Summer Camp 2016
Enroll today! Space is still available in all sessions.
Hands-On Science Projects
Hiking • Music • Art
Swimming • Games
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 13 - August 26
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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 13 - August 26, 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 13 – 17: Monsterology
Build a light-up monster museum
Make a monster bubble blower
Mix up some monster slime
June 20 – 24: Spin-ology
Construct a spin-tastic robot
Make a motorized spinning carousel
Trick your friends with a centrifugal magic marble mover
June 27 – July 1: Go Green
Build a 3-wheeled electric car
Construct a solar cell vibrating bug-in-a-box
Make your own composting wormery (worms included!)
July 5 – 8: Geology Rocks
(No Camp on July 4 – Reduced Rate)
Crack open your own geode to discover the crystals within
Create a micro meteorite collector
Make a mineral museum with 5 specimens
July 11 – 15: Sports Science
Score a goal with your lever action soccer game
Make a slam dunk with your basketball catapult
Build a batter's-up baseball blaster
July 18 – 22: Nature Detectives
Create a light-up picture tube to see native animals
Find evidence of animals with a tracking kit complete with all the tools you need
Dissect owl pellets to discover and reconstruct the tiny skeletons inside
July 25 – 29: Electrons on the Move (Electricity Week)
Create a light-up conductivity robot
Make a motorized optical illusion spinner
Use static electricity to make your pet parrot spin
August 1 – 5: Dragons and Fairies
Make a motorized rolling dragon
Fabricate a fairy that really flies (with electricity)
Light up a fire breathing dragon
August 8 – 12: Boing! The Science of Springs
Blast off a spring powered race car
Fling things with your spring powered catapult
Test your aim with a hop-in-the-box frog game
August 15 – 19: Sneaky Science Tricks
Make a magic magnetic robot
Launch a sneak attack with a wrist watch catapult
Construct a mysterious comeback can
August 22 – 26: Sarah's Favorite Projects
Create a solar cell space orbiter
Perform an acrobatic stunt with a flip-n-stick gymnast
Make a magnetic spinning track-along top
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 21 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 eighth 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 eighth 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.
$400/week (Early Bird Rate) if registration received by 2/15/16 - No other discount apply.
$425/week (Early Registration) if registration received by 4/1/16.
$445/week (Standard Registration) if registration received after 4/1/16.
$460/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 $25/week.
Afternoon extended care is from 3:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. for an additional $80/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, "Nobel Prize", "Holiday Special", or "Early Bird" rates.
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 5/1/16. 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 Monday, July 4