Summer Camps in Northern California: June-Aug. 2021

Watershed and Ichthyology

  • Led by Molly Shapiro
  • Grades 3-4
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Watershed and Ichthyology

Science enthusiasts! This week-long investigation will allow student scientists to understand better where our water comes from and how it is maintained. We will celebrate and explore watersheds that serve the San Francisco human and animal community. Our camp will have two primary focuses. One, ichthyology and how fish in the Bay and beyond live and experience harm—two, the water systems that benefit us. We will learn about the watersheds that service our area, test their quality, and learn about factors that keep them clean or pollute them. We will dissect a shark to see how its body is suited for life in water. We will be creating and decorating nature journals to record our observations about ecosystems found in our various aquatic communities. We’ll become an active and diligent water advocate. Showing we care, we will be participating in a beach cleanup and water monitoring as well!

This camp will hold two learning field trips. On these days, drop-off and pick-up will be in Crissy Field and the Presidio, as we avoid using MUNI.

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Watershed and Ichthyology
Molly Shapiro

Molly Shapiro

Led byMolly Shapiro

Molly equally cares about the environment and people. She is an AmeriCorps Climate Corp fellow, teaching K-5 grades about urban gardening in San Francisco. She did the same previously in NYC, where she also worked to expand the urban forest footprint of the city at the New York Tree Trust. Molly conducted research on gas concentration in seawater at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Institute for two years. She volunteered extensively, teaching ELS to immigrants and TASC (high school diploma) to female prisoners.

Molly earned a B.A. in environmental science from the Barnard College of Columbia 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