MFPM

Outdoor Adventures B

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 B Summer Calendar 

Meeting Locations, Parking and Directions

Class meeting times:

Mondays-Fridays, 9am-1pm

Staff contact information:

  • Outdoor Adventures/ MFPM's cell phone – (415) 969-1554 - teachersmfpm@littleschool.org 

  • We will have our cell phone with us at each location, from 8:45am to 1:00pm. After 1:00pm, please call the Little School main number, (415) 567-0430.  

  • Trina Matthews – trinam@littleschool.org 

  • Brittany Cunningham  – brittanyc@littleschool.org

  • Winnie Mai– winniem@littleschool.org

  • Sotweed Schneble -- sotweeds@littleschool.org

Where we will be!

We will spend Weeks 1 & 2 in the Presidio at JK Park.

We will spend Week 3 in Golden Gate 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!!

Weeks 1 & 2 - Presidio - Julius Kahn Playground Days

Drop-off is at Julius Kahn Park; Pick up is at Paul Goode Field

  • Drop-off time is between 9:00-9:15 inside the JK playground.

  • Pick up time is between 12:50-1:00 at Paul Goode Field.

Important Parking Note:

  • Please note that parking is very difficult at JK Park. Please park legally and please leave yourself plenty of time to get here for both drop off and pickup.

Week 3 Golden Gate Park Days

Drop-off and Pick up in Golden Gate Park

  • Drop-off time is between 9:00-9:15 at the Blue Playground.

  • Pick up time is between 12:50-1:00 at DeYoung Museum (2nd White Zone)

Important Parking Notes:

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

  • Afternoon pick up in Golden Gate Park can be a challenge with summer traffic and park usage. For this reason, we offer curbside in the white zone, please remain in your cars and a teacher will bring your child to you.

Week 4 - Crissy Field Beach Days

No camp on July 4th or 5th 

Drop-off and Pick up in Crissy Field East Beach

  • Drop-off time is between 9:00-9:15 at the picnic tables next to the bathrooms.

  • Pick up time is between 12:50-1:00.

Week 5 - Golden Gate Park Days

Drop-off and Pick up in Golden Gate Park (same as Week 3)

  • Drop-off time is between 9:00-9:15 at the Blue Playground.

  • Pick up time is between 12:50-1:00 at DeYoung Museum (2nd White Zone)

Important Parking Notes:

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

  • Afternoon pick up in Golden Gate Park can be a challenge with summer traffic and park usage. For this reason, we offer curbside in the white zone, please remain in your cars and a teacher will bring your child to you.

Week 6 - Golden Gate Park- Conservatory of Flowers

  • Drop Off and Pick up in parking lot adjacent to the conservatory on Pompei Drive (please refer to directions/map link)

Week 7 - Golden Gate Park- Mother's Meadow

Drop-off and Pick up in Golden Gate Park- Mother's Meadow

  • Drop-off time is between 9:00-9:15 at the Mother's Meadow.

  • Pick up time is between 12:50-1:00.

Important Parking Notes:

  • Please park legally and walk your child into the playground.

  • Afternoon pick up in Golden Gate Park can be a challenge with summer traffic and park usage. Please park legally and please leave yourself plenty of time to get here on time for pickup.

Additional notes from Trina, Sotweed, Brittany, and Winnie:

We are excited to begin our summer adventures in the beautiful Presidio Woods, Golden Gate Park and Crissy Field!  We have been planning and are ready to go.

Drop off and pick up will be at the same location all week.  Each week we will be at a different location; please make sure you check the calendar to confirm where camp will be.

Drop-off and Pick up

Drop-off time is between 9:00-9:20.

Pick up time is between 12:45-1:00.

Important Parking Notes: 

  • Curbside will be available for three of the Golden Gate Park weeks: weeks 3, 5 and 6. The teachers will follow up with more details about how curbside will work in Golden Gate Park (De Young Museum).

  • Parking is extremely limited at both JK and the Blue Playground in Golden Gate Park. If you have the option to carpool or walk into either park, you may want to consider it. 

  • Please be a conscientious parker, making room for as many cars as possible. Always park legally.

  • Please carpool as much as possible and come early to look for parking. 

In the morning:

  • Please help your child use the bathroom before arriving at the playground. After we leave the playground, toileting will be done in the woods. 

  • Please be sure to sign your child in USING YOUR FULL NAME (a licensing regulation) before leaving him/her with us. 

  • Please apply sunscreen before or at drop off.

What to Wear and What to Bring

Your child should bring a backpack that she/he will carry every day. 

This backpack 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 bag lunch.

Please dress your child in comfortable layers: sturdy/comfortable/covered shoes, pants (not shorts), 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. 

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, which 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! We try to cut out some of their favorite foods at lunch in order 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 unsafe conditions. Please send your child with the appropriate outdoor wear. We will meet at Little School if the conditions are not safe for us to be outdoors. We will send an email by 8am to all summer camp families to let you know our plans. 

In the event that it begins to rain we will find a shelter place to hang out in.  For example: we will be under trees in the West woods if in the presidio or if in Golden Gate we may venture to De Young or Academy of Science.

The Fun Stuff

Now that we’ve given you the details we’d like to give you an idea of what the program is really all about. We will meet and spend 30-45 minutes at the drop-off location 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. Some days we’ll pitch a tent and make pretend fires. Other plans include tree climbing, fort building, face painting, working in our journals, singing songs, participating in movement activities, and whatever else the children are interested in. This is a truly fun program that we as teachers love. The fresh air, the community building, the empowerment children 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. 

Our cell phone number, which is only on while we are in session, is: 

(415) 969-1554.

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