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Summer Day Camp

​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Two girls at Summer Camp Crafts Photo Credit​Join Inside the Outdoors
for Summer Day Camp 2022!​

Inside the Outdoors, administered by the Orange County Department of Education, is excited to return with our popular Summer Day Camp at Shipley Nature Center in lovely Huntington Beach, California.

Camp Hours
: 9:00 am* to 2:00 pm**

*Drop off starts at 8:30 am for all weeks.
**Extended Camp available from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for an additional fee.

Experience unique activities that incorporate science, fun, learning, and being outdoors​.  Summer Day Camp is geared toward campers age 6 to 11 years old, with leadership and camp opportunities for campers age 12-17.

Each week of summer camp will have themed daily activities that are science/nature based that also include a daily nature journal prompt and a take-home craft.  


  • July 5-8, 2022 (Tuesday-Friday)- Campology - $180 / $60
  • July 11-15, 2022 - Adventures in the Wild - $225 / $75
  • July 18-22, 2022 - No Place Like Space - $225 / $75
  • July 25-29, 2022 - Camp Castaway - $225 / $75​​


Online Payment for ITO Summer Day Camp:  PaySchools​

We are looking forward to another great year of songs, skits, making great friends, science experiments, live animals, crafts, games, FUN and laughter! If you have any questions, please feel free to call/email us. Thank you for giving your camper the opportunity to connect with science as they have hands-on experiences in nature!​  Once you have registered:

Submit payment either online​ or send a check to:  OCDE-Inside the Outdoors, 200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.  Attn:  Summer Camp

Medical Release Form (**needs to be returned to us via email or mail back to us or bring with you the first day of camp!**)

Map to Camp - Shipley Nature Center, Huntington Beach, California

What to Bring


Description of Themes 2022




​The study of fun! Campers will get to start their summer off right, with fun filled days of crafts, games, science, and the great outdoors. From amazing animals to wacky water games, and everything in between. This week of adventures will be one to remember, building forts and friendships that will last all summer. Along with tye dye, skits and songs, the fun goes on and on!​​

​Adventures in the Wild

Join us for a week unplugged as we step back in time to the early days of Shipley Nature Center.  Campers will rediscover the ancient art of Native American hunting, gathering and legend telling, as well as the skills needed to be a pioneer in search of gold!  But don't forget the past can be full of critters; campers will also get a chance to meet local animals that have been calling Shipley Nature Center home for hundreds of years.

No Place Like Space

3..2..1…Blast off! This week of summer camp will be out of this world! Campers will spend the week outdoors taking a look up at the sky and beyond. Getting to know their galaxy while spending their week experimenting and exploring different phenomena that give us a glimpse into​ our ever-moving planet Earth. Cosmic crafts and intergalactic games will send campers on an interstellar mission of fun!

​Camp Castaway​

A group of campers will inhabit a nature center where they will compete in summer camp challenges of songs, skits, and games to survive our summer! This week outdoors will teach campers the  importance of learning survivor skills, observing animals, and the most important tool of all, having a team of friends. Does your camper have w​hat it takes to endure this wild week and become an ultimate camper? ​


​Sample Schedule

9:00 am - Camp songs/skits as a whole group.

9:30am - 11:30 am - Camp activities in small groups.

11:30 am - Lunch and Garbology

12:00 pm - Afternoon games and choose-your-own-adventure activities with camp staff.​

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