​Summer Camp 2017

Join Inside the Outdoors for Summer Camp! Experience unique activities incorporate science, fun, learning and leadership.

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Dates and Locations

Summer Day Camp at Rancho Soñado
June 26 to 30, 2017
Summer Day Camp at Shipley Nature Center
July 10 to 14, 2017
July 17 to 21, 2017
July 24 to 28, 2017
July 31 to August 4, 2017
Summer Day Camp at Irvine Regional Park
August 7 to 11, 2017

Registration Form

Online Payments

Forms and Camp Details

Camp Hours

Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Extended Camp Hours: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday

Programs and Fees

Summer Camp (6 to 11 years old) - $210 per camper
Youth Leadership Camp (12 to 16 years old) - $210 per camper - This program has been designed to help build leadership skills so your camper can be the Naturalist of tomorrow!
Junior Naturalist (16 to 18 years old) - $110 per camper (fees may be waived if earning service credit, approval must be received from the Operations Manager)
Extended Camp - $75 per camper

Foundation Member Discount

Current Inside the Outdoors Foundation Family Members receive $15.00 off each week of camp and $5.00 off of extended camp.  Annual family membership must be current to receive this discount.  Become a member today!


A limited number of partial camperships are available for this year's summer camp (up to $100 per week).  To apply for the campership, submit the applicaiton below.  Funding is based on financial need.

Description of We​ekly Themes

Theme​​ Description​​
Young Scientist ​Calling all Scientists! This week will turn your Summer Camper into a different scientist every day. Through hands-on experiments, data collection and observations, campers will learn what it takes to become a real Biologist, Ecologist, Geologist and more! Songs, crafts and games will complete this fun, science-filled week!
​Secret Life of Animals ​What helps our native Orange County animals survive? Some disappear at night, where do they go? As we explore the different habitats of Shipley Nature Center, Summer Campers will learn some of the secrets that make Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians and Arthropods so unique and amazing! Animal crafts, songs and games will keep everyone in that animal state of mind. 
​Earth Savers ​Through games, songs, crafts, experiments and adventures, Summer Campers will learn what it takes to help save our Earth! How does pollution affect our oceans? Why are the 5 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose, Rot) important for our animal friends? These are some of the questions our Earth Savers will be able to answer after attending this Earth saving week.
​Weird Science ​Welcome to the world of weird science! Weird Science will tap into your camper's natural curiosity and lead them to observe, compare, contrast, and describe different phenomena. Summer Campers will learn about the oddities of science by doing unusual and fun experiments each day as well as sing songs, make crafts and play games!
Tails and Trails​ Feelin’ wild? Come discover the tails and trails of one of Orange County’s most historic parks! Wilderness adventurers will hike the local trails, meet native wildlife, ride the train, and explore the OC Zoo. Each day camp explorers will become a part of California’s rich history through wild activities, games, and crafts!