"A touch of Nature makes the

whole world kin."


- William Shakespeare

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2021 summer CAMP OFFERINGS
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Daily :

9:30 – 3:00, Monday – Friday. 


'`​Camps Are for All Students Ages 5 - 11'`

>>HOWEVER, we do have a "junior leaders" program for students 12 - 15<<

Email us if you are interested.


Max Student to Teacher ratio is 6:1


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

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. ]



 

2021 Camp Descriptions:  

 

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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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{ We Offer *TwoDifferent* Camp Themes Per Week to Choose Between }




.......:....  JUNE 7th - 11th ....:.......
     

Theme 1


Forest Wizards: Shelter Building, Tracking, and Awareness


     In this camp, students will learn how to build survival shelters using all-natural materials. Depending on the child’s unique passions, techniques will range from traditional to wacky and innovative. Students will learn the art of following animal tracks and sign, understanding animal behavior and our impact on their environment, and how we become better stewards, naturalists, and friends of the wild places through cultivating our powers of awareness. This camp will include learning about the original stewards of the land, the Uypi Awaswas people, and about the Amah Mutsun Land Trust.



  Theme 2


Birds: Their Habits, Habitats, and Language! (By sea, pond, and garden)

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

















.......:....  JUne 14th - 18th ....:.......


  Theme 1
Birds: Their Habits, Habitats, and Language! (In the forest!)

In this camp students will learn how to use binoculars, field guides, and their powers of observation to learn more about the winged animals of Santa Cruz. We will search for nests, listen for baby birds, and maybe even get to see birds up close! Camp will include hiking, journaling, observing, playing, art, and some serious detective work! This camp will introduce students to the species living in the forest, by creeks, and within the mixed evergreens. This is a great follow up to the previous week of bird camp, or can stand alone.



Theme 2

 Setting the Stage: Puppetry, Music, Magic, Improv, Fun! 

Come join us as we make our own instruments, tell each other jokes,get comfortable singing together, learn new songs, and arrange and write our own! Camp will include plenty of fun, silliness, games, and exploration in nature. Songs and improv will draw from natural materials and tales of adventures had in nature. Children will be introduced to haiku, spoken word, folk songs, songs that rhyme and songs that don't, improv games, play writing, 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. No musical experience necessary, kids are invited to bring their own instruments.

Materials fee $10.00























.......:....  JUne 21st - 25th ....:.......



Theme 1

 Ethnobotany: 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 using redwood tree bark to make  rope, redwood cones to make natural dyes, or certain lichens that are antimicrobial and make for good band aids. In this camp kids will explore the forest in an ethnobotanical fashion. They will discover how plants and other forest items have been used creatively for many generations and learn  the cultural history of the land we're visiting. Children will make their own jar of herbal medicine and gather many fresh and dried herbs responsibly collected during our explorations! This camp will involve learning about the Uypi Awaswas people of Santa Cruz as well as the ecological re-learning efforts of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.

Materials fee $20.00



Theme 2

 Exploring The Wild Coast: From Seabirds, to Restoration, to Fossils, to Waves

In this camp we will explore the unique ecology of our local coastline. We will track coyote prints in the sand, explore tide-pools, plant native plants with local restoration groups and watch Northern Harriers dive for their prey on the bluffs. This camp will have a slightly more scientific focus with lots of discovery, play, and reflection in between. We are lucky to live and explore in such a beautiful part of the world and to get to learn from local restoration scientists who are helping to keep it healthy and beautiful!





















......:....  July 12th -  16th  ....:.......


Theme 1

 Wild-Crafters: Art of Field Journaling, Clay, Weaving, and Jewelry Making In The Forest

“What can we make today?” We will experiment through hands on, free-creativity activities. Children will learn real skills from experienced teachers and let their hands and minds guide their creativity to see what happens. Camp will include lots of playtime and exploration in nature. We will craft in a clear, shady spot. Children will take home all their artistic creations. 

Materials fee $20.00



Theme 2

  Forest Wizards II: Nature Awareness and Shelter Building 

In this camp, students will learn how to build survival shelters using all-natural materials. Depending on the child’s unique passions, techniques will range from traditional to wacky and innovative. Students will learn the art of following animal tracks and sign, understanding animal behavior and our impact on their environment, and how we become better stewards, naturalists, and friends of the wild places through cultivating our powers of awareness. This camp will include learning about the original stewards of the land, the Uypi Awaswas people, and about the Amah Mutsun Land Trust.




















......:....  July 19th - 23rd  ....:.......​

Theme 1

 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 in magical, mysterious places. Will we see  families of wild turkeys flying through the Douglas Firs, koi fish swimming in spring box, newts living by streams, and lots of ripe blackberries! The theme is discovery, awe, joy, and playfulness while we greet nature out on the trail!


Theme 2

 Earth Bellies: Gardening, Baking, Fermenting, and More, Outside!

The only thing more fun than making a pie is eating it. And even better…? eating it with friends! The kids will work together to make several delicious dishes made with local, organic ingredients. We will also learn about, 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 food preparation skills alongside an appreciation and ethic of caring for the places our foods come from. Food prep and learning will be "sandwiched" between lots of games and activities in the garden and in the forest. Food allergies will be accommodated. 

Materials fee $20.00







TO REGISTER FOR OUR CAMPS:

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​1. Fill out our registration and emergency contact form 








2. Pay for the camps you have selected to reserve your spot








3. If online store shows that the camp you would like is full, your registration form will be saved on the waitlist and you will be contacted if space becomes available.