About Us

Tree Sloth Camps began eight years ago when two Moms could not find anything fun, healthy, trustworthy, and affordable for their son to do during his summer vacation. We are committed to offering:

 

  • Affordability

  • Unplugged and screen-free fun, without preaching to kids about it

  • Plenty of good food with lots of choices for different diets and philosophies

  • Emotional and physical safety 

  • Environmental sustainability by example, and by connecting kids to nature

  • Opportunities for independence within a family environment

  • Equity, opportunity, and inclusion all campers and staff

Camp Directors

Tina

Tina grew up skiing and mountaineering in Breckenridge, Colorado. She is a long-time youth sports coach, having coached para olympic teams as well as youth soccer, softball, hockey, and volleyball. Tina was a ski instructor for Vail Resorts. She is a certified Referee and currently coaches the boys' varsity volleyball team at Watsonville High School. Tina started her career as a nurse then went into the technology field.

 

Tina has adventured all over the world, including helicopter skiing in Alaska, canyoneering in Moab, and backpacking through Panama, Columbia, Costa Rica, and the French and Italian Alps. She is an avid backpacker and skier.

Tina attends all the camps and is CPR, AED and First aid certified.

Lisa

Lisa is a lifelong educator, having been a teacher, researcher, trip leader, and administrator. She currently teaches math, science, and coding at a local private school and consults for the Center for Research on Creativity. She was a guest lecturer-expert on Neuroscience and Learning for teachers and administrators in Beijing, China. She completed her graduate research in education on building equity in STEM subjects for girls and women by adding open-ended creativity to each lesson. She found her passion designing field and marine science overnight school trips for middle and high school students.

 

She felt called to work with Tree Sloth Camps by the lack of summer camps that encourage kids to get creative, play outside, and remove themselves from America's achievement culture rat race during their vacations.

 

Lisa's hobbies are science, scuba diving, skiing, coding and making electronics, and hiking. She has lead students to Nigeria and Catalina Island, and chaperoned trips to India, South Africa, and the American River.

All Directors and chaperones have at least 2-30 years of experience working with children and young adults. 

Directors and Chaperones either teach or coach at public and private schools and have current background checks.