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. Click here to become a member by making a donation of $35 or more!

Scholarships are available. Click here for more information and the scholarship application. Applications are accepted after registration opens.

Registration for Winter Wildlife Camp for 2020 now OPEN!

Click here to register your child for our wonderful Winter Wildlife Camp!

WildCare Wildlife Camp 2020

December 30, 2019 – January 3, 2020
9am – 3pm
Kids in K – 3rd Grades
Fee: $360 non-members
$340 WildCare members (enter discount code on the billing page)

It’s a winter wonderland at WildCare!

When winter makes its chilly debut
What do the wild animals do?

Some like to snack,
while others may nap.

Many travel a very long way,
and then there are those who adapt, so they stay.

Get to know our animal friends and how they survive until the winter ends.

Campers will have an unforgettable experience including animal encounters with our live non-releasable animal ambassadors, a hike to nearby Gerstle Park, wildlife-themed games, nature crafts, and much more!

Click to register your child now!

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Spring Wildlife Camp 2020

Registration opens January 20, 2020

Wild About Wildlife

April 6-10, 2020

9:00 am-3:00 pm

Available for grades K-3

$340 members, $360 for non-members

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

Learn how our wild animal neighbors prepare for the arrival of their spring babies, by building nests, preparing dens and fattening up for the demands of parenthood. Then learn how they care for their newborns: how they feed them, what they eat, how they keep them clean and warm and what they need to grow up healthy and strong.

Learn how medical staff examines our wildlife patients and take a sneak peek 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!

On Thursday we’ll explore Miwok Meadows in China Camp State Park in San Rafael. WildCare does not provide transportation to off-site locations, so campers must be dropped off and picked up at the field trip site.

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Summer Wildlife Camp 2020

Early Registration for WildCare members begins on February 5, 2020. Open registration begins on February 12, 2020.

Session 1
June 15-19

Growing up Wild

3.5 – 5 yr. olds
9:00am–12:00pm
$180 member
$200 non-member

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. No field trips for this session. Campers must have attended pre-school and be completely potty-trained.

Session 2
June 22-26

Animal Sensations

Entering grades 1-2
9:00am-3:00pm
$340 member
$360 non-member

What if you could see like an eagle, hear like a jackrabbit and smell like a fox? Experience the world though 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 excursions to Phoenix Lake on Tuesday and the Marin Headlands on Thursday. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the field trips locations.

Session 3
June 29-July 2 (4 days)

Wild California

Entering Grades K-1
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
$240 member
$260 non-member

What do gray 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 Gerstle Park on Thursday. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the hike locations.

Session 4
July 6-10

Feathers, Fur and Scales

Entering Grades 2-3
9:00am-3:00pm
$340 member
$360 non-member

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 China Camp State Park on Tuesday and the Marin Headlands on Thursday. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the field trip locations.

Session 5
July 13-17

Conservation Camp

Entering Grades 4-6
9:00am-3:00pm
$340 member
$360 non-member

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 China Camp State Park on Tuesday and the Marin Headlands on Thursday, including a visit to The Marine Mammal Center. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the field trip locations.

Session 6
July 20-24

Weird and Wonderful

Entering Grades 1-2
9:00am-3:00pm
$340 member
$360 non-member

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 excursions to Phoenix Lake on Tuesday and the Marin Headlands on Thursday. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the field trip locations.

Session 7
July 27-31

Animal Sensations

Entering K-1
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
$300 member
$320 non-member

What if you could see like an eagle, hear like a jackrabbit and smell like a fox? Experience the world though 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 to Gerstle Park on Thursday. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the field trips locations.

Session 8
August 3-7

Secrets of Survival

Entering Grades 1-2
9:00am-3:00pm
$340 member
$360 non-member

Ever wondered how far an owl can turn its head? Why a woodpecker doesn’t get a headache when he hammers? 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 excursions to Phoenix Lake on Tuesday and the Marin Headlands on Thursday. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the field trip locations.

Session 9A (morning session)
August 10-14

Growing up Wild

3.5 – 5 yr. olds
9:00am–12:00pm
$180 member
$200 non-member

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. No field trips for this session. Campers must have attended pre-school and be completely potty-trained.

Session 9B (afternoon session)
August 10-14

Growing up Wild

3.5 – 5 yr. olds
1:00pm-4:00pm
$180 member
$200 non-member

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. No field trips for this session. Campers must have attended pre-school and be completely potty-trained.

 

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

“My son had so much fun and learned so many new things about animals!”

“My daughter loved it and the teachers were really lovely.”

“My daughter especially liked learning about and seeing live animals up close.”

“The staff were really kind with the children and made it fun and inclusive. My daughter didn’t know the other children but she still felt included and happy there.”

“Wildlife Camp is educational and priced well. My kid had a great time.”

“My daughter was happy and excited to come to camp each day.”

“My son loves it and was sad when it was over.”