Wilderness Explorers

2019 Summer Nature Camps for Ages 7-14

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.
— John Muir

We are offering three sets of Wilderness Explorer camps, each with its own theme, mentor team, and unique outdoor locations. Sign up for a two-week set of camps or a single week-long session. The content for each of these 6 Wilderness Explorer camps changes from week to week. Join us for a full summer in nature or mix and match the sessions that capture the imagination. And, those looking for more rigorous treks and awareness challenges, come learn "The Ways of the Scout" in early August!

Wilderness Explorers Info:

Days:            Monday - Friday

Time:           9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tuition:      $300 Early Bird Price per week.  $325 After May 1, 2019

Location:   We begin and end our day at Laguna Lake Park and travel to a variety of wilderness sites from there.  


JUNE 17 - JUNE 21, 2019

Ages: 7 - 14

Mentors: Lily Begler, Sam McRee

We’re starting the summer exploring water at the seaside, in reservoirs, creeks, rivers, ponds, and puddles. We’ll experience the wind on the bluffs and dunes and in the trees, as we let the elements of water and air guide our exploration. We'll gain a deeper awareness of the natural world through games, treks, story, and dune jumping!



JUNE 24 - JUNE 28, 2019

Ages: 7 - 14

Mentors: Marcela Ponce, TBD

Campers grow their knowledge of coastal watersheds and the plants and wildlife in and near water. We’ll explore bird language and capture stories and songs in the wind. There will be more tide pools to explore, shells and sea glass to find, and…dune jumping! All of our senses are activated in the summer winds blowing over the Pacific.


JULY 8 - JULY 12, 2019

Ages: 7 - 14

Mentors: Grant Chase, Sam McRee

We hone our wilderness survival skills during the Earth and Fire Weeks: tracking, fire-making, shelter-building, identifying wild edibles (and poisonous ones, too!) We'll learn ancestral arts, crafting with natural materials.  Think mud and camouflage, too! 



JULY 15 - JULY 19, 2019

Ages: 7 - 14

Mentors: Lily Begler, Sam McRee

We’ll sharpen our scout skills, learning to fox walk and blend into our surroundings. We’ll hone our fire-making skills and make clay vessels from the earth. We'll practice mapping and orienting, play awareness games, and cook over an open fire–the Earth has endless stories to tell for those who practice stillness and pay attention in the wild.


JULY 22 - JULY 26, 2019

Ages: 7 - 14

Mentors: Lily Begler, Sam McRee

Now we play with all of the natural elements! We’ll learn more about the language of birds and create our own songs. We’ll wander and identify native plants and animals we find along the way. We’ll practice making fire with hand and bow drills. We’ll create art pieces with natural finds and release them back into water and the landscape.



JULY 29 - AUGUST 02, 2019

Ages: 7 - 14

Mentors: Lily Begler, Sam McRee

We’ll practice ancestral arts and craft a symbol for the summer of 2019!  We’ll hike, explore the seaside, and cook over a fire we build and tend together. We’ll practice other core routines of nature connection: sit spot, animal forms, awareness games, story of the day, songs, and probably one more afternoon of dune jumping!  


AUGUST 05 - AUGUST 9, 2019

Ages: 9 - 14*

Mentors:  Lily Begler, Grant Chase

At Scout Camp we will experience the ancient ways of the native scout as we build a greater awareness of our surroundings and ourselves. The week will be packed with stealth games to stretch our ability to blend into an environment. Plan on getting muddy!

*Younger students with prior camp experience considered with mentor approval.


Once your camper is enrolled, download and complete the registration form.  Please bring the completed forms with you on the first day of camp.