Marin Greenplay Camp is a nature awareness day camp now in its 8th summer for kids entering kindergarten through 12th grade. Favorite activities include outdoor rock climbing, tide-pooling, boogie boarding, kayaking, orienteering, geocaching, hiking, farming at Green Gulch Farm, biomimicry, citizen science, nature art, service learning and more, depending on age level! A GreenPlay day includes hiking, natural history instruction, games and fun learning-building activities, art, storytelling, and just time to use their imaginations and play in nature. Lunch available.
WHERE: Mill Valley, Muir Woods, Tiburon, Larkspur, San Rafael, and other locations in Marin and San Francisco
WHEN: Ten week long full and half-day nature awareness sessions from June 12-Aug 25.
HOURS: Full day sessions run M—F from 9:00 am–4:00 or 5:00 pm; half-day sessions, M—F from 9:00 am–1:00 pm. Free before and after care is provided.
AGES: Nature awareness camps available in three age groupings: grades K-2 (Watershed Warriors); grades 3-6 (Earth Adventurers); ages 8-18 (Outdoor Rock Climbing Camp)
ACTIVITIES: Our campers will participate in a huge variety of age-appropriate nature awareness and adventure activities.
COST: Half-day sessions - $250/week. Full day sessions - $400-$495/week.
DETAILS: Nature awareness camps are available in three age groupings:
Watershed Warriors (Grades K-2): base camps throughout Southern and Central Marin, full and half days. Nine exciting themes allow campers to explore all aspects of local watersheds.
- CREEKS, STEPS & LANES CELEBRATION in Mill Valley
- CAMP SOLSTICE in Mill Valley
- TIBURON BAY ADVENTURES in Tiburon
- TALL TREES EXPLORER, Muir Woods
- BAYSIDE TRACKS in Mill Valley
- GREEN GULCH FARM FUN at Green Gulch Farm in Muir Beach
- LARKSPUR CREEK ADVENTURES in Larkspur
- RING MOUNTAIN MIWOK MISSION at Ring Mountain
- ADIOS VERANO at Ring Mountain
World Explorers (grades 3-6): mobile camp meets at Mill Valley Middle School. Six active themes allow campers to explore Marin County.
- AROUND TOWN (find out who makes Mill Valley so special)
- DOG DAYS OF SUMMER (learn how to responsibly choose trails and walk and play with dogs in the wilds of Marin)
- ANGEL ISLAND BIKE TREASURE HUNT (explore the nooks and crannies of Angel Island on bicycles, learn navigational skills and geocaching)
- BAY AREA ART IN NATURE (workshops with local Earth artists)
- BIOMIMICRY INNOVATOR (choose from four habitats and learn how to use nature’s adaptations to create design models - includes adventure sports)
- CITIZEN SCIENCE EXPLORER (chose from three habitats and learn how to track animals and identify plants for data collection - includes adventure sports)
Outdoor Rock Climbing (Ages 8-18): mobile camp meets at Mill Valley Middle School.
State-of-the-art weeklong outdoor climbing experiences for kids from Marin and San Francisco. AMGA certified climbing instructors will show campers proper safety techniques and proper wear and care of climbing gear, knot tying, buddy check, climbing up, lowering, commands, rappelling, bouldering, belaying, and more. We'll climb at Ring Mountain, in the Berkeley Hills, Stinson Beach, Sonoma State Beach, and/or Castle Rock State Park each week. All campers will participate in a project to give back to one of our climbing locations.
CONTACT: Visit www.maringreenplay.com or call 415-264-2828
Stories about Marin GreenPlay Summer Camp
By Grainne May, grade 5, Strawberry Point School
I like GreenPlay Camp because you explore the outdoors, learn something new, and most of all, you have fun! Some of my favorite things to do at GreenPlay were going tidepooling, rock-climbing and tree-climbing, and geocaching. During my favorite week at GreenPlay we kayaked at McNear’s Beach and a few days later we went to Muir Beach and played in the lagoon and on the sand. GreenPlay is awesome!
”I liked GreenPlay Camp when we went to the Lawrence Hall of Science and learned about bugs.” —Catie, Age 9
“I loved last summer at GreenPlay Camp when we went to the beach. We learned about crabs and birds and we almost saw a seal.” —Grace, Age 7