Wildlife Camp

Kids at WildCare Camp. Photo by Tory RussellDoes your inquisitive child love animals? Wildlife Camp is a fun way to stimulate learning about wild animals and instill a life-long respect for nature.

Weekly camp programs are designed to captivate, engage and challenge young people, building environmental knowledge and values.

Watch a pelican training session, experience animal visits from our live non-releasable animal ambassadors, prepare a meal for our desert tortoise, search for wild animal tracks out on the trail, play wildlife-themed games, and create nature crafts—it’s a camp experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Please note our WildCare Member early registration dates for Summer Wildlife Camp. Become a member today!

Scholarships are available. Applications are accepted after registration opens.

 

Spring Wildlife Camp 2018

Registration now open! Click here to register today!Meeting the Rosy Boa. Photo by Tory Russell

Wild About Wildlife, Grades 1-3

April 9-13, 9am- 3pm, member $320/non-member $340

Here at WildCare we are wild about wildlife and we know you are too!

Join us for an unforgettable week during which campers will have the opportunity to feed fish to our pelican, prepare meals for our opossum and make toys for our turkey vulture!

Learn how medical staff examines our wildlife patients and take a sneak peak at some orphaned baby animals during a tour of our hospital.

This week of camp is packed full of animal encounters, nature exploration, wildlife-themed games, crafts, and much more!

The camp schedule includes an off-site field trip to Miwok Meadows in China Camp State Park on Thursday, April 12. Parents/guardians are responsible for transportation to and from China Camp State Park.

Summer Wildlife Camp 2018

Registration now open! Click here to register today!

Session #1

Animal Neighbors

For kids minimum age 3 ½ to entering K

June 4-8, 9am-noon, member $170/non-member $190

Explore the wild animals that call the Bay Area their home. While we may not always notice them, there are tons of creatures living all around us. Keep your eyes peeled to catch a glimpse of the wildlife right here in our own neighborhood and learn what we can do to help our wild neighbors thrive!

Campers must have attended preschool and be completely potty-trained. There is no hike for this age group.

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Session #2

Wild California

For kids entering 1st and 2nd Grades

June 11-15, 9am- 3pm, member $320/non-member $340

What do grey whales, quail and dogface butterflies all have in common? They are just some of California’s “official” state animals. Explore the unique plants, animals and habitats that make California such a magnificent place to live. You may recognize a few familiar friends!

Campers will go on off-site hikes to Phoenix Lake on Tuesday and the Marin Headlands on Thursday. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the hike locations.

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Session #3

Watery World of Wildlife

For kids entering 2nd and 3rd Grades

June 18-22, 9am- 3pm, member $320/non-member $340

Ponds, creeks, wetlands and sandy beaches! Dive into each of these wonderful habitats and learn about the array of creatures that live within them, from the gigantic Blue Whale to the tiny Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse. This week is sure to make a splash.

Campers will go on off-site hikes to Phoenix Lake on Tuesday and the Marin Headlands on Thursday. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the hike locations.

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Session #4

Animal Sense-sations

For kids entering 1st and 2nd Grades

June 25-29, 9am- 3pm, member $320/non-member $340

What if you could see like an eagle, hear like a jackrabbit and smell like a fox? Experience the world through the senses of our wildlife friends. Investigate how a bat finds its food, how a doe recognizes her fawn and how a turkey vulture finds its next meal.

Campers will go on off-site hikes to Phoenix Lake on Tuesday and the Marin Headlands on Thursday. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the hike locations.

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Session #5

Conservation Camp

For kids entering 4th through 6th Grades

July 9-13, 9am- 3pm, member $320/non-member $340

Learn all about threatened and endangered species and the amazing actions that humans are taking to respond to their plight. Become a wildlife hero by examining the perils facing wild plants and animals today and what you can do to help them thrive.

Campers will go on off-site hikes to Phoenix Lake on Tuesday and the Marin Headlands on Thursday. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the hike locations.

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Session #6

Feathers, Fur, and Scales

For kids entering 3rd and 4th Grades

July 16-20, 9am- 3pm, member $320/non-member $340

Delve into the world of wildlife with this exciting overview of the natural world. Let us introduce you to the wide variety of critters, from mammals and birds to reptiles and insects. Examine how each animal is specially equipped with adaptations for its unique lifestyle.

Campers will go on off-site hikes to Phoenix Lake on Tuesday and the Marin Headlands on Thursday. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the hike locations.

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Session #7

Weird and Wonderful

For kids entering 1st and 2nd Grades

July 23-27, 9am- 3pm, member $320/non-member $340

What critter performs a handstand to scare off predators? Coughs up pellets of indigestible food? Or dives head first through the air at 240 miles per hour? Come and explore the bizarre, the fantastic, the weird… and of course the wonderful. Nature is full of creatures with peculiar adaptations!

Campers will go on off-site hikes to Phoenix Lake on Tuesday and the Marin Headlands on Thursday. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the hike locations.

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Session #8

Secrets of Survival

For kids entering 2nd and 3rd Grades

July 30-Aug 3, 9am- 3pm, member $320/non-member $340

Ever wondered how far an owl can turn its head? Why a woodpecker doesn’t get a headache? Or how a snake can swallow its prey in one big gulp? Discover all the unique adaptations that allow animals to thrive in their own habitats.

Campers will go on off-site hikes to Phoenix Lake on Tuesday and the Marin Headlands on Thursday. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the hike locations.

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Session #9A and 9B

Growing Up Wild

For kids minimum age 3 ½ to entering K

August 6-10, 9am- noon and 1pm-4pm, member $170/non-member $190

Growing up in the wild can be a tricky task! Examine the fascinating ways different animals raise their young, the interesting adaptations baby animals have to survive in the wild and simple ways we can help to keep them safe from harm. Morning session.

Campers must have attended preschool and be completely potty-trained. There is no hike for this age group.

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Kids and parents alike love WildCare’s Wildlife Camp!Meeting the tortoise. Photo by Tory Russell

“It was FANTASTIC! Best camp we have ever done. The staff was great, the curriculum was engaging and my son is still talking about it and was so sad after it was over! Thank you! Couldn’t be happier!”

“My son was jumping out of his skin every day after camp and couldn’t wait to get there the next day. His knowledge of wildlife and his surroundings has increased dramatically and his love of nature has become even more pronounced.”

“Your camp exceeded my expectations. There were so many additional learning and fun activities to keep the kids engaged and occupied all day, while keeping them physically active.”