Summer Camp 2015
(Space is Limited)
The Bay Area's Premier Summer Day Camp
For curious and creative children ages 5-15
Beautiful locations in Oakland and Berkeley
Weekly sessions from June 15 - August 28
Exciting Science and Nature Curriculum
Insanely Fun Hands-On Projects Each Day
Hands-On Science Fun All Summer Long!
At Sarah's Science and This Land is your Land Summer Day Camp, your child will discover just how fun learning can be! In addition to traditional camp activities like swimming, games, nature hikes, and arts and crafts, campers will make and take home a fun science project each day! A take-home science note accompanies each science lesson and is a great way to continue the learning at home. Our goal is for every child to have a summer filled with outrageous fun in a beautiful, natural setting.
With beautiful, outdoor locations in Oakland and Berkeley and weekly sessions from June 15 - August 28, This Land is Your Land Summer Day Camp provides award-winning, hands-on, outdoor science fun all summer long!
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"Anna really loves science and she developed that love as a direct result of Sarah's Science camp. She's been fascinated ever since her very first summer at camp when she had a chance to dissect owl pellets and find out what they eat. Science is the subject she enjoys the most at school, which has given her the confidence to think of herself as a smart student who understands what's going on in class. You have such a knack for helping kids discover what's fascinating and extremely cool about science in its many different forms. Thanks for opening this door for Anna, and for taking an interest."
-- Sarah's Science Mom of 7 Years
Weekly Themes and Program Highlights:
June 15 – 19: Go Planet! The Power of Sun, Water and Wind
Construct an energy efficient Electric Car
Use the sun's energy to create a Solar Cell Vibrating Robot
Watch the wind blow your Pinwheel-Powered Acrobat
June 22 – 26: The Science of Snooping
Secure your treasures with an Electric Burglar Proof Box
Sneak a peek behind you with your Rearview Spy Scope
Keep your secrets safe with a Secret Message Launcher
June 29 – July 2: It's Alive!
(No Camp on July 3 – Reduced Rate)
Plant a succulent in your Miniature Ladybug Garden
Make a Metamorphosis Mealworm Motel
Get an up-close look at some of nature's weirdest creatures with Owen from the East Bay Vivarium
July 6 – 10: Wizard's Workshop
Cast a spell with a Wizard's Light-Up Wand
Create a Mysterious Bubbling Cauldron
Defy gravity with a Hovering Wizard
July 13 – 17: The End of the Rainbow
Wire your own Fiber-Optic Flower
See the light with your Rainbow Spectroscope
Create a crazy cool color Kaleidoscope
July 20 – 24: Circuit Science
Make a Motorized Bumper Car
Wire your own See-The-Circuit Electric Lightup Box
Build a Static Powered Hover Craft
July 27 – 31: Rockin' Robots
Create your own Remote-Controlled Pet Robot
Rock out with an Electric Rockin' Robot
Make a Moving Mechanical Robot
August 3 – 7: Launch It! Catapults and Tops
Make a Medieval Castle and Catapult
Launch your own Shoot-Off Shoestring Top
Fabricate a Fling-It-Far Catapult
August 10 – 14: Diggin' Dinos
Electrify a Motorized Rolling Dinosaur
Explore the dinosaur world through your Light-Up Dino Tube
Build your own Dinosaur Board Game
August 17 – 21: Planes, Trains and Cranes
Fly a Solar Spinning Plane
Light up the rails with an Electric Freight Train
Pick up a payload with a Magnetic Crane
August 24 – 28: Sarah's Favorite Projects
(New this year: open in both locations!)
Put together a Propeller-Head Robot
Use fiber optic tubes to create a Bright Eyes Creature
Make a Mysterious Magnetic Flying Saucer
Counselor in Training (CIT) Program (For Campers Ages 11–15)
Our CIT Program is for older campers who are interested in taking on
more responsibility and developing leadership skills. CITs are teamed
up with an experienced counselor to assist a group of younger campers;
they also participate in the usual camp projects and activities. First
Aid Certification and additional leadership training are provided. The
CIT Program is available for single or multiple weeks and has the same
fees and discounts as the regular camp program.
Advanced Projects (For Campers Ages 9–12)
For our 9–12 year olds we offer an additional challenging project during the week.
Roberts Park, Oakland
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Our Oakland site is located in beautiful Roberts Regional Park off Skyline Boulevard
in the Oakland Hills. This site is known for its lush second-growth redwood
forest. It also has a pool, grassy playing fields, and play structures.
There is ample free parking for drop-off and pick-up.
Tilden Park, Berkeley
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Our Berkeley site is located in Tilden Park at the Buckeye and Orchard
Picnic Areas, lovely wooded sites below the Carousel. We are surrounded
by great paths and streams, and we hike to Lake Anza to swim once a
week. Free parking is available for drop-off and pick-up.
Sarah Shaffer, Founder & CEO
Sarah, “Best Science Teacher for Kids” (East Bay Express), founded This Land Is Your Land Summer Day Camp 19 years ago. She continues to develop and shape the summer camp programs and oversees each site. Sarah is a Teacher, Science Consultant, and Naturalist. She has been offering science programs for children and teachers for over 30 years.
Riva Zippin, Oakland Camp Director
Riva is a graduate of UC Berkeley and has a teaching credential from Holy Names University. This will be her seventh summer directing the Oakland site. She was an Assistant Director with us for four years and a day camp counselor for over nine years. During the school year, Riva teaches a kindergarten and first grade class at Ring Mountain Day School in Mill Valley.
Aaron Franzen, Berkeley Camp Director
This will be Aaron's seventh year as a camp director with us. Previously, he was the Assistant Director of our Berkeley camp for six years and the Director of Operations for over ten years. During the school year, Aaron teaches our after school science enrichment classes throughout the Bay Area.
$370/week (Early Registration) if registration postmarked by 4/1/15.
$390/week (Standard Registration) if registration postmarked after 4/1/15.
$405/week (Walk-in Registration) if space available - No discounts apply.
The regular camp hours are 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Morning extended care is from 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. for an additional $20/week.
Afternoon extended care is from 3:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. for an additional $65/week.
Extended Care can be purchased in advance or on the day-of for the prices listed above.
(Discounts cannot be combined)
Multiple week discount: Sign up for three or
more weeks and deduct $15 for each week.
Sibling discount: $15 less per week for second child (cannot be used with multiple week discount).
Please note: the above discounts cannot be applied to Walk-In Registrations.
Camper weeks are not transferable to other campers. In the event of cancellation, $100 per week per child will be retained as a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit. NO REFUNDS will be given after 5/1/15. Please note that refunds are not available for the "Nobel Prize" or "Holiday Special" rates.
Please note the following:
No camp at Oakland or Berkeley on Friday, July 3