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Nature Explorers

Santa Cruz
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(0 April 2017) natureExplorers_logo.jpg"Through exploration, experimentation, and experiences outdoors, the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History hopes to inspire future scientists. Join us to discover a passion for nature, learning, and community!


All Nature Explorers camps connect kids to their environment in fun and exciting ways that engage their natural sense of curiosity while supporting academic success. 




Entering GRADES K - 1

Art and Science of Nature | July 23-27 
Campers will explore natural wonders at the intersection of art and science, through walking field trips, outdoor investigations, and hands-on art projects.


Can You Dig It? | July 30-August 3
Campers will become junior paleontologists, geologists, and biologists as they spend the week digging into the world of fossils, bones, rocks, and dirt.

CLICK HERE for more information and to enroll.

Entering GRADES 2-3

Art and Science of Nature | July 9-13

Campers will explore natural wonders at the intersection of art and science, through walking field trips, outdoor investigations, and hands-on art projects. 

CLICK HERE for more information and to enroll.

Entering GRADES 4-5

Biomimicry Camp | July 16-20

Campers will spend the week exploring and drawing inspiration from nature to solve design challenges, engineering their own solutions to help humans live more sustainably on earth. This camp will feature field trips to different habitats nearby in Santa Cruz.

CLICK HERE for more information and to enroll.

Price: $265
Discounts: Museum Member + Sibling Discounts
Camp times: 9 am-3pm + Extended Care until 5pm.
Scholarships Available

Address: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History | Ages: K-5th

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Sammy Slug Summer Camp at UC Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz
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(A Mar 16) SammySlugCampField.jpgThese are the 5 camp tenets of the Sammy Slug Summer Camp offered by the Office of Physical Education, Recreation & Sports (OPERS) for boys and girls entering 1st through 6th grades. Based at the East Field House, this camp will be offered in one-week sessions from June 27th to August 19th.


There are half day and full day options, and pre-camp and post camp care available. The camp activities will include a variety of sports such as basketball, tennis, frisbee, and soccer, outdoor recreation such as hiking and swimming, and other arts, crafts and outings to keep the campers engaged, active and creative. With a ratio of 10:1 with our staff, the camp will be focused on creating a safe environment with a program designed and implemented by experienced recreation professionals and staffed by UCSC students. All staff will be screened through a criminal background check, certified in First Aid/CPR and trained in safe practices. Staff will also be trained in age-appropiate activities and motivational strategies, and bring over-the-top enthusiasm with an emphasis on FUN!


*** Registration for Summer 2016 is now open! Click here to register. ***

(A Mar 16) SammySlugCampLogo.jpgJune 27th through August 19th, 2016

  • Week 1: June 27th - July 1st 
  • Week 2: July 5th - July 8th (Prorated Week)
  • Week 3: July 11th - July 15th 
  • Week 4: July 18th - July 22nd
  • Week 5: July 25th - July 29th
  • Week 6: Aug. 1st - Aug. 5th
  • Week 7: Aug. 8th - Aug. 12th
  • Week 8: Aug. 15th - Aug. 19th  

COSTS - A multi-family discount (two or more family members/campers) of 20% off will be applied to each additional family member/camper registered per weekly session. The multi-family discount is applied to the full and half day session amounts and does not apply to pre and post camp care. 

  • Full Day: 9:00am-5:00pm - $275/week. 2nd+ family member = $220/week 
  • Half Day: 9:00am-1:00pm - $165/week. 2nd+ family member = $132/week 
  • Pre Camp Care: 8:00-9:00am - $15/week
  • Post Camp Care: 5:00-6:00pm - $15/week
  • Pre/Post Camp Care: 8:00-9:00am & 5:00-6:00pm - $25/week
  • Prorated Week: $220/week full day, $132/week half day : 2nd+ family members = $176/week full day, $105.60/week half day)

If you don't find the information you are looking for and/or still have questions, please email us at Sammy Slug Summer Camp or call the office at (831) 459-4017.

Address: UCSC

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