Educational outdoor fun for campers in K – 6th grade
Full Day Camp: 9AM – 3PM. Fee: $265
Half Day Camp: 9AM – 1PM. Fee: $180
10% discount for members!
Each day, campers (divided into small groups by age) will rotate between three fabulous Camp Teachers, where they will participate in exciting, age appropriate hands-on activities.Read the Nature Camp Newsletter prior to your first day of camp! Questions? Call 949-645-8489 ext. 103
Native American Adventure
Campers travel back in time to learn about the tools, trade, and customs of the native people of California. See, touch, and smell the plants used centuries ago by Native Americans. Make string out of plants, and find out how Native Americans used mysterious artifacts. Learn to weave, listen to stories, make masks, and perform music using authentic Native American instruments. Campers will even make “money” using pump drills, and create a necklace to keep or give away!
Survival Games (Full day only)
Each day, campers will learn one new survival skill and then break up into two teams to compete in the “Survival Games”. Different scenarios will be laid out for them and they have to collectively decide on the best choice in each scenario. On day 4, campers will earn their very own survival kit they construct from various materials.
Campers will be given the freedom to explore, imagine, and make up their own fun. They will be given boundaries, a few supplies, a set of ground rules, and supervision. Campers may decide to create rock towers, or build stick-and-leaf boats and forts. Materials will be available for campers to draw, paint, make tassels, and play board games. They will be able to talk, laugh and have a good time!
Nature Crafting (Full day only)
Spend some time chillin’ with Sarah in the afternoon getting crafty in Nature! We’ll make stick frames and stick ground art, then photograph our creations. We’re especially excited about making rainbow batik too! Get messy making air dry clay bowls and tiny pots, then finish off the week by building tents with sheets and tarps!
Each day Campers will explore the Nature Center in search of animal evidence. Armed with binoculars and magnifying lenses, children will observe birds and other wildlife in different habitats. Using nature and our educational animals as inspiration – and a variety of drawing and painting techniques – kids will spend time getting creative in the outdoors. We will close each day by stretching, balancing, and relaxing with an animal themed yoga pose.
If you do not see your questions answered on this page, feel free to call us at 949-645-8489 or email the Camp Director!
How old does my child have to be to go to Nature Camp? Kindergarten through 6th grade.
My children are a few years apart, can they be in the same group? Our Campers are divided into groups by grade level. Curricula and activities are designed for these different age groups, which are developmentally distinct from each other.
What is the registration deadline? All camps are open until full. An additional fee ($60 per camper) applies for late registration (less than 96 hours before the first day of a camp session). Please realize that Camp Staff does not work between 5PM on Friday and 8AM on Monday, so contacting us about late registration over the weekend may not guarantee a spot in camp for your child.
How many campers are in each group? Enrollment is limited to small classes of 10 students per teacher (15 in After Camp) with a high school assistant.
Who are the Camp Teachers? Most of the Camp Teachers are our Naturalists who teach here throughout the school year. A few exceptional individuals join us to compliment our amazing team (they also work year round in the outdoor environmental education field). All of our teachers are exceptionally qualified in elementary science education and represent a wide range of expertise in the Orange County educational community.
What is your withdrawal policy? Any time up to 2 weeks before the start of a session: $25 processing fee, balance refunded. 1-2 weeks notice: 50% refund. Less than 1 week notice: NO REFUND.