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NATURE SCHOOL

Difficulty: Beginner   What's my level?
Beginner: I have no experience or I've tried this sport a few times in easy conditions / Non ho nessuna esperienza o ho provato questo sport un paio di volte in condizioni facili.
Intermediate: I practice this sport regularly and I'm comfortable practicing it autonomously / Pratico questo sport regolarmente e sono a mio agio a praticarlo in autonomia
Expert: I'm a "pro" / Sono un "pro"
Lenght: 5 days, 3 hours per day Language: Ita - Eng
Departure Time: 09:30 14:00 Location: Portofino Max: 12
€ 190

Sports, nature and fun are the foundations of our summer camp! The best occasion to have fun while discovering the sea, the beauty of staying outdoors and in contact with nature. During the week of Nature School kids will be involved in kayak and paddle board lessons and excursions, snorkeling and marine biology, coasteering, environmental education activities, orienteering and much more!

Morning program for kids 6-9 years old; afternoon program for kids 10-13 years old.

  • Sea and Nature summer school for kids inside the marine protected area of Portofino
  • Morning program for kids 6-9 years old; Afternoon program for kids 10-13 years old
  • News 2021: coasteering + citizen science activities!
  • Fun, sport and environmental education activities: we pass on love and respect for nature
  • Different levels of outdoor activities and scientific research programs to allow kids and teenagers to acquire the skills necessary to become a Junior or Teen Ranger
  • Every week, from mid-June to mid-September
  • Outdoor Portofino's T-shirt is included in the registration!
  • Special discounts: siblings and bookings for more than one week

Special Nature School Full Day

ONLY June 14-18 giugno & August 23-27

During the week of Nature School, kids will live a unique and unforgettable experience, discovering how a nautical base works, taking care of their own equipment, and studying the maps of the excursions and the history of the visited locations.

They will acquire the necessary experience to explore and learn about the surrounding environment thanks to activities such as Kayak, SUP, Snorkeling, Coasteering and Orienteering; they will learn to recognize marine and terrestrial flora and fauna and to respect nature and all its inhabitants.

News of 2021 is also the “Scientists Wednesday” program. Kids will be involved in various citizen science protocols and activities aimed at monitoring and conserving the ecosystem of the bay. Kids become an active part in the collection of useful data for the world of science!

Each week of summer camp will be lived in the pursuit of sport and outdoor activities; during the summer, different topics of biology and environmental education will be addressed and deepened.

Siblings discount + Liguria residents discount + discount for bookings of more than a week!

Our Added Value

Our motto is: play, explore and be aware!

Each activity will be personalized according to the level of experience and skills of our Juniors and Senior Rangers.

All sports disciplines are structured in such way to offer a theoretical part preparatory to the practical part. Environment education and nurturing to a more sustainable lifestyle is the common thread that connects the various activities: kayaking, stand up paddling, snorkeling, coasteering, orienteering, but also clean-up. Kids will learn nautical lexicon and will attend knots lessons, they will learn how to recognize winds and their origin and to look at nature like real scientists.

Not only water sports though! During the week of summer camp, kids and teens will be involved in land activities, with the aim of restoring contact with the simplicity of nature, learning to understand the surrounding area, to read a map and to use a compass.

Program & Activities

To ensure the necessary safety and avoid gatherings, this year the Nature School will take place according to two programs for age groups.

The morning schedule from 9.30 a.m.* to 12.30 p.m will be addressed to kids from 6 to 9 years; the afternoon schedule from 2 pm*  to 5 pm, to kids from 10 to 13 years of age.

Activities, such as kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, coasteering, environmental education and orienteering, will be the same, but with a different order of difficulty and adapted to the expected age group.

*The reception starts from 30 minutes before the start of the activity in order to comply with the required staggering standard directives. 

Safety

Due to national protocols, we will dedicate an outdoor area to kids that attend the Nature School. They will not be able to access the base and showers. This space, as well as the activities themselves, guarantees the distance and will be sanitized daily and at every group change (morning / afternoon). All equipment is sanitized according to national protocols.

minimum 4 – maximum 12 participants

  • Membership card
  • Junior or Teen Ranger badge and certificate
  • T-shirt
  • Equipment
  • Medical certificate
  • Personal water bottle
  • Snack
  • Bathing suit
  • Mask & Snorkel (available for sale at our centre)
  • Sea shoes
  • Sneakers/trekking shoes
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun screen
  • Hat
  • Beach towel
  • K-way
  • Lunch (for kids who book the entire day activity)

The Nature School takes place at Outdoor Portofino’s base in Niasca (Paraggi); all the activities will be developed in the Marine Protected Area and Park of Portofino. The richness and the density of marine and plant species, of geological structures, history and tradition existence are interesting starting points for the marine biology and environmental education lessons. Paraggi bay, forbidden to any kind of boat traffic, is ideal to learn in complete safety and take confidence with the sea and the underwater environment.

Activities will be held every day, Monday to Friday.

Morning program for kids 6-9 years old from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Reception from 9 a.m.* The activities will begin at 10 a.m.

Afternoon program for kids 10-13 years old from 2 to 5 p.m. Reception from 1.30 p.m.* The activities will begin at 2 p.m.

In the event of a weather alert or rough sea that does not allow the normal performance of activities as scheduled, the referring instructor evaluates the most appropriate activity for the day and/or whether to cancel the activities. In the event of bad weather conditions, the activity will be canceled.

*The reception is scheduled from 30 min. before the start of the activity in order to comply with the required staggering standard directives.

How to reach us The meeting point is at our sports center in Niasca, in the Bay of Paraggi. Once in Santa Margherita L. continue towards Portofino until the bay of Paraggi. Passed the inlet of the bay, after 200m on the left you will find a sandy beach where Outdoor Portofino is located. This area has very limited parking areas, especially during summertime. In Paraggi there is a paid parking lot, but we suggest to reach our office by alternative means (bus, boat, bicycle) or walking from Portofino (about 10 minutes) or S. Margherita L. (about 40 minutes). Here are some suggestions on how to reach us: By train The train station of Santa Margherita Ligure/Portofino is reachable from Milan (2 h 30 min), from Genoa (45 min), from Pisa (2 h). You may then continue walking, by bus, boat or taxi. By bicycle You can easily rent a bike - normal and electric bike - in our new outdoor sports center in Santa Margherita Ligure. Rental of bicycles - and other equipment - is by reservation, find out how to book your equipment! By bus With the n. 82 line from the train stations of Santa Margherita Ligure or from Rapallo. Walking From Portofino (approx. 10 min.); from Santa Margherita Ligure (approx. 30-40 min.); from Camogli, through the trails of the park of Portofino. By boat There are two lines serving the promontory of Portofino. From Santa Margherita Ligure you can reach Portofino with the Consorzio Marittimo del Tigullio. From Genoa, Recco or Camogli, instead, the boat service Golfo Paradiso, embraces the route to San Fruttuoso, from where you can then take the ferries of the Consorzio Marittimo del Tigullio to Portofino.
 Call Center: +39 3343290804
€ 190

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