Day Camps at Quail Hollow Ranch

Science Sleuths           Nature Adventure Camp                Zombie Survival Camp              Beginners Backpacking

Science Sleuths Summer Day Camp 

The best scientists are the ones who are curious about their world. Come to Quail Hollow for hands-on, fun-filled science experiments and engaging wildlife studies. Explore, discover, and learn about chemistry, physics, geology, biology, botany, and ecology through experiments, microscope viewing, predator-prey games, nature art and more! Appreciation of the natural world is emphasized while unlocking the scientific secrets that are found in Quail Hollow Ranch’s natural world. For more information, call the park at 831-335-9348 Wedneday-Sunday, 9AM-4PM. 

Quail Hollow Ranch - Ages 6-11
M-F 7/29-8/9 9AM-3PM $400/$440 #6921


Nature Adventure Camp

Search for animals, investigate rare plants, construct shelters, play games, build community, and have fun exploring!  Participants will learn to be good stewards of the land, cooperate with others, and will increase their knowledge of local ecosystems - all while enjoying and embracing the natural world. Themes:  Session 1 - Amazing Animals; Session 2 - Funky & Fantastic Flora; Session 3 - Our Powerful Planet

Quail Hollow Ranch - Ages 6-11
M-F 6/17-21 9AM-3PM $300/$330 #6918
M-F 6/24-28 9AM-3PM $300/$330 #6919
M-F 7/22-26 9AM-3PM $300/$330 #6920


Zombie Survival Camp

Learn how to protect yourself and your fellow villagers from zombies with essential stealth and survival skills, including building a shelter, making and using a paracord bracelet, smoke/fire making with bowdrills, foraging for wild edibles, purifying drinking water, packing a bug-out bag, developing emergency plans, using a map and compass, and wrapping a wound.  There will also be plenty of team building activities - as humans must be able to work together to survive the walking dead - including warp speed, keypunch, human knot, toxic river crossing, and on the final day, a Zombie Survival Obstacle Course! All campers will have the chance to play survivors and zombies in different scenarios, and create some killer zombie make-up and costumes.   For parents: Why a zombie camp? Because it will be fun!  And campers will learn some valuable skills that will come in handy in a variety of challenging situations, such as leadership, emergency preparedness, and using resources effectively.  For more information, call the park at 831-335-9348 Wedneday-Sunday, 9AM-4PM. 

Quail Hollow Ranch - Ages 6-11
M-F 6/10-14 9AM-3PM $250/$275 #6923


Beginners Backpacking Camp

This overnight backpacking camp will provide families and individuals the chance to learn the basics of backpacking in a safe and nurturing environment. With a focus on group collaboration, we’ll provide experience-based knowledge for those looking to spend more time on the trail. Resources on where to rent or buy gear will be provided. We will be tent camping Monday  and Tuesday night. Skills covered will include: outdoor cooking, first-aid, water purification, animal encounters, fire building and safety, and gear. *Ages 15 & under must attend with an adult.

Quail Hollow Ranch - Ages 8 & up*
Sat/Sun 8/29-8/30 12PM-12PM $100/$110 #6925


Camp Information

Guest speakers and visits to portions of the park that are normally closed to the public round out the activities. In order for participants to get the most from the program, it is recommended that they attend the program each day and have an interest in learning about history and/or science. Children will be separated into age groups for some of the activities.  Send your child daily with a lunch, snacks, water bottle, and wearing closed-toe shoes (i.e. sneakers). For camps with field trips: trip destinations are subject to change, and the site is closed on all field trip days. A week before camp begins parents will receive an information handbook and an emergency information card. Please be sure to review the information in the handbook and fill out the emergency card completely. The emergency card must be given to the site staff on the first day of camp. Quail Hollow Ranch County Park is located at 800 Quail Hollow Road, just 2 miles up Zayante Road in Felton, or 2 miles from Ben Lomond via Glen Arbor Road.





Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
General Information (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Phone: (831)