can we possibly make today! We will experiment with this question through many fun, hands on, free creativity activities where children will have the opportunity to learn real skills from experienced teachers, and have the opportunity to let their own hands and minds guide their creativity and see what happens. Camp will include lots of playtime and exploration in nature, and crafts will happen in a clear, shady spot. Children get to take home all of their artistic creations.

Materials fee $20.00.


Session VII- August 6 - 10
~ 4 – 7 Yrs. Old ~
~ 8 – 12 Yrs. Old  ~

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Land of the Gnomes: Spring Holes, Rock Spirals, Mosses and Ferns 


In this camp we will celebrate the end of summer with lots of games and magical and mysterious places. We have seen families of wild turkeys flying through the Douglas Firs and found koi fish swimming in spring box, and newts living by streams, and lots of ripe blackberries! The theme is discovery, awe, joy, and playfulness as we greet whatever arises out on the trail!

 Session VII- August 13 - 17
~ 4 – 7 Yrs. Old ~
~ 8 – 12 Yrs. Old  ~


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PARENT FEEDBACK:

" These camps are truly special. My husband and I both work so we have tried a lot of the summer camps in the area and none of them really compare to this program. Not only does it get my kids out in nature and moving and LEARNING, but it also incorporates art and creativity and learning real skills. Also - you can't find this kind of small ratio with any other camps - and I can tell the difference because both of my kids quickly develop meaningful relationships with their peers and the teachers. The way the kids talk about the camp speaks for itself. I know I am going to sign my kids up every year and highly recommend this camp to everyone I talk to.  I just don't want them to fill up before I can sign up. Great job guys! And Thank you! "


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All of our camps are currently full. Summer schedules do change, so please register for our waitlist if you are interested. We will email you back right away if any spots become available. Thank you.



2018 summer CAMP OFFERINGS
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Daily :

9:30 – 3:00, Monday – Friday. 


`'` Consecutively from June 18th - August 17th `'`
[ no camp the week of July 4th ]

Each camp is set outside and being in and exploring nature is a part of every camp. 

Max Student to Teacher ratio is 6:1

Due to small size, camps fill very quickly. Please register to reserve your spot.



 [ All Camps Will Be Held On or Near the West Side of Santa Cruz.  Exact Locations sent after registration is completed. ]





 June

Forest Wizards: Shelter Building, Tracking, and Awareness

      In this camp students will get to learn how to build survival shelters using all natural materials and techniques ranging from traditional to wacky and innovative, depending on the child’s unique passions. Students will learn the art of following track and sign, understanding animal behavior and our impact on their environment, and how we can become better trackers, stewards, forest walkers, and friends through cultivating our powers of awareness.​

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Session I - June 18 - 22 

~ 4 – 7 Yrs. Old ~
~ 8 – 12 Yrs. Old  ~


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Birds: Their Habits, Habitats, and Language!

            In this camp students will get to learn how to use binoculars, field guides, and their powers of observation to learn more about the winged animals of Santa Cruz. We will get to search for nests, listen for baby birds, and maybe even get to see birds up close! Camp will include hiking, journaling, observing, playing, and some serious detective work!​


Session II - June 25 - 29

~ 4 – 7 Yrs. Old ~
~ 8 – 12 Yrs. Old  ~


 { WAITLIST ONLY }



 

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