Science Camps 2021/2022

Sugarloaf Thanksgiving Day Camp!
Nov 22 – Nov 23, 2021 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, $75.00-$100.00 
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Need some extra time to prep for that Thanksgiving meal? Kids a little stir crazy over the break? We’ve got you covered at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park with our upcoming Thanksgiving Break Day Camp. Join the Sugarloaf Staff and SEC Education staff for two days of fun, learning, and outdoor activity at our 4000-acre state park!

Based on our summer Creek Camp, we plan on having nature hikes and learning activities all about the creatures of the park. We will end each day with a closing circle with some possible seasonal treats! The camp will be based out of the Visitors Center. November 22-23 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $100, or $75 for Sonoma Ecology Center members or for a second child from the same family. For ages 8 to 12.

*We look forward to joining together in person and engaging with youth once again, off-screen and in-nature. However, given the uncertainties of our public health guidelines, our camps will be continually evolving. We will abide but whatever our scientists and medical experts deem as safe for in-person meetings when the camps start this summer. At this time we are limiting the sign-ups for this camp to no more than 22 participants.

Sugarloaf Winter Break Camp
Dec 20 – Dec 22, 2021 9:00 AM –  3:00 PM, $125.00-$150.00 
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Need some extra time to prep for the holidays and get the kids out of the house? Kids a little stir crazy over winter break? We’ve got you covered at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park with our upcoming Winter Day Camp. Join the Sugarloaf Staff and SEC Education staff for three days of fun, learning, and outdoor activity at our 4000-acre state park!

Based on our summer Creek Camp, we plan on having nature hikes and learning activities all about the creatures of the park. We will end each day with a closing circle and some seasonal treats. The camp will be based out of the Visitors Center. December 20-22 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $150, or $125 for Sonoma Ecology Center members or for a second child from the same family. For ages 8 to 12.

*We look forward to joining together in person and engaging with youth once again, off-screen and in-nature. However, given the uncertainties of our public health guidelines, our camps will be continually evolving. We will abide but whatever our scientists and medical experts deem as safe for in-person meetings when the camps start this summer. At this time we are limiting the sign-ups for this camp to no more than 22 participants.

Garden Gnomes Camp – Garden Camp for little ones!
Summer 2022, Sonoma Garden Park

Expecto Campers! A small group of children is invited to join our educators for enchanted garden activities specially designed for our younger campers to bring the magic of the outdoors into their life! Ages 5-7, campers will explore nature’s magic in the gardens of Sonoma Garden Park and oak woodland glen. From treasure hunts and pollinator pursuits to games and tasting the garden’s bounty. We will dig into the soil, create art and explore science in the magical world of the garden. Campers are asked to bring their own snacks and lunch.

The camp will be led by our education project manager Julia Megna, retired Sonoma County school teacher of 21 years, artist and dancer. For more information on SEC education programming, check out our video on the field trip and teen programs offered at the Sonoma garden park: 

*We look forward to joining together in person and engaging with youth once again, off-screen and in-nature. However, given the uncertainties of our public health guidelines, our camps will be continually evolving. We will abide but whatever our scientists and medical experts deem as safe for in-person meetings when the camps start this summer. At this time we are limiting the sign-ups for this camp to no more than 22 participants.

Creek Camp at Sugarloaf!

Summer 2022, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park 
Join us for a week (or two!) of Creek camp exploration at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Traverse the headwaters of Sonoma Creek Watershed in this recreational and environmental education camp. Campers will spend the week as explorers, starting off the day with morning hikes on the park’s trails. As the day warms, we’ll stay close to water, exploring the creeks for insects and amphibians. Activities include investigating the properties of water, collecting and studying aquatic insects, learning about the wildlife and plants found in the park. Our camp days will also consist of plenty of games, 
hiking, and storytelling. 
 
Creek Camp is run by Sonoma Ecology Center naturalist Jonny Ehlers. Jonny is a fourth-generation educator who began working with youth right out of high school in an after-school program in Sacramento. He later became an educator in West Sonoma County at a residential camp working with diverse populations and founded The Mycelium Project, an organization dedicated to helping kids and adults through hikes, and nature-based activities.  
 
*We look forward to joining together in person and engaging with youth once again, 
off-screen and in-nature. However, given the uncertainties of our public health guidelines, our camps will be continually evolving. We will abide but whatever our scientists and medical experts deem as safe for in-person meetings when the camps start this summer. At this time we are limiting the sign-ups for this camp to no more than 22 participants.  

Garden Wizards Camps at Sonoma Garden Park

Summer 2022, Sonoma Garden Park

Sonoma Ecology Center’s Summer Wizarding Academy returns to Sonoma Garden Park! In 3 sessions, Ages 8-12 will follow PPP and mandated safe practices in the wide-open outdoors of the gardens and oak woodland glen. 

Kids will thrill while learning with Potions and Particles-using solar ovens, cooking, plant potions/teas (all individually created and consumed); Craft Creations with clay, beads, nature collage; Visual and Performing Arts- acting, costume and scene design, dueling; Games and Book Nook round-robin readings.

Wizarding Camp activities will vary and each includes plenty of time in the imaginary world of the Fig Forest and Red Tail Glen.

SEC educators Julia Megna and Jonny Ehlers collectively have many decades of teaching environmental studies and leading children and adults in nature. They are trained in safety protocols and facilitate positive interactions and communication between children. 

*We look forward to joining together in person and engaging with youth once again, off-screen and in-nature. However, given the uncertainties of our public health guidelines, our camps will be continually evolving. We will abide but whatever our scientists and medical experts deem as safe for in-person meetings when the camps start this summer. At this time we are limiting the sign-ups for this camp to no more than 22 participants. 

Summer 2022, Serpentine Stone Camp

What are rocks made of? Serpentine, like other gemstones are magic from deep in the earth, they are mineral flowers, blossomed in the dark. This week, campers will work as scientists with potions and particles, solar ovens, infusions and more. (All individually created and consumed). We’ll explore how living soil creates nutrients for the garden by making compost and discover the fine line between states of matter. From garden harvests to craft creations and games, Serpentine Stone week will rock your wizardly world!

 Summer 2022, Obsidian Owl Camp

Grandmother Oak and her residents await, let us enter the glen to explore! This is an expansive week of adventures, from scavenger hunts and sports to sketching creatures, journaling and wilderness games. Campers will use the tools of naturalists to hone their skills and build collection boxes. Collaboration and teamwork are accented on the week’s journey to solve the mystery of the Obsidian Owl. 

Summer 2022,  Phoenix Crystal Camp

 The Crystal Phoenix Camp invites wizards and creatures to don costumes and set the stage for a week of visual and performing arts. Along with nature science, the magic of acting, costume, prop and scene design, dance and dueling will transform us into a world of characters. Campers will use pre written scripts and develop original scenes and works to perform. We’ll stay cool in the fig forest with games and Book Nook round-robin readings. The week will end with a performance by the Crystal Phoenix Players!