Hands-On Science Fun All Summer Long!
space is still available in all sessions.
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.
Each week of summer camp is centered around an exciting theme like: Monsterology, Nature Detectives, Rockets Away!, All Wired Up, Geology Rocks, and more! Check out the complete list of camp themes and program highlights here.
With beautiful, outdoor locations in Oakland and Berkeley and weekly sessions from June 17 - August 30, This Land is Your Land Summer Day Camp provides award-winning, hands-on, outdoor science fun all summer long!
Register online for This Land is Your Land Summer Day Camp and securely pay in full with a credit card or PayPal account. If you would like to sign up for partial weeks or if you do not know which weeks in which you would like to enroll, please call our office at (510) 581-3739.
Weekly Themes and Program Highlights:
Camp will be offered the following weeks
Oakland: June 17 – August 30
Berkeley: June 17 – August 23
June 17 – 21
Use the sun's energy to vibrate a solar cell jitterbug
Make your own cold composting wormery to decompose your lunch (worms included)
Assemble a re-use-it robot
June 24 – 28
Blast off a bottle rocket
Launch a rocket with a chemical reaction
Make a rubber band powered rocket
July 1 – 3 (No Camp on July 4 or 5 – Reduced Rate)
Invent a game with an electronic spinner
Score points with your basketball catapult
Go for a strike in your pendulum bowling alley
July 8 – 12
Dissect owl pellets and reassemble the tiny skeletons within
Complete the nature challenge and earn a Sarah's Science Nature Detective Badge
Meet the Butterfly Lady and plant your own monarch habitat
July 15 – 19
Make a light-up closet monster
Get grossed out with monster slime
Scare your friends with a pop-up monster
July 22 – 26
Make a mechanical hand waver
Create a crazy-eyed cat with eyes that follow you around the room
Combine simple machines to build a gravity powered seesaw
July 29 – August 2
Catapults & Castles - Medieval Science
Create a medieval castle and bombard the walls with a catapult
Build your own mini PVC trebuchet catapult
Make lever-action jousting knights
August 5 – 9
All Wired Up!
Fabricate an electric fiber optics robot
Create a light-up conductivity crab
Make a motorized propeller and control the speed with resistors
August 12 – 16
Abracadabra! The Science of Magic
Astound your friends with magic tricks (shhh…it's really science)
Watch an amazing magician's show
Make water "magically" disappear
August 19 – 23
Make an amazing mineral museum (complete with six real specimens)
Create a "cycledelic" rock game
Let the lava flow with your own volcano
August 26 – 30 (Only Oakland Location)
Sarah's Favorite Projects
Make a moon-walking robot
Go ballistic with an Onager catapult
Win a race with a rubber band powered car
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 Regional Park, Oakland
(Click here for directions)
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
(Click here for directions)
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 17 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 25 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 fifth 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 fifth 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.
$345/week (Early Registration) if registration postmarked by 4/1/13.
$355/week (Standard Registration) if registration postmarked after 4/1/13.
$365/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.
(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 5/1/13. Please note that refunds are not available for the "World Series Special" or "Holiday Special" rates.
Please note the following:
No camp on July 4 or July 5
No camp at Berkeley the week of August 26-30