Welcome to the award-winning South Bay Eco Kids Nature Camp, where kids get to spend the day playing in, learning about and connecting with nature.
What is South Bay Eco Kids Camp?
Why is South Bay Eco Kids Camp good for kids?
Who is South Bay Eco Kids Camp for?
Where will South Bay Eco Kids Camp take place?
When will South Bay Eco Kids Camp take place?
How much does South Bay Eco Kids Camp cost?
What to bring to South Bay Eco Kids Camp?
South Bay Eco Kids is a program of TeachingGreen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people love and protect our natural world. At Eco Kids Camp, we get children back into nature where they can thrive. No computers, no smart phones, no man-made playground equipment. Just trees and ponds, insects and wildlife, waiting to be discovered and explored.
With five central camp themes…
- Wildlife all around us
- Ecosystems and the services they provide
- Wonderful water
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- Keeping our world clean
…campers learn about our natural world and how and why we should protect it.
Upon arriving at camp each day, your camper will be given his or her own Eco Kid explorer vest. With lots of pockets for holding maps, rocks, leaves and other natural treasures, these vests help to instill a sense of adventure and encourage a feeling of community among our campers.
In addition to exploratory free play, campers enjoy activities such as:
- scavenger hunts
- trash-to-treasure crafts
- nature- and environmentally- themed stories
- feeding the wildlife in the pond
- and lots more!
We use every possible teachable moment to convey the importance of nature and how and why we should take care of it.
If you’ve ever taken your child camping, you know just how much kids love to play outside. No need for slides or swings, computers or video games. When it comes to spurring creativity, calming the senses and just plain fun, it’s really hard to beat nature. Kids will play outside with sticks and stones – and anything else they can find – for hours on end, lost in the wonder of it all.
But sadly, for too many urban kids today, opportunities to play in a truly natural setting are few and far between. South Bay Eco Kids aims to help fill that gap and reestablish a connection with nature that children today so badly need. Increasingly, research is showing that many of the problems afflicting today’s youth, such as depression, obesity, reduced attention span and difficulty focusing are all due in part to a lack of exposure to nature.
Kids Helping Nature…
Living in an urban environment, it’s easy to forget that we humans are part of nature. It often feels like nature is something separate from us. But it’s simply not so! From the air that we breathe, to the water that we drink and the food that we eat, we depend on nature to provide us with everything we need to thrive and be healthy. When nature is healthy, so are we.
But increasingly, nature is suffering, which is why now more than ever, we need to motivate and empower our children to protect and take care of the natural world. At South Bay Eco Kids, we nurture children’s innate fascination with nature, so that they will grow to love and appreciate it. In this way, we can help them to become the stewards we will need to protect it.
With American kids now spending more than 90 percent of their time indoors, many are likely suffering – both mentally and physically – from a lack of exposure to nature. Indeed, evidence is mounting that many urban children are suffering from “nature deficit disorder,” a term coined by Richard Louv in his 2005 book “Last Child in the Woods.” A report just released in March 2017, which pulls from more than 200 academic studies, finds that access to nature improves both physical and mental health, and that the more time spent in a natural environment, the better we fare overall.
At the same time, we find ourselves in the midst of Earth’s 6th mass extinction – the first since the dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago – this time due entirely to human activity. South Bay Eco Kids aims to address both of these problems, by reconnecting children with nature so that they will one day grow up to protect it.
The camp is for children ages 6 – 8 years old, and with a low counselor to camper ratio of 1:6, you can be sure that your child will receive the quality attention he or she needs and deserves.
Wilderness Park, 1102 Camino Real, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
At 11 acres, Wilderness Park is a very rare slice of wilderness right here in Redondo Beach, CA. Where most parks have playground equipment, Wilderness Park has trees, boulders and ponds, and is home to turtles, ducks and all kinds of other wildlife.
Monday – Friday, every other week during the summer:
June 25 – 29
July 9 – 13
July 23 – 27
August 6 – 10
Choose between full-day or half-day camp:
Full Day: 10am – 4pm
Half Day Morning: 10am – 1pm
Half Day Afternoon: 1pm – 4pm
Full Day … $250/week
Half Day … $175/week
We offer the three following discounts, with a maximum discount of 10% for any one child.
- Early Bird Discount: $10 off when registration and payment are received by April 30, 2018
- Bring-A-Friend Discount: $10 off for each additional family you refer to us
- Sibling Discount: 10% off for each additional sibling you enroll
Refund Policy: a 15% administrative fee may apply for schedule changes
What to Bring?
- A nutritious, filling lunch. Please pack a waste-free lunch if possible, for example, Tupperware and a reusable water bottle instead of baggies and a disposable plastic water bottle. We will reinforce this message by serving only waste-free snacks. Also, please limit sugary foods.
- A snack (for full-day and afternoon campers only)
- Water!! (preferably in a reusable water bottle if possible)
- Comfortable shoes and socks (no open-toe shoes please!)
- Waterproof sunscreen. Please apply sunscreen before bringing your child to camp. We will remind children to apply additional sunscreen throughout the day.
- A backpack for carrying your child’s lunch, water, sunscreen and any extra clothing he or she may need.
Although camp staff cannot be held responsible for your child’s personal belongings, there is a designated area set aside for all Eco Kids Camp participants. Still, just in case, we strongly recommend that you write your child’s name on all items brought to camp.
Please Do NOT Bring:
- Personal items of value that may be lost, stolen, or broken. Such items will be held by the camp counselors and returned to parents upon pickup.
- Toys or games, including electronic devices, of course!
- Any items that may cause injury or harm to your child or others.