2022 Schedule

SUMMER 2022 CAMPS WILL OPEN AT THE END OF MARCH

Our summer Outdoor Science Education Program (OSEP) consists of a variety of weeklong classes offered June through August for students in grades 1-8, on topics ranging from science and art, to natural history. Courses are taught by experienced outdoor educators and take place at either Valentine Camp or the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL). Students who enroll should have a strong interest in science, love being in the outdoors, and be willing to participate in all aspects of these academic classes. Students are expected to behave in an appropriate, respectful, and safe manner. In an effort to allow as many students to enjoy all of our camps, priority will be given to students who have not previously attended specific camps. All classes are geared to next year's grade level. 

Scholarship Information 

We don’t want a family’s financial difficulties to prevent any child from participating in our Outdoor Science Education summer programs. We offer full and partial scholarships for those in need. If your family is facing financial difficulties, we invite you to complete our confidential scholarship application. Scholarship awards are limited, based upon need, available funds and number of qualifying applicants. Applications are reviewed on a case by case basis. Please contact Carole Lester - carole.lester@ucsb.edu, 760-914-3722 for an application and if you have any questions.

To register for a class:

  1. Choose your class
  2. Click on register and fill in the required information
  3. You must register for each class individually
  4. You child will not be confirmed in a class until you receive an email from carole.lester@ucsb.edu
  5. Once confirmed you will receive an email with a link to the payment page.

If you have any problems or concerns please call/text or email Carole at 760-914-3722 or carole.lester@ucsb.edu

2022 Summer Schedule of Classes

Aquatic Adventures CAMP IS FULL. REGISTER FOR WAITLIST | June 20 to June 24 | Grade(s): 7-8 | SNARL
Come with us as we learn about the wildly diverse Sierra Nevada aquatic world. We will visit and survey lakes,streams, hot and cold springs. We will observe a variety of flora and fauna that live near and in the water. This camp will introduce you to biotic and abiotic sampling and analysis techniques. Hands on experience collecting and analyzing samples from the phenomenal aquatic realms in our own backyard. REGISTER
Fantastic Fish! (Dual Language Class) CAMP IS FULL. REGISTER FOR WAITLIST | June 27 to July 01 | Grade(s): 2 | Valentine Camp
Dual Language Class. Must be proficient in Spanish/English at 2nd grade level; admission subject to instructor. Come learn about the amazing world of fish. We will learn all about fish and their underwater world. Do fish ever sleep? How do they breath under all that water? Were there any fish here a long time ago? These are all questions we will explore through art, books, hands on experiments and more. Come join our ichthyoid (fish like) adventure at Valentine! REGISTER
Involving Dissolving CAMP IS FULL. REGISTER FOR WAITLIST | June 27 to July 01 | Grade(s): 3-4 | Valentine Camp
Come see what happens when we mix powders with liquids, play with evaporation, and create crystallized masterpieces. Will everything we mix dissolve? We'll use resources at Valentine, read stories, and create chemical reactions involving dissolving during this week of scientific exploration. Please note, non-toxic materials will be used. DUE TO THE DISCOVERY/SURPRISE ASPECT TO THIS CAMP WE DON'T ALLOW STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE MORE THAN ONCE IN THIS CAMP. REGISTER
Wild Island Adventure(no class on Monday 7/4)CAMP IS FULL. REGISTER FOR WAITLIST | July 05 to July 08 | Grade(s): 4-5 | SNARL
Get ready for a week on the Wild Islands at SNARL. From the water we drink to the oceans that circle the Earth, liquids are everywhere.We will explore the properties of water and the wetlands surrounding the islands by observing the creatures that live there and discovering how liquids do what they do. Come prepared to get wild and wet as you learn all about our most precious resources. REGISTER
Animal Adventures(Dual Language)CAMP IS FULL. REGISTER FOR WAITLIST | July 11 to July 15 | Grade(s): 4 | Valentine Camp
Must be proficient in Spanish/English at 4th grade level; admission subject to instructor. Ready to learn more about your local animals? In this camp we will become animal experts. We will watch animals, look for animal clues, paint animals, learn about animal adaptation, and more! There’s no better place to learn more about animals than their own habitat, and Valentine Reserve is the perfect place for it. REGISTER
Painting Nature CAMP IS FULL. REGISTER FOR WAITLIST | July 11 to July 15 | Grade(s): 5-6 | Valentine Camp
Learn basic acrylic painting surrounded by the beauty of Valentine Reserve. Through a series of fun and easy projects and exercises the students will work up to creating a beautiful painting. They will also have lots of time to explore Valentine. REGISTER
Involving Dissolving (DUAL LANGUAGE) | July 18 to July 22 | Grade(s): 3-4 | Valentine Camp
Must be proficient in Spanish/English at 3rd grade level; admission subject to instructor. Come see what happens when we mix powders with liquids, play with evaporation, and create crystallized masterpieces. Will everything we mix dissolve? We'll use resources at Valentine, read stories, and create chemical reactions involving dissolving during this week of scientific exploration. Please note, non-toxic materials will be used. REGISTER
Sifting Through Science CAMP IS FULL. REGISTER FOR WAITLIST | July 18 to July 22 | Grade(s): 1 | Valentine Camp
Young children are natural scientists. This week our little scientist will use their senses as they eagerly explore and investigate the environment at Valentine through experiments, stories, games and nature walks. We will use magnets, sand, water, dirt, rocks and sift our way through science! REGISTER
To Infinity and Beyond! CAMP CANCELLED | July 18 to July 22 | Grade(s): 3-4 | Valentine Camp
Come along with Buzz to infinity and beyond. This week will learn about our sun, moon and stars through games, art and experiments. Did you know our sun is actually a star so hot we can cook food with its' warmth? Did you know we can only see one side of the moon? Come with us and learn many amazing facts about our galaxy and beyond! We will have lunch at Valentine then you are off with Mammoth Parks and Recreation for an afternoon of fun and games at Shady Rest park(drop off at Valentine, pick up at Shady Rest. Transportation from Valentine to Shady Rest will be provided) No camp Friday afternoon. THIS CAMP HAS BEEN CANCELLED REGISTER
Hurray for Habitats CAMP IS CLOSED(NO WAITLIST) | July 25 to July 29 | Grade(s): 1-2 | Valentine Camp
Owls, mule deer,rabbits,coyotes, bugs and bees all make their homes at Valentine. We will observe animals or evidence of animals that live in the high desert and/or riparian zones of the Eastern Sierra. As young scientists, we will record our findings and observations on our Habitat Boards. If you like to hike, explore, play games, and do outdoor science activities, then come join this expedition. REGISTER
Amazing Adaptations CAMP IS FULL. REGISTER FOR WAITLIST | August 01 to August 05 | Grade(s): 3-4 | Valentine Camp
How do plants and animals survive in different habitats and climates?? Join our class as we explore native plants along Valentine’s trails, examine animal skulls, and discover unique and interesting adaptations! Our observations will lead us to hands-on experiments, sketching, watercolor painting, and more! REGISTER
Beautiful Bats (no class on Friday 8/5) CAMP IS FULL. REGISTER FOR WAITLIST | August 01 to August 04 | Grade(s): 2-3 | Valentine Camp
Bats are familiar to nearly everyone, yet most people have never seen one up close. Are bats dangerous? Do bats get tangled in your hair? Folktale and fantasy are all part of people's ideas about bats. In this class you will learn the truth about bats is more astonishing than any of the stories about them. REGISTER