Photo: Coastal Camp in the Marin Headlands, courtesy NatureBridge
Living in Marin, you don't have to look far for a summer camp that takes advantage of some of the amazing natural resources we have right in our own backyard. Parents have several outstanding nature and outdoors oriented summer camps to choose from. Here is a selection of some of our favorite day camps in Marin that have an emphasis on the outdoors and the natural world around us for ages 4 to 18. To find more fantastic summer camps, visit our 2017 Marin Summer Camp Guide.
Audubon Youth Programs
Location: Richardson Bay Audubon Center, Tiburon
Dates: June 5–August 11
Cost: $320–$400 per week
Audubon Adventures Camp for kids in pre-K–3rd grade includes themes like Water Detectives, Living on the Bay, Shoreline Survivors, and Shark Week. Expedition Camp and On the Fly Camp are for children in grades 4–6, where campers deliver a little deeper into the varied habitats of Marin County and visit environments like the bay, ocean, redwood forest, and more. They also offer Youth Leaders for ages 11–17. Monday-Friday, 9 am–2 pm or 9 am–3 pm; extended hours untiil 5 pm are available for an additional cost. Register here.
Pet-loving kids can get hands-on experience with a variety of animals with the Marin Humane Society's 2017 Humane Summer Camps.These popular camps at the MHS campus in Novato teach children important skills in animal handling, care, and welfare. Children entering grades 1 through 6 can attend Junior Humane Camp, Humane Camp, and Senior Humane Camp, where activities include animal-themed arts and crafts, games and activities, an introduction to careers involving animals, and daily visits from the MHS's Animal Ambassadors.
Older children entering grades 7 through 12 can attend Teen Animal Care Camp where they will experience the daily work of an animal shelter. They will learn about animal related careers, animal care and behavior, and animal welfare, and get daily hands-on experience with shelter and volunteer animals. Teens can also participate as Teen Counselor Assistants, where they'll assist for one week-long camp session and earn community service credit.
If you're trying to make a decision on the perfect summer camp for your kids, save the date for the upcoming Marin Summer Activities & Camp Fair, which takes place Saturday, March 11 from 10 am to 1 pm at Conlan Center Gymnasium at the Dominican University of California in San Rafael.
As in years past the Marin Summer Activities & Camp Fair will offer plenty of fun for everyone, with free pizza, fun prizes for kids, and a bounce house, as well as representatives from dozens of summer camps. This year the fair is expanding to include other summer options like tutoring and activities, too! Older campers in middle school and high school are encouraged to attend as well.
Is your child fascinated by horses? Has she always wanted to learn how to ride a horse, or if she already rides, would she like to improve her skills? Horseback riding is always a popular summer activity, and a number of horsemanship camps throughout Marin for horse lovers to choose from.
Miwok Livery Stables
This equestrian center on Tennessee Valley Road in Mill Valley is open for registration. Camp hours are 9 am to 12:30 pm for morning camp and 9 am to 3:30 pm for all-day camp, and after care is available until 5 pm. Cost is $650 per week for morning sessions and $850 per week for all-day camp. These camps always sell out early. Visit www.miwokstables.com for more information and to fill out an online application, or call (415) 383-8048 for more information.
Over the past 37 years, thousands of students have spent their summers learning through UC Berkeley’s Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP), pursuing areas of interest such as architecture, computer programming, law, calculus, seashore science, and endless other disciplines. Our students, ranging in ages from 5-17, come to ATDP ready to learn and willing to be challenged.
ATDP courses are taught by outstanding public school, private school, and university instructors, who are passionate and extremely knowledgeable about the subjects they teach. Students with budding interests in specific areas receive a unique opportunity to interact and learn from teachers and peers with similar interests as their own. By the end of the summer session, students think and understand their subject matters more deeply.