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Camps & Nature Programs

LARPD Rangers offer a wide variety of programs for all ages. For questions, please contact natureprograms@larpd.org

School Year Programs

Sycamore Science Camp

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 ewhiteside@larpd.org for information.

Summer Programs

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Counselor In Training

Go beyond summer nature camp with the Counselor in Training program! This 2-week program designed for young teens will provide CITs the opportunity to develop leadership skills and get a behind-the-scenes look at the recreation and outdoor industry while having fun and bonding with their peers.

CITs will spend mornings getting to know Sycamore Grove Park and the inner workings of summer nature camp before shadowing counselors and mentoring younger campers in the afternoon. Over these two weeks, CITs will gain valuable, hands-on leadership experience as they craft and lead their own camp activities. Participation in the CIT program will prepare young teens for volunteering at camp in the future and give them a strong foundation of skills needed to become a camp counselor.

*New this year, we will continue camp fun into the evening on Thursdays, with night games and a campfire. Thursday 6/23 & Thursday 6/30, camps will run from 2:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Age Days Time Res / NR
13-15 M-F 8:30a-3:30p* $510 / $560
Course # Dates Location
9300.22 6/20-7/1 Sycamore Grove Park

Nature Camp

Summer Nature Camps at Sycamore Grove Park

LARPD Summer Ranger Camp Staff      Sycamore Grove Park Reservable Picnic Area

Come to Summer Nature Camp and have some fun in the sun all while learning about the natural world around us. Through age-appropriate programs and activities the kids will experience the park by playing in the creek, going in search of buried treasure, and hiking Livermore’s hidden gem, Sycamore Grove Park. They will learn about everything from the solar system to tadpoles in the creek.  Each week will have a different theme with new activities and adventures:

*New this year, for Explorers and Mountain Lions camps we will have one special day to continue camp fun into the evening, with night games and a campfire. On Thursdays for these weeks only, camp will run 3pm to 9pm.


Tadpoles, Ages 5 to 6

Each week has two sections, the Frogs and the Pond Turtles. Both groups are the same camp and times but they will be separated during the day. 

Days Time Res / NR Location
M-F 9a-3p $290/$319 Sycamore Grove Park
Theme Course # (Group) Dates
Sycamore Grove 101 9000.221A (Pond Turtles) 6/20-6/24
9000.221B (Frogs)
Nocturnal 9000.222A (Pond Turtles) 6/27-7/1
9000.222B (Frogs)
Survivors 9000.223A (Pond Turtles) 7/11-7/15
9000.223B (Frogs)
Home in the Ranges 9000.224A (Pond Turtles) 7/18-7/22
9000.224B (Frogs)
Wild Ways of the World 9000.225A (Pond Turtles) 7/25-7/29
9000.225B (Frogs)
Adventure  9000.226A (Pond Turtles) 8/1-8/5
9000.226B (Frogs)
Animal Kingdom 9000.227A (Pond Turtles) 8/8-8/12
9000.227B (Frogs)

Explorers, Ages 7 to 9

Each week has two groups, the Bobcats and the Foxes. Both groups are the same camp and times but they will be separated during the day. 

*New this year, for Explorers and Mountain Lions camps we will have one special day to continue camp fun into the evening, with night games and a campfire. On Thursdays for these weeks only, camp will run 3pm to 9pm.

Days Time Res / NR Location
M-F 9a-3p $290/$319 Sycamore Grove Park
Theme Course # (Group) Dates
Sycamore Grove 101 9100.221A (Bobcats) 6/20-6/24
9100.221B (Foxes)
Nocturnal* 9100.222A (Bobcats) 6/27-7/1
9100.222B (Foxes)
Survivors 9100.223A (Bobcats) 7/11-7/15
9100.223B (Foxes)
Home in the Ranges* 9100.224A (Bobcats) 7/11-7/15
9100.224B (Foxes)
Wild Ways of the World 9100.225A (Bobcats) 7/18-7/22
9100.225B (Foxes)
Adventure* 9100.226A (Bobcats) 8/1-8/5
9100.226B (Foxes)
Animal Kingdom 9100.227A (Bobcats) 8/8-8/12
9100.227B (Foxes)

Mountain Lions, Ages 10 to 12

Each week has two sections, the Ghost Cats and the Pumas. Both groups are the same camp and times but they will be separated during the day. 

*New this year, for Explorers and Mountain Lions camps we will have one special day to continue camp fun into the evening, with night games and a campfire. On Thursdays for these weeks only, camp will run 3pm to 9pm.

Days Time Res / NR Location
M-F 9a-3p $290/$319 Sycamore Grove Park
Theme Course # Dates
Sycamore Grove 101 9200.221A (Ghost Cats) 6/20-6/24
9200.221B (Pumas)
Nocturnal* 9200.222A (Ghost Cats) 6/27-7/1
9200.223B (Pumas)
Survivors 9200.223A (Ghost Cats) 7/11-7/15
9200.223B (Pumas)
Home in the Ranges* 9200.224A (Ghost Cats) 7/11-7/15
9200.224B (Pumas)
Wild Ways of the World 9200.225A (Ghost Cats) 7/18-7/22
9200.225B (Pumas)
Adventure* 9200.226A (Ghost Cats) 8/1-8/5
9200.226B (Pumas)
Animal Kingdom 9200.227A (Ghost Cats) 8/8-8/12
9200.227B (Pumas)

Summer Events

 

Sycamore Summer Games

LARPD Ranger Staff

Come out to Sycamore grove prepared to test your skills in the first annual Sycamore Summer Games! We will test your knowledge, speed, creativity, observation and beyond in this family-friendly fun competition. Activities may (or may not!) include native American atlatl tossing, scavenger hunting, plant and animal identification, fire starting, and underwater basket weaving. Ages 7+ recommended.

Days Time Res / NR Location
Sat 12p-3p $5 / $5 Sycamore Grove Reservable Picnic Area
Course # Age Dates
7107 All Ages 7/9

Apple Fest

LARPD Ranger Staff

Come to Ravenswood Historic Site to explore the apple orchard and taste heirloom apple varieties you can’t find in stores. Ongoing activities from 12 – 4 pm include cider making (and drinking!), “apple slinkie” making, old-fashioned games, and docent-led tours of the historic buildings. Special apple tasting and apple history talk begins at 2 pm. Kids under 3 are free.

Days Time Res / NR Location
Sun 12p-4p $5/$5 Ravenswood Historic Site, 2647 Arroyo Rd
Course # Age Dates
7108 All Ages 8/21

Valley Wilds

LARPD Ranger Staff offer free public programs on weekends!  Check out LARPD.org or call (925) 960-2400 to learn about upcoming programs.  You can also subscribe to receive “Valley Wilds,” LARPD Open Space’s monthly newsletter, and be the first to.