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Green Camps Help Kids Learn about their Environment

May 4, 2012

In today’s world, Earth Day gets almost as much attention as Valentine’s Day or other annual traditions we enjoy. Many will agree environmentalism is a very important value to teach our children, and one of the best times to encourage them to save our earth and live a sustainable, conscientious life is during the summer months. With school out of the way for most, kids can learn to play and cherish Mother Earth at the same time.

GreenPlay Sustainable Summer Camp

Sustainable Summer Camp, based in Mill Valley, is a 1-week camp for those entering Kindergarten through the 5th grade. With hiking, natural history lessons and storytelling, kids learn how to make the woods their playground. These are just a few activities campers will enjoy, as many restoration and conservation projects are led by the Marin County Open Space rangers and similar organizations.

Sarah’s Science

Sarah’s Science, located in Berkeley, Oakland and San Ramon has a simple mission statement “No child left indoors!” Kids discover the beauty and value of nature while also participating in regular camp activities. This year’s theme, “This Land is Your Land”, focuses on environmentalism and the importance of sustainability. If your kids love it, Sarah’s Science also offers a Thanksgiving Camp!

Camp Chrysalis

Finally, for “big kids” (ages 8+), Camp Chrysalis in Berkeley offers a nature education perfectly suited for young minds. Learn respect and responsibility for ecology, while each week of overnight camp features a different theme related to California nature – Big Sur, Mendocino, Sierras and even backpacking.

Coastal Camp at Nature Bridge allows kids to combine marine biology and coastal ecology with hands on activities, arts, and group activities. They are located in Sausalito.If you are looking for a marine science camp near Redwood City, Marine Science Institute  is the place to go. Crissy Field Center Summer Camp allows kids to explore the urban outdoors and ecology in San Francisco.

These are just a few of the great environmentally-friendly camps available in the bay area. On the East Coast, Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, PA gives kids a chance to catch bugs, stomp in the river, and explore the outdoors. Haddonfield Friends School Summer Camp in Haddonfield, NJ is another great option to give kids some outdoor fun time.

If you live in a different part of the nation, chances are there are plenty of opportunities for your kids to learn about the great outdoors as well. Check out all of Signupforcamp’s listings to get your little campers plugged into nature this summer.

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