Palo Alto Summer Camp


Camp Edmo

June 15 – July 24

Palo Verde Elementary
3450 Louis Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Park Program

July 20 – August 14

Stevens Creek Park
11401 Stevens Canyon
Sycamore Picnic Ground
Cupertino, CA
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Camp EdTech: Palo Verde Elementary in Palo Alto also hosts Camp EdTech, our digital media camp for entering 5th—8th graders.


To all of our amazing Palo Alto Campers and Families,

Thank you for yet another amazing summer! It is because of all of you that I cannot get enough of our Palo Alto location. A special thanks to all of our returning families. It is getting to see your familiar faces and getting to see your children grow between summers that keeps so many of the staff members returning year after year.

As the Marketing Coordinator at Edventure More, I have the unique experience of getting to spend all year working to create the excitement we put into place during the summer. Getting to share these ideas with all of you during the summer is the highlight of my year. Now, I can’t say good bye without taking the time to thank my all star staff from this year! I know that most of you had the opportunity to make personal connections with various members of the staff so I’m sure you could tell how enthusiastic they were about spending the summer with your children.

To my amazing returners – Kendra, Shefali, Kat, Isha, Jessica and Kayla – your ability to go above and beyond what is expected of you continues to amaze me every year. To my staff as a whole, thank you for being such an amazing presence at camp and for playing along with all of my crazy ideas (including Pie-A-Palooza)! You all seriously rocked it! It really has been a fantastic six weeks and I can’t wait to get back in the office and start preparing more fun for next summer!

Courtney Hann

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My son has been to multiple camps this summer and I feared is getting camp weary. It is a tribute to your program that he didn’t want to go home and is already asking about camp next year.

On the first day of camp, my mom picked up my daughter at 5 pm; my daughter didn’t want to leave because her project wasn’t done. She has asked to be picked up late each day since because she enjoys the projects and wants to see them to completion.”

My daughter was super excited to work on circuits and bring home things that light up. She loved being able to tell jokes and be part of all the camp fun – pie throwing included:-). This is her favorite camp. The staff’s warm welcome and goodbyes are very meaningful to children. They all knew her name and made her feel special. We love this camp!”

My daughter has loved camp (4 weeks) and has been so excited every day when she comes home and tells us all about it. I haven’t seen her this excited about any learning program so it has been a wonderful experience for her and us. Our son has enjoyed the program as well and is excited when he attends (2 weeks). They have both said the people who are involved with the camp are wonderful (super nice and fun was how they described it) and from what I have seen I agree. Great job to everyone involved. Thank you!”

My daughter is in animation for the first time and she is amazed by the way the animation movies are made. She explains in detail every part of the
 animation movies and can’t wait to get the final video. She shared that some of 
the movies are even on YouTube (which presumably is a big deal!”

We enjoyed the curriculum and found a good balance of learning and recreation.  Staff were high quality…staff have been exceptional in every way.”

After weeks of saying she didn’t want to go to camp, she came home the first day and said “I LOVE camp!”

I have had the Edmo program come into my Palo Verde first grade classroom for the past few years, offering In Class Science Presentations to my first graders. As 
a teacher, I have always valued these wonderful programs tied to our science
 standards. I have felt so grateful to Edmo for extending camp scholarships to my children because I was a Palo Verde teacher. They have LOVED the counselors and the wonderful program they have provided! Thank you!”

Only the best of the best become our camp staff. Take a look at what goes in to recruiting, hiring and training our staff!

Courtney Hann – Camp Director

This is Courtney’s fourth summer as a Camp Director for Edventure More and her third summer directing the amazing Palo Alto location! During the school year, Courtney has the exciting job of Outreach Manager for Edventure More where she is responsible for getting information out to schools and communities so that everyone gets to experience the unique programs we offer. Courtney has been working to educate children in a variety of settings for 10+ years. Starting out working with children as the manager of a kid’s martial arts program, she then found her passion for summer camp when she began directing a Humane Education camp while working towards her Animal Science degree. After graduating from Calpoly San Luis Obispo and spending many years in the shelter industry, including working for two years as a surgery technician for veterinary medicine, she decided to make the exciting switch to a full time emphasis on summer camp with her move to the Bay Area to join Edventure More. Courtney is a camper at heart! She lives for all the fun and excitement of camp and cannot wait to share new things with all of our campers. In her free time Courtney loves to read, go to yoga, catch dinner with friends, watch tv, and play with her best friend – her dog Lorelai.

Hello to all of my amazing new and returning Paltos!! I can’t believe that this will be my fourth summer with Edventure More and third year at the amazing Palo Alto site. Each year I learn so much from my campers and staff as we push the silliness to new levels! 

I absolutely cannot wait to get this summer started. I’ve been sitting in meetings for weeks now unable to shake off the need to play “Steal the Treasure” or stop humming the “Edmo Vibe Song”. Now we are so close to getting to do these things again – and more! It’s time for messy rallies, loud songs, epic dance-offs, pies, pies, and pies!

I want to take the time to welcome my staff for this summer as well. I have been working for months to compile the perfect mix of talented and memorable returners and enthusiastic and experienced new staff members, and I feel confident that I have the strongest team possible assembled as we move into our summer. I really can’t wait to see all our campers and let them reap the benefits of this fantastic staff.

I hope everyone is ready for some F-U-N! See you soon Palo Alto!”

Shefali Vasudevan – Animation/Video Gaming/Maker Instructor

This is Shefali’s fourth summer at Edventure More, one year as a Camp Counselor, two years as an Animation Instructor and this year as the Camp Edmo Animation/Video Game/Makers Studio Instructor. Shefali is currently attending Emerson College, in Boston studying film production, and has worked a lot with directing, camera work, editing, script writing, and more. In the past she has worked at the digital art studio “Fun With Media” teaching kids beginner level animation and film making. In her free time, Shefali likes to play music and sing and will sometimes bring her ukulele to camp and sing for the campers. She also likes to draw and hang out with her friends and family. Shefali is excited to be returning for another summer at camp and is looking forward to working with the kids again!

I am so excited to come back for my fourth summer! The campers that I have worked with in the past have been so fun, full of life, and ready and willing to learn, so I am very excited to be returning to the Palo Alto location again this year.

Kendra Watkins – Head Instructor and PM Care Coordinator

Kendra Watkins joined the Edventure More team two years ago as the Arts & Science Instructor at Palo Alto and she is so excited to return for her third summer at Palo Alto! Since joining the team, she has taken on multiple roles at Edventure More including Camp Director at San Mateo, School Year Programs Presenter, Curriculum Coordinator, and most recently School Year Programs Coordinator. During the school year, she works to bring hands-on science and technology to local Bay Area schools through Edventure More’s In Class and Afterschool Programs. Since earning her degree and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Cal Poly, she has worked in various child care and camp environments. Before joining the Edventure More team, she spent time as the Camp Director for a humane education camp in San Luis Obispo. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her pets, and volunteering at the local animal shelter.

Sabrina Salazar – Counselor

This is Sabrina’s first summer at Edventure More as a counselor. Studying Animation and Illustration at San Jose state, she will enter her final year this coming fall. At State she lived in the International House on campus for a year where she further developed an interest for world cultures, art, and food. Last spring she participated in the student mentorship program Fuerza Escolar where she helped 3rd and 4th graders with reading comprehension in English and Spanish. Besides drawing and painting, she spends her free time outdoors, hiking or playing tennis. She very excited to join the team at Palo Alto and share her love of animation with the campers.

Amanda Kemble – Counselor

This is Amanda’s first summer at Edventure More and she is very excited to work with all of these wonderful young campers all summer! She grew up in Northern California but now goes to college in Washington at the University of Puget Sound. She just finished her second year there and she is majoring in Political Science and Business. Amanda grew up in a very large family, having over fifteen younger cousins and therefore has spent a lot of her time with younger children. She attended many summer camps when she was a child and wants to make sure all the campers have an amazing time during summer as she did as a child! In her free time she likes running, hiking, doing yoga, riding horses, and spending time with friends and family. She is very excited to start her first summer at Edventure More!

Ariel Juarez – Counselor

This is Ariel’s first summer at Edventure More and she is really excited to have this opportunity to mentor all of the young campers! She grew up in southern California but moved up to the bay area after graduating college. She will be entering her first year as a graduate student at Cal State East Bay this fall. She will be studying pre-professional health to become a dentist. She has been attending and helping out in summer camps her entire life, from vacation bible camp to white water rafting in Oregon. She has experience in every type of summer camp! In her spare time she enjoys hiking, playing tennis, reading, and surfing at the beach. She hopes the campers will have as much fun as she did in summer camps growing up!

Jessica Tong – Counselor

This is Jessica’s third summer as a Counselor for Edventure More, and she’s as excited as ever! Over the previous summers, Jessica has filled the role of Counselor for Arts & Science and Animation, Art Instructor, and LEGO Instructor, which has given her a well-rounded camp experience. Having just graduated from San Jose State University with a BFA in Animation, Jessica has a good handle of how art and technology go hand in hand, and she loves helping campers express themselves through art and animation. She’s had such a great time seeing the campers learn and grow in previous years. This year, she’s excited to meet new campers, and she can’t wait see which campers come back for another camp season. This summer is going to be a blast!

Carolyn Coriasso – Counselor

This is Carolyn’s first summer at Edventure More and she couldn’t be more excited to meet all of the campers! She is thrilled to be in California for the summer since she normally lives in chilly Michigan. Carolyn currently attends Central Michigan University and is majoring in Elementary Education with a specialization in Language Arts. Carolyn participates in the Lunch Buddy Program at CMU where she mentors 4th grade students during lunch and recess hours. She has also formerly worked at YMCA’s Camp Copneconic, where she quickly found her passion for all things camp! In her free time, she loves to run and bike outdoors, do yoga, and spend time with family and friends.

More than One Educational Approach

Our programs incorporate the best new ideas in education and development that you’ll find in today’s top classrooms and educational programs including:

  • The Makers Movement
    Our Makers campers use engineering to create unique contraptions with a mix of everyday materials and technology.  Projects are centered around invention, prototyping and creative problem solving.  Makers campers will acquire a new tool kit of handy skills and push their imaginations to the limit.

  • The Next Generation Science Standards
    We’ve formatted our camp lessons to hit specific science and engineering practice topics, core content ideas and cross cutting relationships to other disciplines.  These Standards provide a link to real world applications of scientific knowledge and research methods.

  • The Common Core Standards for Speaking and Listening
    Our summer programs focus on strengthening our campers communication skills through Collaborative Conversation, the infusion of Academic Vocabulary and positive group interaction – things that all happen throughout the entire camp day!

  • Social and Emotional Learning
    We offer inclusion activities, group challenges and Kimochi Time to help our campers develop empathy, build language for communicating feelings and promote positive group dynamics.

  • Integrated Literacy

Integrated Literacy is another way we prepare our campers for success in the school year and beyond.  Campers get Literacy lessons throughout our camp day.  Whether it’s collaborative conversations with fellow campers in the Arts & Science classroom or a word spelling challenge during Recreation, our campers are exposed to the power of effective communication in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

  • Environmental Responsibility
    Our programs show campers how to be environmentally responsible whether they are repurposing materials in Makers projects, birdwatching on a hike, or simply sorting refuse into the right bin.  Our campers are champions of the environment!

  • Design Thinking
    Design Thinking is all about unlocking creative potential to solve real world challenges.  Using the principles of Design Thinking our campers will create truly unique prototypes from open-ended design challenges and become world class problem solvers!
  • Mindfulness Movement
    Mindfulness offers peaceful moments with quiet reflection time.  After a fun camp day we would like our campers to unwind, reflect, and feel connected to their bodies, minds and feelings. It’s all part of Social and Emotional Learning.

  • 21st Century Life Skills
    The 21st Century requires that kids are fully prepared for all of life’s challenges. Kids in today’s quickly-changing world must learn more than just than reading, writing and arithmetic. The 21st Century Life Skills movement redefines the goals of education and transforms how learning is practiced and achievement measured.
More than One Teaching Method

Your child will experience a blended teaching methodology developed over 10 years in partnership with the CA Academy of Sciences and the Exploratorium. Campers build Physical Science, Natural Science, Engineering, and multiple Art Skills through our different approaches to learning that all start with fun and end with reflection, sharing and discovery:

  • Guided Instruction: Starts with a series of curiosity- inspiring questions or facts, then transitions into a hands-on activity that exemplifies the concept being taught.
    E.g. Pickle Batteries, Slime, Stomp Rockets

  • Design Challenge: Campers work in groups to create solutions towards a common goal. Groups brainstorm solutions to a problem, use available materials to prototype and test solutions, then make modifications based on their observations.
    E.g. Castle design & building, Glider design & building, Lava Crossing Rec Game

  • Free Exploration: Campers are given a wide assortment of materials and are encouraged to use their creativity to build something unique, artistic or that serves a specific purpose.
    E.g. Build something that spins, Use kitchenware to create an animal, Create a tasty soda flavor

  • Observational Learning: Campers learn to hone their senses and practice focus, attention and awareness. They record what they perceive and then report their findings.
    E.g. Bug hunts, Bird watching, Game of “Animal I Spy”

More than One Intelligence

Your child will build capacity in multiple types of intelligence that research has shown are required to succeed in the 21st Century. Our curriculum focuses on four areas of a child’s development each day:

  • Social: In addition to our dedicated “Team Time” hour each day, our science, art, animation, nature, and recreation projects build lifelong skills like communication, collaboration and teamwork. Kids need to work with others to complete challenges and compromise to come up with movie plots, invent team names or decide which game to play on Friday.
  • Emotional: Daily EQ activities use Kimochis’ “toys with feelings” to help kids build vocabulary around their emotions. They also help them empathize with other kids who have different personalities, resulting in fewer hurt feelings and more new friendships being made at camp!
  • Academic: Hands-on activities help keep kids’ minds active during the long summer months. They also help reinforce grade level science and math concepts while encouraging a fun-loving approach to learning that’s intrinsically driven.
  • Physical: Recreation features games designed by Playworks®. Most of our games are non-competitive or ones where players change teams regularly. Games build upon skills learned earlier in the week to more complex games involving lots of teamwork and strategy later on.
More than One Mind

It takes many great minds to make one great camp. Our talented team of Curriculum Advisory Board members is comprised of Bay Area professionals who are leaders in their respective fields. Each member consults with us on different aspects of our curriculum and camp day based on their area of expertise.

Megan Schufreider, Science Expert

Megan Schufreider is Assistant Director of Teacher and Student Engagement at the California Academy of Sciences, where she supervises a team focusing on the development, delivery and evaluation of Pre-K-12 educational programs. The Teacher and Student Engagement portfolio includes a teacher professional development institute, teacher workshops and resources, onsite classroom programs for schools, field trips for school and youth groups, homeschool events, family nights, virtual programs, online learning resources, and community outreach.  Since joining the Academy in 2007, Megan has also overseen web development, asset management and e-marketing for the department. She holds a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution & Japanese from UCLA and an M.A. in Museum Studies from SFSU.  She has previous experience as a middle and high school classroom teacher, as well as an educator in various informal science settings.

David & Annie Fox, Social Emotional Learning & Tech Specialists

David and Annie Fox co-founded the world’s first public-access microcomputer center in 1977.  The Marin Computer Center was a prototype for bringing new technology to the public.

David is one of the founding members of the Game Division of Lucasfilm ltd. (now LucasArts), and has spent his career working with various gaming companies.  David most recently designed and produced Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention game, a game based on Rube Goldberg’s Machine cartoons (the first official Rube Goldberg game).

When Annie Fox’s first book People Are Like Lollipops (1971, Holiday House, 2013 Electric Eggplant) was published, she wasn’t old enough to legally sign the contract! By the time she turned 21 though, she decided that helping kids was going to be her life’s work. After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, then completing her Master’s in Education from the State University of New York at Cortland, Annie set off on a teaching career. After a few years in the classroom, computers changed her life as she began to explore ways in which technology could be used to empower kids.

Jessalyn Aaland, Art Curriculum Consultant

Jessalyn Aaland is an artist, writer and teacher based in West Oakland, California. As an artist, she works primarily in collage, using stickers and found paper materials to create landscapes of human and other communities. In addition to her works on paper, Jessalyn designs posters, album artwork and installations. She also publishes zines and dyes textiles using shibori methods. Jessalyn spent five years teaching English at a San Francisco public high school and has recently accepted a position as Program Associate of Teacher Engagement and Resources at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Stephanie Chang, Maker Curriculum Expert

Stephanie Chang currently works as Maker Ed’s Director of Youth Engagement, responsible for the design and implementation of program models. Previously, Stephanie was the Program Developer and School Liaison at Maker Media, where she worked closely with fifteen Bay Area teachers to define and develop maker spaces and making programs in schools. Prior to joining Maker Media, she worked in educational research and evaluation, designed curriculum, led the science and technology summer program at The Tech Museum in San Jose, and taught environmental and marine science. She is interested in technology’s affordances for learning, how to best bridge formal and informal education and better connect tangible and digital technology. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s in Biology from MIT and a Master’s degree in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.

Charles Higgins, MSW, Mindfulness Expert

Charles Higgins is the Executive Director of the Richmond District Neighborhood Center in San Francisco. He was in the same role at Slide Ranch, Enterprise for High School Students, Youth Tennis Advantage, and the Bicycle Community Project in the years before joining RDNC. A native of San Francisco, Charles graduated from Galileo High School, U.C. Davis and the School of Social Welfare at U.C. Berkeley. Charles has been practicing Hatha yoga since 2002 and refining his approach to Mindfulness since then. In the last few years, he started a daily meditation practice using a mantra given by a teacher in the tradition of the ancient Vedas. Charles believes that the application of Mindfulness practice for children helps them to be:

  • Good listeners – able to be patient and aware of thoughts while listening (regulate the impulse to prepare a response while listening)
  • Good observers – alert and aware of what’s going on around them
  • Feel good about themselves – comfortable in expressing their own thoughts and not being threatened by those of others
  • Patient and supportive rather than reactive, using good self control, especially when feeling angry or fearful

Charles leads workshops and retreats for teachers, counselors and others working with children.

Dr. Kathleen Martinez, Literacy Integration Specialist

Dr. Kathleen Martinez started her educational career teaching middle and high school remedial reading in northern New Mexico. She went on to get her doctorate in educational leadership at Florida State University and returned to New Mexico as a Professor of Education at New Mexico Highlands University. She then became Director of Community-based Resources for severely emotional and neurobiological different children in Taos, New Mexico. After her two children were safely raised, she moved to Berkeley, CA in order to pursue a master’s in theology at the Graduate Theological Union just for the fun of it. Since then she has been working in the San Francisco Bay Area providing training and support to out-of-school programs through her own consulting firm, Creative Out-of-School Learning. She enjoys gardening and ballroom dancing. Along with her colleague, Sue Edwards, Dr. Martinez has written two books, Books and Beyond: Fun Literacy Activities for Afterschool and Colossal Clubs: Integrated Curriculum for After-School.

More than One Kid

Your child doesn’t fit a cookie-cutter mold. Our camp staff get to know your child and celebrate their uniqueness. Not everyone will be an inventor in life, but everyone will invent themselves.

  • Getting to Know Campers: All week long your child will have one group Counselor. It’s the Counselor’s job to learn about your child and find those teachable moments that help them become their best selves.
  • Diversity: One of our main objectives as an organization is to create the most diverse, inclusive and culturally rich environment for your child. We believe finding commonalities and celebrating differences is one of the most powerful ways to teach a child empathy and socialization skills.
  • Creativity & Self-expression: Camper projects have ample room for kids to infuse their personalities. This creates greater ownership over the learning. Camper families will also be given weekly T-shirt Challenges to encourage your child to engage you and their community with their “Edmo Vibe”.
More than One Program

Your family can choose from multiple camp programs with the same Edventure More standard of quality. Each is designed to generate curiosity, build multiple forms of intelligence and 21st Century learning skills.

  • Arts & Science Program (Ent. K-4th Grade): Campers complete hands-on natural science and physical science experiments, multi-disciplinary art projects and also play outdoor recreation and team building activities.
  • Makers Program (Ent. K-4th Grade): Campers turn everyday materials into amazing new contraptions!  These mini engineers will stretch their imaginations with excellent instruction, hands-on makers lab time, and outdoor recreation and team building activities.

  • Tech Program (Ent. K-4th Grade): Campers translate their stories, characters and ideas into amazing digital media projects.  Using cameras, laptops, iPads and the latest kid-friendly software, campers will see their characters and stories come alive on screen.  Our Tech campers mix screen time with outdoor recreation and team building activities.

  • Park Program (Ent. K-4th Grade): Campers spend almost the entire day outdoors; going on nature hikes with our trained naturalists, completing arts & science projects and playing team building games. Entering 2nd-4th grade campers also go on weekly field trips.
More than One Day

Your child’s camp day doesn’t have to stop at pick up time. Your child will be encouraged to continue the “Vibe” of curiosity, confidence, creativity, and kindness at home and in their community.

  • T-Shirt Challenges: Each week your camper can complete a challenge and take a picture in their camp t-shirt doing something that shows how they’ve rocked the vibe.
  • The Edmo Vibe Game: Your kids will receive special Vibe Cards that represent an action they did that represented curiosity, confidence or kindness at camp. They can also earn cards outside of camp, like finding a fun fact to stump the Camp Director.
  • Mo’s Treehouse: When your kids come home pumped about what they learned, you can visit Mo’s Treehouse online to find additional resources, projects, websites, jokes, etc. that relate to our camp themes.
  • Daily Downloads: Each day parents receive an email from their Camp Director with updates about their child’s camp location. It also includes links to Mo’s Treehouse where they can find details about what their child is doing today, what to expect tomorrow and resources for fostering more curiosity at home.
More than One Impact

It’s part of our mission to support the families and schools in your community year-round with high quality enrichment programs. Your camp proceeds and generous donations fund:

  • Camp Scholarships: We help close the achievement gap between low-income and high-income families by providing hundreds of families financial aid each year.
  • Subsidized In Class Programs: We offer both public and private school teachers affordable in class science programs featuring museum quality, hands-on projects that align with CA State Science Standards.
  • Fully Subsidized Camps: We host camps that are subsidized by public agencies for communities most at-risk for Summer Learning Loss. In 2015, The SF Department of Children will once again fund our SF Community Camp program hosted at the San Francisco School. The Fullerton Family Foundation will also be sponsoring camper scholarships from the Pickleweed Community Center at our Mill Valley location.
  • Year-round Fundraising: We apply for grants, lead fundraisers and accept donations year-round to create greater access to our award-winning School Year and Summer programs.



The following schools have either received In Class Programs from Edventure More, had students awarded camp scholarships or both. If you don’t see your school listed, please contact our School Year Programs Manager at to learn how we can support the enrichment efforts of your school, teachers, PTA or GATE programs.

Alexander Rose Elementary
Anthony Spangler Elementary
Baker Elementary School
Barron Park Elementary School
Bubb Elementary
Capri Elementary
David Starr Jordan Middle School
De Vargas Elementary
Dilworth Elementary
El Carmelo Elementary
Greenhills Elementary
Herbert Hoover Elementary
Huff Elementary
Jordan Middle School
L.P. Collins Elementary
Lawson Middle School
Loyola Elementary
Lucille M. Nixon Elementary
Mariano Castro Elementary
Meyerholz Elementary
Nimitz Elementary
Oak Avenue Elementary*
Old Orchard School
Palo Verde Elementary*
Ponderosa Elementary
Queen of Apostles School
Regnart Elementary
Roosevelt Community Center
Theuerkauf Elementary
Westside Cooperative Preschool
Windmill Springs Elementary

*Both In Class Programs and camp scholarship recipients