Southern Bay Area Summer Camps

 

Locations

Drop students off at 8:30am and pick them up at 4:00pm. We have supervision until 5:00pm at:

  • Laurelwood Park, San Mateo
  • Page Mill Road, Palo Alto
  • Light of Knowledge Academy, Cupertino

Students from the three drop off locations will converge each day at a common location and then split into appropriate groups based on age and interest.

 

Pricing

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

 

note:

We may go back to one location several times, but we will always go on different trails, and see different things. 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: The Art of Forests, Beaches, and Bays Using Water Color & Acrylic Paints (June 9-13)

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 San Francisco Bay, 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.

  • Fitzgerald Marine Reserves
  • Pescadero Marsh
  • Butano State Park
  • Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse
  • Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse or Central Park

Session 2: The Art of Botany--Sketching, Photography and Environmental Art (June 16-20)

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.

  • Pescadero Marsh
  • The Beaches of Half Moon Bay
  • San Francisco (Golden Gate Park)
  • Ano Nuevo 
  • Butano State Park

Session 3: Marine Biology Documentary--Habitats; The Life Stories of Sea Creatures (June  23-27)

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.  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.

  • Ano Nuevo (elephant seals)
  • Pillar Point tide-pools (Half Moon Bay)
  • Beaches of Half Moon Bay
  • Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse
  • Academy of Sciences (San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park)

Session 4: Painting Tide-pools, Estuaries, & Forests (June30-July 3)

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, Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse, 110 feet tall,  glows white in the background, the Pacific Ocean steaming like soda pop around it. What will your child paint? What colors will they use to depict what they see? As we explore estuaries, we will take our canvas’ to Eudora, a tree that children can climb in that often tells stories. We challenge the children, “To paint the best side of Eudora,” a reclining Eucalyptus tree. 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.

  • Fitzgerald Marine Reserves
  • Pescadero Marsh
  • Butano State Park
  • Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse
  • Coyote Hills Park

Session 5: Marine Biology--Creative Writing About the Natural World (July 7-11)

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 San Mateo 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.

  • Ano Nuevo (elephant seals)
  • Pillar Point tide-pools (Half Moon Bay)
  • Beaches of Half Moon Bay
  • Academy of Sciences (San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park)
  • Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse 

Session 6: The Art of Botany--Sketching, Pastels, Photography, & Environmental Art (July 14-18)

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.

  • Pescadero Marsh
  • San Francisco (Golden Gate Park)
  • Wunderlich Park
  • Ano Nuevo 
  • Butano State Park

Session 7: The Art of Forests, Beaches, and Bays Using Water Color & Acrylic Paints (July 21-25)

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 San Francisco Bay, 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.

  • Fitzgerald Marine Reserves
  • Pescadero Marsh
  • Butano State Park
  • Felton's Redwood Trees
  • Coyote Hills Park

 

Session 8: From Basic Structures to Technological Marvels (July 28- August 1) 

Building driftwood forts on the beach requires a basic understanding of both materials and basic physics. Engineers must understand ideas of elastic and plastic to create structures able to withstand seismic events. We will venture to different areas of interest around the Bay Area be they cantilever and suspension bridges, or to the beach to work with simple materials to gain visual evidence about what engineers create. 

  • Ano Nuevo (elephant seals)
  • Pillar Point tide-pools (Half Moon Bay)
  • Beaches of Half Moon Bay and the San Mateo Bridge
  • Academy of Sciences (San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park)
  • Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse 

Session 9: Airplanes, Kites, and Model Rockets (August 4-8)

*We will price a materials fee. This is deducted if you purchase your model rockets and fuel ahead of time.

Before the designs of airplanes were made quickly on computers, the Wright Brothers made small models of their planes. Goddard made model rockets to test his rockets, and before modern science came Chinese kite makers. Armed with strong glue, blue prints, and the dream of flight, get ready to tug at your string, count down to blast off, and balance your kite with weighted tails. Perfect for children that love to learn as they create,Airplanes, Kites, and Model Rockets explores the coastline to find the perfect wind to fly airplanes, test out our kite designs, and open places where we can chase down our model rockets once their parachutes deploy.

  • Ano Nuevo (elephant seals)
  • Pillar Point tide-pools (Half Moon Bay)
  • Beaches of Half Moon Bay
  • Academy of Sciences (San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park)
  • Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse 

 

Session 10: The Art of Forests, Beaches, and Bays Using Water Color & Acrylic Paints (August 11-15)

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 San Francisco Bay, 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.

  • Fitzgerald Marine Reserves
  • Pescadero Marsh
  • Butano State Park
  • Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse
  • Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse or Central Park