Haight Ashbury/Panhandle/Hayes Valley, Sunset/Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks/Diamond Heights/Glen Park
This popular science program is a big hit for city kids who have limited access to nature, wild animals, and cool science programs. Their wonderful space called Frog Hall houses live and rescued reptiles and amphibians. Zoologist Chris Giorni and his team are passionate about what they do and kids have tons of fun while learning about wild science.
They offer terrific "treks" for kids and parents or caregivers. Learn about reptiles at Frog Hall, visit nature areas in and beyond the City, and go on nature hikes throughout the City. These programs are open to kids ages 4 and up.
Every Saturday, kids ages 4 and up can hang out at Frog Hall during the nighttime program called Kids Play Night (kids night out). Kids play with the resident pets, do science experiments, have snacks, and watch an educational movie. The cost is $35 for the first child and $25 for siblings. Pre-registration is required.
Tree Frog Treks offers F.R.O.G. Family Memberships that offer access to Kids Play Nights, special members-only events, private treks, guaranteed spots at camps, and more. Fees range from $99–$499 per year.
Tree Frog Treks offers many programs:
- In- and Afterschool Enrichment Programs: introduction to biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and natural history.
- Discovery Day School: two-hour workshops (held at parks such as Julius Kahn) for kids ages 4 and up to do hands-on science and meet creepy crawlers.
- Animal Care Internship Program: kids ages 8 and up take care of animals, do dissections, and more.
- School Visits and Assemblies
- Field Trips: experienced naturalists serve as guides to the great outdoors.
- Family Adventure Treks.
- Immersion Programs: visits to places such as the banks of the American River, Gold Rush Country in Coloma, and Point Reyes National Seashore.
Camp offerings for kids in Pre-K through grade 5 are great opportunities to hang out in Golden Gate Park, get to know other kids who are interested in science and nature, and have fun with reptiles and amphibians. Every day is a different adventure. Kids learn how to make rain sticks, take hikes all the way to Ocean Beach, go on treasure hunts, and have other wacky adventures.
2013-2014 Vacation Day Camp Sessions:
Dates: October 14 (Columbus Day), November 11 (Veteran's Day), November 27 (Wednesday before Thanksgiving), January 20 (MLK Day), January 31 (Lunar New Year), February 17 (President's Day)
Ages: Grades 1–4
Cost: $100 per day
2013-2014 Digital Nature Project Vacation Day Camp Sessions:
Dates: October 14 (Columbus Day), November 11 (Veteran's Day), January 20 (MLK Day), January 31 (Lunar New Year), February 17 (President's Day)
Ages: Grades 5–8
Cost: $100 per day
2013-2014 Winter Camps
Dates: Four 2–day sessions: December 23–24; December 26–27; December 30–31; January 2–3
Ages: Grades 1-4
Cost: $180 per session (FREE Kid's Play Night certificate with every two sessions registered for)
2014 Spring Camp Sessions:
Dates: March 31–April 4 and April 14–April 18
Ages: grades K–4
Days/Times: Monday through Friday, 9am–4:30pm
Cost: $399 per week
Extended care: 8am–9am ($60 per week)
2013 Week-long Summer Camp Sessions: June 3–August 16 (no camp week of July 1)
Ages: Pre-K–grade 5
Days/Times: Monday through Friday, 9am–1pm (half day), 9am–4:30pm (full day)
Cost: $299–$399 per week; early bird discounts available
Extended care: 8am–9am ($60 per week), 4:30pm–5:30pm ($60 per week), 1pm–4:30pm ($180 per week)
Counselor-In-Training (CIT): 14 to 17, $399 up front, CIT earns back $200
Have a unique party with their modular program, "Birthday Adventure Treks (BATs)." Or celebrate at Frog Hall, which houses rescued amphibians and reptiles.
You can choose to have an animal-themed, space-themed, or nature-themed birthday from one to three hours long in your chosen venue. It's a great gift for a four-year-old or older.
Every Saturday night is Kid's Play Night at Tree Frog Treks. Drop off your kids between 5:30pm and 9pm for enriching evening childcare, and head out for some adults-only fun. They'll make friends with animals, do creative science and art projects, munch on pizza and healthy snacks and develop literacy skills. Be sure to register ahead to secure your space, there is limited availability for drop-ins.
2013 Kid's Play Night:
Ages: 4 and up
Days/Times: 5:30pm–9pm November 2, 9, 16, 23; December 7, 14, 21, 28.
Cost: $35 per child, $25 per each additional sibling
Activities can be catered to meet many different needs.