Hands-on Nature Camps for Kids in Marin
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 2020 Marin Summer Camp Guide.
Audubon Adventure Camp
Location: Richardson Bay Audubon Center, Tiburon
Dates: June 15–August 14
Cost: $350–$450 per week
Audubon Adventures Camp for kids in pre-K–3rd grade includes themes like Shark Week, Avian Adventures, Messy Mud!, and Animal Architects. Expedition Camp is 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 Audubon 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.
Location: The Marin Headlands, Sausalito
Grades Entering: K–12
Dates: June 8–August 14
Cost: $420–$650 per week
A day at Coastal Camp is a day spent connecting with nature. With the Marin Headlands as our backdrop, campers learn more about the topics they love while exploring the coastal trails and marine setting. Our highly qualified staff engage campers’ interests and curiosity with a program that is flexible and adaptive to each group's needs. Register here.
Marin GreenPlay Camp
Location: Various locations
Dates: July 6–August 7
Cost: $275–$1595 per session
Camps include Play By the Bay, for kids 3-5, Watershed Warriors, for kids entering grades K–2, Ocean Explorers, for grades 3–8 and Rock Five, Level 1 and Advanced, our outdoor rock climbing camp for kids in grades 3 to 12. These programs run Monday-Friday, Full-day (9 am–4 pm) and half-day (9 am–1 pm), and overnight programs are also available. Free extended care from 8:30–9 am and 4–5 pm. $25/session discount with code “MARINMOMMIES”. Scholarships are available. Register here.
Point Reyes Summer Camp
Location: Point Reyes National Seashore
Dates: June 22–August 7
Cost: $725–$975 per session
Point Reyes National Seashore Association offers a Nature Science Camp (ages 7–12), featuring activities such as tidepooling, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, wildlife observation, and much more. For teens (ages 12–17) there’s an Adventure Camp that includes a 3-or 4-day backpack trip and a reunion feast and campfire finale. Register here.
Slide Ranch Summer Day Camp
Location: Muir Beach
Slide Ranch Summer Day Camp provides children ages 5 and up a unique opportunity to experience the daily challenges and rewards of a working farm. Slide Ranch campers milk goats, collect eggs from chickens and ducks, card and spin wool, create nature-based crafts, learn to compost, plant seeds, harvest and cook from our organic garden, and explore the tide pools and trails of our beautiful coastal wild lands. There are also three weeks for teenagers ages 14–18 to serve as Junior Camp Counselors, cultivating teaching and leadership skills through helping with camp groups. Monday–Friday, 9 am–2 pm or 9 am–3 pm, with optional extend care to 5 pm. Register here
Vilda Summer Camp
Ages: 4– 15
Dates: June 8–August 21
Vilda Summer Camp offers mobile nature summer camps at a variety of outdoor locations in Marin County, including Fairfax, San Rafael, and Point Reyes. Themes include Tides and Tracks, Nature Adventure, Wild Farmers, and Tween Tracking and Backpacking. With wilderness skills, nature connection and ecological stewardship wrapped in lots of adventure and play, campers learn about animal tracking, wild edible plants, primitive skills, natural dyes and much, much more. Camps take place Monday-Friday, 9 am–3 pm (camp times vary). Register here.
WildCare's Wildlife Camp
Location: Wildcare, San Rafael
Grades Entering: K–6
Dates: June 15–August 14
Wildcare, a unique wildlife rescue resource in San Rafael, offers popular camps named for Elizabeth Terwilliger, a local legend in the field of nature education. Themes include Animal Sensations, Wild California, Growing Up Wild, Conservation Camp, and Weird and Wonderful. Monday–Friday, 9 am–noon, or 9 am–3 pm for the older kids. Full and partial scholarships are available for families in need. Register here.
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