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Summer Camp Saratoga

Voted best summer camp in Silicon Valley, our summer science camps near Saratoga promote science and playful experiences that foster the development of important social skills for children.
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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 6th to August 12th
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Early Registration & Multi Session Discounts
We make our science camp near Saratoga fun for all ages!

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!

Most importantly, our exceptional staff makes our summer camps special. We carefully screen and interview to get high quality camp staff. Our team includes passionate college students, classroom teachers, and full-time YSI educators. The YSI staff receives training to ensure child safety, content knowledge, and customer service. Our summer camp staff strives to provide personal instruction to campers and most of our science camps provide a staff to camper ratio of 1:7.  All YSI summer camp instructors carry dedicated cell phones during each camp day for prompt communication, if needed.
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Summer Camp Pricing

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Investigators Camp. $189

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 through various instruments such as man-made tambourines and nature’s croaking frogs. Learn about the power of magnetic fields through scientific experimentation. Together we will dive into buoyancy and discover the properties that make things float through surface tension, weight distribution, and density. 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 27-July 1July 25-29
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Discovery Camp. $189

Come join the fun and discover the facts behind many natural wonders using hands-on science.

How do birds fly? Where do birds live? What is the difference between an insect and a spider? Why do animals move the way they do? Can you make art with mud like a caveman? Are there different ways to make bubbles? Discover the science behind these questions and more through your journey through YSI Discovery Camp.

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

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June 20-24July 18-22
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Curiosity Camp. $189

Campers – let your curiosity run wild with hands-on science activities, crafts, and guided exploration of our beautiful outdoor venue at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos!

Join us as we dig into the fundamentals of botany as campers plant seeds and investigate the basics of plant life. What about the world below ground? Campers will take a closer look at worms and learn about the importance of bees as pollinators and how these incredible creatures communicate. We will actively experiment with solids and liquids to learn more about the states of matter.

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

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July 5-8August 1-5August 15-19
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Questers Camp. $189

Join us as YSI supports your quest for knowledge using hands-on science activities to discover interesting facts about the world around you.

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 will investigate spores as we learn the mystery behind mold. Campers will work as scientists as they design an experiment to watch how mold grows in a safe, enclosed environment. As we move through our investigations, campers will extend their land-based quest and look to the sky as they 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 6-10June 13-17July 11-15August 8-12
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Feathers, Fur, and Scales. $289

Dive into zoology with YSI! We will actively investigate different kinds of animals from head to toe & from the inside out. Campers will gain hands-on science knowledge as they learn, feel, and observe how snakes slither on their bellies using specialized muscles called scoots. Look at the anatomy of one of nature’s greatest predators and understand the unique features that allow owls to see behind themselves. Campers will gain in-depth knowledge of anatomy through thoughtful, guided, forensic examination of bones, fur, feathers, claws, teeth, scales, and skeletons.

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 27-July 1July 11-15July 25-29August 8-12
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Radical Reptiles. $289

How does a snake smell its environment? How do they make their bodies move? Find out when you get face-to-face with a live snake! Look eye-to-eye with a majestic bearded dragon! During the week, campers will have the chance to meet and touch YSI’s wide variety of live reptiles. Together we will take an up-close look at reptilian anatomy as we learn the proper techniques scientists use to examine skeletons, skins, shells, and fossils. We will gain insight into how these creatures live and discover the fascinating adaptations that snakes, lizards, turtles, and tortoises use for survival.

Get ready to go hiking! Our experienced staff will guide campers into the field to apply the knowledge they’ve learned as they hike and search for wild reptiles in the park.

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

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June 13-17July 5-8July 18-22August 1-5
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Nature Sleuths. $289

Join YSI and develop your CSI instincts to help us solve a natural mystery! 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. Together we will look for clues that animals leave behind and see what we can discover. Campers will learn how to test water for pH and test soil to determine its composition. We will learn how to use magnification tools to examine small evidence and to see things that hide from the naked eye.

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 20-24July 11-15July 25-29
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Water World. $289

Water, water everywhere! Undeniably, one of the most crucial elements to life on Earth is water. Through investigation, observation, and exploration this camp will help campers understand and explore water. Together we will explore the local watershed. Campers will discover the mysterious properties of water and how it can be subject to temperature changes to represent different states of matter. We will do hands-on investigation of the properties of water by dropping, spraying, heating, freezing, and mixing it.

We will hike, search the creek, and look for critters that live in or near water. Turn on your powers of observation, because you will be taking a close look at YSI's live aquatic animals. Campers will develop a better understanding of water as both a liquid and as an ecosystem.

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

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June 27-July 1July 18-22August 1-5
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Bike Hike. $299

Biology and ecology are as easy as riding a bike!

Explore the paved trails in and near Vasona Lake County Park and learn about our local watershed and natural history. Campers will learn: riding skills, trail etiquette, bike safety, bike parts, and do basic repairs.

Participants must bring their own two-wheel bicycle (no training wheels) and be comfortable riding. Sorry, YSI cannot provide overnight bike storage.

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

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June 13-17June 27-July 1July 11-15July 18-22August 1-5
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Fishy Fun. $299

See how fish and other animals that live in water are unique.

Explore our watershed and examine how its health affects the fish that live there. Take a look at real fish inside and out. Learn how to fish, fishing safety and etiquette, and then go fishing!

YSI provides fishing poles & bait; so grab your hat & 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 20-24June 27-July 1July 18-22July 25-29
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Phunky Physics. $289

Unlock the secrets to the physical realm with physics!

Discover the principles of physics while making music, creating and flying airplanes and rockets, and experimenting with magnetism, electricity, and more.

Amaze your friends with physics magic tricks!

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

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July 11-15August 1-5
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Crime Solving Science. $289

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.

Then use your newly developed skills to solve a crime. Will you be the one to find out "Who done it?

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

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July 5-8July 25-29August 8-12
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Bike Explorers. $299

Explore our park and beyond on two wheels!

Practice and improve your bike skills and learn bicycle maintenance and basic repairs. Examine the inner workings of bicycles and biking physics. Check out different kinds of bikes and their uses.

Participants must bring their own two-wheel bicycle with gears and be comfortable riding up and down hills. Sorry, YSI cannot provide overnight bike storage.

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

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June 20-24July 5-8July 25-29August 8-12
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Something's Fishy. $299

To catch a fish, you must think like a fish.

Explore the aquatic environment, perform water-quality tests, search the creek for critters, and even dissect a fish and an invertebrate to see how their anatomy helps them survive in water.

Then use your new knowledge of the underwater environment to go fishing in Vasona Lake, and even participate in a fishing tournament on Friday! We provide the poles and bait; just sign up and learn the ancient art of the catch.

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

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June 13-17July 11-15August 1-5
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Innovative Engineering. $289

Make it, shake it, and 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 27-July 1July 18-22

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!

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 $120 per week.

For preschool and kindergarten aged science camps we offer an Extended Morning Camp that runs from 11:30am -1:00pm at $60 per week. All camps also offer an Early Morning Drop-Off extension from 8:00am - 9:00am at $36 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 entering-1st- to entering-6th-grade camps. All preschool campers must have a birth date before January 1, 2013 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 6th through August 12th.