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The Bay Area's premier summer day camp for curious and creative children ages 4-14. Beautiful locations in Oakland and Berkeley. Twelve weekly sessions from June 1 - August 21. Join us for exciting science and nature curriculum with insanely fun hands-on projects each day.

Early Bird Sale
Enroll and Save $45/Week
Open June 1 - August 21
Berkeley & Oakland Ages 4+
Sale Expires February 14

Register online today and save $45/week from our standard rate with our special Early Bird Sale. Discount applied automatically online or over the phone. If you would like enroll without selecting specific camp dates, please call (510) 581-3739. If you have pre-registered and need to select your weeks, please fill out this form.

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

East Bay Express Best Science Camp

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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 1 - August 21, 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 1 – 5: Go Planet! The Power of Sun, Water and Wind
(Oakland Only)
  • 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 8 – 12: The Science of Snooping
(Oakland Only)
  • 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 15 – 19: The End of the Rainbow
  • Wire your own Fiber-Optic Flower
  • See the light with your Rainbow Spectroscope
  • Create a crazy cool color Kaleidoscope

June 22 – 26: Wizard's Workshop
  • Cast a spell with a Wizard's Light-Up Wand
  • Create a Mysterious Bubbling Cauldron
  • Defy gravity with a Hovering Wizard
  • On Friday, dress up as a witch or wizard

June 29 – July 2: Furry Forest Friends
(No Camp Friday July 3; Reduced Rate)
  • Surprise your friends with an Air-Powered Pop-Up Gopher
  • Explore the forest floor with a Wind-Up Skunk
  • Search for animals with a Woodland Forest Tracking Kit

July 6 – 10: Circuit Science
  • Make a Motorized Bumper Car
  • Wire your own See-The-Circuit Electric Lightup Box
  • Upgrade your garage with an Electromagnetic Car Lift

July 13 – 17: Rockin' Robots
  • Create your own Remote-Controlled Pet Robot
  • Break the world record with a Rope Jumping Robot
  • Build a Moving Mechanical Robot
  • On Friday, dress up as a robot and show off your dance moves

July 20 – 24: Launch It! Catapults and Tops
  • Make a Medieval Castle and Catapult
  • Launch your own Shoot-Off Shoestring Top
  • Fabricate a Fling-It-Far Catapult

July 27 – 31: Diggin' Dinos
  • Electrify a Motorized Rolling Dinosaur
  • Explore the dinosaur world through your Light-Up Dino Tube
  • Gobble up lunch with a Chomping T-Rex Puppet
  • On Friday, dress up as a dinosaur

August 3 – 7: 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 10 – 14: Gadgets a Go-Go
  • Take a lap around the track with your Motorized Go-Kart
  • Light-up your own Monster Museum
  • Design a portable Clothespin Catapult

August 17 – 21: Sarah's Favorites
  • Put together a Propeller-Head Robot
  • Use fiber optic tubes to create a Bright Eyes Creature
  • Make a Mysterious Magnetic Flying Saucer


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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.

Locations:

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 25 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, Camp Director
Riva is a graduate of UC Berkeley and has a teaching credential from Holy Names University. This will be her 12th 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 K-2nd class at Terra Marin School in Mill Valley.

Faith Elsen, Camp Director
Faith is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a degree in Secondary Science Education. She has taught "Toyology" after school enrichment classes with us for four years and enjoys teaching science in a fun and creative way. She has directed our camp programs for the past four years and can't wait to spend another summer outdoors learning.

Camp Cost:

Cost:
$430/week (Nobel Prize Rate) if registration received by 10/07/19 - No other discounts apply.
$455/week (Holiday Special) if registration received by 12/02/19 - No other discounts apply.
$480/week (Early Bird Rate) if registration received by 2/14/20 - No other discounts apply.
$525/week (Standard Registration) if registration received after 4/1/20.

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 $30/week.
Afternoon extended care is from 3:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. for an additional $90/week.
Extended Care can be purchased in advance or on the day-of for the prices listed above.
A late fee of $2/minute is assessed for late pick-up after 5:30 p.m.

Terms and Conditions:
Early Bird rate of $480/week must be paid in full at time of registration and is NON-REFUNDABLE. Camp sessions are not transferable to other customers. This offer may not be combined with any other offers. Sibling and multi-week discounts do not apply to this rate. Specific camp weeks must be chosen no later than May 1st to guarantee placement. This rate expires Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Basic camp hours are from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Campers who do not pre-register for morning extended care but arrive prior to 8:45 AM will be billed at the rate of $7/day or $30 for the whole week. Campers who do not pre-register for afternoon extended care but are picked up after 3:15 PM will be billed at the rate of $25/day or $90 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 $2/minute.

Please note the following:
No camp June 1-5 or June 8-12 in Berkeley.
No camp July 3 in Berkeley and Oakland.

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