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Upcoming Events

Science Safari
Upcoming Science Safaris
YSI has added several Science Safaris between our three locations all the way through May! 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.

YSI has incorporated all COVID-19 guidelines that follow all County and State protocols. YSI recommends every registrant ages 2 and over wear a face mask while practicing social distancing. We appreciate your cooperation in helping YSI keep you safe and healthy while enjoying the beauty of nature.

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 x12.

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Science Safari - Fungus Among Us at Sanborn Park
Join YSI while we explore Sanborn Park and search for a variety of fungi in nature!

Date: January 14, 2023
Age recommendation: 4-12 years old.
Cost: $25.00 per person.

A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for these events.

Click here to register.

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Science Safari - Insect and Salamander Search at Sanborn Park
Join YSI as we search for insects and salamanders! This event is rain or shine, so please dress accordingly!

Date: January 21, 2023
Age recommendation: 4-12 years old.
Cost: $25.00 per person.

A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for these events.

Click here to register.

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Science Safari - Insect and Salamander Search at Sanborn Park
Join YSI as we search for insects and salamanders! This event is rain or shine, so please dress accordingly!

Date: February 11, 2023
Age recommendation: 4-12 years old.
Cost: $25.00 per person.

A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for these events.

Click here to register.

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Science Safari - Let's Talk Herpetology at Alum Rock Park
Love amphibians and reptiles? Join YSI at Alum Rock to see and learn all about these wonderful creatures and their habitat!

Date: February 18. 2022
Recommended ages: 4-12 years old.
Cost: $25.00 per person.

A registered adult must attend this event.

Click here to register.

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Science Safari - Insect and Salamander Search at Sanborn Park
Join YSI as we search for insects and salamanders! This event is rain or shine, so please dress accordingly!

Date: February 25, 2023
Age recommendation: 4-12 years old.
Cost: $25.00 per person.

A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for these events.

Click here to register.

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Science Safari - Insect and Salamander Search at Sanborn Park
YSI would like to welcome you to join us for our insect and salamander search at Sanborn Park!

Date: March 4, 2023
Age recommendation: 4-12 years old.
Cost: $25.00 per person.

A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for these events.

Click here to register.

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Science Safari - Insect and Salamander Search at Sanborn Park
Join YSI as we explore to see what flowers and birds are showing up around Alum Rock Park!

Date: March 11, 2023
Recommended ages: 4-12 years old.
Cost: $25.00 per person.

A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for these events.

Click here to register.

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Science Safari - Native or Non-Native at Vasona Park
Join YSI as we walk through the Vasona trails and look for a variety of plants/animals while discussing if they're native or not!

Date: April 8, 2023
Recommended ages: 4-12 years old.
Cost: $25.00 per person.

A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for this event.

Click here to register.

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Science Safari - Night Hike at Alum Rock
Join YSI as we take a walk and look for a variety of animals in the park and see HOO might be lurking around!

Date: April 22, 2023
Recommended ages: 4-12 years old.
Cost: $30.00 per person.

A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for these events.

Click here to register.

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Science Safari - Creek Exploration at Alum Rock
Join YSI as we explore the creek! We will meet a couple of creek-dwelling animals prior to our exploration.

Date: May 20, 2023
Recommended ages: 4-12 years old.
Cost: $25.00 per person.

A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for these events.

Click here to register.
Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
Storytime with YSI
FREE! Storytime with YSI - The Mixed-Up Chameleon

Date: January 28, 2023
Recommended ages: 1-5 years old.
Location: Vasona Park 333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

Join YSI for storytime! We will be reading "The Mixed-Up Chameleon". After, we will meet a live animal and learn about it!

All attendants must be registered (parent and child).

Click here to register.
Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
Storytime with YSI
FREE! Storytime with YSI - How do Flies Walk Upside Down?

Date:
February 11, 2023
Age Recommendation: 1-5 years old.
Location:
Vasona Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

Join YSI for storytime! We will be reading "How do Flies Walk Upside Down". After, we will meet a live animal and learn about it!

All attendants must be registered (parent and child).

Click here to register.
Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
Storytime with YSI
FREE! Storytime with YSI - Fish is Fish

Date: March 4, 2022
Recommended ages: 1-5 years old.
Location:
Vasona Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

Join YSI for storytime! We will be reading "Fish is Fish". After, we will meet a live animal and learn about it!

All attendants must be registered (parent and child).

Click here to register.
Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
FREE! Storytime with YSI - What do you do with a tail like this?

Date:
April 8, 2023
Recommended ages: 1-5 years old.
Location:
Vasona Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

Join YSI for storytime! We will be reading "What do you do with a tail like this?". After, we will meet a live animal and learn about it!

All attendants must be registered (parent and child).

Click here to register.
Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
Storytime with YSI
FREE! Storytime at YSI - Animals do the Strangest Things

Date:
May 6, 2023
Recommended ages: 1-5 years old.
Location:
Vasona Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

Join YSI for storytime! We will be reading "Animals do the Strangest Things". After, we will meet a live animal and learn about it!

All attendants must be registered (parent and child).


Click here to register.
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!
Register Here
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!
Register Here