Crissy Field Center facilitates outdoor environmental day camps that provide children with meaningful experiences in the Golden Gate National Parks and beyond. Children ages 6 to 11 can enroll in 1-2 week camps where they learn about what makes a thriving park, healthy community and a just society. Participants build lasting memories, experience self-discovery, forge friendships, and learn about their surroundings through hands-on science experiments, multi-media projects, and outdoor excursions.

Younger children explore closer to home in “Presidio Trekkers” as they investigate the National Park. Small group size ensures that children and instructors foster community while hiking along the bluffs, volunteering at the Presidio Native Plant Nursery, or learning at the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center.

Older children explore further afield in the Junior Rangers camp. Each day, participants explore a different Park site, venturing to Alcatraz, Muir Woods, Marin Headlands, Point Reyes National Seashore and Rosie the Riveter. As part of the culminating experience, the campers stay overnight at Rob Hill campground and swear in as official Junior Rangers.


“Summer camps at Crissy Field Center taught my children how to love and appreciate nature. They explored our beautiful coastline and parks close to home and learned how important it is to take care of it. I love that it has opened their eyes and senses to their surroundings as nature conservators.“ –Lisa Lee Sosa, parent of Estrella and Sotero, campers for the last three summers.


Next year, the Presidio Trekkers and Junior Rangers programs will undergo slight modifications to the age-groups served and camp timing. Youth will be mainly offsite but focused in and around the Presidio. The first week of camp will focus on building comfort and understanding in outdoor spaces, building up to a park-based service project and developing an action plan around a social or environmental issue.

Additionally, we will begin working with a community-based organization in need of tuition-free summer programming focused on outdoor experiential environmental education. This program will offer a specific experience rather than a generalist form of camp, allowing us to focus on deeper relationships with individual participants and the group as a whole.

Finally, a partnership is in development between Queer Camp and Crissy Field Center to pilot an LGBTQI family campout/weekend program at Rob Hill. Modeled after Bay Area Queer Camp, this program would provide Queer families with a place to gather, camp, and be in community in parks, substance-free, outside of general “Pride” events.


“As a parent I am very happy John was able to participate in the Presidio Trekkers program. I greatly value outdoor education, and felt this program helped my child become more appreciative of parks, both local and national. John said his favorite thing about camp was ‘going to somewhere new every day.’ He also said, ‘I really like hiking with the Trekkers.’ I thought that was awesome. John thinks parks are important because ‘they are public places. They’re for everyone to enjoy. Nobody should ever think they’re not public.’ I was moved that he was able to come up with these answers. I feel he really walked away from the program more aware of park importance, and his ownership of them. We may have a future park steward in the making. We both look forward to next year’s programming as he would like to move on to Junior Ranger! Thank you for an awesome experience!” –Juan Burciaga, parent of John, age 8, a participant in Presidio Trekkers


  • 92 Children served
  • 40% Of campers receive full scholarships and 10% of campers receive reduced fees
  • 6:1 Participant to staff ratio
  • 15 Park sites visited by participants
  • 55 Miles hiked across all 3 summer sessions of Junior Rangers and Presidio Trekkers
  • 72 Junior Ranger badges awarded

Special thanks to outside instructors who greatly contributed to our programs:

Carla Munoz (Ohlone-Rumsen) & Wicahpiluta Candelaria (Ohlone-Apache)

Justin Holl, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center, NOAA

Elyse Rainey, Institute at the Golden Gate


Presidio Trekkers (10 days)

Grades: Rising 2nd - Rising 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 Camp Dates

June 12 – June 23, 2017

Junior Rangers (10 days)

Grades: Rising 4th - Rising 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 Camp Dates

June 12 – June 23, 2017

July 10 – July 21, 2017

July 24 – August 4, 2017

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 educators 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.

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

PaHoua Lee
Manager, Community Services and Programs
(415) 561-7764