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Summer Day Camp

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Two girls at Summer Camp Crafts Photo Credit​Join Inside the Outdoors
for Summer Day Camp 2024!​

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 of $80.

Experience unique activities that incorporate science, fun, learning, and being outdoors​.  Summer Day Camp is geared toward campers age 6 to 12 years old, with leadership and camp opportunities for campers age 13-17.  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 1 - 3, 2024 (Monday-Wednesday only) -  Call of the Wild, Price $170 
  • July 8 - 12, 2024 - Camp California, Price $285
  • July 15 - 19, 2024 -  Fantastic Campers and Where to Find Them, Price $285
  • July 22 - 26, 2024 -  Camp Critters, Price $285


Online PayPal Payment for ITO Summer Day Camp:  


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​ (PayPal link above) 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 2024



Call of the Wild

Campers will navigate the "rugged" wilderness of Shipley Nature Center as they explore the trails, spy for animals, and engage in hands-on natural science in this fun-filled week that will sure be wild! Each day will be a new adventure as we sing songs, make crafts and play games to tap into the camper's natural curiosity. Does your camper have what it takes to hear the call of the wild?​

​Camp California

Native plants, native animals  and native campers! This week we head back to our roots, keeping it coastal and local! Through games, songs, science, and adventures, outdoor explorers will learn how to be California cool and become the ultimate camper.​​

Fantastic Campers and Where to Find Them

Campers keep their summer going 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 tie dye, skits and songs, the fun goes on and on!​​

Camp Critter

Creatures, crafts, science, and fun! This week of summer camp will be sure to thrill your curious camper as we explore the trails of Shipley Nature Center, keeping an eye out for any critters we may encounter along the way. Each day, we will play, laugh and sing silly camp songs as we learn about the importance of local ecology and how to look for animal evidence out in the wild!​​


​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 (bring your own lunch each day) and Garbology

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

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