The Crissy Field Center

The Crissy Field Center’s mission is to encourage new generations to become bold leaders for thriving parks, healthy communities, and a more environmentally just society. Situated within Golden Gate National Park, on the picturesque East Beach, we are housed in a sustainably designed building and implement green practices in all program areas. From utilizing 100% post-consumer recycled paper in our office to growing edible and native plants in our backyard, the Crissy Field Center staff truly believes that positive environmental change must start with us. Here is just a sample of what we are doing:

  • LEED Platinum certified building
  • Online registration to minimize paper waste
  • Green Business certification, with an active composting and recycling program
  • Use of recycled materials and program supplies, as well as green janitorial and cleaning product

Camp Philosophy

We seek to provide children in-depth experiences in our urban environment and local national park. Through a rich combination of outdoor investigation, field outings, and fun hands-on projects, campers learn about important ecological concepts and issues while in a community-building, collaborative setting.

We believe that children learn best when they feel safe and happy and we take great care to ensure the safety of every camper. Bullying, discrimination, or any action that jeopardizes the physical or emotional well-being of campers is strictly not tolerated.


We believe that outstanding youth and families deserve outstanding service. Summer Camp instructors are part of the Center’s permanent full-time staff. Counselors and seasonal instructors are highly qualified, fully screened, extensively trained and are first-aid and CPR-certified. Together we work hard to provide you and your child with the safest and most attentive service possible. A 6:1 youth to adult ratio certainly makes things easier.

Extended Care

Afternoon Extended Care is available from 4-5pm and is charged at a flat rate of $80 per week or $20 per drop-in day. Please note that camper pick-up time is 3:30 – 4:00pm. It is very important that you pick-up your camper by 4:00pm to avoid incurring any charges. We offer a one-time courtesy 15-minute late pick-up at no charge. However, occurrences of twice or more will be billed as Afternoon Extended Care.

Refund Policy

At Crissy Field Center we understand that sometimes life happens and plans change. We are happy to accommodate. To receive a refund, a written request (paper or electronic) must be submitted to the Center at least two weeks before the designated start date of each camp.

  • 75% refund for cancellations requested up to two weeks prior to the beginning of a camp session
  • No refund for cancellations made after the two-week deadline
  • $25 processing fee for each full-priced cancelled session
  • $35 scholarship registration fee is non-refundable, regardless of reason for cancellation

In the case that a camp does not fill, Crissy Field Center reserves the right to cancel the session and issue a full refund.

Day Camps

Presidio Trekkers (5 days)
Grades: Rising 1st - 3rd
The Presidio is not only a place of rich natural and cultural history but, also, many hidden mysteries. Join us as we solve a mystery every day and learn more about this place we call our national park. Search for clues along the trails and shoreline and interview experts and key witnesses. This playful and creative inquiry-based camp embraces the curiosity and creativity of young children while helping to foster an intuitive framework for future learning.

Presidio Trekkers I
June 13 – June 17, 2016
July 5 – July 8, 2016 (4 days; $260)
July 25 – July 29, 2016

Presidio Trekkers II
June 20 – June 24, 2016
July 11 – July 15, 2016
August 1 – August 5, 2016

Junior Rangers (10 days)
Grades: Rising 4th - 6th

Are you ready for the challenge? From the infamous cellblocks of Alcatraz to the primeval forest of Muir Woods, there’s an adventure around every corner in the Golden Gate National Parks. Join fellow rangers-in-training as we head out to a different park site every day and learn about the amazing things that go on in our National park.

Art, science and recreation are all part of the park challenge! Pack your bag for a night sleeping under the stars (and eating s’mores!) during an overnight camping trip at the Rob Hill Campground in the Presidio. At the closing ceremony, campers will be sworn in as official Junior Rangers!

Junior Rangers
June 13 – June 24, 2016
July 5 – July 15, 2016 (9 days; $585)
July 25 – August 5, 2016

Financial Assistance

Crissy Field Center Summer Camp is dedicated to providing summer opportunities for all Bay Area youth. If your child receives free or reduced lunch at school, you automatically qualify for a full or half-discounted scholarship and applications are accepted on a rolling basis until camps fill. Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information and to apply, please visit our Scholarship page

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Contact Information

Mags Hines
(415) 561-7764