What Is Bay Camp?
Bay Camp is a bilingual summer day camp on San Pablo Bay for children ages 7 to 12, connecting them to nature through kayaking and bicycling in the tidal marsh ecosystem and surrounding waterways. Camp headquarters is at the Ralph Benson Center at the Baylands on the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Sonoma Land Trust’s Bay Camp offers participating kids the opportunity to explore the bay and watersheds of Sonoma County. Our day camp connects campers to nature through kayaking and bicycling along the tidal marsh. These sessions offer unique experiences to access the diverse natural spaces in our backyard. Campers see new sights and experience the places where fresh and salt water meet, while making new friends and having fun along the way. A supportive and kind community is created by the staff and campers through team-building games and activities. Children get into the outdoors and spend a week enjoying new and exciting adventures at Bay Camp!All kayaks, bikes and safety gear are provided to campers. Water safety, kayaking techniques and bicycling are taught during camp.
Camp sessions run each summer in June and July, Monday through Friday from 9am−3pm. Registration begins in March. For more information, contact BayCamp@sonomalandtrust.org.
In the Bay Explorers sessions, campers interact with San Pablo Bay from both land and water. Campers ages 7 to 12 venture into the marsh ecosystem on bicycle and kayak each day, discovering new things about the various animals and plants that live in the marsh — from the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse, egrets, cormorants and coyotes to sticky monkey flowers and mugwort. Campers use binoculars to spot birds with local experts, learn to read the tides, search for plankton, solve nature mysteries, taste pickleweed and discover Spanish words for the natural world. On the final day, campers enjoy a scavenger hunt adventure and make s’mores using the power of the sun.