Summer Camp

Tara Redwood School offers two fantastic summer camps!

June  to August 2020*

*specific dates TBA

Children can  explore, play, have adventures and discover something new everyday on 108 acres of creeks, woods and meadows!

Summer Camp Camp for  *3–5  Years Old

Theme: Into the Heart of Nature

Friends of the Earth, Friends of the Ocean, Friends of the Forest, Friends of the World

Activities include:

  • Forest exploration and water play
  • Creative arts, cooking, sewing and clay work
  • Yoga and mindfulness practice
  • Science- plants and animals

Camp Registration Note

*If your child is between 5 and 6 and you feel they would be better suited in the older class, please contact the Tara Redwood Office

APPLY HERE !  Please see application for dates & rates.




Camp for  6–10 Years Old.

Theme: The Elements


Join us for a summer of exploring the elemental forces that shape our amazing planet with Caitlin Berry. Each week, we’ll delve into learning and observing the qualities and power of the featured element, and how and where they appear within ourselves as well!

Depending on the element, this group will face different creative challenges, experiments, and opportunities to make objects using or inspired  by: 

The elements of wind, fire, water and earth

Activities include:

  • Walks through the forest
  • Movement & Play
  • Observation & Mindfulness
  • Work collaboratively as well as independently
  • Learning about our own emotions and inner values taught at Tara Redwood School
APPLY HERE! See dates and rates & more info.

Caitlin Berry, Elements Camp educator.Summer Camp-Tara redwood school-best private school in santa cruz

Caitlin is tickled to be joining Tara Redwood for the first time this summer! She brings with her several years of art curriculum development with Camp Galileo, a leading innovation education camp for kids, and well over a decade of experience in childhood education with a strong focus in the arts. She recently moved to Santa Cruz after almost a decade in Oakland, and is happy to be joining the community here.

She is super excited to explore, create, play and grow with campers up in the redwoods this summer, whipping up a delicious mix of some of the things she likes the best; being in nature, creative play and problem solving, making magic, tuning in, and sharing out.

Caitlin is a longtime student of Ayurveda, yoga and mindfulness, has a serious case of the travel bug, loves costumes, dance parties and desserts, and can’t wait to meet everyone at camp!

Preparing Kids for Camp and What to Bring

  • Eat a big healthy breakfast before camp
  • Pack large healthy lunch (please no candy)
  • Snack in a separate container from lunch, Labeled “SNACK”
  • A warm layer (for morning hikes), and shorts and short sleeves for hot afternoons
  • Water play clothes, swimsuit or shorts
  • Towel (with name on it)
  • A hat


Please also remember to pack:

  • Sunscreen – please apply sunscreen to your camper before you leave the house
  • Shoes suitable for hiking (NO open toed shoes): Tennis shoes, hiking shoes, or closed toed (Tevas are options)
  • Water bottle with your child's name on it
  • A backpack to carry lunch and sweater while hiking
  • An extra change of clothes including underwear, bottoms and shirt in case of a wet accident.


“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
— John Muir

We look forward to a great summer!