CONNECTING CHILDREN AGES 6 – 12 WITH THE OUTDOORS

UPDATE: Camp is taking place this year under Coronavirus restrictions. We are following guidelines from local and national health agencies to ensure campers, their families and our staff will be kept safe. Until further notice camp hours will be shortened to 4 days a week and 7 hours a day.

This exciting nature awareness program connects children to the Petaluma River Watershed through hands-on learning and exploration. Activities for camp include naturalist games, primitive skills, canoeing, crafts, bird watching, identifying wild edibles and fresh farm food crafting. We will explore the River by boat experiencing the hidden treasures of the River.

We keep our camp sizes small so we can focus on each individual camper and ensure the best possible experience and connection with the Petaluma River. We currently have a 4:1 ratio of campers to staff.

For more information please contact Stephanie Bastianon at [email protected], or call (707) 763-7756.

SUMMER CAMP NEWS: We are excited to offer three themed weeks this year for those that want to take a deeper dive into some of the fun ways to connect to the Petaluma River. “Living with the Land,” “Who Lives in the Watershed,” and “Boats, Boats, Boats” sessions will also include all the nature connection activities that are so well-loved about our traditional camps too. We have also shifted our teen offerings from the Green Heron family of programs. Check out our Teens in Nature section for camps for our older youth.

GHNC CAMP DETAILS:

Tuition:  $275/wk and $325/wk for River Otters (sorry we cannot pro-rate if you miss dates)

Camp meets each morning at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center @ Steamer Landing Park with a couple days at Open Field Farms.

Monday through Friday 9:00AM – 3:00PM

DATES:

Week 1 – June 1 – 5; Living with the Land: Survival in the Petaluma Watershed – This themed week includes all the fun activities from our traditional week of camp while focusing on the four elements needed for survival: shelter, fire, water and food. Ages 6-12. Week 1 is full – please sign up on our wait list and we will contact you if a spot becomes available. 

Week 2A – June 8 – 12; Traditional week of Green Heron Nature Camp with River exploration, nature games and skills, hiking, crafts and more. Ages 6-12. Week 2A is full – please sign up on our wait list and we will contact you if a spot becomes available. 

Week 2B – June 8 – 12; Who Lives in the Watershed: Learn about all the critters that live in the Petaluma Watershed. This themed week is for your young naturalist who will enjoy tracking, observing and learning about all the creatures that call the Petaluma River Watershed home – all while enjoying the river trips, nature crafts and games of our traditional camps. Ages 6-12. Week 2B is full – please sign up on our wait list and we will contact you if a spot becomes available. 

Week 3A – June 15-19; Traditional week of Green Heron Nature Camp with River exploration, nature games and skills, hiking, crafts and more. Ages 6-12. Week 3A is full – please sign up on our wait list and we will contact you if a spot becomes available. 

Week 3B – June 15-19; River Otters – This week takes our traditional camp to the next level by culminating in a camp out on Thursday night where campers will practice their nature skills. Ages 9-12. Week 3B is full – please sign up on our wait list and we will contact you if a spot becomes available. 

Week 4 – June 22 – 26; Traditional week of Green Heron Nature Camp with River exploration, nature games and skills, hiking, crafts and more. Ages 6-12. Week 4 is full – please sign up on our wait list and we will contact you if a spot becomes available. 

Week 5 – June 29 – July 3; Boats! Boats! Boats!: Kayak, Canoe, SUP the Petaluma River – This themed week explores the River through a variety of boats, teaching kids water safety, paddling techniques and more while spending plenty of time exploring nature through games, crafts and getting to know the land. Recommended Ages 8-12. Week 5 is full – please sign up on our wait list and we will contact you if a spot becomes available. 

Week 6 – July 6 – 10; Traditional week of Green Heron Nature Camp with River exploration, nature games and skills, hiking, crafts and more. Ages 6-12. Week 6 is full – please sign up on our wait list and we will contact you if a spot becomes available. 

Week 6.5 – July 13 – 17; Traditional week of Green Heron Nature Camp with River exploration, nature games and skills, hiking, crafts and more. Ages 6-12. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Week 7 – July 20 – 24; Traditional week of Green Heron Nature Camp with River exploration, nature games and skills, hiking, crafts and more. Ages 6-12. Week 7 is full – please sign up on our wait list and we will contact you if a spot becomes available. 

Week 8 – July 27 – 31; Traditional week of Green Heron Nature Camp with River exploration, nature games and skills, hiking, crafts and more. Ages 6-12. Week 8 is full – please sign up on our wait list and we will contact you if a spot becomes available. 

Week 9 – August 3 – 7; Traditional week of Green Heron Nature Camp with River exploration, nature games and skills, hiking, crafts and more. Ages 6-12. Week 9 is full – please sign up on our wait list and we will contact you if a spot becomes available.