2019 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE
Celebrating our 10th Summer Season With Programs for Everyone!

Welcome!  On this page, you will find a description of the amazing adventures that Marin GreenPlay Camp is proud to offer for Summer 2019.  We think you'll find it hard to choose from our awe-inspiring and innovative programs created to immerse your child in the natural beauty of Marin County and beyond.  

You may notice that we are offering a “short summer” - all of our programs will take place between July 8 and August 9. We’ve noticed that most families plan their summer travels right after school ends and just before school begins. We want to work with your summer travel schedule! And our guides are true explorers - they need a bit of summer to themselves.

Whether this is your kiddo's first camp or they have tried all the rest, with Marin GreenPlay Camp, you've found more than a camp.  Marin GreenPlay is a community offering experiences in science and wonder, nature and adventure, created to grow with your child and leave them with memories they'll never forget.  

Come celebrate 10 amazing years with us this summer!
 
For programs marked FULL, please fill out the form at the end of this page to secure a spot on our waitlist.

For Grades K-2
WATERSHED WARRIORS™
Nearby Experiences in Nature

Developmentally appropriate, place-based, observational, fun, wonder-filled, hands-on learning experiences in nature.
Weekly July 8-August 9
Half Day 9AM-1PM
Full Day 9AM-4PM
FREE Extended Care Always Available 8:30-9AM & 4-5PM
6:1 Camper to Guide Ratio    Max Group Size 18
PEANUT & NUT-FREE CAMP
Add On Lunch Option Available ($50/week)

WATERSHED WARRIORS™
$395/wk (full day) | $250/wk (half day)
Drop off/Pick up as noted below
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 exploring, unorganized exploring, theme-based games, waste-free crafts, moments of giving back to the community, friendship-making, and sensory-based fun! 

Green Gulch Farm Fun  July 8-12.  Muir Beach.  One of our most popular weeks.  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 Day Use Parking Lot.  PICK UP:  Green Gulch Day Use Parking Lot (half day campers), Muir Beach Parking Lot (full day campers).

Mill Valley Marsh Adventure Session 1  July 8-12. Mill Valley.  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 at the Mill Valley Community Center to points all along Pickleweed Inlet and 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:  Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

Tiburon Bay Adventures  July 15-19.  Blackie’s Pasture, 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 afternoon 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’ll work on a service project this week as well.  DROP OFF/PICK UP: Blackie’s Pasture, Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon

Mill Valley Creek Celebration July 22-26.  Mill Valley. 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

Mill Valley Marsh Adventure Session 2 July 22-26. Mill Valley.  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 at the Mill Valley Community Center to points all along Pickleweed Inlet and 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:  Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

Ring Mountain Miwok Mission  July 29-Aug 2.  Corte Madera.  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 5-9.  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 including Creekside Park.

Mill Valley Marsh Adventure Session 3 Aug 5-9. Mill Valley.  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 at the Mill Valley Community Center to points all along Pickleweed Inlet and 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:  Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

For Grades 3-8
OCEAN EXPLORERS™
Bodyboarding, Kayaking, Marine Biology & Beach Fun Camp

Exciting, science-based and extreme sports program building self-esteem and all about fun!
Two Weeks to Choose From July 15-19 & July 29-Aug 2
Full Day 9AM-4:30PM
FREE Extended Care Always Available Beginning at 8:30 AM and Ending at 5:00PM
5:1 Camper to Guide Ratio Max Group Size 10
PEANUT & NUT-FREE CAMP
Add On Lunch Option Available ($50/week)


OCEAN EXPLORERS™
$495/wk
Drop off/Pick up at Mill Valley Middle School Skate Park

This camp treats your child to one day of kayaking with the seals on beautiful Bolinas Lagoon, two days of coached bodyboarding experiences at Muir Beach and Stinson Beach, one day of marine biology exploration in the tidepools at Duxbury Reef followed by beach fun at Bolinas Beach and a unique exploration and service experience with Marin County Parks at Kent Island in Bolinas.

For Grades 3-12
ROCK FIVE™
Outdoor Rock Climbing Camp

Safe, professionally-guided, skill building top rope climbing and bouldering for beginners and advanced climbers.
Weekly July 8-August 9
Full Day 9AM-4:30PM
FREE Extended Care Available Beginning at 8:30 AM and Ending at 5:00PM
5:1 Camper to Guide Ratio    Max Group Size 10
PEANUT & NUT-FREE CAMP
Add On Lunch Option Available ($50/week)

ROCK FIVE™ LEVEL ONE
$595/wk
Two Locations:
Drop off/Pick up at Mill Valley Middle School Skate Park
Drop off/Pick up at Julius Kahn Playground, San Francisco

New climbers get a full five days of learning beginning climbing skills from AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructors at Ring Mountain and in the Berkeley Hills, Mickey's Beach, Sunset Boulders & Castle Rock, the Bay Area's most popular climbing areas.  This is a mixed age group of no more than 10 climbers.

ROCK FIVE™ ADVANCED
$595/wk
Two Locations:
Drop off/Pick up at Mill Valley Middle School Skate Park
Drop off/Pick up at Julius Kahn Playground, San Francisco

Experienced climbers get a full five days of learning advanced climbing skills from AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructors in the Berkeley Hills, Mickey's Beach, Sunset Boulders & Castle Rock, the Bay Area's most challenging climbing areas.  This is a mixed age group of no more than 10 climbers.

For Grades 3-8
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER & COYOTE CAMP™
The Camp for Kids AND Dogs

Exciting place-based, canine-focused adventures in nature designed to build confidence and knowledge.
Weekly July 8-August 9
Full Day 9AM-4PM
FREE Extended Care Available Beginning at 8:30 AM and Ending at 5:00PM
6:1 Camper to Guide Ratio    Max Group Size 12
PEANUT & NUT-FREE CAMP
Add On Lunch Option Available ($50/week)

DOG DAYS™
$495/wk
Drop off/Pick up at various trailheads in Mill Valley
Partnering with Mill Valley's finest dog walkers and trainers, and meeting with local dog rescues, Golden Gate Parks Conservancy staff and Marin County Dog advocates, we'll get out on the trails and find out what's involved in choosing the right trails for a hike with your dog, how to walk dogs, and all of the etiquette involved with sharing the trails with wildlife and other people and their pets.  Our goal is to keep the trails open for our furry friends by creating good stewards of the land and responsible dog owners.  Campers can bring their own dog to camp at least once this week after passing a simple screening process developing by our dog training expert.  All campers will have a chance to walk a dog every day.  
We’ll also begin to understand the natural history of the coyotes that are our neighbors through meeting with wildlife experts, how to coexist peacefully with them and tips for keeping our furry friends safe from these majestic creatures who are helping to keep rats at bay.
For our service project, we might collect doggy tennis balls out of the marsh or help with an improvement project at the Mill Valley Dog Park.
No van transportation this week, we will meet in convenient locations in the Mill Valley area.  

For Grades 3-8
NATURE MAKERS™
Nature-inspired Crafting & Jewelry Camp

Place-based, nature-inspired beading, metalwork, collage, mask-making and more
held at the studio of Mill Valley artist, Victoria Mimiaga at the historic Mill Valley Lumber Yard.
Weekly July 8-August 9
Full Day 9AM-3PM
FREE Extended Care Available Beginning at 8:30 AM and Ending at 5:00PM
Max Group Size 15
PEANUT & NUT-FREE CAMP
Add On Lunch Option Available ($50/week)

NATURE MAKERS™
$395/wk
Drop off/Pick up at Mill Valley Lumber Yard, 129 Miler Avenue
Each day the campers will explore nature and spend some time journaling and drawing in advance of settling into their day’s creations.
Most weeks build on each other so please consider enrolling your kids in successive weeks. Each camper will receive a personal take home kit from Purl Soho.
Wire Wrapping
July 8-12. Wire wrapping with semi-precious stones. Each piece will reflect nature as we will use only natural semi-precious stones. Learn to wire wrap with precision! Semi-precious stones and professional jewelry making tools are used to create the most beautiful pieces of jewelry. Campers will not only learn how to create perfect wire wraps, they will also learn how to free form wire around a larger stone. 
Bead Weaving July 15-19. Campers will choose colors that reflect the seasons. Campers can also choose to create bracelets with cord or leather and semi precious stones using a different type of weaving technique. 
Seed Bead Weaving July 22-26. Campers will learn a technique that has been used for hundreds of years to create beautiful jewelry and ceremonial pieces in many cultures. Campers will learn how to make the earrings shown but can easily create bracelets and necklaces or even belts, once the technique is learned. 
Micro Macrame July 29-Aug 2. Campers will create leaf-like designs in nature's colors using environmentally friendly cord. Campers will learn how to use colorful cord to create beautiful patterns, accented with stones. This technique can be used to create any type of jewelry and the colors can represent a favorite season or flower or even the camper’s school or favorite team colors!
Paper Mache Animal Masks Aug 5-9. Campers will use recycled materials to create fantasy masks of forest animals using recycled materials and paper mache.

For Grades 3-8
MARIN TREASURE HUNT™
Hiking, Biking, Navigation & Geocaching Fun Camp

Learning navigation while searching for treasures in Marin’s most thrilling natural setting, Angel Island.
Three Weeks to Choose From July 8-12, July 22-26 & Aug 5-9
Full Day 9AM-4:30PM
FREE Extended Care Always Available Beginning at 8:30 AM and Ending at 5:00PM
5:1 Camper to Guide Ratio Max Group Size 10
PEANUT & NUT-FREE CAMP
Add On Lunch Option Available ($50/week)


MARIN TREASURE HUNT™
$495/wk
Drop off/Pick up at Tiburon Ferry Station

This week we'll take the Angel Island Ferry daily to bike the nooks and crannies of Angel Island, learning about the island's natural and cultural history.  We'll also play games to learn the basics of map and compass navigation and orientation.  There are 30 plus geocaches to be found on the island, and we will learn what GPS is and how to use a GPS receiver to find these treasure chests, large and small.  Campers will bring their bikes on Monday, and we'll secure them on the island until our last day of camp on Friday.  We'll give back to the island by participating in a service project this week.  No van transportation this week, we will meet at the ferry station daily.

For Grades 5-12
SUMMER BEATS™
Music Coding Camp

Cultivating inspiration and appreciation for the natural world through music creation.
Weekly July 8-August 9
Full Day 9AM-3PM
Max Group Size 15
PEANUT & NUT-FREE CAMP
Add On Lunch Option Available ($50/week)


SUMMER BEATS™
$495/wk
Mill Valley Middle School

Led by the production and composition team of James Jackson and Patrick Aguirre of band YASSOU, Summer Beats will foster knowledge, self-reflection, confidence, and proficiency in all aspects of the students’ lives with an emphasis on music and its relationship to the natural world. Each day will include indoor and outdoor activities packed with interactive learning and fun. In-depth one on one instruction using digital audio workstations and live instruments will be combined with collaborative group work where each student will have the opportunity to share their interests and unique skills.  Friday afternoon will bring a performance of the week’s creations for parents and friends.
Highlights:
Improved listening and musical ability.
Learning rhythm and melody.
Using computer software to create music.
Learning the fundamentals of recording and sound design.
Discovering the powerful relationship between music and the natural world.
Creating tools and habits for fostering creativity and focus that can be applied in all avenues of life.
Participants will bring their own Mac laptop and headphones. Ableton music composition software and midi controller will be provided.

For Grades K-2, Grades 3-6, Middle School or High School Students
CUSTOM CAMP
Camps Tailored for Your Group

Every year we build at least one nature camp to order for a group of friends who have a special week in mind
or desire certain content or a certain location.  We're happy to do that for you!
Half Day 9AM-1PM (cost TBD) or Full Day 9AM-5PM (cost TBD)
FREE Extended Care Available Beginning at 8:30 AM
PEANUT & NUT-FREE CAMP
Add On Lunch Option Available ($50/week)

Email info@maringreenplay.com to inquire about our Custom Camps


For GreenPlay Youth Leaders Training for middle and high school students, click here.



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