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




.......:....  JULY 15th - 19th ....:.......


          Birds: Their Habits, Habitats, and Language! 

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            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, and some serious detective work!



Forest Wizards: Shelter Building, Tracking, and Awareness
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      In this camp students will 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, understand animal behavior and our impact on their environment, and how we become better trackers, stewards, forest walkers, and friends through cultivating our powers of awareness.




















.......:....  JULY 22nd - 27th ....:.......



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

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      What can we possibly make today? We will experiment with this question through many fun, hands on, free-creativity activities where children will learn real skills from experienced teachers, and let their own hands and minds guide their creativity and 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 of their artistic creations. 

Materials fee $20.00





Exploring Our Wild Coast: From Seabirds to Fossils to Restoration to Waves
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      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 among other adventures. 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 29th - AUGUST 2nd ....:.......



Forest Wizards: Shelter Building, Tracking, and Awareness

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      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.





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

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      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 different 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 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
























......:....  AUGUST 5th -  9th  ....:.......



Ethnobotany: Medicines, Handicrafts and Watercolors with Native Plants

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             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 explore the forest in an Ethnobotanical fashion – discovering how plants and other forest items have been used creatively for many generations and learning about the the cultural history of the land we're visiting. Children will get make their own jar of herbal medicine along with many fresh and dried herbs responsibly collected on our explorations!


Materials fee $20.00





Land of the Gnomes: Spring Holes, Rock Spirals, Mosses and Ferns 
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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, found koi fish swimming in spring box, 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!
























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.





"A touch of Nature makes the

whole world kin."


- William Shakespeare


2018 summer CAMP OFFERINGS
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Daily :

9:30 – 3:00, Monday – Friday. 


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


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. ]



 

2019 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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