We know what children like – exploring the natural world, creating art, making new friends, and going on summertime adventures. You can make this summer the best yet by reserving your spot for one or all of our summer day camps.


Monday – Friday

5-12 years


Ecology Explorers

Ecology Explorers

Explore science, ecology, and art in this fun summer camp that focuses on the natural world. This educational week includes explorations of the Arroyo Burro Watershed, intertidal adventures, environmental concept games, experiments, and cooking. Campers will learn about creatures great (marine mammals) and small (worms). Projects include tie dye, nature crafts, and fun with fermentation.

*Snacks & T-shirt included
Camp Dates: June 18 to 22



Natural Artists Camp is Full. Registration Closed.

Explore nature and make art projects in this fun-filled week at Arroyo Burro Beach and Art From Scrap. Go on treasure hunts and collect materials to bring to our CreatorLab to use in cool art projects. Campers will observe Nature, bird and animal watch, and incorporate natural patterns and colors into their art. Projects include t-shirt dyeing with indigo, nature weaving, creating colorful pigments out of plants, and beach-inspired art.

*Snacks & T-shirt included
Camp Dates: June 25 to 29

Invent, Make, Play!

Invent, Make, Play – STEAM Camp

Camp is Full. Registration Closed.

Explore the worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in our STEAM-based summer camps. Field trips to MOXI (the Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation), Santa Barbara’s newest Museum, will inspire campers’ imagination and innovation.

STEAM Camp 1: Air, Water, Ground. Campers explore how humans build machines to help them fly like birds and float like whales. They will design and engineer their own creations in the AFS CreatorLab and test them out in the natural world.

STEAM CAMP 2: Machines. Campers will discover and investigate machines in our world and take them apart to see what’s inside. Then they’ll build their own great machine out of reused, repurposed, everyday items.
Sign up for one or both sessions.

*Snacks & T-shirt included

Beach Explorers - NEW THIS SUMMER!

Beach Explorers – NEW THIS SUMMER! Camp is Full. Registration Closed.

Join us for a week of outdoor fun at Arroyo Burro Beach. Campers will hike, play, and explore their natural surroundings. Campers will discover sea creatures while tide pooling, learn about plants from seeds to giant trees, hike to the Douglas Preserve to get a bird’s eye view of the ocean, play outdoor games, and create art with natural found materials. If your camper loves to play outside on the beach and enjoy nature, this is the camp for them!

*Snacks & T-shirt included
Camp Dates: August 6 to 10



Explore Ecology Summer Camps teach children to respect themselves, others, and the environment. Our small sessions of 25 campers facilitate group building, responsibility, and camaraderie. Camp is led by our regular staff of experienced environmental, art, and garden educators.

All Camps are from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Age range is 5 to 12 years. The cost per session is $260. Siblings receive a $20 discount for a total of $240 per session. Our Counselor in Training Program is open to children ages 13 to 18 and costs $75 per week. If you have any questions, please email Rachel.

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