Glide across Abbotts Lagoon in a canoe to search for pond creatures! Get down and dirty looking for the residents of the salt marsh of Limantour Estero! Frolic on the giant sand dunes of Abbotts Lagoon and observe wading birds! Embark on an overnight backpack trip to Coast Camp and sleep under the stars!
Point Reyes Science Camp offers a unique camp experience – a place where children ages 7-12 (separate sessions for ages 7-9 and 9-12) gather each summer to explore and discover the magic of Point Reyes National Seashore. A wide range of exciting adventures combines the best of environmental education, the natural sciences, and traditional summer camp activities. Each week, campers participate in six 3-hour adventures. At night, they gather around a campfire to hear tales of old, sing songs, perform skits, or go on a dusk hike in search of owls. Excursions are guided by Naturalists who share their love and knowledge of the natural word. Point Reyes Summer Camp prides itself on the quality of its staff and programs, exemplified by a 54% return rate of campers.
The number one concern
for our staff and program is providing
a safe and caring environment. Our 3
to 1 camper to staff ratio helps ensure
that the emotional and physical safety
of our campers is kept a top priority.
Camp also has a close partnership with
the National Park Service staff who are
located close by and are available in
case of an emergency.
Phone: 415.663.1200 ext. 306
summercamp [at] ptreyes.org
see a typical day at Nature Science Camp.
Registration begins on January 17, 2013, at 7:30 am.
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On Mondays, Nature Science
Campers get to rank which activities they
want to do for the week. We do our best
to give campers their top choices. This
is just a sample of some activities offered
in past summers. Note: Not every activity
is offered each week.
Backpacking – One of the most popular activities at
camp, backpacking is the ultimate adventure
for the budding naturalist. After dinner
you will hike 2 miles to Coast Camp, enjoy
a campfire on the beach and sleep under
the stars, all in time to return for lunch
the next day!
Abbotts Adventure – Make plaster-cast
animal tracks and play games while you
explore Abbotts Lagoon on foot and by canoe. Participate in
the Sand Dune Olympics and see a beautiful
area of the park.
Campfire – Gather in the campfire area to sing
songs, tell stories, and perform skits
with your cabin. Have fun singing and
laughing with your camp friends.
Marsh – Experience the feeling
(literally) of the Limantour Estero as
you learn about a salt marsh community.
Get down and dirty looking for critters
as well as looking at (and maybe even
Walk – Observe how nocturnal animals
become more active just as we start to
settle in for the night. Listen for their
sounds, observe them in their habitats,
and learn about their adaptations. Play
tracking games and listen to a story.
& Drillin’ – Learn how to make
beads out of soapstone. You will use a
hand drill made from natural material
to make your own bead to take home.
Art – Create works of art using
natural materials found in your explorations
and discover nature’s own artwork all
Tales and Theater Trails – Do you
like to act or tell stories? Are you able
to laugh at yourself? This is your chance
to learn improvisational theater and other
games that get everyone laughing and learning
more about each other.
Madness – Do you love to hike and
explore? Have you ever hiked up a mountain
before? Muster up all of your willpower
and positive attitude to see the incredible
view from Mount Wittenberg. Practice your
tracking skills. This journey will make
one of the best stories from camp!
Walk – Make sure you bring your
water shoes! Trek along the creek in search
of life forms that live there. Try and
scoop up some small critters and learn
about this ever-changing habitat! You
must have a keen sense of adventure to
fully enjoy this activity.
Club – Do you love to create things,
whether it's stories, art or games? Are
you willing to get to the bottom of a
mystery? Then this is the activity for
you! Come and join the Press Club where
you will learn the basics of investigative
reporting for our very own camp newspaper!
Hike – This is a great hike to
take if you enjoy going downhill! You
will be dropped off at the ridge top and
enjoy fantastic views as you hike down
along the Bayview trail. Observe the effects
of the 1995 Mount Vision fire and how
the land has changed. You’ll look for
animal tracks and see an amazing diversity
of plants and animals that live there!
Hike – This hike is one for those
who like to solve problems. You will be
able to work together as a group to solve
a mystery and play some fun games along
People – Ever wonder who lived
in this area in the past? Did you know
that stinging nettle can also be made
into a delicious tea? This activity takes
place at the Kule Loklo cultural exhibit.
There you will learn about what a Coast
Miwok village might have looked like.
Learn crafts and games that you can take
home with you!
Spittin' – Take a walk on the Limantour
Spit to explore the estuary and open ocean.
Make plaster casts of animal tracks, create
sand sculptures, and play games on the
Bay Explorers – Come one, come
all to the wonders of Tomales Bay State
Park! We will have the day to explore
the tide pools at Hearts Desire/Indian
Beach and to learn about plate tectonics
as we spend the day near the San Andreas
Fault. This is a beautiful patch of wilderness
and when the tide is right, there is much
to see. If you like to touch and feel
different animals and don't mind getting
wet, you'll enjoy this!
to the Point – A wonderful opportunity
to see wildlife and a gorgeous part of
the park. Tomales Point, home to several
herds of Tule Elk, is a breathtaking wonderland.
Hike along a trail that leads you to the
very tip of Point Reyes National Seashore.
Along the way you will see large herds
of elk, lots of birds and great ocean
views. Bring your camera!
Explorers – This is an activity
designed to explore the Southern section
of this vast National Park. Hike the Palomarin
trail and enjoy a tour of the Point Reyes
Bird Observatory and check out the mist
nets. You might also have a chance to
explore Agates Beach for some tidepooling
or beach combing.
the Giants – Have you ever met
a real-life giant before? This is your
chance! Discover the mysteries of these
coastal giants as we explore Samuel P.
Taylor State Park where redwoods abound.
Learn all about this wondrous forest while
playing games and enjoying a picnic lunch!
Registration begins on January 17, 2013, at 7:30 am.
- Wake Up In the morning a Naturalist
will come into your cabin and wake up
campers and counselors. You'll have a
chance to wash your face and to get ready
for the day before breakfast. Don't forget
to clean your cabin for the gnome cabin
inspection! (Yes, gnomes!)
- Breakfast Get ready for another
action and fun-filled day of exploring
with a solid breakfast. Feast on pancakes,
breakfast burritos or other delicious
- Morning Activity On Monday you
vote for the activities that you want
to do. Since this is your week we want
you to do what you will enjoy the most.
After breakfast you will get your day
pack ready, packed with a water bottle,
sunscreen, hat, etc. and then meet for
your morning adventure! One day you might
go canoeing in a pond, the next day you
might be checking out sea stars in the
tidepools. You might decide you want to
be a reporter and become a member of the
Press Club where you will help create
a camp newspaper. You could explore the
lives of the Coast Miwok people who live
in this area and learn some of their native
ways. Or you might hike out to Tomales
Point to observe the Tule Elk and some
- Lunch After a morning of exploring,
you will need to be refueled with some
yummy food! Enjoy eating a picnic lunch
(depending on the weather) of grilled
cheese, soup, sandwiches and a delicious
- Mellow Time After filling your
belly with some great food, it's important
to have a little rest time. Relax and
hang out, play board games, hang out on
your bunk, or do some arts and crafts.
Whatever you decide to do, you should
- Afternoon Activity Time to go
on another adventure! This afternoon you
might go check out what lives in the "Marvelous
Marsh," do some Earth Art on the trails,
or get your feet wet as you look in the
waters during a "Creek Crawl!"
- Free Time Of course, everyone
loves Free Time! This is your time to
play a game of soccer, football, or frisbee.
You can hang out in your cabin, do some
arts and crafts, read a book, or visit
with our pet gopher snake named Rex!
- Dinner Another great meal ends
the day. Enjoy talking with friends and
counselors about your day while you enjoy
eating spaghetti, chicken or pizza! Campers
don't call this "Food Camp" for nothing!
- Cabin Time After a long day
of hiking and exploring, this is a great
time to come together with your cabin
mates and counselors and talk about your
day. You might also play a game as a cabin
or work on a skit for campfire!
- Evening Program Time to get
bundled up for a dusk walk or a campfire
or another fun activity! The evening activities
are always a highlight of the day and
a great way to learn about what animals
live in this area and come out during
the quiet night!
- Go to Bed This is time for you
to return to your cabin, use the restroom,
and get ready to get a good night's sleep.
Often your counselors will read a story,
or you can read on your own or talk quietly
- Lights Out As much as you would
like to stay up, it has been a long day
and everyone needs their sleep to be ready
to have another action packed day tomorrow!
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Phone: 415.663-1200 ext. 306
summercamp [at] ptreyes.org