Dear Parents, we recognize that summer camp has never been such a challenging decision as during the covid-19 virus pandemic. Our camps are being offered in good faith as a much needed outlet for children to get outside, socialize and be kids. All our efforts will be put into making this a safe and fun experience, and with your help we will be monitoring everyone’s health daily. Nothing we do can eliminate all of the risks to our families or staff, and that is a heavy responsibility we all bear together with love.
If you have real reservations, please don’t register. There will be more programs in the future. Thank you for that consideration.

Programs have filled extremely fast. Please accept our deepest sadness and apologies if you were unable to secure a spot in a program, and that we will not be able to accommodate all of the demand in our community for programs. We LOVE your children, and our deepest wish is to offer enough programs for every child…everywhere. Please support us in building our organization and helping us to meet the need of families, and children’s nature connection. 

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Acorns & Caterpillars (with parent), Ages: 3-5, 9:30 – 11:30, June 8 – 19, MWF for 2 weeks, Fee: $185

Hawks & Herons with Camp-outs, Ages: 10-12, M-F, 1week, 9:30 – 2:30, June 15 – 19, Monday – Friday, Fee: $375

Owls & Raccoons with Camp-outs, Ages: 12-15, 9:30 – 2:30, June 15 – 19, Monday – Friday, Fee: $375

Bears & Bobcats, Ages: 6-9 9:30 – 2:30 June 22 – 26     Monday – Friday,  Fee: $315

Egrets & Elderberries, Ages: 6-9 9:30 – 2:30 June 22 – 26     Monday – Friday,  Fee: $315

Toads & Turtles (With parent) , Ages: 4-6 9:30 – 12:30 June 22 – July 3       MWF for 2 weeks   Fee: $265

Poppies & Oaks, Ages: 7-9 9:30 – 1:30 July 6 – 10 Monday – Friday,  Fee: $275

Bees & Butterflies (Sibling camps), Ages: 5-12, 9:30 – 1:30 July 6 – 10 Monday – Friday,  Fee: $275

Lizards & Ladybugs, Ages: 5-7 9:30 – 12:30 Aug. 10 – 14 Monday – Friday,  Fee: $230

Junior Ranger Wild Certification Workshop, Ages: 7-10 9:30 – 1:30 (UPDATED: Aug. 3 – 14)  MWF for 2 weeks,  Fee: $320

Garden & Wild Wonders , Ages: 7-10 9:30 – 1:30 (UPDATED: Aug. 3 – 14) MWF for 2 weeks, Fee:$315 

Shelters, Survival and Wild Skills Ages: 10 – 15 9:30 – 1:30 (UPDATED: Aug. 4 – 13) TTH for 2 weeks,  Fee: $185

Wild Science Adventures, Ages: 10 – 15  9:30 – 1:30 (UPDATED: Aug. 4 – 13)  TTH for 2 weeks,  Fee: $185

PLEASE DOWNLOAD & SEND COMPLETED WAIVERS & MED. INFO FORMS TO hking68@gmail.com BEFORE YOUR PROGRAM: 

CLICK HERE FOR FORMS

TRANSPORTATION: Due to covid-19 guidelines, we will not be able to provide transportation to and from programs or during programs. We are so sad for this inconvenience. 

Links to more information:

Destinations & Transportation
Covid-19 FAQs
Parent Pandemic Info
Cancellation Policy

PRIVATE GROUPS:
If you have a few close families with 6 – 10 kids that you want together for safety, please contact us to schedule a private group camp. If we have the staffing we can make it happen!  Contact Heather King at 805-310-1461 or hking68@gmail.com

June 8 – 19 Two Week Program (Monday, Wednesday Friday)

Acorns & Caterpillars (with parent)
Ages: 3-5 9:30 – 11:30 June 8 – 19      MWF for 2 weeks
Locations: Local swimming holes, creeks and beaches in Ventura & Ojai
Instructors: Heather King & Monica James     Fee: $185

Description: Time in nature is a gift for your children and yourself! A wonderful opportunity to deepen relationships with some social distancing but mostly just natural outdoor time. We will be following childcare guidelines as apply to our program, but children will be allowed to freely interact with other children. Come play with your child in local wilderness spots. Learn about how to bring your child into nature with safety and also with a child’s sense of adventure and awareness. Enjoy discovering the little things that are amazing to children and all the learning that happens along the way – for everyone! Developmentally appropriate crafts and skills help develop balance, communication and social skills, motor skills and ignite our natural curiosity and joy of discovery. (0 – ½ mile)

June 15 – 19 Monday – Friday

Hawks & Herons with Camp-outs
Ages: 10-12 M-F 1 week 9:30 – 2:30 June 15 – 19 Monday – Friday
Locations: Drop off at various local swimming holes, creeks and beaches in Ventura & Ojai
Instructors: Camila Guzman, Sara MacCracken, Rachael Gula     Fee: $375

Description: Time in nature is a gift for your children and yourself! A wonderful opportunity to deepen relationships with some social distancing but mostly just natural outdoor time. 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. Overnight backpacking camp-out in the Sespe Wilderness Thursday thru Friday culminates the week. The days include minimal hiking (¼ – 3 miles).

Owls & Raccoons with Camp-outs
Ages: 12-15 9:30 – 2:30 June 15 – 19 Monday – Friday
Locations: Drop off at various local swimming holes, creeks and beaches in Ventura & Ojai
Instructors: Trudy Trudeau, Amy Davis, David Killian     Fee: $375

Description: Time in nature is a gift for your children and yourself! A wonderful opportunity to deepen relationships with some social distancing but mostly just natural outdoor time. 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. Overnight backpacking camp-out in the Sespe Wilderness Thursday thru Friday culminates the week. The days include minimal hiking (½  – 4 miles).

June 22 – 26 Monday – Friday

Toads & Turtles (With parent)
Ages: 4-6 9:30 – 12:30 June 22 – July 3       MWF for 2 weeks
Locations: Local swimming holes, creeks and beaches in Ventura & Ojai
Instructors: Camila Guzman, Heather King, tba

Description: A camp with your child! Time in nature is a gift for your children and yourself. A wonderful opportunity to deepen relationships with some social distancing but mostly just natural outdoor time. 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. (0 – 1 mile)

Bears & Bobcats
Egrets & Elderberries

Ages: 6-9 9:30 – 2:30 June 22 – 26     Monday – Friday
Locations: Drop off at various local swimming holes, creeks and beaches in Ventura & Ojai
Instructors: Tessa Womack , Katie Gialketsis, David Killian     Fee: $315

Description: Time in nature is a gift for your children and yourself! A wonderful opportunity to deepen relationships with some social distancing but mostly just natural outdoor time. 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. (.5 – 2 miles)

July 6 – 10 Monday – Friday

Poppies & Oaks
Ages: 7-9 9:30 – 1:30 July 6 – 10 Monday – Friday
Locations: Drop off at various local swimming holes, creeks and beaches in Ventura & Ojai
Instructors: Trudy Trudeau, Jenny Jacobs, Katie Gialketsis     Fee: $275

Description: Time in nature is a gift for your children and yourself! A wonderful opportunity to deepen relationships with some social distancing but mostly just natural outdoor time. 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. The days include hiking between .5 – 3 miles

Bees & Butterflies (Sibling camps)
Ages: 5-12 9:30 – 1:30 July 6 – 10 Monday – Friday
Locations: Local swimming holes, creeks and beaches in Ventura & Ojai
Instructors: Amy Davis, Rachael Gula, David Killian     Fee: $275

Description: Time in nature is a gift for your children and yourself! A wonderful opportunity to deepen relationships with some social distancing but mostly just natural outdoor time. 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. The days include hiking between .5 – 2 miles

August 3 – 14 Two Weeks

Junior Ranger Wild Certification Workshop
Ages: 7-10 9:30 – 1:30 Aug. 10 – 21 MWF for 2 weeks
Locations: Drop off at various local swimming holes, creeks and beaches in Ventura & Ojai
Instructors: Amy Davis, Trudy Trudeau,  Rachael Gula     Fee: $320

Description: Time in nature is a gift for your children and yourself! A wonderful opportunity to deepen relationships with some social distancing but mostly just natural outdoor time.  For young people that want to achieve “Badges” for skills and knowledge, this program is a wilderness based adventure including shelter making, tracking, orienteering, foraging, fire making and safety / survival camping skills. Balanced with time to swim and play, we allow for learning to happen through discovery and fun activities and hands-on scenarios and problem solving. 

Wild Science Adventures
Ages: 10 – 15 9:30 – 1:30 Aug. 11 – 20 TTH for 2 weeks
Locations: Drop off at Foster Park in Ventura, potentially one other location
Instructors: Camila Guzman, Monica James, Jenny Jacobs     Fee: $185

Description: Time in nature is a gift for your children and yourself! A wonderful opportunity to deepen relationships with some social distancing but mostly just natural outdoor time.  Explore the sciences of nature through hands on exploration & observations, journaling and experiments, and good old fashion exploration and the scientific method. Botany, biology, ornithology and entomology, geology and natural history are among the “ologies” we will touch on.  Mixing in some free time to play in the creek and just hang out will make this camp just plain FUN.

Garden & Wild Wonders
Ages: 7-10 9:30 – 1:30 Aug. 10 – 21 MWF for 2 weeks
Locations: Drop off at Ojai Demo Garden in Ojai, potentially one other location
Instructors: Tessa Womack, Camila Guzman, Monica James     Fee:$315

Description: Time in nature is a gift for your children and yourself! A wonderful opportunity to deepen relationships with some social distancing but mostly just natural outdoor time.  Combining garden activities like seed germination and plant taxonomy with ethnobotany and understanding sustainable practices like composting and permaculture. Balanced with time to swim and play, we allow for learning to happen through discovery and fun activities and hands-on scenarios and problem solving. 

Shelters, Survival and Wild Skills
Ages: 10 – 15  9:30 – 1:30 Aug. 11 – 20 TTH for 2 weeks
Locations: Drop off at Foster Park in Ventura, potentially one other location
Instructors: Trudy Trudeau, Monica James, Amy Davis     Fee: $185

Description: Time in nature is a gift for your children and yourself! A wonderful opportunity to deepen relationships with some social distancing but mostly just natural outdoor time.  Young people are exposed to different shelter engineering, designs and historical contexts through hands-on experimentation and creations. Some time is also spent on a broader awareness of survival skills such as foraging, outdoor cooking, fire making, water sources and making / using tools. Balanced with time to swim and play, we allow for learning to happen through discovery and fun activities and hands-on scenarios and problem solving.

August 10 – 14 Monday – Friday

Lizards & Ladybugs
Ages: 5-7 9:30 – 12:30 Aug. 10 – 14 Monday – Friday
Locations: Drop off at Foster Park in Ventura…potentially one other location
Instructors: Sara MacCracken, Katie Gialketsis, Jenny Jacobs     Fee: $230

Description: Time in nature is a gift for your children and yourself! A wonderful opportunity to deepen relationships with some social distancing but mostly just natural outdoor time.  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. The days include minimal hiking (0 – 1 mile).

We hope you find a program for your child. If not, then we need your help!  Consider the value your children and family enjoy, and how nature connection benefits our whole community. Help us offer more accessible, equitable and diverse programs! 

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“Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.” ~Thomas Berry