Life Lab

Life Lab cultivates children's love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.

Camp Programs

2017 Camp Registration Information

Life Lab is pleased to offer summer day camp programs for children ages 4-14, at the Life Lab Garden Classroom on the UCSC Organic Farm.

Registration for our day camps is online only; please click the Register button below to sign up or join our waiting list. (Para información en español, favor de ir al final de la página)

Multiple sessions

Please keep in mind that each session repeats the curriculum of the previous session; therefore, please register your child for only one session; or two sessions at most if you are sure your child will enjoy the repetition.

Age limits

Please respect our age limits when registering for camp. We sincerely appreciate your interest in your children attending camp, and we would love to have them when the time is right. For Garden Sprouts, our campers must be four by the first day of camp in order to participate; for Wildlands & Watering Cans, campers must be seven by the first day of camp. We hold to these age ranges so that we are able to provide activities that are developmentally appropriate for each group. Thank you for your understanding and for helping keep our camps the highest quality possible for all participants!

Financial Assistance

Limited financial assistance is available at multiple levels; the financial assistance application is available as part of our normal registration.  Please register early on in the registration period if you are applying for financial assistance.  

 

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Garden Sprouts Summer Day Camp for 4-6 year olds

Come explore the garden and farm with us! Our camp days will include harvesting, making garden snacks, exploring the farm, singing, storytelling, garden caretaking, garden crafts, and investigation of the natural world. Each day has a theme (past examples: Bugs, Seeds, Chickens & Eggs). This camp serves 20 campers with a 1:5 ratio of instructors to campers, allowing us to tailor camp activities to the ages and interests of our campers. We offer a MWF program and a TTh program. The camps offer the same curriculum so please register for either the MWF program or the TTh program, not both. After-care (1:00-3:00) available for all sessions.

Monday/Wednesday/Friday Garden Sprouts

  • Session I – June 26, 28, 30, July 5, 7, 2017  (MWF 9:00-1:00) (no camp July 3) Full
  • Session II – July 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 2017  (MWF 9:00-1:00) Full
  • Session III – July 24, 26, 28, 31, August 2, 4, 2017 (MWF 9:00-1:00) Full
  • Session IV – August 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 2017 (MWF 9:00-1:00) Full

MWF Garden Sprouts Session I: $275 (pro-rated for no camp July 3); Session II, III and IV: $325 per session. Sibling discount $25 off second child's registration.
After-care MWF 1:00-3:00 with pick-up at 3:00, Session I after-care: $105 (pro-rated for no camp July 3); Session II, III and IV after-care: $125 (flat rate for 2-week session).
Financial assistance available at multiple levels; please apply early. No single week registration.

Tuesday/Thursday Garden Sprouts

  • Session I – June 27, 29, July 6, 2017 (TTh 9:00-1:00) (no camp July 4) 
  • Session II – July 11, 13, 18, 20, 2017 (TTh 9:00-1:00) Full
  • Session III – July 25, 27, August 1, 3, 2017 (TTh 9:00-1:00)
  • ​Session IV – August 8, 10, 15, 17, 2017 (TTh 9:00-1:00)

TTh Garden Sprouts Session I: $165 (pro-rated for no camp July 4); Session II, III and IV: $220 per session. Sibling discount $25 off second child's registration.
After-care TTh 1:00-3:00 with pick-up at 3:00, Session I after-care: $60 (pro-rated for no camp July 4); Session II, III and IV after-care: $85 (flat rate for 2-week session).
Financial assistance available at multiple levels; please apply early. No single week registration.

Click Album to View Garden Sprouts Camp Photos

 

Wildlands & Watering Cans Summer Day Camp for 7-11 year olds

Come explore, harvest, prepare and enjoy fresh food from the farm, hike, create garden crafts, art and music, play games, and form new friendships! Each day has a theme (past examples: Bug Day, Solar Energy Day, Chickens & Eggs Day) and each day begins with farm chores (Chickens, Fresh Fruit Popsicle-making, Farm Update, and Weather Report) and ends with storytelling under the walnut tree. The last Friday afternoon of each session, families join us for a kid-harvested Farmer's Market Party. Each session serves 32 campers with a 1:8 ratio of instructors to campers. After-care (3:00-5:00) available for all sessions. 

  • Session I – June 26-30 & July 5-7, 2017, 9:00-3:00 (no camp July 3 & 4) Full
  • Session II – July 10-14 & 17-21, 2017, 9:00-3:00 Full
  • Session III – July 24-28 & July 31-August 4, 2017, 9:00-3:00 Full
  • Session IV – August 7-11 & 14-18, 2017, 9:00-3:00 Full

Click below to see a past camp schedule and get a feel for what our sessions are like. 2017 schedule coming soon!

Session I $530 (pro-rated for no camp July 3 & 4); Session II, III, or IV $655 per session. Sibling discount $25 off second child's registration.
After-care M-F 3:00-5:00 with pick-up at 5:00; no after-care on the last day of each session due to family party. Session I after-care $120 flat rate (pro-rated for no camp July 3 & 4); Session II, III, or IV after-care $155 flat rate.
Financial assistance available at multiple levels; please apply early. No single week registration.

Click Album for Wildland & Watering Cans Photos

 

OWLS Camp Leadership Program for 12-14 year olds Register only until May 23rd!

This is an exciting opportunity for capable and fun-loving youth aged 12-14, who enjoy working with children, to take on leadership roles at our Garden Sprouts Summer Camp! OWLS (Outdoor Wonderful Leaders at Summer camp) will assist the Garden Sprouts counselors and directors in making camp a nurturing and joyful learning experience for our 4-6 year old campers. Duties include helping set up in the morning, supporting the counselors while they lead the day's activities and snack-making, buddying up with kids who need extra assistance at snack and lunchtime, participating in songs and games, holding chickens, and generally having fun!  This program is designed for young teens to participate in a camp experience while developing their leadership skills. No previous experience working with children is necessary, just a love of being in the garden and being at camp! 

  • **Required training session for all OWLS- Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, 2:00-4:00 p.m.**
  • Session I – June 26-30 & July 5-7, 2017, 8:00-1:00 or 8:00-3:00 (no camp July 3 & 4) Full
  • Session II – July 10-14 & 17-21, 2017, 8:00-1:00 or 8:00-3:00 Full
  • Session III – July 24-28 & July 31-August 4, 2017, 8:00-1:00 or 8:00-3:00 Full
  • Session IV – August 7-11 & 14-18, 2017, 8:00-1:00 or 8:00-3:00 Full

The OWLS camp day runs 8:00-1:00, M-F. Each session hosts four OWLS; two OWLS per session may expand their camp day until 3 p.m. and assist with our 4-6 year old after-care program (choose this option at registration). Families bring their OWLS directly to the Garden Sprouts area at 8:00 a.m., and pick them up at the Hay Barn at either 1:00 or 3:00 (depending on their registration for assisting with after-care or not).
**Required training session for all OWLS- Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, 2:00-4:00 p.m.**
Session 1 $260 (pro-rated for no camp July 3 & 4); Session II, II, or IV $310 per session. Aftercare: no fee. Financial assistance available at multiple levels; please apply early. No single week registration. Registration closes May 23rd. 
 

EAGLES Camp Volunteering for 15-18 year olds

Youth ages 15-18 are invited to volunteer as EAGLES (Educators Assisting with Garden Leadership Each Summer). Work with our counselors to make camp happen! Assist with teaching camp activities, leading hikes, and behind-the-scenes tasks such as setting up stations and stocking materials. Gain valuable experience in environmental education! EAGLES are accepted for whole camp sessions only (any session of Wildlands & Watering Cans or Garden Sprouts).
Click here for EAGLES application.
Please apply as soon as you can; applications will be accepted until May 23rd.
**Required training session for all EAGLES- Monday, June 19th, 2017, 8:00- 2:15 or 4:00 p.m., depending on the chosen camp**
Cost: free

 

Camp Community Volunteers

If you are a college student, teacher, past Life Lab parent, or just want to get involved in the Life Lab camp community, please click here for info and an application (due May 23rd). Thank you!
**Required training session for all community volunteers/interns – Monday, June 19th, 2017, 8:00- 2:15 or 4:00 p.m., depending on the chosen camp**

 

 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations 30 days or more in advance of your session will be refunded minus $20 fee. Cancellations less than 30 days in advance will be refunded minus $20 fee, only if your space is filled by a wait-listed camper; otherwise no refund can be given. Please call us at (831) 459-4035 if you have any questions.

 

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Questions?

For questions about our camps, please contact:

Amy Carlson, Garden Sprouts & OWLS Camp Director amy@lifelab.org
Cara Sundell, Wildlands & Watering Cans Camp Director cara@lifelab.org
or either at (831) 459-4035. 

Join our email list to receive camp updates. Please be sure to check the box "Camp & Children's Programs". 

Para registrar en español, favor de llamar a Whitney a (831) 459-5395.

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