Developmentally Appropriate Nature Explorations
for Kids Entering Grades K-2
Little kids love to invent their own games, and Marin’s green places are the perfect place to search for fairy houses and imagine you are the king or queen of the forest. Your child will come home happy and full of stories. The dirty knees will say it all - our Watershed Warriors program truly allows your child the chance to connect with nature. The Watershed Warriors program is organized games, unorganized games, waste-free crafts, moments of giving back to the community, friendship-making, exploration and sensory-based fun!
All Watershed Warriors weeks will find us helping out with restoration projects spearheaded by the City of Mill Valley, Golden Gate Parks Conservancy, Green Gulch Farm and Marin County Parks. At the end of the week, brimming over with new experiences and with a newfound respect for rain and a love of fog, your child will say, “I’m a Watershed Warrior!"
Early Birds June 11-15. Tennessee Valley. Birds are easy to spot, especially if you know their habitat, prey and song. This week campers will make observations about the smallest and largest birds and all of the birds in between and learn how to spy them in the tall grass, trees and sky. How to tell the difference between a raven and a crow, a hawk and a vulture? No problem for the youngest budding birdwatcher. We'll explore all of the trails in the area with short daily hikes and a longer hike to the lagoon and beach on Friday (no swimming). Our service work will be held at the Tennessee Valley Native Plant Nursery where will find out which plants are being grown to provide something that birds need. DROP OFF/PICK UP: Tennessee Valley Trailhead
Solstice Celebration June 18-22. Mill Valley. We'll kick off this week learning by doing regarding some of the traditions from around the world celebrating the Summer Solstice and making some of our own traditions. We'll form our own village in the style of favorite children's book "Roxaboxen" and jam out with local children's musicians on instruments we create from recycled materials. We'll also learn how to cook food from the sun, make natural face paint to adorn ourselves for our festival and to harvest local plants for dyeing t-shirts. Wildcrafting and a group nature art installation will be part of our activities. Village games and stories are an important part of this week. Of course, we will celebrate with a service project to help our village shine and regenerate the Earth. DROP OFF/PICK UP: Bayfront Park, Hamilton Drive, Mill Valley
Tiburon Bay Adventures June 25-29. Tiburon. This week we’ll explore the crabby beaches of Tiburon, watching for bat rays, egrets and herons at low tide. We’ll explore McKegney Field for signs of insects and gophers and fly kites at Linear Park. On Friday we’ll take the local bus to Downtown Tiburon and check out the history of Tiburon with a visit to the Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum, returning to our beloved Blackie on the bus again. We will work with the City of TIburon on a project to spruce up the area this week. DROP OFF/PICK UP: Blackie’s Pasture, Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon
Green Gulch Farm Fun July 9-13. Muir Beach. Your child can’t wait to spend a week at the magical farm by the beach, Green Gulch Farm. Campers will help with planting, harvesting and other farm activities in the morning followed by a full afternoon of fun at Muir Beach in the afternoon. Highlights include working in the children’s garden, learning about mediation in the Zendo and exploring the wilder side of the farm, including discovering newts, frogs and many species of birds. We will be of service this week by harvesting food and working in the children's educational garden. DROP OFF: Green Gulch Parking Lot, Muir Beach. PICK UP: Green Gulch Parking Lot (half day campers), Muir Beach Parking Lot (full day campers).
Larkspur Creek Adventures July 16-20. Larkspur. Baltimore Canyon is the perfect place to explore and Larkspur Creek provides hours of exploration and learning. We’ll hike the Dawn Falls and surrounding trails, learn why this canyon was so loved by loggers, and find out why frogs and birds such as the charismatic Spotted Owl and Pileated Woodpecker make this place their home. On our last day we’ll venture to Ladybug Meadow and learn what happens when we reintroduce a lost species into its habitat. DROP OFF/PICK UP: Dolliver Park (Dark Park), Madrone Avenue, Larkspur.
Bayside Tracks Mill Valley July 23-27. So much life takes place in the marsh. This week we’ll learn about marsh plants and animals, play games and create stories, and all without getting stuck in the mud! We’ll venture from our drop-off and pick-up point across from the Mill Valley Public Safety Building on Hamilton Drive to points all along Richardson Bay. We’ll clean up trash from the marsh and find tennis balls from the dog park and learn about keeping our watershed clean - for us and for all of the creatures who call it home. DROP OFF/PICK UP: Bayfront Park, Hamilton Drive, Mill Valley
Mill Valley Creek Celebration July 30-Aug 3. Over 2/3 of the planet is covered by water, but less than 1% is available to us and the rest of Earth’s creatures. Holy moly . . . we better take care of our water and the lands where it flows! Through super fun nature games, interpretive hikes, art, free exploration and restoration projects, our Creek Celebration week shows your child that we can’t live without clean water and a healthy watershed. Likely locations: Old Mill Park, Cascade Park, Edgewood Park, Blithedale Park, Boyle Park and Miller Grove. DROP OFF/PICK UP: Depot Plaza, Downtown Mill Valley
Ring Mountain Miwok Mission Aug 6-10. This week we’ll explore Ring Mountain focusing on the ancient Coast Miwok sites and check out interesting rock formations. We'll work with local plants to make rope with Miwok basketry expert Charlie Kennard. Light hiking with plentiful games and special Native American stories will make up most of our time together. We'll work with Marin County Parks on a project this week. DROP OFF/PICK UP: Ring Mountain (Phyllis Ellman Trailhead at Paradise Drive and other trailheads each day), Corte Madera
Ross Valley Adventures Aug 13-17. This week we’ll explore Corte Madera Creek and its tributaries, learning about the watershed and all of the creatures who live within it. Games and artwork featuring the water cycle, the history of the area and the local flora and fauna will be our primary focus along with light hiking and imaginative play. We'll work with Marin County Parks on a project this week. DROP OFF/PICK UP: Various locations in Greenbrae, Ross, Larkspur & Kentfield
Adios Verano Aug 20-24. Corte Madera/Tiburon. We'll bid goodbye to summer with bilingual (Spanish and English) explorations of the Tiburon bayfront and Ring Mountain focusing on the special plants and animals that live by the bay and on the hillside surrounded by amazing bay views. Light hiking with plentiful games and special stories will make up most of our time together. We'll work with Marin County Parks on a project this week. No prior knowledge of Spanish necessary. DROP OFF/PICK UP: Blackie's Pasture, Tiburon
HALF DAY $250/wk FULL DAY $495/wk
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Summer program fees are fully refundable if cancelled in writing before April 1st. Fees for all other programs are fully refundable if you cancel the program in writing more than thirty (30) days before the program starts. We will fully refund all fees paid toward any program that we cancel due to lack of enrollment, weather conditions, etc.
BASIC INFO FOR SUMMER 2018 WATERSHED WARRIORS PROGRAMS
Drop off at 9AM and pick up at 1PM (half day) or 4PM (full day) at the locations indicated. Free before and aftercare available from 8:30-9:00AM and 4-5PM when prearranged.
Bring/wear lunch, snacks, water, sunscreen, hat, shoes that can get wet and layers.
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