Outdoor Adventures A

Below you will find class specific information as well as a note from the teachers. Please make sure you print the following two documents for your reference throughout the summer program: 

Outdoor Adventures A Summer Calendar 

Meeting locations, Parking and Directions

Class meeting times:

Mondays-Fridays, 9am-1pm

Staff contact information:

Where We Will Be!

We will spend Weeks 1, 2, & 3 in The Presidio, JK Park.

We will spend Week 4 at Crissy Field

We will spend Weeks 5, 6, & 7 in Golden Gate Park.    All meeting locations, dates and directions, along with maps are included in the links above, please read carefully as locations change!!

Additional notes from Mica, Barbara, Jessica and Creni:
We are excited to begin our summer adventures in the beautiful Presidio Woods, Crissy Field and Golden Gate Park!  We have been planning and are ready to go.

We will be in Presidio Monday-Friday Weeks 1, 2 and 3. We will spend Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Week 4 at Crissy Field (East Beach).  We will meet in the Golden Gate Park Monday- Friday Weeks 5, 6 and 7.  All meeting locations, dates and directions, along with maps are included in this packet. Please read carefully and share with anyone who will be transporting your child to/from camp--locations for pick-up and drop-off change throughout the summer weeks!!

Presidio Days (Monday-Friday Weeks 1, 2 and 3)

  • Week 1, 2, and 3:

    • Drop-off is between 9:00-9:15 at Julius Kahn Playground

      • Bring your child inside the playground gate. PLEASE PARK LEGALLY!

    • Pick-up is between 12:45-1:00 on the edge of the grass outside of Julius Kahn Park.

Crissy Field Days-East Beach (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Week 4)

Week 4

  • Drop-off is between 9:00-9:15 at the picnic benches near the bathrooms.

  • Pick-up is between 12:45-1:00 at the picnic benches near the bathrooms.

Golden Gate Park Days (Monday-Friday Weeks 5, 6 and 7)

  • Week 5 and Week 6:

  • Drop-off is between 9:00-9:15 in Golden Gate Park at Blue Playground

    • Parking is available on Fulton Avenue and inside the park on JFK Drive.  Please park legally and walk your child into the playground.

  • Pick-up is between 12:45-1:00 in front of the De Young Museum

    • This is a curbside pick-up. Pull up in front of De Young Museum in second white zone, closest to the De Young Cafe and we will load your child into the car.

  • Week 7:

    • Drop-off is between 9:00-9:15 in Golden Gate Park @ Blue Playground

      • Parking is available on Fulton Avenue and inside the park on JFK Drive.  Please park legally and walk your child into the playground.

    • Pick-up is between 12:45-1:00 at the Conservatory of Flowers

      • This is a curbside pick-up. Pull in to the loop to the east of the Conservatory of Flowers (leads to the dahlia garden) called Pompeii Circle. We will load your child into the car.

  • Important Parking Note: Please take advantage of our curbside pick up option (weeks 5-7) or please park legally whenever you are dropping off and picking up from camp. Parking can be a challenge--please leave yourself time to find parking.

  • Signing in and signing out: Please use your first and last name to sign in and out at pick-up and drop-off. If an authorized person is picking up whom we haven’t met yet, we will ask them to show us their ID and confirm that they are on your child’s emergency forms. Please make sure your child’s emergency forms are up to date.

What to Wear and What to Bring

  • Your child should bring a backpack that she/he will carry every day.  This backpack should be well-fitted for your child and should contain:

1.  A set of labeled extra clothes (socks, underwear, pants, shirt)

2.   A small, durable bottle full of water (no juice please- the wasps love juice!)

3.   A paper bag lunch.

  • Please dress your child in comfortable layers: sturdy/comfortable/covered shoes, pants (no shorts, while in The Presidio), T-shirt, sweatshirt and even a jacket and hat (if necessary).  Ankles and legs need to be covered to protect from poison oak, nettle bushes and ticks (all of these are especially prevalent in summer).

  • We’ll be applying sunscreen as needed, but we still suggest you put some on your child at home since it should ideally go on before exposure to the sun.

Please be sure to label ALL items, clothing, water bottles, backpacks, etc. to avoid losing and/or mixing children’s items up.

Lunch (and the bees and wasps)

We ask that instead of packing your child’s lunch in a lunchbox, you put it directly into the backpack.  It makes the backpack easier to carry. Please pack a small water bottle and avoid packing juice or soda, which attracts yellow jackets.  Yellow jackets are very active in summer months.  We try to help children learn how to stay safe when they are around.  We’ve learned that wasps have very bad eyesight and are easily alarmed by fast movements.  Because of this, we try to help children stay very still so the wasps can find out that they are not a flower!  But of course, the yellow jackets aren’t just attracted to flowers! So, if we could cut out some of their favorite foods at lunch, we may be able to reduce their visits.  Some other foods to avoid besides juice: Sweets, juicy fruits or anything sticky or gooey.  Yogurt and other dairy products that spoil easily in hot weather should also be avoided on appropriate days.

Rainy Days

We plan to be very hardy and miss out on the woods only in the event of dangerous weather.  If it only looks like rain, or heavy fog, we will meet at our scheduled location. If it is unsafe rainy conditions, for example thunder and lightning, we will email you our drop off and pick up location by 8:00AM. Please dress your child accordingly, as we may be walking to our cover location. We recommend rain boots, rain pants, and a raincoat so that your child stays dry, comfortable, and warm.

If It Rains While We Are in the Woods

In the event that it begins to rain while we are in the woods, the group will head for the West Woods, which has some coverage directly behind the tennis courts next to Julius Kahn playground. You can find us there if you would like to pick up your child early.

Rain Gear Options:

**Splashy Nylon Children's One Piece Rainsuits and MudStopper Coveralls

**Puddle Gear by Abeko

**Polarn O. Pyret



The Fun Stuff

Now that we’ve given you the nitty gritty we’d like to give you an idea of what the program is really all about.  We will meet and spend about 20-30 minutes there checking in, playing and planning our morning together. We will then have a Community Meeting during which we discuss where we’re going and what we’re doing, any special projects we have planned, safety issues and anything else the children want to discuss.  We’ll then give out partners, gather our backpacks and begin our day of outdoor adventures! We will only go to one or two close-by sites each day. We attempt to balance physical activity and down time, which will include listening to stories, singing, digging in the sand, snack time and art projects that will often incorporate our daily nature finds. Other plans include tree climbing, fort building, face painting, working in our journals, singing songs, participating in movement activities and whatever else the children seem to be interested in.  This is a truly fun program that we as teachers love. The fresh air, the community building, the empowerment kids feel when they climb that tree or hike up that hill all make it a refreshingly rural experience in our beautiful but often restricted big city. We look forward to spending the summer with your children!!

A note about outdoor play!  

Our cell phone number, which is only on while we are in session, is:  (415) 606-1629.

At other times call The Little School directly at (415) 567-0430.