Nature Ed. 

Lifeschool's great outdoors


Summer doesn't always mean that school is out. At Lifeschool Wilderness Adventure and Learning Program -- a Sonoma County nonprofit that organizes wilderness excursions for teens -- the classroom is the great outdoors and fun is a requirement. Besides learning how to read topographical maps, how to navigate with a compass, and a few first-aid basics, campers will pick up other useful skills like teamwork and leadership. This week's six-day trip will take adventure-seekers ages twelve to sixteen to the picturesque Tahoe National Forest for a little R&R -- rafting and rock climbing. Stargazing, backpacking, and swimming are also in the lesson plan. While on the whole Lifeschool's adventures sport more action than your average summer camp, the level of difficulty for this outing is perfect for city slickers. Lifeschool offers scholarships and sliding-scale tuition for its all-inclusive trips. Limited space is available. 707-876-3071 or -- Joy White

SUN 7/20


Livermore rallies for schools

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that a research-minded community like Livermore would rally around science education programs, so it's no wonder that someone organized an event like Sunday's SOS: Science in Our Schools family festival. The idea is to raise money for more and better science classes in local schools -- and there will be plenty of activities designed to keep those industrious little brains busy, at least for an afternoon. From 2 to 6 p.m. in the city's Robertson Park Rodeo Grounds on Robertson Park Road, junior physicists and ordinary kids will be entertained by live music from Scientific Jam, storytellers, hands-on demos, and lots of sweet, sticky food and drinks. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students, $25 family, benefiting the LVEF Science Fund. Info: 925-513-0892. -- Kelly Vance


Kid Rock

Despite its name, girlsAdventureOUT's mission is "to make a positive difference in the lives of all women, men, and kids." Accordingly, the group's forthcoming Kids' Rock Climbing Camp , at Remillard Park in Berkeley, is good for both geese and ganders, aged nine to sixteen. No experience is necessary, and all your gear is provided: harness, rock-climbing shoes, belay devices, carabiner, even a bag lunch. Bring sunscreen; snacks; drinking water; shorts or long, loose-fitting pants; a light jacket or sweatshirt; and a sense of adventure. The three-day camp goes from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. every day, and costs $249 per child, with a minimum group size of five and maximum of ten. For more info: -- Stefanie Kalem


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