Summer Camps

A field instructor standing near a creek holding baby frog in hand to show elementary school children that have gathered around her.

Camp Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Staff Available: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Grades K-8th

Get your kids off the couch and into the woods exploring the Whiskeytown wilderness! These camps are true summer camp experiences focusing on having fun and enjoying the great outdoors. All campers hike daily and can choose from a myriad of age-appropriate activities during the afternoons such as *kayaking, *archery, fishing, swimming/wading, field games, gold panning, tadpole catching, tie-dying, arts/crafts, campfires, song singing, snipe hunting and much, much more! A favorite activity is beach day at Whiskey Creek and the optional overnight on Thursdays. Note: Since many campers attend every camp, we offer different activities and arts and crafts at each camp to keep things interesting.

*Students must be going into the 4th grade or higher to participate in Kayaking and Archery*

Summer Camp Costs:
  • $199 per week
  • $185 if camp is only scheduled for 4 days (Includes field trip and morning and afternoon snacks/beverages)

  • Round-trip transportation from Redding - $30 (per camper, per week)
  • Thursday Overnight - $30 (includes Thursday dinner and Friday breakfast & lunch)

Important Information:

Items available for purchase to tie dye:

  • WES logo t-shirt - $15
  • WES logo tank top - $15
  • WES logo tote - $10
  • WES logo bandana - $7

2017 Summer Camp Schedule

The Shasta County Office of Education and Turtle Bay Exploration park are beginning a new camp partnership in 2017.  For the first year, we have coordinated schedules so certain ages of children can attend a full summer by attending both programs. 

Turtle Bay will be offering summer camps during the following weeks:

June 12-16, 2017 Spy Camp

June 19-23, 2017 Icky Sticky Science Camp

July 17-21, 2017 Maker Camp

For information about Turtle Bay's summer programs go to

Outdoor Survival Skills Camp - Have you ever wanted to learn how to survive in the great outdoors?  At Outdoor Survival Skills Camp, we teach activities focused on learning the skills necessary for outdoor survival.  Activities include shelter building, foraging for edible plants, fire building, orienteering, and overnight wilderness survival techniques.

Wildlife Wonders Camp focuses on the wildlife found in the area.  Activities include bird watching, studying pond life, catching aquatic bugs, tracking animals, studying animal pelts, and learning about the different types of animals and insects found in our wilderness. *Camp will be closed on the 4th.

It's time to be creative!  Mad Scientist Camp explores the wacky world of science through fun experiments like gak making, bubble making, creating rockets, making crystals, tie-dying, and taking part in exciting science-related team challenges.

Pioneer Camp - Curious about what life was like during the pioneer days?  The Pioneer Camp includes activities focused on the historical and daily lives of the pioneer era and includes learning how to pan for gold, building primitive shelters, making pioneer-era food like butter and bread, learning local pioneer history, making candles and cornhusk dolls, playing old fashioned games, and more!

Carnival Fun Camp - The Carnival has come to Whiskeytown Environmental School with carts full of fun!  During Carnival Camp, we will have a camp-wide Carnival that is complete with carnival games, mask making, tie-dying, cotton candy making and much, much, more!