Northern Bay Area Summer Camps

 

Locations

Drop students off at 8:30am and pick them up at 4:00pm with supervised play until 5:30pm at:

 

Pricing

Each session runs $495. Take $50 off of each course when you sign up your children for more than one session or with a friend. Register

 

note:

Many of our explorers come back for multiple weeks simply because there is no other program in the Bay Area as unique, diverse, and exciting as ours. Follow the Child Camps offer a year of field trips in every week. No two days are the same.

 

Descriptions

Session 1: Streams and Forests--Photography & Documentary Making (July 8-July 12)

Our explorers will investigate the coastal mountains of the Marin coastline documenting their findings by taking photographs and making video diary entries. Trekking through stands of coastal redwood trees, we will be surrounded by some of nature’s largest organisms as we determine through our senses how they are able to exist in this foggy world. As we follow gravity, and the streams down, we will see how they meander and change as they go through an estuary system, through a marsh, and then finally out to sea. Our trekkers photographic exploits, including documentaries, will be able to be viewed through Facebook.  

  • Samuel P. Taylor State Park
  • Muir Woods 
  • Mt. Tamalpais State Park
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Park
  • Rodeo Lagoon

Session 2: The Art of Botany--Sketching, Photography and Environmental Art (July 15-19)

Children love learning about flowers. The diversity of colors, learning how to identify different varieties through a close examination of leaf shapes, sketching, photographing and dissecting them. Over this scented course we will investigate the summer time blooms of our areas wild flowers, examine seed pods as we discuss how the next generation of plants take root, and examine the various parts of the plant. Dissections allow us to view the structures of these magnificent plants, and because nothing goes to waste, we will use the leaves and petals to create environmental Goldworthy Art that comes from and blends into the landscapes we pass through. Our artists will capture their experiences as they sketch, take photographs, and define the various parts of the botanical world of Marin.

  • Rodeo Lagoon
  • Muir Woods
  • San Francisco (Golden Gate Park) 
  • Bodega Bay
  • Mt. Tamalpais State Park

Session 3: Marine Biology Documentary--Habitats; The Life Stories of Sea Creatures (July  22-26)

Crashing waves and salty air all around, sea gulls hanging in the onshore breeze, our marine biologists explore coastal tide-pools as harbor seas bob in the waves just beyond, follow the high tide line to collect evidence of the sea creatures that live below the waves, and let the cold Pacific water bury their feet in the sand. Each pod of children will investigate a variety of sea creatures that interest them, and create their life stories. As they research these organisms, many of them they will be able to see in person, they will document their behavior, find out what they eat, and how they fit into the marine food chain. During our visit to the Marine Mammal Center, a center dedicated to the health and well-being of large marine mammals from Morro Bay to the Oregonian border, they will learn what it takes to save an elephant seal in danger.  All of our exploits will be spliced together to create a documentary of our outing that you will be able to view on our Facebook account. 

  • Pt. Reyes Seashore (elephant seals)
  • Agate Beach Park (tide-pools)
  • Marine Mammal Center (Marin Headlands)
  • Academy of Sciences (San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park)
  • Rodeo Lagoon

Session 4: Painting Tide-pools, Estuaries, & Forests (July 29-August 2)

Sloshing through tide-pools, eyes searching for darting fish, illusive octopus, and colorful bat stars, our marine biologists take collections of sea snails and limpets for close examination, and as the content for paintings they will make. Canvas in hand, the Pacific Ocean steams like soda pop before us. What will your child paint? What colors will they use to depict what they see? As we explore estuaries, we will come in contact with great blue herons, and peckish sandpipers. How will your children paint the flight and meanders of birds? As we follow mountain paths into the mountains, we find immense trees, banana slugs eating as they slither, wild iris, and mountain sorrel. Our painters will capture their experiences in paint, and will trek home only beach sand and crushed leaves. 

  • Samuel P. Taylor State Park
  • Muir Woods
  • Agate Beach Park (tide-pools)
  • Rodeo Lagoon
  • Academy of Sciences (Golden Gate Park)

Session 5: Marine Biology--Creative Writing About the Natural World (August 5-9)

Nature and creative writing go together like a hermit crab and a discarded sea shell. As we explore the marine environments of tide-pools, estuaries, and craggy rocks along the Marin coastline, writers will dream up magical story-lines complete with characters born from their observations. Crabs might become villains as they nip and scamper into rocks, sea stars might become multi-colored plates at a dinner-party thrown by an octopus able to serve everybody at once, and a sea anemone might become a character that appears to be a flower, but is really a villain with thousands of stinging cells. Get ready for wacky stories about tide-pools, estuaries, and the deep and ominous ocean. 

  • Pt. Reyes Seashore (elephant seals)
  • Agate Beach Park (tide-pools)
  • Marine Mammal Center (Marin Headlands)
  • Academy of Sciences (San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park)
  • Rodeo Lagoon

Session 6: The Art of Botany--Sketching, Pastels, Photography, & Environmental Art (August 12-16)

Children love learning about flowers. The diversity of colors, learning how to identify different varieties through a close examination of leaf shapes, sketching, photographing and dissecting them. Over this scented course we will investigate the summer time blooms of our areas wild flowers, examine seed pods as we discuss how the next generation of plants take root, and examine the various parts of the plant. Dissections allow us to view the structures of these magnificent plants, and because nothing goes to waste, we will use the leaves and petals to create environmental Goldworthy Art that comes from and blends into the landscapes we pass through. Our artists will capture their experiences as they sketch, take photographs, and define the various parts of the botanical world of the Bay Area.

  • Samuel P. Taylor State Park
  • Muir Woods
  • Agate Beach Park (tide-pools)
  • Rodeo Lagoon
  • Muir Beach

Session 7: The Art of Forests, Beaches, and Bays Using Water Color & Acrylic Paints (August 19-August 23)

Water color is the perfect medium to capture the ever-changing color of light, the warm pastels in the evening, and the various hues of the blue Pacific. Over our course our artists will capture the texture and colorings of driftwood, the sunbursts that beam through the canopies of the redwood forests, and the majestic landscapes along the Marin coast, our home. Exploring both techniques of water color and acrylic painting, our artists will learn the art of composition, creating just the right amount of yellow and blue to form a variety of lush green hues, and how to use the space of their canvas correctly. Get ready for an art show. 

  • Samuel P. Taylor State Park
  • Muir Woods 
  • Mt. Tamalpais State Park
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Park
  • Bodega Bay