Frequently Asked Questions

*Note that these answers may vary by region and season - please direct questions to regional program directors where your child(ren) will be joining Biocitizen programs!

What does my child need to bring to Biocitizen

Biocitizen’s programs are sometimes structured around our local weather conditions and this sometimes requires some flexibility with our outdoor classrooms.

Required Forms
All registration forms, medical history, up-to-date immunization forms are required before your child attends a Biocitizen class or camp..

Lunch and Snacks
Campers bring their own lunch (pack for a regular school day) and must be ready-made. We do don’t carry any cooking or food prep equipment.

We do request that parents please refrain from sending any peanut products in order to limit possible exposure for campers with peanut/nut allergies.

We often carry extra water, but each child should have their own supply of water for the day.

Clothing, Shoes and Hats
The campers learn environmental philosophy by visiting sites that are brimming with natural and/or culture history. Programs are always designed to be a fun exploration, so comfortable clothing is best. For cooler weather or hikes in our canyons, plan on layers so that your child stays warm but can also cool off throughout the day.

Comfortable gym or tennis shoes are best for our program, whether an urban excursion or a canyon hike. We do visit places with streams, as well as our beaches and tide pools. Water shoes are great for these days; or your child can bring a second pair of shoes and socks to change into after splashing in the water.

Hats are always helpful for sunny California days.

Please send your child with sunscreen already applied, as well as additional sunscreen for reapplication. Label your child’s sunscreen with their name.

Excursion Snacks
Sometimes our group will stop for ice cream or some other kind of treat at a local, neighborhood shop. We encourage you to limit your child to $5 for a treat.

Other Ideas
Some days are very active and immersive; and keep in mind that your child will be carrying their own backpack and lunch. Some campers bring small sketchbooks or notebooks and pens/pencils, binoculars and other tools to observe and record their surroundings and discoveries.

Medication – Illness and Allergies
Please see the Biocitizen Policies and Procedures document regarding Medication.

Does my child need to bring any money?

Biocitizen programs do not require your child to bring extra money.

Sometimes the group will stop for ice cream or some other kind of treat at a local, neighborhood shop.
We encourage you to limit your child to $5 for a treat.

Does my child need to know how to swim?

Biocitizen may offer students swimming in the context of natural and cultural history investigations, or for cooling off during a warm hike, accessing information or experiencing an educational subject.

Biocitizen does not provide swimming instruction; it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to ensure their child can swim. It is also the responsibility of the parent/guardian to inform the Biocitizen Director and/or instructors that their child is unable to swim.

Students are not compelled to swim; it is entirely their option, providing they already know how to swim or whether their parents/guardians prefer them to or not to. Non-swimming students will always be provided with other explorations and interesting activities while their peers swim.

Should the need arise for life-jackets, Biocitizen LA will provide them, unless we are partnering with a third party company (for instance, a kayaking program), in which case, that company will provide life-jackets.

What is your attendance and cancellation policy?

Biocitizen does not offer make-up classes, rescheduling, refunds or credit due to absences.

Please refer to your local school’s FAQ page for their cancellation policy.

Do you accommodate early drop-off and/or late pick up?

Not as a standard practice, but can be arranged if necessary. Please inquire.