August 3, 2012
Filed Under Lake Tahoe Kids
KidZone Museum Family Camp is a family fun experience exploring the watershed, animals and solitude of Sagehen Meadows. The weekend overnight adventure includes science explorations, arts, musical entertainment and home-cooked meals under the stars!
Family Camp is held each year at Sagehen Creek, UC Berkeley’s field station where researchers are stationed to study the unique natural science that is found in the area.
The station is located 8.5 miles north of Truckee. Camp festivities start on Friday, August 3 and end on Sunday, August 5. The cost for the entire weekend is $180 for adults and $80 for children; Saturday only camp cost is $45 for adults and $15 for children; evening programs run $25 for adults and $10 for children. Kids under 2 years of age are free.
At Family Camp, University of Nevada at Reno (UNR) scientists share their knowledge of the natural world with hands-on exploration of bugs, snakes and fish. Dr. Chris Feldman volunteers at camp every year. He is a UNR research professor with research interests in conservation and evolutionary biology along with being a dad of two children ages 1 and 6. He’s known as the “Snake Guide” who offers kids opportunities to see, touch and learn about snakes that are indigenous to Sagehen and the Sierra. University of Nevada at Reno scientists also lead insect and bird explorations, and local Hydrologist, Dave Shaw, teaches hands-on workshop on watersheds; all workshops are geared toward young children but are interesting for adults as well.
Natural Science learning receives most of the praise for how fun the camp is for families, but known as the best part for parents is the gourmet food that’s served. For four years, volunteer chefs Rich Valentine, Rene Kaldunski and Romina Branje have been preparing food that includes a specialty dessert like barbeque peaches with Mascarpone cheese for dessert. Each morning adult campers wake to the smell of fresh brewed coffee and the beauty that is Sagehen.
The year round Sagehen Creek Field Station sits 6,380 feet high on the east slope of the northern Sierra Nevada, approximately 20 miles North of Lake Tahoe. This pristine area, roughly an 8,000 acre Sagehen Creek watershed includes yellow pine, mixed conifer, red fir forests, brushfields, scattered mountain meadows and fens. Sagehen Creek is about 8 miles long, extending eastward from near the crest of the Sierra to Stampede Reservoir on the Little Truckee River. Sagehen Creek Field Station is a research and teaching facility of the University of California at Berkeley’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Berkeley Natural History Museums and the U.C. Natural Reserve System.
For more Family Camp information visit www.kidzonemuseum.org, and to sign-up to attend, call the Kidzone Museum at 530.587.KIDS Tuesday thru Sunday from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.