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Summer Science Camp in Campbell

Voted best summer camp in Silicon Valley, our summer science camps near Campbell promote science and playful experiences that foster the development of important social skills for children.
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An Unforgettable Experience With Nature
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Located in Beautiful Vasona Lake County Park
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Summer Science Camp Experts Since 1953
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Summer Camps from June 3rd to August 16th
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Early Registration & Multi Session Discounts
Summer is a great time to be a kid and enjoy the sunshine. It’s also summer camp season! Instead of sending your kids off to pitch a tent just anywhere, you should consider the benefits of looking into a Campbell summer science camp!

All of our Summer Science Camps incorporate hiking, games, and arts & crafts and feature special programs with our live animal ambassadors. The YSI summer camp culture is infused with games that foster social skills and playful science camp activities that bring our summer camps spirit to life!

Youth Science Institute (YSI) has been getting kids into nature and into science since the 1950s, and they truly have a passion for seeing kids get excited about learning and getting hands-on with understanding the world around them. Choosing to send your child to a science camp such as YSI means that they won’t just be having fun—they’ll be learning too! This is a great supplement to the off-season for school studies, and also it’s a great opportunity to integrate learning and problem-solving into the everyday experience of a child’s life. This makes for more questions, curiosity, and critical thinking, which are all essential to problem-solving skills in any arena of life. For a truly impactful summer camp experience, consider a summer nature camp for science and exploring such as YSI.
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Summer Camp Pricing

Select Your Child's Grade Level for the 2019-2020 School Year
(Science camp weeks sold separately)
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Investigators Camp: $199

Take a deeper look at some of the invisible forces that act on the world around you with hands-on science! Join fellow campers as we investigate sound, the power of magnetic fields, and buoyancy through scientific experimentation. Meet an isopod and learn the important role they play in keeping the environment in balance.

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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June 10-14June 24-28July 22-26August 5-9
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Discovery Camp: $199

Come join the fun and discover the facts behind many natural wonders using hands-on science. How do birds fly? Why do animals move the way they do? Are there different ways to make bubbles? Discover the science behind these questions and more through your journey with YSI Discovery Camp.

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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June 3-7June 24-28July 15-19July 29 - August 2
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Curiosity Camp: $199

Practice basic botany, take a closer look at worms, and learn about bees! Actively experiment with solids and liquids to learn more about the states of matter. Let your curiosity run wild with hands-on science activities, crafts, and guided exploration.

Note: July 1-5 will not include Thursday (4th of July). This session is priced at $159.

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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June 17-21July 1-5July 15-19July 29 - August 2
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Explorers Camp: $199

Delve into the world of energy by experimenting with sound and motion. Make musical instruments and do hands-on experiments demonstrating how sound travels. Meet a toad and analyze the difference between living and non-living things. It’s time to examine, experiment, and explore!

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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June 10-14July 8-12July 22-26August 12-16
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Questers Camp: $199

Discover how rocks are formed and practice sorting rocks like a geologist. Campers will take a closer look at snails and other animals with shells. We’ll also look to the sky and experiment with wind and learn the science of how clouds form.

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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June 17-21July 8-12August 5-9
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Feathers, Fur, and Scales: $299

Dive into zoology with YSI! We will actively investigate different kinds of animals from head to toe, and from the inside out. Examine bones, fur, feathers, claws, teeth, scales, and skeletons to learn more about animal adaptations. Together we will meet YSI’s live animals and get an up-close look at how these animals are built for survival.

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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June 17-21June 24-28July 8-12July 22-26July 29 - August 2August 5-9
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Radical Reptiles: $299

During the week, campers will have the chance to meet and touch YSI’s wide variety of live reptiles. Take an up-close look at reptilian anatomy as we learn the proper techniques scientists use to examine skeletons, skins, shells, and fossils. Discover the fascinating adaptations that snakes, lizards, turtles, and tortoises use for survival and gain insight into how these creatures live.

Note: July 1-5 will not include Thursday (4th of July). This session is priced at $249.

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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June 10-14June 24-28July 1-5July 15-19July 22-26
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Nature Sleuths: $299

Learn how to utilize your senses and employ the tools of a scientist to delve more deeply into the mysteries of the world around us. Conduct tests on water and soil and learn how to use magnification tools. Campers will be able to combine their knowledge and apply these tools and insights to solve a natural mystery.

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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June 10-14June 24-28July 8-12July 15-19July 29 - August 2August 5-9
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Curious Chemists: $299

Microscopes, lab coats, and test tubes, oh my! Prepare yourself for a week of experimentation and creation. Learn about bonds as you make slime and unleash your own chemical powered rocket car. Find out what molecules have to do with properties and scent. Let your curiosity run wild!

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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June 17-21July 8-12July 22-26August 5-9
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Water World: $299

Conduct hands-on investigation of the properties of water by dropping, spraying, heating, freezing, and mixing it. Explore the local watershed and meet live aquatic animals. Campers will develop a better understanding of water as both a liquid and as an ecosystem.

Note: July 1-5 will not include Thursday (4th of July). This session is priced at $249.

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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June 10-14June 17-21July 1-5July 15-19July 29 - August 2
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Bike Hike: $299

Biology and ecology are as easy as riding a bike! Practice and improve your riding skills, learn trail etiquette and bicycle safety. Delve into the mechanics of various bike parts with hands-on experiments. Participants must bring their own helmet and two- wheel bicycle with 20" or larger wheels (no training wheels) and be comfortable riding. YSI cannot provide overnight bike storage.

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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June 10-14June 24-28July 8-12July 22-26July 29 - August 2August 5-9
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Wildlife Wonders: $299

Actively investigate animal bodies and behaviors with art, experiments, and games. Meet live animals, handle specimens, and learn to identify adaptations that help species survive. It’s going to be a wildly wonderful week of wildlife!

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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June 24-28July 22-26August 5-9
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Fishy Fun: $299

Explore our watershed and examine how its health affects the fish that live there. Learn special traits that our aquatic friends possess to survive and thrive in the water. Learn how to fish, fishing safety and etiquette, and then go fishing! YSI provides fishing poles and bait, so grab your hat and sunglasses and get ready to go fishing!

Note: July 1-5 will not include Thursday (4th of July). This session is priced at $249.

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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June 17-21July 1-5July 15-19July 29 - August 2
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Phunky Physics: $299

Unlock the secrets to the physical realm with physics! Discover the principles of physics while making music, creating and flying airplanes and rockets, and conducting experiments with magnetism, electricity, light, and more.

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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June 17-21July 15-19
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Crime Solving Science: $299

Examine evidence under a microscope. Use chemistry to identify mysterious substances. Learn how police, firefighters, park rangers, and other law enforcement officers use science to help them solve crimes. Use your newly developed skills to solve a case, excavate bones, and decipher secret messages!”

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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June 10-14July 8-12
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Bike Explorers: $299

Explore our park and beyond on two wheels! Practice and improve your bike skills, learn how to keep your bike in good working order, do some basic bike repairs, and discover some biking physics. Participants must bring their own helmet and two-wheel bicycle with gears, and be comfortable riding up and down hills. YSI cannot provide overnight bike storage.

Note: July 1-5 will not include Thursday (4th of July). This session is priced at $249.

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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June 17-21July 1-5July 29 - August 2
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Nature Magnified : $299

Immerse yourself in all sizes of science and go deeper into your biology interests. Learn about animals that inspire innovation and explore the rapidly growing world of nano-technology. Conduct experiments in nature, use powerful microscopes to observe water samples, and investigate the world down to the nano-perspective.

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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July 8-12August 5-9
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Something's Fishy: $299

Explore the aquatic environment and search the creek for critters. Dissect a fish and learn more about their unique adaptations that allow them to survive in water. Cast a line and go fishing in Vasona Lake! YSI provides the fishing poles and bait, so grab your hat and sunglasses and get ready to go fishing!”

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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June 10-14July 22-26
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Innovative Engineering: $299

Make it, shake it, maybe even break it! Build and test your own inventions, including small-scale bridges, towers, and simple machines. Investigate forces, motion, mechanics, and power while making chemical-powered cars, high-flying gliders, and other great gadgets.

Location: Vasona Lake County Park (333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, California 95032)

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June 24-28July 15-19

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there multi-session discounts?

10% OFF 3rd week plus all additional weeks.

For Example:  If you are registering your child for 4 (non-sequential) weeks, then the first 2 weeks will be full-priced science camps, and the following 2 weeks will be 10% off!

Are there multi-person discounts?

5% OFF all camp weeks for the 2nd child registered plus all additional children registered.

For Example: If you are registering 4 children, the 1st child registered will have a full-priced science camp, & the following 3 registered will each have 5% off their science camps!

Is Financial Assistance offered?

Yes, there is. Click here to find the appropriate paperwork to submit.

Are there any YSI Summer Science Camp extensions available?

There are early-drop-off and extended-camp options to meet your scheduling needs! All of our summer camps for 1st grade and older have the option to add an Extended Day Camp that runs from 1:00pm - 5:30pm. The cost of this extended day is $129 per week.

For preschool and kindergarten aged science camps we offer an Extended Morning Camp that runs from 11:30am -1:00pm at $65 per week.

All camps also offer an Early Morning Drop-Off extension from 8:00am - 9:00am at $39 per week.

What ages can attend YSI Summer Science Camp?

YSI's Summer Science Camps are weekly, half-day camps that run from 9:00am-11:30am for our preschool and kindergarten camps, and from 9:00am-1:00pm for our campers entering 1st-6th grades. All preschool campers must have a birth date before January 1, 2016 and be able to use the restroom independently.

Where and when is YSI Summer Science Camp?

All YSI Summer Science Camps are located in beautiful Vasona Lake County Park with new sessions starting weekly from June 3rd through August 16th.