Crissy Field Center Summer Camps

Facilitating Meaningful Experiences for Children and Youth in their National Parks


Presidio Nursery staff speaks with a group of young children with their hands raised for questions.

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 week camps where they learn what it takes to me make 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, multimedia projects, and outdoor excursions.


2019 Crissy Field Center Summer Camps:

Presidio Trekkers, for students entering grades 2 & 3

  • Session 1: July 8-12, 2019
  • Session 2: July 15-19, 2019

Junior Rangers, for students entering grades 4 & 5

  • North Bay: July 8-12, 2019
  • South Bay: July 15-19, 2019

Urban Backpackers, for students entering grades 6 - 8

  • August 5-9, 2019

More about Crissy Field Center Summer Camps

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.

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

Crissy Field Center Summer Camp is dedicated to providing opportunities for all Bay Area youth. If your child receives free or reduced lunch at school, you automatically qualify for financial aid in the form of a full or a half-discounted scholarship. Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and applications are accepted on a rolling basis until camps fill. You will be notified of your eligibility after submitting a scholarship registration form.

To apply, click on the “Scholarship” session of your choice and complete the registration form. There is a non-refundable $35 registration fee per application, per camp session. Campers will only receive 1 scholarship each summer.

1199 E Beach
San Francisco, CA 94129

Nature Matters! 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

“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

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