Kern Schools environmental camp moves south

The campfire pit area at the new Camp KEEP by The Sea in Arroyo Grande. (Kern County Superintendent of Schools photo)

Camp KEEP has a new home.

Delays in on-going construction project meant Camp Keep (Kern Environmental Education Program) moved from its longtime campus in Cambria to Arroyo Grande, about 60 miles south on Highway 1.

Named KEEP by The Sea, the new facility is located at Camp Arroyo Grande. It complements the KEEP Ocean campus in nearby Montano de Oro State Park.

“We researched and visited a number of sites around the area and Camp Arroyo Grande seemed a perfect fit for KEEP,” Desiree Von Flue, assistant superintendent of student services at the Kern County Superintendents of Schools, which operates KEEP, said in a news release. “It’s nestled in the foothills overlooking Pismo Beach and Oceana Dunes and features 29-acres of terrain and various ecosystems close by to explore. It’s a truly stunning setting.”

KEEP by The Sea features rustic cabins, family-style meals in the dining hall, a multipurpose learning center with a salt-water touch tank, caged native reptiles, microscopes, sensory activities and more.

Students will have access to an outdoor recreation area with a volleyball court, horseshoes, tetherball and a campfire pit.

Camp KEEP will celebrate its 50th anniversary next spring.

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