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The Bay Area's premier summer day camp for curious and creative children ages 5-15. Beautiful locations in Oakland and Berkeley. Eleven weekly sessions from June 12 - August 25. Join us for exciting science and nature curriculum with insanely fun hands-on projects each day.

Summer Camp Open
Through August 25
in Berkeley and Oakland
Enroll for the Day or Week

If you would like to enroll without selecting specific camp dates or sessions, please call (510) 581-3739. If you have pre-registered and need to select your weeks, please click here.

Hands-On Science Projects • Hiking
Music • Art • Swimming • Games

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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 12 - August 25, This Land is Your Land Summer Day Camp provides award-winning, hands-on, outdoor science fun all summer long!

What are Parents Saying?

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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 12 – 16: Great Green Science
Harness the power of the sun with a Motorized Solar Kaleidoscope
Create electricity with a Handheld Power Generator
Save the planet with a Wind-Powered Weight Lifter

June 19 – 23: Machine Mania
Blast off a rocket with a Lever Launcher
Zip around in a homemade Motorized Wheelmobile
Explore the power of simple machines with a Pedal-Powered Wedge Car

June 26 – 30: All Aboard - Space Travel
Challenge your friends with a Beat the Black Hole Game
Explore the Red Planet with a Mars Rover
Launch a Motorized Solar Satellite into orbit

July 5 – 7: Furry Forest Friends
(No Camp July 3-4; Reduced Rate)
Surprise your friends with an Air-Powered Pop-Up Gopher
Launch a Flying Feathered Friend
Search for animals with a Woodland Forest Tracking Kit

July 10 – 14: Me and My Robot
Design your own Color Changing LED Robot
Build a Helicopter Head Robot and watch it spin
Illuminate the night with a Luminous Light-up Robot

July 17 – 21: May The Force Be With You
Create a Light Saber to combat the evil forces
Cast off with an Electromagnetic Fishing Pole
Make a Magnetic Move-About Egghead

July 24 – 28: Wire-It-Up Electronics
Light up the dark with a Mini Flashlight
Wire up a Solar-Powered Factory
Control your own Electromagnetic Monster

July 31 – August 4: Ninja Science
Sneak around with a Ninja Wall Crawler
Explore new heights with a Magnetic Ninja Jumper
Use the power of levers to Catapult-a-Ninja
On Friday, dress up as a ninja and watch a real Karate expert

August 7 – 11: Have a Blast with Things That Go Fast!
Head to the races with a Squeeze Bottle Race Car
Mix up a Chemical Reaction Blast-Off Contraption
Soar to new heights with a Fly-a-round Motorized Airplane

August 14 – 18: Knights and Princesses
Knock down a castle with a Rolling Catapult
Explore a magical land with a Flying Dragon
Make a Magnetic Dancing Princess
Compete in a duel with a Motorized Knight in Shining Armor

August 21 – 25: Sarah's Favorite Projects
Fabricate a Flashing Foam-Headed Robot
Control a Static Straw Puppet using static electricity
Explore your artistic side with a Solar-Powered Spinning Art Tube

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Special Programs:

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. An optional First Aid Certification is provided prior to the start of the summer and additional leadership training is provided weekly throughout the summer. 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.

Camp Directors:

Sarah Shaffer, Founder & CEO
Sarah, “Best Science Teacher for Kids” (East Bay Express), founded This Land Is Your Land Summer Day Camp 22 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 ninth 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 ninth 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.

Camp Cost:

$450/week (Early Registration) if registration received by 4/1/17.
$470/week (Standard Registration) if registration received after 4/1/17.
$485/week (Walk-in Registration) if space available - No discounts apply.

Extended Care:
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 $25/week.
Afternoon extended care is from 3:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. for an additional $85/week.
Extended Care can be purchased in advance or on the day-of for the prices listed above.
A late fee of $1/minute is assessed for late pick-up after 5:30 p.m.

(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, STEAM, Nobel Prize, Holiday Special, or Early Bird rates.

Terms and Conditions:
Summer camp fees must be paid in full at time of registration. In the event of cancellation, $100/child/week will be retained as a non-refundable deposit. No refunds or credits will be issued after May 1, 2017 or for registrations placed before February 15, 2017. Camp sessions are not transferable to other customers. Discounts cannot be combined. Promotional rates are not eligible for discounts. The walk-in rate of $485/week will be assessed for registrations placed starting the Friday before the camp session begins, space permitting. The walk-in rate is no eligible for any discounts. Basic camp hours are from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Campers who do not sign up for morning extended care but arrive prior to 8:45 AM will be billed at the rate of $6/day or $25 for the whole week. Campers who do not sign up for afternoon extended care but are picked up after 3:15 PM will be billed at the rate of $20/day or $85 for the full week. Please pick up promptly at the end of the day. Late pickup after 5:30 PM will be billed at the rate of $1/minute.

Please note the following:
No camp at Oakland or Berkeley on Monday, July 3 or Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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