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Summer Camp

Get outside and explore the coast this summer!

Explore beaches, dunes, wetlands, and coastal forests. Learn about the plants and animals that live there. Play games, sing songs, and create nature crafts during these week-long summer camp programs.

*Continue down the page for teen leadership opportunity!


Open to ages 5-8

June 19-23

July 10-14

August 7-11

9a.m. - 1p.m.

Dune Detectives

Open to ages 9-12

June 26-30

July 31-August 4

August 14-18

10a.m. - 4p.m.

Coastal Connections

Camp Fees:

Sliding Scale $50 - $150

Camp Fees:

Sliding Scale $75 - $200

Please make your payment for both camps in the form to the right.

If you will be utilizing the sliding scale select the "custom amount" option. Be sure to select "write us a comment" to say which camp it is for.

If you are in need of a scholarship, please email

Payments and donations towards our scholarship fund can be submitted using the payment form to the right, in person at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center,

or by mailing a check to:

Friends of the Dunes

P.O. Box 186

Arcata, CA 95518

Funding for this program is supported by a Whale Tail grant from the California Coastal Commission.


Naturalists-in-Training assist camp leaders with activities, songs, and arts & crafts, while gaining valuable leadership skills.

Earn community service credits too!

Open to ages 15-17

Applicants should:

  • Be a current junior high or high school student.

  • Submit one reference letter from an adult who is not a family member

  • Attend all training sessions

  • Enjoy working with young children and be willing to act silly during games and while singing songs.

  • Take direction and work as part of a team.

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