Our nature day camps are an organic, all natural, local, free range, 100% awesome summer experience in the hills and lakes of Marin and at a 250 acre organic farm in Petaluma! With wilderness skills, nature connection and ecological stewardship wrapped in lots of adventure and play, campers learn about animal tracking, wild edible plants, primitive skills, natural dyes and much, much more. Our San Rafael camps include swimming and kayaking and our Petaluma camps include organic farming and tending baby farm animals. We are a small, local non-profit, with highly trained adult instructors who provide kids with a caring individualistic experience.
WHERE: Fairfax, San Rafael, Petaluma
WHEN: June 12-August 18. Multiple weeklong sessions available. See camp website for specific dates and locations.
AGES: Camps are available for kids ages 4-15.
ACTIVITIES: Nature awareness, Wilderness Survival, Games and hiking, Animal Tracking, Plant ID and uses, Primitive Skills, Wilderness safety and lost-proofing, Organic Farming, Tending Farm Animals, Stealth and Archery, Bird Language, Ecology and sustainable practices, Journaling and nature meditation, Yoga or movement, Peacemaking and team building, Leadership skills.
COST: Sliding scale, with 15% discount when registering before March 15.
DETAILS: We really are quite special. We are a small, local non-profit, and we do this because we truly value spending time with kids outdoors. Our instructors are highly trained adult experts in their field who love their work. We are committed to safety and providing an individualistic, enjoyable experience for each child that is more like an outdoor summer vacation adventure than a camp. We provide a unique blend of wilderness skills, useful hands-on experiences, creativity and child centered play. Our camp (formerly called "Fairfax Tracks") has been running for over five years in Marin with many of our participants coming back year after year.
My Story from Vilda Nature Camp
By Felix Shuldiner, grade 4, Manor School
I’ve been going to Vilda’s summer camps for over four years. I recommend the camps because you get a lot of fun experiences. You get to see a lot of new things, things you might not see at your house, like a bobcat, mushrooms and trees and grasses. You get smarter about plants and animals that you knew zero percent about.
A favorite of mine was the Tracks and Tides camp. We kayaked to Rat-Rock Island, as it is called, and found a giant crab. It was stuck on a ledge and its pinchers were really slow. Our instructor thought it might be sick or something so we put it back. On our way back we found a big salmon from the bay, we were going to eat it but Dane told us that it wasn’t safe to eat. We also played a fire in the forest game where you could make up your animal—it could be a dragon with an elephant trunk, with a lion tail that breathes fire. That was really fun.
Another day, we went out at low tide at the beach and found so many crabs, at least a hundred. When we went to the island, I opened my backpack and a crab came out! It snuck into my backpack! That was probably my highlight of the camp.