“The Summer Outdoor STEAM Camp experience is designed to offer STEAM opportunities — which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math — in a safe, outdoor environment,” said Youth, Parks, & Community Enrichment Director Mario Lara. “We are excited to provide these in-person opportunities for our youth, as broadly and equitably as possible, in neighborhoods around the city.”
STEAM Camps are new this year and planned activities will help address learning loss from COVID-19 distance learning and summer break. Each weekday at the camp has a STEAM-related theme, and camp-goers can expect to create artwork, complete science experiments, play physical games and do engineering activities such as egg drops.
To ensure safety and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, STEAM camps will take place completely outdoors. In addition, small group sizes will allow for lower participant to staff ratios. Participants can expect to be with the same group and staff throughout the session, and activities will allow for physical distancing and limit shared equipment. Participants are also strongly encouraged to bring and wear face masks.
STEAM Camp began July 6 and registration is open for later sessions at these locations:
- East Portal Park, 1120 Rodeo Way
- Garcia Bend Park, 7654 Pocket Rd.
- North Natomas Regional Park, 2501 New Market Dr.
- William Land Park, 12th Ave. & E. Park Rd.
Registration is also open for sessions at Johnston Park (231 Eleanor Ave.) and Max Baer Park (7851 35th Ave.) that begin July 20.
STEAM Camp weekly sessions run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday for grades 1st through 6th. Each weekly session costs $25 and sessions run through mid-August. Register here. Space is limited.
The City’s Youth, Parks and Community Enrichment (YPCE) department is also offering other virtual and in-person summer opportunities. Find out more here.