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2019 SUMMER CAMPS & PROGRAMS

  1. June 17 – 21   ages 6 – 8 Acorns & Caterpillars
  2. June 17 – 21   ages 10 – 14 Hawks & Herons Camp-out – 2 nights
  3. June 24 – 28 ages 8 – 10 Bobcats & Butterflies
  4. June 24 – 28 ages 10 – 13 Owls & Raccoons Camp-out – 1 night
  5. July 8 – 12 ages 4 – 8 Dandelions & Dragonflies – Parent Child Camp
  6. July 8 – 12  ages 7 – 9 Bats & Tadpoles
  7. August 12 – 15 ages 4-5 Leopard Lilies & Lizards
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Acorns & Caterpillars

  • Date: June 17 – 21

  • Time: 9:00 – 2:00
  • Ages: 6-8
  • Instructors: Tessa
  • Location: Various creeks around Ojai and Ventura. Transportation provided from Ojai and Ventura
  • Fee: $230

Children are introduced to wild swimming holes, beaches, canyons and mountains of the area. Every day has space for exploring, games, building, climbing, swimming, digging, relaxing and making friends. We introduce safety and leadership skills that allow for wise and compassionate choices. An appreciation for the diversity and interdependence of living things, and sensory explorations that lead to a keen desire to get dirty, get wet and be curious about life! Staff are experienced outdoor leaders, teachers and parents with years of skills and knowledge in bringing kids and nature together through gentle mentoring, ecstatic explorations and creative projects. The days include minimal hiking (¼ – 1.5 miles).

Owls & Raccoons

  • 2-Night Camp-out

  • Date: June 17 – 21

  • Time: 9:00 – 4:00 overnight Wednesday & Thursday

  • Ages: 10 – 14

  • Location: Various creeks around Ojai and Ventura. Transportation provided from Ojai and Ventura
  • Fee: $415
  • Instructors: Heather

This program expands the leadership components of wilderness experiences, challenging the group to develop skills for our two overnights on Wednesday and Thursday.  We introduce safety and leadership skills that allow for wise and compassionate choices. The group works together, gaining trust, confidence and skills to make this a fun and successful camp-out.  We practice camping and survival, ecological awareness and their own place in nature and in a group. We have fun exploring, swimming, playing games, telling stories and relaxing in nature. Youth need a backpack capable of holding a lightweight sleeping bag and broken in walking shoes. Staff are experienced outdoor leaders, teachers and parents with years of skills and knowledge in bringing kids and nature together through gentle mentoring, ecstatic explorations and creative projects. Daily hiking between ½ – 4 miles depending on interest and ability of group.

Bobcats & Butterflies

  • Date: June 24 – 28

  • Time: 9:00 – 3:00

  • Ages: 8-10

  • Instructors: Trudy

  • Location: Various creeks around Ojai and Ventura. Transportation provided from Ojai and Ventura
  • Fee: $275

This week we explore the amazing world of riparian ecosystems, discovering the watershed from the mountain source to the ocean outlet and all of the unique habitats and wildlife on this amazing journey. Children will share in the fun of swimming, climbing, digging and building, along with stewardship projects and wilderness skills. Each day we visit a different spot along the waterways of our community, and each day has themes like: “Becoming Wildlife”, “Natural Cycles”, “Diversity”, “Wild Art”, “Shelters or Foraging”, and many more possibilities. Staff are all experienced wilderness mentors with years of skills and knowledge in bringing kids and nature together through gentle mentoring, ecstatic explorations and creative projects. The days include hiking between .5 – 3 miles

Bats & Tadpoles

  • July 8 – 12

  • Time: 9:00 – 2:00

  • Ages: 7-9

  • Instructors: Tessa & Trudy

  • Location: Various creeks around Ojai and Ventura. Transportation provided from Ojai and Ventura
  • Fee: $230

Children are introduced to wild swimming holes, beaches, canyons and mountains of the area. Every day has space for exploring, games, building, climbing, swimming, digging, relaxing and making friends. We introduce safety and leadership skills that allow for wise and compassionate choices. An appreciation for the diversity and interdependence of living things, and sensory explorations that lead to a keen desire to get dirty, get wet and be curious about life! Staff are experienced outdoor leaders, teachers and parents with years of skills and knowledge in bringing kids and nature together through gentle mentoring, ecstatic explorations and creative projects. The days include minimal hiking (¼ – 1.5 miles).

Transportation available to and from Ventura – Henry Lyon Park near Ventura Charter School at no extra charge. 

Scholarships are available!

Call the Ojai Rec. Dept. at 805-646-5581 ext.390

Hawks & Herons

  • 1-Night Camp-out

  • Date: June 24 – 28
  • Time: 9:00 – 4:00 overnight Thursday ( 1 night)

  • Ages:10-13

  • Location: Various creeks around Ojai and Ventura. Transportation provided from Ojai and Ventura
  • Fee: $375
  • Instructors: Sara

Youth that have some previous wilderness experience have an opportunity to share a wild adventure with friends and staff mentors. This program includes one overnight on Thursday that the group works toward together, gaining trust, confidence and skills through the week. We introduce safety and leadership skills that allow for wise and compassionate choices. Mostly we have fun exploring, swimming, playing games, telling stories and relaxing in nature. Youth need a backpack capable of holding a lightweight sleeping bag (you provide) and broken in walking shoes. Staff are experienced outdoor leaders, teachers and parents with years of skills and knowledge in bringing kids and nature together through gentle mentoring, ecstatic explorations and creative projects. Daily hiking between ½ – 4 miles depending on interest and ability of group.

Dandelions & Dragonflies

  • Parent Child Camp

  • Date: July 8 – 12

  • Time: 9:00 – 2:00

  • Ages: 4-8

  • Location: Various creeks around Ojai and Ventura. Transportation provided from Ojai and Ventura
  • Fee: $345
  • Instructors: Heather

A camp with your child! For a parent that wants to experience the local wild places with a child, this is a special opportunity to explore, play and share time with your child – and a little time on your own as well! We introduce safety and awareness skills that allow for wise and compassionate choices, and we facilitate activities to share just the two of you, as a whole group, and for the kids while the parents get some time to soak up a little R&R. Staff are experienced outdoor leaders, teachers and parents with years of skills and knowledge in bringing kids and nature together through gentle mentoring, ecstatic explorations and creativity. The days include minimal hiking depending on the needs and abilities of the group. (1/4 – 2 miles)

Leopard Lilies & Lizards

  • August 12 – 16

  • Ages 4 – 5

  • Time: 9:00 – 1:00

  • Location: Drop-off at Foster Park & Ventura Estuary

  • Instructors: Sara & Trudy
  • Fee: 198.00

This week we explore the amazing world of riparian ecosystems, discovering the watershed from the mountain source to the ocean outlet and all of the unique habitats and wildlife on this amazing journey. Children will share in the fun of swimming, climbing, digging and building, along with stewardship projects and wilderness skills. Each day we visit a different spot along the waterways of our community, and each day has themes like: “Becoming Wildlife”, “Natural Cycles”, “Diversity”, “Wild Art”, “Shelters or Foraging”, and many more possibilities. Staff are all experienced wilderness mentors with years of skills and knowledge in bringing kids and nature together through gentle mentoring, ecstatic explorations and creative projects. The days include hiking between .5 – 3 miles