NATURE SUMMER CAMPS


Nature Explorers Day Camp

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Ages 7-13   |   9am - 3pm  

Location - Huddart Park

Cost - $395 (limited scholarships available)

Dates - June 18-22   |   July 16-20

No extended care

 

Nature Explorers day camp enables children to create deep connections to the natural landscape through experiential nature awareness and hands-on wildcrafting activities.

Campers will explore the environment through their senses, games, survival skills, tracking, and much more! Our proven approach with highly skilled naturalists uses Cultural Mentoring and best practices in nature awareness with low student to instructor ratios.

 

ALREADY A RIEKES CENTER STUDENT?

You will need to create a new password on our registration site.  Use the parent's email and student's name

You will be directed to our registration site, Mindbody Online, when you click Sign Up (opens in a new window)


Mountains to Sea Santa Cruz

Ages 7-12  |  9am - 3pm   

Drop-off/Pick-up Location - UCSC Arboretum

Cost - $360 (limited scholarships available)

Dates - July 2-6 (no camp on July 4)

No extended care

The Mountains to Sea Day Camp will travel from the tops of the Santa Cruz mountains to the sands of the Monterey Bay and everywhere in between.  Each day brings a new adventure and destination. We will track bobcat, explore  the river for crawdads, and play games that teach nature skills and awareness. 

Students will learn to view their “backyard” through a new lens of nature awareness. Drop off and pick up will be at Garfield Park, where we will load into the Riekes van for a different destination each day.

 

ALREADY A RIEKES CENTER STUDENT?

You will need to create a new password on our registration site.  Use the parent's email and student's name

You will be directed to our registration site, Mindbody Online, when you click Sign Up (opens in a new window)


Bay to Sea Day Camp

Ages 7-12  |  9am - 4pm  

Drop off/Pick-up Location - The Riekes Center

Cost - $450 (limited scholarships available)

Dates -  June 18-22   |   July 2-6*   |

| July 9-13 - Full Capacity   |   July 23-27 - Full Capacity   |  

July 30 - Aug 3 - Full Capacity  |

*No camp on July 4th & reduced tuition of $360

Extended Care available

 

The Bay to Sea Day Camp will travel from the waterfowl-rich wetlands of San Francisco Bay to the sands of the Pacific Ocean and everywhere in between. Each day brings a new adventure and destination. We will track bobcat, explore riparian river mouths, and play games that teach nature skills. Students will learn to view their “backyard” through a new lens of nature awareness. Drop off and pick up will be at the Riekes Center, where we will load into the Riekes van for a different destination each day.

 

ALREADY A RIEKES CENTER STUDENT?

You will need to create a new password on our registration site.  Use the parent's email and student's name

You will be directed to our registration site, Mindbody Online, when you click Sign Up (opens in a new window)


Surf Camp

Ages 6-18  |  8:30am - 1:30am  

Drop-off/Pick-up at the Riekes Center (surfing in Pacifica)

Cost - $450 (limited scholarships available))

Dates - July 16-20 Full Capacity    |   July 23-27 -Full Capacity  |   August 6-10

*Aftercare not available for Surf Camp but 8am early drop-off is ok

 

Have you ever dreamed of learning to surf, or wanted to spend days on end improving your surfing?  If so, seek no further!  Join us for surfing in Pacifica this summer.  This camp will teach the fundamentals of surfing, body boarding, and body surfing. 

Surfers will also learn wave judgment, ocean safety, and explore tidepools from certified lifeguards and experienced surf instructors. Campers meet at the Riekes Center and are driven by staff up to Surf Camp.

 

ALREADY A RIEKES CENTER STUDENT?

You will need to create a new password on our registration site.  Use the parent's email and student's name

You will be directed to our registration site, Mindbody Online, when you click Sign Up (opens in a new window)


Plant Lore and Magic

Ages 6-10   |   9am - 3pm

Location - Huddart Park

Cost - $395 (limited scholarships available)

Dates - June 25-29    

No extended care

Join us for an adventure into the California plant world of lore and magic.  This is a journey on the green path of helpful plants and how we can relate to them as food, medicine, and wise teachers.  The week will deepen the connection to plants through story, song, medicine making, games, imagination, and the senses.   Your child will learn how to make a basic herbal first aid kit.  

They will learn what parts of the plants are used and how to prepare them.   Your child will be introduced to the ethics of Wild Crafting and how to connect deeply to plants through art, naming, and guided questions from skilled facilitators.   Activities will also include herbal medicine making, plant wisdom stories, botanical drawings and wild crafted art and stone age instrument making.  

 

ALREADY A RIEKES CENTER STUDENT?

You will need to create a new password on our registration site.  Use the parent's email and student's name

You will be directed to our registration site, Mindbody Online, when you click Sign Up (opens in a new window)


Four Fires Rendezvous

Ages 13-17    |    Overnight Camp  |   Apply Now   |

Location - TBD (begins/ends at Riekes Center)

Cost - $750 (limited scholarships available)

Dates - June 24-30

Instructors -  Dylan Mathews and Audra Rowles

Four Fires Returns for year #8!!! This camp is the brainchild of 4 California wilderness school leaders that began in 2010. This is a rendezvous camp where each wilderness school brings a group of teens for a week of advanced nature awareness skills and fun. In the past, themes have included scouting skills and invisibility, martial arts, hands-on stone age skills, survival quests, and solo overnight quests. In 2018. Prepare for redefining the word “epic” and resetting your inner fun-o-meter. This is an advanced nature skills week where we will offer the opportunity to meet and share skills with teens from similar nature programs throughout the state and to learn from instructors from different schools.

Because of limited space and the advanced nature of this camp, applicants must apply first before being accepted into this program.  Applicants must first complete a 4 Fires Application through the link below. Staff will review each application and if necessary, contact individual applicants for an interview.  Applicants who are accepted will be sent a subsequent registration link.

 


Camp AFCANA 

Ages 7-13   |   9am - 3pm

Dates - June 11-15   |   June 25-29   |   July 16-20   |   July 23-27   |   July 30 - Aug 3

Location - Riekes Center

Cost - $395 (limited scholarships available)

Extended Care available

    What is AFCANA?

    Join us for the ultimate summer camp that fuels creativity, develops fitness, and connects us to the natural world around us! Camp AFCANA integrates programming from the 3 departments at the Riekes Center - Athletic Fitness, Creative Arts, & Nature Awareness. This camp creates a full mind-body learning experience.

    We will create opportunities for students to experience:

    • Three worlds of exciting experiential learning all in one facility
    • Staff trained in multi-disciplinary programming and best practices in education that enable growth in multiple intelligences
    • Exploration of interests and new worlds of learning.  A unique summer camp experience found nowhere else!

     

    ALREADY A RIEKES CENTER STUDENT?

    You will need to create a new password on our registration site.  Use the parent's email and student's name

    You will be directed to our registration site, Mindbody Online, when you click Sign Up (opens in a new window)


    Wilderness Passages

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    Ages 12-14   |   Overnight Camp   |  FULL |

    Location - TBD (begins/ends at Riekes Center)

    Cost - $600 (limited scholarships available)

    Dates - June 10-15

    Instructors - Audra Rowles, Dylan Mathews, 4Elements Education

     

     

    Every human has four elemental needs:  shelter, water, fire and food.  All of our ancestors were deeply connected to these needs. Our modern world seems to have forgotten much of this. Wilderness Passages is a week-long journey for youth ages 12-14 where they learn to reconnect with these skills. Learning these skills creates confidence, self-sufficiency, and transformation. 

    The weeklong overnight experience is centered around four challenges:

    Shelter - building and sleeping in survival shelters made from the land

    Water - finding and purifying water, exploring watersheds and connecting to water through awareness challenges

    Fire - learning to make fire from the land and tending a solo overnight fire

    Food - spending an entire day relying on food gathered from the land

    Because of the advanced nature of this camp, applicants must apply first before being accepted into this program.  Staff will review each application and contact individual applicants and families.  Applicants who are accepted will be sent a subsequent registration link.


    Primitive Skills and Plant Magic Santa Cruz

     

    Ages 6-12   |   9am - 3pm

    Dates - June 18-22

    Location - UCSC Arboretum

    Cost - $395

     

     

    Join us on a journey of Plant Magic and Primitive Skills. This camp will explore California Plants and how we can relate to them as food, medicine, and wise teachers. Students will learn what parts of the plants are used and how to prepare them. Your child will also be introduced to the ethics of Fire by Friction, learning and creating all tools needed to make a coal with a bow drill or hand drill kit, as well as Fire safety.


    Forest to Creek Santa Cruz

     

    Ages 6-12   |   9am - 3pm

    Dates - July 23-27

    Location - UCSC Arboretum

    Cost - $395

     

     

    Come join us for a week of exploration and games! In this camp students will get to hike and explore the areas of the Santa Cruz Coastal Forests. We will be connecting with the land around us by tracking animals, following creeks, and playing games. Students will also learn natural skills and crafts such as fire by friction and shelter building.


    Extended Care

    The Riekes Center provides extended care for most of our camps throughout the summer.

    EARLY DROP-OFF - Available 8 - 9 am (complimentary)

    Students have access to our Extended Care room for a quiet, safe space to read or play quiet games until camp begins. 

    AFTERCARE - Available until 5 pm

    Aftercare is available for all camps held at the Riekes Center except for Surf Camp.

    Aftercare includes:

    • healthy snack
    • movies
    • quiet reading and relaxation room
    • group activities and games
    • arts and crafts
    • time to practice skills learned at camp

    COST - $10/hr, billed in 30 minute increments

    We provide automatic billing for the week. Just give us a credit/debit card and we will track the amount of Aftercare you use and charge you at the end of the week. You can also pay on site in advance of each day/week, if you prefer.    

    SCHEDULING OPTIONS

    There is no need to sign up for Extended Care at this time. Read below for how scheduling will work during the week of camp.

    1. Online In Advance
      • A week before camp, we will send an email to all campers
        • The email includes a form where you can choose the days you will use Aftercare
    2. In Person, In Advance 
      • On the first day of camp, come into the center and give us your schedule for the week
    3. In Person, Day by Day
      • Come into the center and tell us at the front desk that you plan to use Aftercare that afternoon

    Summer Camp Cancellation Policy

    Before May 1st - we provide a refund minus a $50 cancellation fee

    May 1st or later - we can only provide a refund minus $50 cancellation fee if your spot is filled by a wait-listed camper

    Summer Camp Scholarships

    The Riekes Center's mission is to provide people with the opportunity to participate, regardless of their ability to pay.  We have scholarships available for all of our summer camps. 

    To apply for a scholarship online, sign up for the camp and choose the "Summer Camp Scholarship Deposit" option on the checkout screen (see image below). 

    After you complete your online registration, you will receive an email within 2-3 business days with information on how to fill out the Scholarship Application and set up an appointment with our Scholarship Department. The $5 Deposit will be applied toward your camp tuition, and we will refund your $5 if you decide not to participate after completing the scholarship process.

    Please contact Aaron Alvarez at aalvarez@riekes.org or (650) 364-2509 if: 

    • You have any questions or concerns about the Scholarship process
    • You do not currently have a credit or debit card you can use to sign up online
    • You are not comfortable signing up online for any reason