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EARTH DISCOVERY CAMP

Experience nature up close. Connect deeply with the environment, others, and self. Excursions will take your child from the beach to the mountains and everywhere in between to hike, learn and explore.  Adventures are balanced with projects, personal and group reflection, stories, and timeless wandering.

ACTIVITIES

​Each day, camp staff will support campers in experiences such as:

  • Earth Science (discoveries, experiments, ecosystems, habitats, & topics such as weather, geology, forestry, etc.) 

  • Movement (animal tag, digging, climbing, exploring)

  • Art (painting landscapes, leaf rubbings with crayons, building nests, using markers, string, crafts, stories, puppets, weaving, sewing, carving, + more) 

  • Connection (with self, others, and environment - journaling, yoga, meditation, gratitude, story lessons, "sit spot")

To register for multiple weeks & sessions:

  1. Login or create your Parent Portal

  2. Find your camper's name- select "REGISTER"

  3. Choose which camps are right for you!

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Shuttles in SF & Marin now available

For $50/week, your child can be picked up and dropped off at the SF & Marin shuttle stops listed below.

Sign up during registration!

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Aftercare now available in Marin

For Marin groups, aftercare is available from 3pm-5:30pm

for $100/week. 

Sign up during registration!

(Must select the shuttle option first)

Marin

Week 1

June 12-16

Week 7

July 24-28

Week 10

August 14-18

Week 2

June 19-23

Week 5 

July 10-14

Week 8

July 31 - August 4

Week 3 

June 26-30

Week 6

July 17-21

Week 9

August 7-11

San Francisco

Week 1

June 12-16

Ages 6-10   FULL

Week 4

July 5-7

Ages 6-10   FULL

Week 7

July 24-28

Ages 6-10   FULL

Week 2

June 19-23

Ages 6-10   FULL

Week 5 

July 10-14

Ages 6-10   FULL

Week 3 

June 26-30

Ages 6-10   FULL

Week 6

July 17-21

Ages 6-10   FULL

Earth Discovery Camp Pricing
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This summer, play, explore & belong. Safely.

WHERE WILL MY CHILD BE?

 

Campers study and explore two locations each week. Exact location information for camp and shuttle services will be received after registration. Locations can be viewed below.

Yellow car icons represent SF shuttle stops:

  • Mission Bay

  • Glen Park / Balboa Park

  • Forest Hill Extension / Twin Peaks

  • Lower Pac Heights / Richmond District

 

Green tree icons represent 6 SF parks and beaches we’ll visit:

  • Crissy Field

  • The Presidio

  • Bakers Beach

  • Ocean Beach

  • Golden Gate Park

  • San Francisco Botanical Gardens

SAN FRANCISCO LOCATIONS​​
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MARIN COUNTY LOCATIONS
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Yellow car icons represent X shuttle stops in the following areas:

  • 8:30am Morning drop-off at Terra Marin School in Mill Valley

  • 3:30pm Afternoon pick-up at Terra Marin School in Mill Valley

  • 5:30pm Optional aftercare pick-up at Terra Marin School in Mill Valley

  • Note: Exact shuttle and location schedule will be emailed to your primary email address after registering for camp 

 

Green tree icons represent Y parks and beaches we’ll visit:

  • McNears Beach Park

  • China Camp State Park

  • Phoenix Lake

  • Blackie's Pasture

  • Old Mill Park

  • Tennessee Valley

  • Rodeo Beach

  • Muir Beach

Meet The Team

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Claire Laurenz

Camp Director
 

Hiking. Climbing. Camping.

BS in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Education from Michigan State University, 7 years of experience leading outdoor ed programs. Completed 2 cross-country bike tours.  "I work to inspire wonder and life-long learning."

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Chris Rasschaert

Camp Director

Trapezist. 70 Mile Marathon Runner. Retired Bee Keeper. Unicyclist. 

BA in Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Sustainability at Central Michigan University. "I look forward to unveiling the wonders from the ground under our feet to the blue sky above while building our hearts, minds, and souls along the way."

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Michael Pastor

Bus Driver - Marin

Served in the Navy, Has a grown daughter

San Francisco native. Punctual, 17 years as a bus driver. Previously, served as a building and property manager.

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Melvin Watson

Bus Driver - San Francisco

Loves bikes, father of four grown children.

Born in Galveston, TX.  Previously owned and operated a bike shop, spent 22 years as a building manager in the Presidio, and worked a few years at another K8 school in SF.

Additional camp counselors to be announced soon

DAILY Flow​​

  • Morning Marin shuttle: 8:30am - Morning drop-off at Terra Marin School

  • 9:00 am - Camp begins. Parent drop off at location-of-the-day

    • Morning circle with song/poem/gratitude

    • Hike & nature exploration

    • Snack time

    • Sit spot (connection)

    • Activity (Earth studies, movement, art, connection)

  • 12:00 pm - Lunch & story time

    • Optional nap time (age 3-5 only)

    • Nature exploration & group games

  • 1:00 pm - Half-day camper pick-up at the location-of-the-day

    • Activities of the day continued (Earth studies, movement, art, connection)

    • Journey back to pick up area

    • Closing circle - daily reflection 

  • 3:00 pm - Camp concludes. Pickup at the location-of-the-day

  • Afternoon Marin Shuttle: 3:30 pm - Afternoon pick-up at Terra Marin School

  • Aftercare: 5:30 pm - Aftercare pickup in Mill Valley

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NAPS

Campers ages 3-5 participating in rest time will be napping outside in nature. Personal blankets and pillows are placed on large tarps and ground blankets to create a comfortable space for nap time. *Please note: Not all campers need to take a nap. Campers not participating in nap time will play small group games, create crafts, read stories and explore nearby ecosystems.

ShuttleS in MARIN &

San Francisco 

now available!

Optional shuttle for $50/week from SF to Mill Valley and back.

Sign up during registration!

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COVID SAFETY

Safety is our top priority. We follow all CDC & state regulations. Your child plays & learns in a small, stable cohort, 100% outdoors.

  • Small, stable group sessions (max of 14 children)

  • Masks are not required but of course, acceptable depending upon the comfort level of the child and family

  • Our earth educators are highly trained in COVID safety protocol

  • Frequent sanitization of shared educational tools

  • Camp activities are 100% outdoors

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is Mandarin Mania Camp held at Terra Marin School? 

A: Yes, Terra Marin School, 70 Lomita Dr, Mill Valley, CA 94941.

Q: Where is Earth Discovery Camp Located in Marin County? 

A: In and around Mill Valley, CA. Here is a list of locations McNears Beach Park, China Camp State Park, Phoenix Lake, Blackie's Pasture, Old Mill Park, Tennessee Valley, Rodeo Beach, and Muir Beach. 

Q: What is your Refund Policy?

A:  If we need to shut down the camp due to a COVID case within the camp cohort, you will be refunded for the remaining days not attended. If you cancel your registration due to personal reasons more than two weeks (14 days) before the start of the camp, you will receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. If you cancel within 14 days of the start date, no refund will be provided unless the cancellation is COVID-related. If the cancellation is due to COVID, please contact us at camp@terramarin and we will determine the refund on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Do you provide snacks and/or lunch?

A: No, we do not, parents are responsible for preparing snacks and lunch for their children.

Q: Is nap time outdoors or indoors?

A: Nap time will take place outdoors for all Earth Discovery Camps and indoors for Mandarin Mania Camp.

Q: What does my child need to bring in their backpack?

A: An entended packing list will be sent via email after registering. In short, please be prepared to pack a lunch, snacks (2), water, shoes, weather appropriate clothing, hat, jacket, personal medications, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, tissue paper for nature bathroom breaks, 1 complete change of clothes

Q: How does shuttle work? Where are the pick-up and drop-off locations?

A: https://www.terramarin.org/summershuttle 

Q: Is there swimming at camp?

A: There is no actual swimming at Terra Marin’s summer camp. Beach days with campers are spent building sand castles, studying tide pools, going on hikes, collecting treasure, wave tag (shins deep only), and interacting with the plants and animals in the beach ecosystem. We have scheduled times where we actually interact with the water- there isn’t free play all day by the ocean. Our counselor staff is vigilant in ensuring the safety of our campers, especially while at the beach. Additionally, campers always have a choice to refrain from water play and participate in a dry land activity with another counselor.

Q: What happens in case of bad weather?

A: All Marin camps will take place at Terra Marin School if it is safe to do so. SF camps may be moved to an indoor location in the city such as the Exploratorium. We will communicate via email about this. 

Q: How do I get to aftercare if I did not register for the shuttle?

A: Aftercare is available for campers in Marin and takes place at Terra Marin School. If you are taking part in an Earth Discovery Camp you must register for the shuttle to register for aftercare. 

Q: What does aftercare look like?

A: Indoor & outdoor play, free choice in various activity centers, snack is provided

Q: Who are the camp counselors? What is their training/experience?

A: Our camp staff educators are resilient, reliable and professionals in their respective fields. Earth Discovery educators are seasoned camp counselors and have all studied and/or worked in environmentally affiliated programs. Language Immersion staff are trained to teach and demonstrate necessary language skills. All staff are CPR and First Aid certified. 

Q: What is the students:counselors ratio for camps?

A: 7:1

Q: What is the process in case of an emergency?

A: If necessary, we will call 911 and parents accordingly. If we need to move camp, we will relocate to Terra Marin School. 

Q: How do you keep all the kids together?

A: Camp begins with a morning circle where we outline and set expectations for our camp day. Then we transition as a group throughout our time from activities to games as we execute the daily flow. We eat lunch, walk, talk, and learn as a team. Ending with a closing circle, concluding the day just as we began, together.

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