Tracks & Tides

Ages 6-11 / China Camp, San Rafael

A summer nature adventure by the Bay.

School is out and its the perfect time to spend a day on the beach with friends, better yet friends who know a thing or two about the land and sea. On the land we explore the beaches and hills of China Camp tracking, playing scout games and practicing wilderness skills. In the water we swim, splash, kayak and paddle board. A band of nature explorers, we comb the beach for treasures sneaking past the egrets to find our adventure.

This camp includes our core curriculum plus fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, fire by friction, beach tracking and more. What could be better? We are really excited for this one. Ages 6-12. 


  • Kayaking safety and technique

  • Paddleboarding

  • Swimming

  • Water Play

  • Flora and Fauna of the San Rafael Area

  • China Camp History

  • Treasure Hunts

  • Beach inspired nature crafts

My son and I just made a chart of his summer camps this year and Vilda came out on top as his favorite! ...He is deepening his sense of place and love and respect for the natural world. He has a deeper sense of the seasonal changes and how familiar places change throughout the year. He gets physical exercise outside of a structured sports practice/game. He is building relationships with other adults and children who prioritize a love and respect of our natural world. He is learning that he/we are part of an intricate, amazing, magical system of life on this planet, and his/our choices effect the health and vitality of of the planet and all creatures who live here. He has lots of fun. He has been exposed to literature that has inspired reading experiences at home. He is empowered to teach and show me new things and places when we go out to explore.
— Parent of a young boy



Rates (Per Session): 

Rate A: $495
Rate B: $460
Rate C: $395

Session 2 is a shorter week with the following early bird pricing: A: $295 / B: $275 / C: $240

Please read an explanation of our pricing tiers before you submit your registration.

Scholarships are available.  Contact us for more information. Find answers to common questions.


Ages: 6-11
Location(s): China Camp, San Rafael
Times: 9am - 3pm Daily

Multiple weeklong sessions are offered throughout the summer, so you can pick and choose the dates that work best with your schedule. Click the links below to register.