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Upcoming Events

Science Safari
Upcoming Science Safaris
YSI's Science Safaris are educational programs that not only bring you and your family into nature, but we will also teach you facts about your surroundings that you may not have known! These outdoor events are rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. YSI's Science Safari programs are designed for families, so please register each attending member. A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for these events. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made within 8 days of the registrant's Science Safari date may receive a full refund. Cancellations made within 7 days of the Science Safari's date will result in no refund. Registration fees are non-transferable.

Scholarships are also available to low-income families in Santa Clara County. For more information, please email programs@ysi-ca.org or call 408-356-4945 x15.
Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
Salamander Search at Sanborn
Sanborn is famous for its amphibians; you just need to do some extra searching to find them! Join us for a fun day of looking under rocks, logs, and other unique hiding spots that Sanborn’s Salamanders call home!

Date: March 2nd @ 10:30 am-12 pm
Recommended ages: 4-12 years old.
Cost: $25 per person
Location: 16055 Sanborn Road, Saratoga, CA 95070

A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for this event.
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Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
Storytime: Animal BFFs
Join YSI for storytime! We will be reading "Animal BFFs." Afterward, we will meet a live animal from the story and learn about it!

Date: March 9th @11 am-12pm
Time: 11 am-12 pm
Recommended ages: 1-5 years old.
Cost: Free
Location: Vasona Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

All attendants (parent and child) must be registered
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Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
Spring Crafts
Join us for a day of creativity with spring-themed crafts! There will be plenty of options, whether for the spring holidays or the season in general! Show the joy of spring in your fun way!

Date: March 16th @11 am-12pm
Time: 11 am-12 pm
Recommended ages: 4-12 years old.
Cost: $25 per person
Location: Vasona Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for this event.
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Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
Native vs. Non-native at Vasona
Meet various native and non-native animals of Santa Clara County. Learn about the critical roles the native animals play and the negative effects the non-native ones play. Have an up-close interaction with some amazing critters!

Date: March 23rd @ 10:30 am-12 pm
Recommended ages: 7-12 years old.
Cost: Free
Location: Vasona Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for this event.
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Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
Spring Break Camp at Vasona-Wacky Weather
Explore the world of meteorology with YSI! Explore how the weather changes. What are the different types of natural disasters? What is the difference between weather and climate? Also, learn how to prepare for sudden changes and weather and how you and your family can be safe.

Date: April 8th-12th from 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Recommended ages: 6-12 years old.
Location: Vasona Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Cost: $410 per Camper
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Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
Storytime: Everybody’s Welcome
Join YSI for storytime! We will be reading "Everybody’s Welcome." Afterward, we will meet a live animal from the story and learn about it!

Date: April 13th @11 am-12pm
Time: 11 am-12 pm
Recommended ages: 1-5 years old.
Cost: Free
Location: Vasona Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for this event.
Register
Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
Earth Day Celebration Community Clean-Up
Celebrate our planet with a day of community clean-up around Vasona Park!

Dress comfortably and prepared to do some clean up.

We will provide gloves, bags, ect.

We are super excited to celebrate with you!

Date: April 20th @10 am-12pm
Time: 10 am-12 pm
Recommended ages: All Ages!
Cost: Free
Location: Vasona Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for this event.
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Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
Looking for Leaves
You can learn so much from a plant by looking at its leaves. Learn to ID some native species and how the native americans would utilize them in their daily life. It will be a great day for a hike through the beautiful park!

Date: April 27th @ 10:30 am-12 pm
Recommended ages: 4-12 years old.
Cost: Free
Location: 16055 Sanborn Road, Saratoga, CA 95070

A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for this event.
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Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
Birding at Vasona
Join YSI as we walk around Vasona Park and teach you about our feathered friends! Learn how to identify birds by their key characteristics, how to use binoculars, and then make a craft that will help you attract birds into your backyard!

Date: May 4th @ 10:30 am-12 pm
Recommended ages: 4-12 years old.
Location: Vasona Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Cost: $25.00 per person

A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for this event.
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Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
Storytime: Snake!
Join YSI for storytime! We will be reading "Snake!" Afterward, we will meet a live animal from the story and learn about it!

Date: May 11th @11 am-12pm
Time: 11 am-12 pm
Recommended ages: 1-5 years old.
Cost: Free
Location: Vasona Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

All attendants (parent and child) must be registered
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Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
Rainbow Challenge
Go on a scavenger hunt to find all the colors of the rainbow in the park! Who can find all the colors first? Who can find some of the most unique colors? Give it your best!

Date: May 18th @11 am-12pm
Time: 11 am-12 pm
Recommended ages: 4-10 years old.
Cost: Free
Location: Vasona Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for this event.
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Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
Science Saturdays
Upcoming Science Saturdays
YSI is proud to offer 3 Science Saturdays at Vasona in November! Our Science Saturdays not only bring your children outside in nature, but they also allow children to explore while learning about science! Children will enjoy 4 hours of natural sciences with hands-on learning, a nature walk in our beautiful Vasona Park, and a craft or two each Saturday. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now! Below is more information for each Science Saturday.

YSI has incorporated guidelines that follow all County and State protocols. YSI requires every registrant to wear a face mask while practicing social distancing. This information can be found in the registration form. We appreciate your cooperation with helping YSI keep you safe and healthy while enjoying the beauty of nature. For more information, please email programs@ysi-ca.org or call 408-356-4945 ex 12. We look forward to seeing you in person!

YSI’s Science Saturday Cancellation Policy:
50% of camp fees plus a $50 administrative fee will be charged if cancellations are made within 2 weeks of the camp's start date.No refund (0%) of camp fees will be refunded within 2 weeks of the camp's date.

Please note, if federal, state, or county COVID-19 guidelines change and prevent YSI from operating our programs, registrants are able to donate program fees, defer program fees to our ACTIVE account to be used as a credit for another program, or receive a full refund.

Enrollment Change Policy:
Any change (including canceling out of one program and enrolling in another program) requests must be made at least 14 days before the program's start date, and are subject to availability. There will be a $50 administrative fee to process this change. If a program is canceled due to low enrollment, you may change to another program without a $50 administrative fee. Programs are not transferable to another person.

For more information, please email programs@ysi-ca.org or call 408-356-4945 ex 12. We look forward to seeing you in person!
It’s that time of year, and YSI is hosting our upcoming Holiday Camp - Plants and Animals of Vasona Park! Join YSI for 3 days of fun and learning at Vasona Park, and we will have a different theme each day.

YSI is following all county and state guidelines for outdoor events. This includes but is not limited to:
Required Face Masks
Social Distancing
Personal Kits for Crafts
No shared Items
Frequent Disinfecting/Sanitizing

YSI Also has limited grant funding for children attending a Title I eligible school in Santa Clara County. For more information, please email programs@ysi-ca.org.
Crawlies Aren’t Creepy!
Date: November 6, 2021
Time:
9:00am-1:00pm
Location:
Vasona Lake County Park
Cost:
$85.00 per child
Ages:
K-6th
Here at YSI, we don't use the term Creepy Crawlies, and we're here to show you why! We will spend the day learning about various insects and arthropods, and even see some that are YSI ambassadors too! After learning about their adaptations, we will go on a fun nature walk-in Alum Rock Park to see what we can find together! Insects tend to love coming out after a rain, so dress accordingly! After exploring, we will come back to do a fun craft together! Our instructors have created personal kits for each child, so they can be artistic while being safe! You'll come in the morning as children, and leave as Junior Entomologists!
Register Here
Life as an Ohlone
Date: November 13, 2021
Time:
9:00am-1:00pm
Location:
Vasona Lake County Park
Cost:
$90.00 per child
Ages:
K-6th
Join YSI in learning about the first people who inhabited where we live- the Ohlone Native Americans! During this program, we will learn how they survived back then on what nature gave them! From their homes to their food, and also the toys and tools! We will go on a nice walk to see the many plants and animals in nature that the Ohlone might have found useful. Each child will have the opportunity to make something to take home that is reflective of what the Ohlone Native Americans made!
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Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
March 20
Shake, Rattle, and Geology!
Date: November 20, 2021
Time:
9:00am-1:00pm
Location:
Vasona Lake County Park
Cost:
$90.00 per child
Ages:
K-6
Have you ever felt the ground shake beneath you? Are you a rock/mineral collector? Do you want to learn more amazing things about the planet we call home? YSI has a fun day planned for you! We will learn about the layers of our planet and what they're made from, as well as the different rocks and minerals that can be found! We will discuss volcanoes and plate tectonics, and also do some fun crafts!
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