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Kid-friendly summer camps in Nevada County area

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At Bear Yuba Land Trust's summer camps, kids can learn a variety of nature-oriented skills and have fun too.
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What: Special summer camps and kids activities/services insert

When: Publishes Thursday, May 5

Ad Deadline: Monday, May 2.

To reserve a space: Contact Valerie Costa at 530-477-4237 or vcosta@theunion.

Registrations are now open for a slew of summer camps in and around Nevada County.

The Union will publish a special camps, kids activities and services directory insert next Thursday. (See box for information on ad deadlines).

Meanwhile, here’s a brief taste of what’s available locally:

❯❯ Bear Yuba Land Trust 2016 Earth Encounters Summer Camps

BYLT has a full season of various half-day and full-day camps starting June 20.

See BYLT.org for more information on any of the following:

Session 1: Indigenous Ways Camp, runs June 20-June 24, for ages 7-12. Cost is $125 half-day; $200 full day.

Includes: Native plant use, Native storytelling, Land Stewardship, Traditional Arts

Session 2: Young Naturalist Camp, runs June 27 to July 1, for ages 7-12. Cost is $125 half-day; $200 Full day.

Includes: Explore different habitats, Learn about native species, Basic tracking, Games, Nature, Crafts, Activities w

Session 3: Kinder Camp, runs July 25-July 29 for ages 4-6. Cost is $125 (half-day, morning).

Includes: Sing songs, Make arts and crafts, Go on nature walks, Play outdoor games

Session 4: Animals, Arts, and Ancestors, runs July 25 to July 29, for ages 9-12. Cost is $125 (half-day, afternoon).

Includes: Nature Observation, Bird Language, Animal Tracking, Mask-making, Storytelling, reading nature stories

❯❯ Community Partner camps at BYLT’s Burton Homestead

The Food Love Project, a Sierra Harvest education farm teaches kids where their food comes from.

Summer Camps 2016 run July 11 – 15 and July 18 – 22, for ages 6 and up.

Four Elements Earth Education (4EEE)

Teachers show young people wilderness skills such as: Tracking, Nature awareness, Survival, Land stewardship

Summer Camps 2016

July 4 – 8, July 11 – 15, August 1 – 5, and August 8 – 12

Ages 7 – 15, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ages 4-6, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Learn more: http://www.bylt.org

❯❯ ARTsCOOL at ASiF Artists Studios

Summer Art Camp registration is open for young artists ages 7-14.

There are four one-week summer sessions in June and July.

Resident working artists teach during each day of camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..

Includes; Drawing, Watercolor, 3D Art, Mosaics, Mixed Media, Acrylic Painting and Printmaking.

Each camp is limited to 12 participants.

Sessions start June 20, June 27, July 18 and July 25.

“It’s going to be a great summer for kids who enjoy art,” reports Eileen Blodgett, a co-director of ARTsCOOL. “We are always amazed at the level of interest and effort put forth by our young artists during camp weeks. Each week offers different projects or subjects because some youth attend more than one week. This is our third year with ARTsCOOL”

All camps are held at ASiF Studios in Grass Valley.

Parents can get more information and register on line at: http://www.asifstudios.com/ARTsCOOL/ or contact Denise Wey at: myartscool@gmail.com.

❯❯ Nevada City Parks & Recreation 2016 Summer Programs

If a child needs some structured but fun activities during the summer, the city offers summer camp options.

The summer camps take place throughout the summer in Pioneer Park.

Kidscience, Play-well TEKnologies (Lego Camp), and Challenger Multi-Sports Camp will be returning this year.

Each of these programs has energetic instructors, fun activities, and children learn amazing things about science and sports.

The Nevada City Swimming Pool offers a Junior Lifeguard Camp for children ages 11-14. This is a three-week program designed to teach basic skills about being a lifeguard and allows for some free swim time as well.

Instructors from all of the camps will be present to answer questions at the Summer Camp & Activities Fair on May 7.

For more information pick up a copy of the city’s Summer Program Guide at City Hall, visit nevadacityca.gov or call 530.265.2496 x129.

❯❯ Sierra Nevada Journeys

Sierra Nevada Journeys offers unique programming delivered by caring, well-qualified instructors at a five-star facility, Grizzly Creek Ranch, in Portola.

The camp aims to provide a safe community where our campers are encouraged to reach their highest level of personal achievement through education, fun and adventure.

For more information, see http://www.sierranevadajourneys.org/camp/.

Sierra Nevada Journeys also has a Family Camp opportunity. Details here: http://www.sierranevadajourneys.org/family-camp/.

❯❯ Mountain Meadow Ranch

A co-ed, traditional summer camp for kids ages 7 to 16, where longer sessions (two weeks or more) and a smaller group (enrollment is capped at 120 campers) allows for a more personal camp experience in a family-like environment.

Campers participate in an array of camp and ranch related activities, including horseback riding, high ropes courses (17 elements!), wakeboarding and waterskiing, nature hikes and backpack trips, archery, paintball, fencing, mountain biking, arts and crafts, drama, all-camp events on weekends, campfire singalongs and so much more.

Located on a 900-acre ranch 75 miles north of Reno, across the California border.

Staff-to-camper ratio 1 to 4.

Member of the American Camp Association and WAIC (Western Association of Independent Camps).

For registration information, call 530-257-4419 or email fun@mountainmeadow.com, or visit http://www.mountainmeadow.com.

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