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Notes on Nature Summer Camp

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 2:01pm -- Notes on Nature
Monday, August 10, 2015 to Friday, August 14, 2015
Registration Deadline: 
Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 12:00pm
So that we can properly prepare our staff and make sure all accommodations have been made, Campers must be registered, and all fees paid no later than July 25th, 2015. Parents/Guardians must sign-up through the Notes on Nature website, and must complete a Registration Form for each Camper–providing contact and medical information, including emergency contacts. They must also sign the appropriate Waivers–if not, campers will not be able to participate.
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Notes on Nature will operate five days in August. Monday through Friday, August 10th through 14th. Each day will run from 9 o’clock am until 4 o’clock pm, with the option of adding Pre-care starting at 8 o’clock am, and/or After-care, extending the camper’s day until 5 o’clock pm. General Daily Schedule: 8:00 am - Pre-care drop-off 8:00 - 9:00 - Pre-care 9:00 - 9:20 - Drop-off & Gather 9:20 - 10:30 - Nature Walk 10:30 - 10:45 - Morning Snack 10:45 - 12:00 - Writing/Art Activity 12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch 1:00 - 2:15 - Science Activity 2:15 - 2:30 - Afternoon Snack 2:30 - 3:30 - Writing/Art Activity 3:30 - 4:00 - Clean up, Pack up, & Get ready to go 4:00 - Pick-up 4:00 - 5:00 - After-care 5:00 pm - After-care Pick-up
Program Location: 
San FranciscoCalifornia
Program Description: 

Notes on Nature is the Bay Area’s only Science and Writing Camp, inviting children to unplug, get outdoors, and use their imaginations. They will spend their days exploring, mapping, being inspired by, and writing about one of the most unique and diverse parks in the world, and one of the most visited places in the United States–Golden Gate Park.   Each day will focus on a theme from the environment, such as, insects, birds, water, or trees. Campers will assemble their own scientific collecting tools, and explore the nooks and crannies of the park, uncovering insects, and plant life. They will be expected to take careful notes, make sketches, and collect samples–asking questions, and discovering answers. Using all they collect as inspiration, Campers will spend time in the de Young tower, writing their very own origin myths. While mapping trails through the park, and tromping around Strawberry Hill, they will be learning about character and language, and then sit down to write their own stories and poems.   Our Mission is to provide children with the opportunity to grow and learn even when they are not in school–and to do so in a fun and creative way. Notes on Nature will give children from all backgrounds, and who come from communities across the Bay Area, a safe space to learn and explore.   With a focus on hands-on learning and an understanding of the environment around them, campers will be expected to keep track of all they see, as any field scientist would. But to then take the time to be inspired by it, as a writer and an artist. To use their collected notes, and their own imaginations, to create inspired stories, poems, and art of that represents what they have learned.  

Ages Served: 
Cost Details: 
Notes on Nature is competitively priced. Rates for a 5-day week, Monday through Friday, 9 o’clock am to 4 o’clock pm, are $400. Fees must be paid in full at the time of sign-up, and are refundable, less a $25 processing fee up to two weeks before the start of camp. After that, fees are non-refundable. Exceptions may only be made in the event of illness/injury, or family emergency. Pre- and After-care are available an hour before camp starts, from 8 to 9 am, and an hour after camp ends, from 4 to 5 pm. Pre- and After-care must be scheduled in advance. Rates are $15 per hour, if there is availability on the day of, the drop-in cost is $20. For five days of Pre- or After-care, the cost is $60, and for five days of both Pre- and After-care, the cost is $125.
Financial Assistance: 
Golden Gate Park
Haight Ashbury
Inner Richmond
Outer Richmond
Phone Number: 
(415) 794-4080
Contact Email: 
Organization and Program Categories: 
English / Language Arts
Outdoors and Nature
Environmental Literacy
Nature Programs
Languages Spoken: 
Accessibility Note: 
Since Notes on Nature Campers will constantly be moving through the park, not all locations are accessibile.
Special Needs Support: 
Parent Event?: 
Restricted Enrollment: 
Our only restrictions to enrollment are those of age. Campers must be between 7 and 11 years old. However, though our staff is highly trained and certified, they are not able to accommodate all special needs.
Site Type: 
Getting There: 
Operating in Golden Gate Park, Notes on Nature Campers will be guided through different activities centered around the locations being explored within the Park. Locations will include: The Conservatory of Flowers, The De Young Observatory, The Botanical Gardens, The Rose Gardens, Strawberry Hill Stow Lake, Spreckels Lake, Huntington Falls, The Koret Children's Quarter Playground, The Bison Paddock, Marx Meadow, Lindley Meadow, and the Chain of Lakes Meadow. In the event of bad weather, Campers will be guided to the Park Branch San Francisco Public Library Community Space.
SFKids Tips: 
Where will I drop off and pick up my child? Campers will be droped off and picked up each day at the Conservatory of Flowers. And while our 'home base’ will not be a single location, we will have access to bathrooms throughout the day. As well as back-up locations in case of bad weather. What do I need to pack for my child? Please pack weather appropriate clothing, any medicines they might be taking, a sack lunch, and water. What will the camp provide? Each camper will get their own field notebook to keep track of it all, any other supplies for projects, as well as healthy and nutrious snacks. What about lunch? Each camper will need to pack a sack lunch. Preferable with little or no trash. What is the student to teacher ratio? Six students to one teacher. How old are the campers? Campers must be between the ages of 7 and 11 to participate.
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Description Tag: 
Summer Camp, Summer, Day Camp, Camp, Science, Creative Writing, Nature, Outdoors, Golden Gate Park, Kids, Wilderness, Field Notes
Contact Name: 
Antona Stanley
Contact Phone Number: 
(415) 794-4080
Contact Email: