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Summer Camps - California

Summer camps offer children a wonderful playground for learning new skills, relationship building and exposure to new locations. By working with camp counselors, they learn new real world skills of living with adults other than their own parents -- which will come in handy during their early adult years. There are many camps available -- some low cost, some day camps, some a once in a lifetime adventure. Here are a few that are available in California to give you an idea of the range of opportunities offered. Many more are available and can be found by searching for the location or type of camp you seek.

Arboretum Explorers: Nature Exploration Camp

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Find out about strange and wonderful plants and water features, play nature games and go on nature expeditions, make cool natural crafts and beautiful garden art, grow your very own garden: flowers veggies, herbs, and more. For campers ages 8 - 14. 626-821-3222. They also offer Tours at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gaden. Garden Sprouts offers gardening for children. Family Adventures each Saturday has a nature or environment theme for story or talk, and a nature walk, and a take-home nature craft.

L.A. Zoo Camp

Children from preschool through those entering 6th grade will enjoy this fun camp. Kids will learn through engaging activities, games, and even live animal ambassadors while discovering the wonders of wildlife. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens offers special events and even birthday parties. Guided tours, rentals for special programs such as family or company picnics, and safaris are available from the LA Zoo Camp

Gold Arrow Camp

Located in the heart of California's Sierra National Forest on the shores of Huntington Lake at an altitude of 7,000 feet. 65 miles northeast of Fresno, California. Activities include wilderness adventure, water sports and traditional camping activities such as arts and crafts, archery, riflery, drama, ceramics and campfires.

Camp La Jolla

FITNESS IS FOR LIFE! We have an effective weight loss summer camp for teens, adult women and children. If you really want to lose your weight the right way, put an end to overeating, make new friends and have the time of your life, check out our weight loss camp in sunny La Jolla, California.

iD Tech Camps

iD Tech Camps provides weeklong Day and Overnight technology camps for students ages 7-17. Students may register for one or several weeks. You’ll find us ONLY at the most distinguished universities, including Stanford, Princeton, UCLA, Northwestern, MIT, Rice, and the University of Cádiz, Spain.

See the KIDS CORNER section for additional articles about summer camps.

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News about the SoCal Environment
Least Terns Preserve on the LA Beach
Visiting California Beach Communities - An Overview
Los Angeles Area Nature Link List