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Science Camps

YSI Science Camp in Los Gatos was voted the best summer camp in Silicon Valley. Our Summer Science Camp promotes science and playful experiences that foster the development of important social skills for children.
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Voted Best Summer Camp in Silicon Valley
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An Unforgettable Experience With Nature
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Friendly Hiking With Each Summer Camp
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Science Education With Every Summer Camp
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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 run from June 1st to August 14th
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Early Registration & Multi Session Discounts
We make science camps fun! YSI summer camp culture is infused with games that foster social skills and playful science camp activities that bring YSI summer camp spirit to life! All of our Summer Science Camps incorporate hiking, games, and arts & crafts, and feature special programs with our live animal ambassadors.

Most importantly, our exceptional summer camp staff makes our summer camps special. We carefully screen and interview to get high quality summer camp staff. Our team includes passionate college students, classroom teachers, and full-time YSI educators. Our summer camp 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 1:6. All YSI summer camp staff carry dedicated cell phones during each camp day for prompt communication, if needed.
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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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August 24 - 28
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Crime Solving Sleuths: $299

Learn to use your senses and the tools of a scientist to look more deeply into the mystery of the world around us. YSI's favorite crime solving mascot, Peppermint Bob, will help us understand the scents and sense of smell, while more activities explore other senses.

Use chemistry to identify mysterious substances. Learn how police, firefighters, park rangers, and other law enforcement officers use science to help them solve crimes. Learn to take fingerprints and follow a footprint trail. Finally, your child will combine their knowledge and apply these tools and insights to solve a natural mystery! Think you're able to excavate bones and decipher secret messages? We can't wait to see you use your new skills to solve a case!

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

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Aug. 31 - Sept. 4
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Innovative Engineering: $239

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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September 8 - 11
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Groovy Gardening: $299

Do you have a love for gardening, and want to learn some tricks of the trade? YSI has you covered! Spend the week with us and get your hands dirty while gaining some knowledge on the science of horticulture! Here are some examples of what you will learn during this week:

• Native vs. Non-Native Plants
• Different Types of Soils for Different Plants
• Helpful Insects and Other Garden Insects
• How to Get Herbs to Root
• Composting and Mulch
• How to Pot Plants to Take Home!

We will also take nature walks around beautiful Lake Vasona, and identify several beneficial plants that are great to have in your own garden to provide food and shelter for other creatures in nature!

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

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Sept. 28 - Oct. 2
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Geology, The Study of Earth: $299

Learn about the study of our beautiful planet Earth and its many natural wonders! During this week we will explore a variety of topics that cover our most important problems. From energy, water, and mineral resources; the environment; climate change; and natural hazards like landslides, volcanoes, earthquakes, and floods. Then we will evaluate how Earth's materials, structures, processes and organisms have changed over time from these natural events. Join us on this wonderful exploration, and end your week leaving as experienced Geologists!

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

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October 5 - 9
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Sea-U-Tiful Science! The Study of Marine Biology: $299

Join YSI for the study of marine organisms, their behaviors and interactions with the environment. plus biological oceanography and the discussions of chemical, physical, and geological oceanography to understand marine organisms.

During the week, your child will make a wide variety of ocean themed crafts to take home to share with their families, including seascape dioramas! It's going to be Sea-U-Tiful!

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

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October 12 - 16

Frequently Asked Questions

YSI Summer Science Camps will be from 9:00am-1:00pm Monday through Friday. Each camp will be a combination of 12 campers going into grades 1-6.

Do you have an immunization policy?
Yes, we do. Click here to read our immunization policy.