Summer Camps in Northern California: June-Aug. 2021

Astronomy – The Universe Biggest Secrets

  • Led by Jessica Maxfield, Ph.D Advisor
  • Grades 5-6


Take an out-of-this-world journey to outer space and explore the wonders of the universe. Learn hands-on the fascinating secrets of all the sciences on Earth including chemistry, physics, and biology, and their origins in the all-encompassing science: astronomy.
Explore how the Earth’s seasons, tides, and weather are affected by our neighbor, the moon. Discover your address in our galactic neighborhood. Visit the planetarium to see distant stars up close and personal, and design a fun vacation for your great-great-great-grandchildren in our solar system. Imagine yourself as a NASA astronaut and learn what it takes to be one. The beauty and the grandness of our universe will open new doors to our imagination and mind.

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Astronomy – The Universe Biggest Secrets
Jessica Maxfield, Ph.D

Jessica Maxfield, Ph.DAdvisor

Led byJessica Maxfield, Ph.D Advisor

Jessica is an accomplished life sciences academic, teacher, and scientist.  One of her main scientific pursuits is to understand better human sexuality by researching unique marine species.  She strongly believes in science outreach for youth, especially for girls.  She has taught life science courses to college students at the University of Hawai’i and San Francisco State University.  Jessica has been creating exceptionally creative curricula for Celsius and Beyond since 2009.  Our campers are fascinated and love the topics Jessica chooses such as genetics, Eco-Evo-Devo, human biome, Love and Mating in the Animal Kingdom and more.  She holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from Northeastern University in Boston, an M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from SFSU, and a Ph.D. in Zoology with a specialization in EECB from the University of Hawai’i in Honolulu.

Fees and Policies

  • Early Bird Rate (until March 31) is $1680 per 3 weeks.
  • Camp Fees after March 31st are $1780 per 3 weeks
  • An annual insurance/registration fee of $25 is required for each family account.


  • Multiple Session Discount – Also applicable to siblings
    • Sign up for 2 sessions: receive a total of $40 off
    • Sign up for 3 sessions: receive a total of $75 off
    • Sign up for 4 sessions or more: $140 off or more (at $35 per session)
  • Refer families who have never attended a Celsius camp before and receive either a credit of $50 off a future camp or a refund of $30 per referral. Further details can be found on the registration site. No cross referrals accepted.

Extended Care

  • Early morning extended care from 8am to 9am
  • Afternoon extended care from 4pm up to 5pm.
  • Advanced payments (prior to start of camp) for all Extended Care are $12 per hour, or $130 per week ($8.5hr) for all 5 days for one/two hours per day).
  • Ad Hoc during the week of camp are billed at $15 per hour.
  • Pick up after 5pm will be charged at a rate of $2.00 per minute (no grace)
  • Extended Care is billed in one hour increments after a 10 minute grace period.

Cancellation Policy

Covid-19 Update: We plan to hold our camps as planned. If however, Shelter in Place restrictions remain at the time of our camp, or if the CDC recommends canceling activities such as camps, we will provide a full refund.

-Any changes (other than cancellation) to previously confirmed sessions shall be assessed a $40 fee. Transferring sessions is subject to availability.

– In the event of a required entire camp closure during a session, we will refund 50% of fees paid on a pro-rata basis for days not used, with the cancellation fee to you not to exceed $500. This is out of a commitment to our instructors.

– In the event that the SFDPH orders us to close a specific pod(s) for 10 days due to an outbreak, no refund will be issued.

– Your $500 deposit is non-refundable if the program is operating, and you choose to cancel more than two weeks prior to the start of a session, for whatever reason you may have. The balance paid will be refunded to you.

– No refunds will be issued for cancellations made by you for any reason less than 14 days prior to the start of a session, however partial credits on your Celsius account are available as follows:

– More than 7 days and less than 14 days cancellation notice prior to the start date of the session, a credit for 80% of the total price paid less the $500 non-refundable fee.

– Between 3 and 7 days notice = 50% credit of total price paid less the $500 non-refundable fee.

– Less than 3 days notice no credit and no refund for any cancellations.

Please Note: We are sorry, but there are no refunds or reduction in fees for days missed due to illness, absence, last-minute vacations/trips, change in family circumstances during camp sessions, suspension or dismissal.

Payment Policy

We accept cash, check, e-check and credit cards (Visa/Mastercard/Discover).Reservations are not confirmed without payment received. Online registration andpayment ensures immediate confirmation. Payments by check should be sent in within 3 days of making an online reservation or the spot will be released.