Summer Science Camp 2017

Science Camp provides children with the opportunity to learn about science and connect with nature through adventures, explorations, and hands-on activities. Campers will also make new friends, develop new skills, and work with a highly qualified staff of professional educators and naturalists. In 2017, we are proud to offer six sessions of camp which include many of the popular themes from past years!

  • Camps are based at either Sugarloaf Ridge State Park or Sonoma Garden Park
  • Camps are offered for a wide range of ages
  • SEC members qualify for a $40 discount per camp, per child (please see membership requirements at bottom of page)

Online Camp Payment Open Now!

Click the link under the camp of your choice to pay online through Brown Paper Tickets to reserve your camper’s spot for Summer Science Camp 2017. Paying online for camp holds your spot, but registration is not complete until all required camp registration forms are submitted. These forms will be posted to this website soon, as well as emailed to those who have paid – please stay tuned! 


Sugarloaf Introductory Backpacking Adventure

Session 1: June 13-15, 2017:  REGISTRATION FULL! (contact holland@sonomaecologycenter.org to be added to our wait list)

Session 2: June 27-29, 2017: Pay Online Here

Ages 10 to 14

*Cost: $320 SEC members/$360 non-members

Our first year was such a success that we’ll be offering it again!  This summer we will host two sessions of the Sugarloaf Introductory Backpacking Adventure: one held June 13-15, and the second held June 27-29. This 3-day/2-night program for upper elementary and middle school campers is located at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, and will travel across the Mayacama Mountains through Hood Mountain backpacking sites! Our goals include providing an unforgettable experience exploring some of the more difficult trails of the park during the day, camping under the stars at night and enjoying the peace and quiet. Day 1 will be based at the Sugarloaf Campground doing day hikes to the waterfall and other sites. We will also be doing equipment checks and preparing for the backcountry day. Day 2 we will travel by shuttle to the Sugarloaf “McCormick Addition,” and hike into the backpacking camps at Hood Mountain (2-3 Miles). Throughout camp, participants will be guided along trails where our experienced leaders have extensive knowledge of flora and fauna, as well as camping tips and trail safety. Every day we will be on the trail for 3-4 hours, taking our time, enjoying the views, exploring streams, and ensuring that participants are calm and comfortable in the outdoors.  We will strive to foster an appreciation for the wilderness, nature, and our local watershed.
Campers will participate in setting goals, building self-confidence, and engaging in group activities. Participants will also learn basic backpacking skills, wilderness ethics, and follow the Leave No Trace principles. This camp encourages long lasting memories, appreciation for the outdoors, and a better awareness of ourselves and the world around us.

*Camp cost covers all necessary gear, as well as two breakfasts, two dinners, lunch and daily snacks. Please do not let gear requirements deter you, we can provide any and all needed items.

Creek Camp 

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July 24 – July 28, 2017—Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

9:00am to 3:00pm

Ages 8 to 12

Cost: $260 SEC members/$300 non-members

Traverse the headwaters of Sonoma Creek Watershed in this recreational and environmental education camp. Campers will spend the week as junior scientists, starting off the day with morning hikes on the park’s trails. As the day warms, we’ll stay close to water, exploring the creeks for insects and amphibians, and we’ll cap each day off with visits from local naturalists.  Activities include investigating the properties of water, collecting and studying aquatic insects, learning about the wildlife and plants found in the park. Visits from wildlife centers, bird watchers, and astronomers will be included throughout the week. Our camp days will also consist of plenty of games, arts & crafts, and storytelling.


Harry Potter—Sorcerer’s Stone Camp

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July 10 – July 14, 2017—Sonoma Garden Park

9:00am to 3:00pm

Ages 6 to 12

Cost: $260 SEC members/$300 non-members

Come explore the magical world of Hogwarts-Sonoma School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! We’ll study Herbology, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and Care of Magical Creatures. Campers will play Quidditch and other wizarding games, learn to make potions, explore the Forbidden Forest, and work together to tackle the Sorcerer’s Stone challenge. On the first day of camp, campers will be sorted into houses by the Sorting Hat, and camp closes with an “End of Term” celebration!

Harry Potter—Deathly Hallows Camp

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July 17 – July 21, 2017—Sonoma Garden Park

9:00am to 3:00pm

Ages 8 to 12

Cost: $260 SEC members/$300 non-members

Designed for slightly older campers, those who have attended one of our other Harry potter camps, or those who know the entire Harry Potter story. We will advance our studies of Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, Care of Magical Creatures, and Potions. Campers will also enjoy Quidditch matches, other magical games and crafts, and hunting for Horcruxes!

Deathly Hallows camp will also feature an (optional) overnight camp-out on Thursday, July 20th! Campers will have the chance to practice their outdoor-wizarding skills, enjoy evening activities, and sleep out in tents at Sonoma Garden Park! The camp-out is an additional $30, payable online through our registration page, or with cash or check by Wednesday of camp.

Harry Potter—Goblet of Fire Camp

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July 31 – August 4, 2016—Sonoma Garden Park

9:00am to 3:00pm

Ages 6 to 12

Cost: $260 SEC members/$300 non-members

Come explore the magical world of Hogwarts-Sonoma School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! We’ll study Herbology, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and Care of Magical Creatures. Campers will play Quidditch and other wizarding games, learn to make potions, explore the Forbidden Forest, and compete in the Triwizard Tournament. On the first day of camp, campers will be sorted into houses by the Sorting Hat, and camp closes with an “End of Term” celebration!

 

**Membership Information:

Support Sonoma Ecology Center at the donation level of $75 or above, and you will receive a $40 discount for each week of camp that your child(ren) attends. To become eligible for this discount, please visit www.sonomaecologycenter.org/donate. Donate at the “Steward” level of $75 or more, write in your name, and select “Education” in the “Where should this be used” drop-down menu. In the comments section, write in “summer camp membership”.

We depend on support from our members to bring you programs like Summer Camp at an affordable rate. Membership applies only to those individuals and families that have joined or renewed as members after August 1, 2016. Membership entails an annual contribution at the “Steward” membership level or above.

Summer Science Camp Scholarships

We believe that all  youth should have the opportunity to access hands-on science education, grow their appreciation for the outdoors and gain a better awareness of themselves and the world around us.

Last year we gave away 7 scholarships for our Summer Science Camps. Our goal is to award 24 scholarships to children and teens this year.

Sonoma Ecology Center Summer Science Camps provide children and teens the opportunity to explore, learn and be challenged in wonderful Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and Sonoma Garden Park environments.

Please, help us create equal access to vibrant hands-on science education experiences. Your donation will help someone discover local wildlife, develop backing packing skills, learn about plant life, water and even the stars. You can help foster an understanding and appreciation of the natural environment in the next generation.

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If you are in need of financial assistance in order to participate in Summer Science Camp, please fill out and submit a Scholarship Application. The deadline for applications is May 19th, 2017. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so it is beneficial to submit your application as soon as possible.

Submitting an application does not guarantee a scholarship! Scholarships are awarded based on several factors including need and available funds/space. If you have been awarded a scholarship, we will notify you by phone or email immediately. We will let you know by June 2, 2017 at the latest.  Earlier applications may be responded to earlier.

2017 Camp Scholarship Application