2024 Nature Rangers Spring & Summer Camps

Now open for registration!

Join spring and summer camps Santa Barbara and Goleta for different themed weeks of summer fun! Learn about the natural world, go on wilderness walks, activate the five senses, make wilderness crafts, create art, play games, nurture leadership skills, earn badges, and enjoy discovering the great outdoors! We combine multi-age education and tons of fun through child-led and adult-facilitated exploration.

Questions? Email at hello@nature-rangers.org

Increased Self- Confidence

Greater Independence & Accountability

Reduced Stress & ADHD Symptoms

Greater Focus to Complete Tasks

Greater Sense of Environmental Stewardship

Increased Ability to Self-Regulate

Increased Resilience & Adaptability

Increased Emotional Intelligence

Increased Problem Solving Skills

Increased Ability for Teamwork & Collaboration

Why should your child spend time in nature this summer?

While there are hundreds of benefits for the whole child in terms of growth, development, and internal contentment, these are some of the ones that keep standing out to us over and over again, which are also supported by current research:

A DAY IN THE LIFE AT NATURE RANGERS

Learn in more detail about some of the things we do during the day!

Programs, What We Do

Discover the Great Outdoors

At Nature Rangers, we have the privilege of offering a dynamic opportunity for children to immerse themselves in the beauty and magic of the great outdoors. Here’s how we inspire [read more]

Programs, What We Do

Earn Badges

Nature Rangers offers an exciting badge system that rewards children for their accomplishments and achievements throughout the course of their nature education. Here’s how our badge program inspires children to [read more]

Programs, What We Do

Develop Leadership Skills

At Nature Rangers Wilderness Programs, we not only encourage connection with nature, but we prioritize transformative experiences that lead to the development of leadership skills in every child. Here’s how [read more]

Programs, What We Do

Play Games

Designed to inspire curiosity, teamwork, and a love for the great outdoors, our games offer fun experiences for young adventurers. Here are a few aspects that make our games fun [read more]

Programs, What We Do

Create Art

The wilderness offers a vibrant platform for children to unleash their creativity and express themselves through a variety of artistic mediums inspired by the great outdoors. Here’s what makes our [read more]

Programs, What We Do

Make Wilderness Crafts

Nature Rangers provides a creative and hands-on way for children to connect with the natural world while unleashing their imagination. Here’s what makes our program a one-of-a-kind experience: Inspired by [read more]

Programs, What We Do

Activate the Five Senses

Nature Ranger Wilderness Programs invites children to awaken their senses and embark on a journey of discovery through the natural world! Here’s how Nature Rangers ignites a deeper connection with [read more]

Programs, What We Do

Walk in the Wilderness

Nature walks are a fun and exciting part of our time at Nature Rangers. With the animated joy of our facilitators, they provide the backdrop for exciting exploration, allowing for [read more]

2024 Spring & Summer Camp Details

The Camper Experience

K-4th Graders (TK/PK considered)

YES!

9am-2pm (Optional 2-hr Aftercare)

YES!

$335/week

YES!

6:1 Ratio with Adult Staff (18 kids max)

YES!

T-Shirt Included

YES!

The Counselor in Training (CIT) Experience

5th-8th Graders

YES!

8:45am-2pm (Optional 2-hr Aftercare)

YES!

$115/week

YES!

2-3 Positions Per Camp

YES!

Staff Visor Included

YES!

Session

Date

Location

Ages

Time

Price

SPRING BREAK

March 25-29

Goleta

K-4th:

5th-8th CIT:

9am-2pm

8:45-2pm

$335

$115

Session 1

June 10-14

Santa Barbara

K-4th:

5th-8th CIT:

9am-2pm

8:45-2pm

$335

$115

Session 2

June 17-21 

Goleta

K-4th:

5th-8th CIT:

9am-2pm

8:45-2pm

$335

$115

Session 3

June 24-28 

Santa Barbara

K-4th:

5th-8th CIT:

9am-2pm

8:45-2pm

$335

$115

Session 4

July 1-3 & 5

Goleta ("Noleta")

K-4th:

5th-8th CIT:

9am-2pm

8:45-2pm

$335

$115

Session 5

July 8-12 

Goleta

K-4th:

5th-8th CIT:

9am-2pm

8:45-2pm

$335

$115

Session 6

July 15-19

Goleta

K-4th:

5th-8th CIT:

9am-2pm

8:45-2pm

$335

$115

Session 7

July 22-26

Santa Barbara

K-4th:

5th-8th CIT:

9am-2pm

8:45-2pm

$335

$115

Session 8

July 29-Aug. 2

Goleta

K-4th:

5th-8th CIT:

9am-2pm

8:45-2pm

$335

$115

Session 9

Aug 5-9 

Goleta

K-4th:

5th-8th CIT:

9am-2pm

8:45-2pm

$335

$115

Session 10

Aug 12-16 

Santa Barbara

K-4th:

5th-8th CIT:

9am-2pm

8:45-2pm

$335

$115

Faq's

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

9:00-9:30am - Arrival & Setup/Free Play
9:30-10:00am - Morning Circle & Games
10:00-10:15am - Snack
10:15-11:00am - Nature Arts & Crafts (optional) or Supervised Free Play
11:00-12:00pm - Interactive
Nature Activity & Exploration
12:00-12:30pm - Lunch & Free Play
12:30-1:00pm - Afternoon Nature Arts & Crafts (optional) or Supervised Free Play

1:00-1:30pm - Group Games or Wilderness Exploration
1:30-2:00pm - Gratitude Circle & Clean Up

CAN I REQUEST KIDS BEING TOGETHER?

Yes! There is only one group per camp, and all of our camps are mixed age groups, so everyone will be together by default.

WHAT ARE YOUR STUDENT TO STAFF RATIOS?

We have a maximum of 6:1 students to staff. Maximum group size is 18 children with 3 facilitators. All staff have been background checked and received a minimum of 10 hours of training.

All Head Facilitators have had a minimum of 1 year experience with Nature Rangers as a Supporting Facilitator along with a prerequisite of external educator training such as Forest School Teacher Certification, Montessori Teacher Certification or Early Childhood Development.

what are your wilderness safety protocols?

Safety is our first and foremost priority. We do not ever let a child out of sight under any circumstances. While children naturally want to explore, we maintain and strictly enforce tight boundaries and stay within speaking distance at all times.

Kids are allowed to climb low trees with supervision and staff support. We educate regularly to help kids to identify poison oak and other potentially harmful natural hazards.

Behaviorally, we do not condone aggressive behavior with nature-made weapons like sticks or rocks etc. Likewise, we do not condone unkind words or bullying. This is addressed immediately with firm and loving redirection.

All Directors have completed certifications in Wilderness First Aid.

WHAT ARE YOUR WATER SAFETY PROTOCOLS?

In programs near creeks or the ocean, we allow children to carefully wade in the water with full supervision at all times, but not fully swim. If children are not water-safe swimmers, we have an adult or CIT hold hands with the child while they are exploring any water habitats. If however, creeks are running quickly or there are waves at the beach, we do not permit children in the water.

WHAT ARE YOUR BATHROOM PROTOCOLS?

When there is a bathroom available, a counselor escorts the child to the facility and after checking for cleanliness and safety, remains outside the door until the child is finished. 

When there is no bathroom available, we explain how to safely and privately 'nature pee', or provide a sanitary travel potty for going #2. Then a counselor escorts the child to a nearby but shielded area and waits nearby with back turned, until the child is finished. 

WHAT TYPES OF Nature ACTIVITIES DO YOU DO?

While our days are chock full of arts and crafts that use nature as the canvas, we also have interactive learning activities, where curiosity leads the way. For example, if we know there is a birds nest visible in a particular location, we might prepare a short discussion and activities related to birds nests where they can observe and then create their own miniature nests. 

Or if there are cut trees in a particular location, we might prepare a short discussion related to tree rings or decomposers or invasive species, and then play a game that reinforces what they just learned, based on the relevance of what we've just encountered. Kids often don't realize the subtle learning because it's all encased in fun, interactive discovery!

Learn more about each of our activities by diving deeper into our Activities Articles.

WHAT ARE SPECIALIST BADGES?

In each program, kids will have the opportunity to work towards earning the chosen Nature Rangers Specialist Badge! In weeklong camps, kids may choose to complete one short task each day as they work towards the final day when they will receive their metal pin to take home! For a sampling of the badge options that may be available, click HERE.

DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN EVERY ACTIVITY?

While our arts & crafts are optional, we do encourage participation as kids often love to bring home their creations to show to family! If kids are not arts & crafts lovers, we always have supervision for free play, games, or a wilderness wander should they wish to do that instead.

WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD WEAR AND BRING?

These are our recommended items to bring each day to Nature Rangers:

  • Long pants suggested for added poison oak protection
  • Weather-appropriate clothes for seasonal sun, rain or cold mornings
  • Change of clothes or towel if near creeks/water
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Closed-toed shoes with socks suggested
  • Backpack
  • Water (at least 16 oz)
  • Snack and lunch

WHAT IF I AM LATE TO DROPOF OR PICKUP?

Morning Dropoff: We wait at the designated meeting point for 10 minutes past the listed dropoff time. Then we enter the trailhead and set up our basecamp for the day which can be anywhere from a 5-20 minute walk from the trailhead. If you are more than 10 minutes late, please call the Director or Head Facilitator for your program to get exact directions to their location, and you may walk your child in to meet the group.

Afternoon Pickup: If you are more than 10 minutes late for pickup (past your listed pickup time), you will be charged a $25 late fee per instance, paid directly to the staff member who waited overtime.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

Until April 15, we allow cancellations (less the Stripe transaction fees). After April 15, we begin to staff and purchase materials based on a full camp of 18 children.

If you absolutely need to cancel, you have one of two options:

  1. You may find a replacement on your own and give us the name and we will do a switch.
  2. You may move to a new week that has space available.

If you are sick and cannot attend a portion of the week, we are happy to accommodate a single make up day on any week where we have an open space, however it is rare that we have open space in our camps. 

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