Winter Camp Bay Area, CA: Dec 2019 - Jan 2020

Darwin Doolittle - Evolution and Zoology Summer Camp

  • Led by Amanda Carbajal Ph.D. Candidate
  • Grades 4-5

Good to Know

  • $1680 instead of $1780

    Early Bird Rate $1680 per week
    instead of $549 per week (until March 31)

  • 9:00am - 4:00pm

    All camps hours
    9:00am - 4:00pm

  • 10 min driving

    All locations are 10
    minutes driving distance from each

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Darwin Doolittle - Evolution and Zoology

Over 150 years ago Charles Darwin came up with the evolution theory.  His idea sounded so radical at the time that he waited 20 years before he published it!  Today evolution is known to be true, and like Darwin, we will observe animals to look for clues to why they and other 100 billion species managed to survive — while an estimated 5 billion species went extinct.  We will visit the SF Zoo, Aquarium by the Bay, local beaches, and California State University’s insect lab to learn about their unique survival characteristic.  We will undertake exciting activities — including dissecting a shark! — in our quest to develop our observation skills and critical thinking.


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Darwin Doolittle
Amanda Carbajal

Amanda CarbajalPh.D. Candidate

Led byAmanda Carbajal Ph.D. Candidate

Amanda would have never become a scientist if it weren’t for her 10th-grade science teacher.  He strongly encouraged his students to become science majors in college and believed in their ability to do so.  Amanda took his encouragement to heart and studied biology.

In addition to extensive research work, Amanda guided an SFSU’s sponsored science club in a local high school. She also worked with kids at the Boys & Girls Club and at YMCA After School programs.

Currently, Amanda is a Ph.D. candidate in Molecular, Developmental, and Cell Biology at UC Santa Cruz.  She has an M.S. in Physiology and Behavioral Biology, and B.S in Zoology/Animal Biology from San Francisco State University.

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.

– 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

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


8-9am Early Care
8:45-9:15 Drop off
9:15-11:30 Activities
11:30-12pm Lunch
12-1pm Recess at Alta Vista or Lafayette Parks
1-3:45 Activities
3:45-4:15 Pick up
4-5pm Aftercare