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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.

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Early Bird Discount
Camp for $425/week

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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!

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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
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June 19 – 23: Machine Mania
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June 26 – 30: All Aboard - Space Travel
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July 5 – 7: Furry Forest Friends
(No Camp July 3-4; Reduced Rate)
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July 10 – 14: Me and My Robot
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July 17 – 21: May The Force Be With You
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July 24 – 28: Wire-It-Up Electronics
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July 31 – August 4: Ninja Science
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August 7 – 11: Have a Blast with Things That Go Fast!
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August 14 – 18: Knights and Princesses
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August 21 – 25: Sarah's Favorite Projects
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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. 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.

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:

$375/week (STEAM/Nobel Prize Rate) if registration received by 10/10/16 - No other discounts apply.
$400/week (Holiday Special) if registration received by 12/04/16 - No other discounts apply.
$425/week (Early Bird Rate) if registration received by 2/15/17 - No other discount 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.

Refund Policy:
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 5/1/17. Please note that refunds are not available for the STEAM, Nobel Prize, Holiday, or Early Bird rates.

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

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