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Vilda Nature Summer Camps

Go kayaking, learn archery, hike, meet an owl face to face, do carpentry, swim, backpack, learn about wild edibles, work on nature based crafts, build a primitive shelter, make new friends, climb a tree, earn skill badges and much more all wrapped in lots of adventure and play.
Vilda’s beloved nature day camps are an organic, all natural, local, free range, 100% awesome summer experience in the hills, lakes, bays and beaches of Marin, Petaluma and Tahoe/Truckee. Founded in 2008, Vilda is a Marin based non-profit with the mission of facilitating meaningful connection to the natural world. Vilda’s highly trained adult instructors provide kids with a caring individualistic experience at a 1:6 instructor to camper ratio or better.
Vilda’s summer camps run from June - August and always include their core-curriculum with each camp having its own thematic focus:
  • Fairfax Summer Camp: Vilda’s classic summer day camp for ages 6-9 in and around the forests and lakes of Fairfax. 
  • Wilderness Skills for Ages 9-12: A more skills focused day camp for the slightly older summer camp crowd in Fairfax culminating in an overnight campout at the end of the week.
  • Summer Camps for Ages 4-6: A slightly shorter summer day camp for our slightly younger group. Available in Fairfax and San Rafael.
  • Wild Creatures, Bows & Skills: Enjoy archery, creeks, carpentry, gardening and meet animals face to face for ages 6-12 in Novato.
  • Tracks & Tides: Swimming, kayaking and beach fun at China Camp in San Rafael, for ages 6-12.
  • Petaluma Ranch Camp: Visit farm animals, swim in a pool, learn wilderness skills and have a blast outdoors in this Petaluma day camp for ages 6-9.
  • Tracking & Backpacking: Spend 3 days and 2 nights backpacking in the gorgeous Pt Reyes backcountry for ages 10-13. Great for first time backpackers or those with some experience.
  • Truckee Summer Camp: Play and fish in a river, practice archery, meet local animals and much more, for ages 4-11
  • Tahoe Summer Camp: Spend a week of swimming and adventuring in and around Lake Tahoe for ages 6-11.

Where: Fairfax, San Rafael, Novato, Petaluma, Point Reyes, Truckee, Tahoe

When: June - August. Multiple weeklong sessions available. See camp website for specific dates and locations.

Ages: Vilda summer camps are available for kids ages 4-13.

Activities: Nature awareness, Wilderness Survival, Games, Hiking, Animal Tracking, Plant ID and uses, Primitive Skills, Wilderness safety and lost-proofing, Nature Crafts, Gardening, Carpentry, Swimming, Kayaking, Stealth, Archery, Bird Language, Ecology & Sustainable Practices, Journaling, Nature Meditation, Yoga or Movement, Peacemaking and Team Building, Leadership Skills.

Cost: Tiered pricing (pick the price that works best for your family), with 10% discount when registering before March 15. Scholarships available.

Contact: Visit or email or call 415-747-4840.

Camp phone: 
Summer camp activities: 
Science and Nature
Summer camp age level: 
Grades K to 5
Grades 6 to 8
Grades 9 to 12
Summer camp location: 
6 School Street Suite #260
Fairfax, CA
China Camp State Park
San Rafael, CA
Point Reyes, CA
Lake Tahoe, CA
Novato, CA