Sycamore Science Camp

4444 East Avenue
Livermore,
CA
94550

Sunday - Saturday
7:00 am - Sunset
Ranger Office
Livermore Area Recreation and Park District
Robert Livermore Community Center
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Livermore Police Department
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Sycamore Science Camp

An education-based science program designed to engage your child, foster an appreciation for nature, and have FUN! Camps are held on Wednesdays in 4-week sessions with times specific to grade levels. TK/K - 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.; Grade 1-2 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. and Grade 3-4 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. For more information call 925-960-2400. Home school groups may contact dsoles@larpd.org for information.

Session 1 - In the Dark

September 16 - October 7

Bats! Owls! Raccoons! Oh my! Come to the park to learn about the creatures of the night that inhabit our area and other parts of the world.  Learn about nocturnal adaptations and how they help these critters be successful In the Dark!

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In the Dark Lesson Schedule Day/Date Location
Lesson 1 - Bodacious Bats Wednesday, 9/16 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
Learn about bats and the fascinating life they lead after the sun goes down. Discover how they hunt in the dark and if they really do hang upside down to sleep. 
Lesson 2 - Awesome Owls Wednesday, 9/23 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
The Bay Area is home to several different species of owls. Each are unique in their own way; there is even one that burrows underground! Come and learn about our local owls and others around the world.
Lesson 3 - NOT Bats or Owls Wednesday, 9/30 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
The night isn't just reserved for creatures of the skies. There is a lot going on after dark on land, too. From opossums to skunks to raccoons, the park is a busy place at night.  Learn about creatures who thrive under the cover of darkness. 
Lesson 4 - Living in the Dark Around the World Wednesday, 10/7 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
Take a step outside the park and explore the world of creatures around the world that make darkness their home. From the depths of the ocean to the plains of Africa, you will learn about animals that have evolved in special ways to live their lives in the dark. 

Session 2 - The Life of an Oak and Other Trees

October 28 - November 18

What happens when a tree dies? Why do Sycamore trees like to live near rivers? How many acorns does an oak tree make? Learn the answers to these questions and more as you learn about the importance of trees in our area and around the world.

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The Life of an Oak Lesson Schedule Day/Date Location
Lesson 1 - From Acorn to Mighty Oak Wednesday, 10/28 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
Learn about the life cycle of an oak tree and its important role in the ecosystem.
Lesson 2 - Sycamores and Other Local Trees Wednesday, 11/4 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
Sycamore Grove is home to a whole collection of different trees. Today you will learn all about the park's namesake as well as many of the other tree species that call the park home. 
Lesson 3 - Home Tree Home Wednesday, 11/11 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
Today you will learn about how trees are vital to a wide variety of animals. From roots to tree top, animals rely on trees for health and home. 
Lesson 4 - Humans and Trees Wednesday, 11/18 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
People have been using trees for survival for centuries. We use them to build homes, boats, towns, and even to keep us warm. Come and learn how trees have helped humans and how we can help the trees.

Session 3 - Our Changing Earth

January 6 - 27

Happy New Year! The arrival of a new year always brings changes... especially in nature! We will be figuring out how weather works, why the leaves on trees fall in Autumn, how the eath moves, and a whole lot more!

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Our Changing Earth Lesson Schedule Day/Date Location
Lesson 1 - The 4 Seasons Wednesday, 1/6 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall! Why do we have them? What causes seasons to change? Let's learn about it!
Lesson 2 - Plant Adaptations to the Seasons Wednesday, 1/13 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
As the weather changes the plants change too. Some plants lose their leaves and others produce flowers. We are going to unpack these seasonal changes in plants and how they benefit from a change in weather.
Lesson 3 - Animal Adaptations to the Seasons Wednesday, 1/20 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
Rabbits that can change color?! Hibernating chipmunks?! These are real things and we are going to learn about them and more!
Lesson 4 - Geologic Changes: Rocks, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes Wednesday, 1/27 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
Rocks can change to?! The earth can move! In this lesson we will be learning all about how rocks rock and the way the earth moves!

Session 4 - Native Americans

February 17 - March 10

There are many tribes of Native Peoples in North America. We will talk about a few of them before focusing on California Native Americans and our local tribes in particular. Learn about the games they played and what plants they used as tools and meals they ate as well as many other things that were a part of their daily lives.

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Native Americans Lesson Schedule Day/Date Location
Lesson 1 - National Tribes Wednesday, 2/17 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
Indigenous people have lived on this land for centuries across the nation. The wide variety of terrain and climate on our continent led to a variety of lifestyles and cultures. Join us to learn how the land influenced how people lived their lives.
Lesson 2 - California Tribes Wednesday, 2/24 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
California was home to many tribes of native peoples. Let's talk about how they differed and what they had in common.
Lesson 3 - Local Ethnobotany Wednesday, 3/3 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
Plants have been (and still are!) used for everything from medicine and food to shelter and games. Join us to learn how our local plants were used by the native people of our area.
Lesson 4 - Local Way of Life Wednesday, 3/10 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
Today we will explore tools used by native people to make their everyday lives easier and more enjoyable. What did they hunt with? How did they prepare food? What games did they play? Let's find out by looking at some replicas of California Indian artifacts.

Session 5 - Fun in Nature

April 14 - May 5

Come learn about the great outdoors! Sycamore Grove is a great place to learn and have some fun in the sun! Have a blast while learning all about lizards, birds and the many cool crawlies that call the park home.

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Fun in Nature Lesson Schedule Day/Date Location
Lesson 1 - Birds of the Park Wednesday, 4/14 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
Sycamore Grove is home to many types of birds! Big ones, tall ones, small, and colorful ones too! Come learn about these fabulous flyers!
Lesson 2 - 6 & 8-Legged Beasties Wednesday, 4/21 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
Did you know that Livermore has native Tarantulas? Come to the park to learn about them as well as other spiders and insects from our area and around the world. 
Lesson 3 - Herps (Reptiles and Amphibians) Wednesday, 4/28 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
We will be learning all about the wonderful world of herps... also known as reptiles and amphibians! Everything from frogs to lizards, snakes, and more!
Lesson 4 - The Pond Wednesday, 5/5 Sycamore Grove Picnic Area - 5035 Arroyo Road
Today is Pond Day! We will talk about the diversity of life in the pond. Please bring a towel, water shoes, and a change of clothes because after we will learn what is living in the pond and we will be going to see what we can catch! We will have a mini zoo of our pond critters to look at to end our Pond Day.