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

Stones and Bones: Paleontology Rocks! - Summer Camp

  • Led by Emily Orzechowski Ph.D. Candidate
  • Grades 6-8
  • Status Camp to Return in 2022

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


Stones and Bones - Paleontology Rocks!


Why did, millions of years ago, vertebrates colonize land and marine mammals colonized the seas? Why did 96% of marine life go extinct? There is no history book or documents to search for answers but we do have paleontology – the science of fossils.  Fossils are the ultimate window into the past and future. We will discover fossils at local field sites, work with real fossil specimens in the lab, and explore “behind-the-scenes” at a natural history museum.  Through paleoclimate and taphonomy (the study of fossils) and hands-on activities, such as coal-ball peels, we will study the process of fossilization and learn techniques to reconstruct past ecological changes. Using our evidence-based science work, we will be able to predict what life on Earth in the next 50 years will be like as the globe warms up.  This fun and rewarding program will help you see the world in a whole different view.

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Stones and Bones: Paleontology Rocks!
Emily Orzechowski

Emily OrzechowskiPh.D. Candidate

Led byEmily Orzechowski Ph.D. Candidate

During her first year of college, Emily lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains; one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, mountains filled with the traces of ancient animals. The majestic surrounding inspired her to learn the sciences. Today Emily’s research focuses on how climate change has impacted coastal marine species over the last million years. Her work helps us predict the impact climate change will have on us in the future.

Emily developed science curriculums for the K-12 Alliance Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Institute and at the National Science Foundation. She taught college-level students as well as elementary school students in schools and camps.

Emily is a Ph.D. student in Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley, graduating in May 2019.  She received her Integrated Biology from the College of William and Mary. Emily has also participated in numerous teacher-training programs.

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