Camp Facts & Questions
What kinds of camps do you offer and for what ages and/or grade levels?
We offer camps for children as young as 2 years old up through 12. Our camps strive to get children of all ages outdoors into nature as much as possible and may include trail walks, animal encounters, puppet shows, crafts, nature stories, games and more. Please refer to the brochure for details.
What are the dates/times of camps – are they half or full day?
This summer (2018), our camp season will run from June 11 through August 31. The specific dates and times vary depending on the camp session. Camps for younger children run from 1½ to 2 hours, while camps for older children run part to full days. Please refer to the brochure for details about specific sessions.
How much do camps cost?
That depends on the particular camp session, the age of the child, the length of the day, the activities involved, etc. It also depends on whether or not you are an Irvine member. Family members receive more than 10% savings on camp fees. There is also an early-registration discount for families who enroll before 1/31/18. In 2018, fees range from $125 to $500 per week. Please refer to the brochure for details.
Do you offer discounts for families sending more than one child to camp?
Sorry, no. We do not offer discounts for families sending multiple children to camp.
Do you offer scholarships?
Sorry, at this time, we can’t offer scholarships. However, if grants become available, we will offer scholarships to children who are eligible for the federal lunch program.
What is the ratio of campers to counselors?
Our group sizes are small, with a camper to staff ratio of 10:1 at most.
How many children participate in each session?
That depends on the particular session. Camps for younger children may have as few as 8 or 10 spaces, while camps for older kids may have up to 20 spaces.
Can my child attend more than one camp session during the summer?
There are multiple themes offered for different age groups. Your child can come for a week or stay all summer. Themes do repeat the last three weeks of summer. Please refer to the brochure for details.
Are these drop-off camps or must I accompany my child?
All of our camp sessions, with the exception of Buds (ages 2 and 3), are drop-off camps. Buds must attend with a parent or adult guardian.
I'd like to register my two/three year old for Buds. I know I have to accompany him/her, but can I bring along a younger sibling as well?
Sorry, no. We cannot accommodate siblings in Buds. Since the parent or adult guardian will also be actively participating in these camps, it is important that your attention be fully focused on the camper so that he/she will get the most out of their camp experience.
When does registration begin?
For the 2018 Summer Nature Camp season, registration begins on January 1, 2018.
Do you offer before or after care?
Yes! We offer before care starting at 8 a.m. and after care for camps ending at 3:30 p.m., extending until 6 p.m. Before care is an additional $37.50 per week, and after care is $110 per week or $30 per day. Pre-registration for before and aftercare is required. Please refer to the brochure for details.
How can I register?
Register online. Phone registrations are NOT accepted. You will need a completed registration and payment (a 50% deposit before April 1 or in full after April 1) by credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Please refer to the brochure for details.
Do members receive priority registration?
Yes, Members with family memberships receive priority throughout the entire registration process. A member is anyone who is a current member or anyone who chooses to join at the time of registration.
Why should I buy a membership? How much does it cost?
Members at the family level receive 10% or more off their camp fees. A family membership costs $75 and may be purchased online. Members also receive a 10% discount in the Nature Store, priority registration and discounts on nature birthday parties. A membership lasts one year.
All of the camp sessions I'm interested in are filled. Can I place my child on a wait list?
Yes. To place a child on a wait list, please complete the online registration. Payment is not processed unless the child gets into camp. If a space does become available, you will be notified by email.
The wait list is long. Is there any chance a space will open up? Does anyone ever get moved off the wait lists?
Absolutely! Every year, children do get moved off the wait lists. Since it doesn’t cost anything, it’s worth sitting tight to see what happens. Be advised that spaces can open up at any time, even the Friday before a camp session begins. If your schedule is flexible, placing your child on a wait list is certainly a viable option. And in all honesty, it doesn’t matter where you are on the wait list. Whether near the top or near the bottom, getting into camp is always a possibility.
I placed my child on a wait list, but now I've made other plans. What should I do?
Even though your child is on a wait list, you are under no obligation whatsoever. You can call anytime to have your child removed from the list. If we contact you because a space has opened up, and you are no longer able and/or interested in attending, you have right of first refusal.
What is your cancellation policy?
Irvine reserves the right to cancel a camp session due to insufficient enrollment. If Irvine cancels a session, all fees will be fully refunded. If you remove your child from a camp session before it begins, membership fees are non-refundable and the (per session, per child) refunds are as follows:
# Days Before Session Begins: Irvine Will Keep:
21+ 50% of camp fee
20-14 75% of camp fee
13-0 No Refund
Sorry, we are unable to make exceptions.