We are outside everyday, all day. Our camp credo is to “Get out and Get dirty”! Every week kids will meet live rescued reptiles and amphibians, do hands-on science and art projects and explore outside. The weekly camp themes help inspire us, but we are always following our imagination as we create new projects and experiments together. Design driven. Goal Driven. Kid Driven. We put cool stuff out and let kids figure it out. Nature has an infinite number of loose ends to put together and take apart. It will untangle your mind and make you smart. We walk and wonder. Create and tear down. Discuss and share what we know/what we have learned/what we notice. We follow John Muir Laws’ mantra: “I see. I wonder. It reminds me of…” as we become active observers of the world around us. We learn to work together to Save, Preserve and Maintain our Home. Wear layers, a hat, pack a hearty, litter-less lunch full of good things to eat and bring a water bottle full of Hetch Hetchy sweet water.
Get ready to strap up your laces, grab your bag and bug box and let’s Get out and Get dirty! Build a Fort, Climb a Tree, Hold a Bug and Smell the Sea!
In dirt we trust,
During each camp session, campers will meet live animals, perform fun experiments and build leadership and critical thinking skills through adventuring in nature with peers and instructors. Come meet Blondie the Burmese Python, Ivan the African Spur Thigh Tortoise, Squiggles the Asian Water Dragon, and Stickum the White’s Tree Frog - to name some of our nearly 100 Animal Ambassadors! We play games and tell stories to bring many unseen aspects of our urban habitat to life for our campers.
We Wander and Wonder Together!
Have a question? Check out our Camp FAQs page!
We are offering camps at 4 locations throughout the summer. Please click on a location below for more information about each camp location!
Golden Gate Park: Pre-K through Rising 5th Graders • 5/30 - 8/18
Precita Park: Rising 1st through Rising 5th Graders • 5/30 - 8/18 • Spanish Language Groups Available
Piedmont Park: Pre-K through Rising 5th Graders • 7/17 - 7/28
McLaren Park: Rising 1st through Rising 5th Graders • 5/30 - 8/18
Can't get enough of Summer Camp? Check out our Endless Summer weeks! 8/21 - 8/31
Our Summer Camp refund policy is as follows:
Before Apr 1: Camp fee refunded less 10% administration fee
Between Apr 1-May 15: Camp fee refunded less 50% administration fee
On or after May 16: Camp fee is non-refundable
It's always free to switch weeks as long as there's space!