Summer Science Camp 2018

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 2018, 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)

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 2018. Paying online for camp holds your spot, but registration is not complete until all required camp registration forms are submitted. These forms will be emailed to you after we have received your payment. 

 

Youth Introduction to Backpacking Camp

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June 12 – June 14, 2018

Ages 10 to 14

*Cost: $330 SEC members/$370 non-members

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.

Advanced Youth Backpacking Trek

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June 18-21, 2018 – Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Ages 12 to 17

Cost: $430 SEC members/$470 non-members

This small group program is dedicated to middle school and high school students that have some experience in camping, and ability to hike several miles per day up steep inclines. This is considered a strenuous backpacking trip that will circumference Hood Mountain and Sugarloaf Park over 4 days. The trip will begin in Sugarloaf, summit Bald Mountain and then drop down into the McCormick Addition. The group will them summit back over Hood Mountain and finish at Sugarloaf. Distance will range from 5-7 miles per day with up to 1500 feet elevation gains. The course will push participants to some incredible scenery, gorgeous vistas and rarely traversed backcountry of the Mayacama Mountains. Food and all backpacking gear are included. Participants will learn advanced “Light” and “Ultralight” backpacking strategies, simple wilderness first aid, and wilderness ethics, while also being immersed in the ecology of the Mayacama Mountains with interpretation from guides. This camp encourages long lasting memories, appreciation for the outdoors, and a better awareness of ourselves and the world around us.

Creek Camp  

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July 9 – July 13, 2018—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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June 25 – June 29, 2018—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—Goblet of Fire Camp  

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July 16 – July 20, 2018—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!

Harry Potter—Deathly Hallows Camp

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July 23 – July 27, 2018—Sonoma Garden Park

9:00am to 3:00pm (camp ends at 12:00pm Friday)

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 26th! 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.

**Membership Information:

Support Sonoma Ecology Center at the donation level of $100 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 “Trailblazer” level of $100 or more.

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, 2017. Membership entails an annual contribution at the “Trailblazer” membership level or above.

Summer Science Camp Scholarships

You can make a difference for local children and teens by sponsoring Summer Science Camp Scholarships.

Make an impact here and now!

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 were able to provide 14 scholarships for our Summer Science Camps, serving twice the number of youth that we did in 2016! Our goal is to award 20 scholarships to children and teens in 2018.

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 18th, 2018. 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 1, 2018 at the latest.  Earlier applications may be responded to earlier.

You may submit a scholarship application online, using the Google Form here:

2018 Camp Scholarship Application Google Form

Or, you can submit a scholarship application via mail, email, or fax using this PDF:

2018 Camp Scholarship Application PDF