Annual Community Appreciation Weekend

Annual Community Appreciation Weekend

The Annual Emerald Bay Outdoor Academy Community Appreciation Weekend is an opportunity to celebrate what has been accomplished and to look toward the future. Naturalists’ past and present, Advisory Team members, financial supporters, and friends of the program are invited to Emerald Bay for a weekend of community building and island activities including snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, archery, hiking, campfires, Beach Tie Gala, and more!

Included in your registration is the 3rd Annual Beach Tie Fundraising Gala! The Beach Tie Gala is a fun, outdoor party on the waterfront with dinner included. Wear your best wacky and colorful casual beach wear!

This year our Beach Tie Gala fundraising efforts will be in support of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Camp Emerald Bay! If you would like to make a donation in advance of the gala, please donate here.


REGISTER HERE for the 2024 Community Weekend


Our 2024 Community Appreciation Weekend will be held May 25-27, 2024.


Transportation will be via Harbor Breeze from Long Beach (100 Aquarium Way Dock #2). Transportation subject to change and will be confirmed two weeks prior to the event.


The weekend is open invite: Staff alumni, organizational partners, schools and families, the Island community, and anyone who has interest in learning more about the Academy.


New for 2024: We have space for up to four passengers aboard the Sabbatical, a Beneteau First 44.7 Sailboat for a one-way sail to Emerald Bay on your Saturday 5/25 crossing with a packed lunch on board! This option is available for a total registration cost of $550 per person which includes the cabin registration. The Sabbatical Sail has been generously donated by EBOA Advisory Team Member Mark Lampert and will depart from Marina del Rey at 8am on Saturday 5/25. On Monday, the return will be aboard the Harbor Breeze to Long Beach and we will arrange your ground transportation back to Marina del Rey.


Tentative Schedule:

Saturday, May 25:

6:00 – 6:30 AM: Arrival at Harbor Breeze Long Beach (100 Aquarium Way Dock #2) and board boat.

6:30 AM: Harbor Breeze departs from Long Beach

8:00 AM: Arrival Camp Emerald Bay & Breakfast

8:30 AM: Camp Orientation & Housing Assignments (at the Flag Pole)

9:00 – 12:00: Free Time Activities

12:30 PM: Lunch

1:00 – 5:00 PM: Free Time Activities

6:00 PM: Dinner

7:30 PM: Optional Beach Campfire


Sunday, May 26:

7:30 AM: Breakfast

8:00 – 12:00: Free Time Activities

12:30 PM: Lunch

1:00 – 5:00 PM: Free Time Activities

6:30 PM: Beach Tie Gala & Dinner (Participants will go straight down to the beach, not the dining hall. The Beach Tie Gala is a fun outdoor party on the waterfront with dinner included. There will be games, music, drinks, and dancing. Wear your best wacky beach wear!


Monday, May 27:

7:30 AM: Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30 AM: Pack Up, Clean Cabins & Line Up on Pier

9:00 AM: Harbor Breeze Departs to Long Beach

10:30 AM: Harbor Breeze Arrives in Long Beach



$270.00 per Cabin Registrant

$255.00 per Tent Registrant

$550.00 per Dolphin Donor- Cabin Registration plus Sabbatical Sail!

Students at Emerald Bay Sign


  • “Emerald Bay took learning and made it fun, which is hard to do”

    Ava, student
  • “I would say that it was a way to get closer to the people that you see everyday. Like for me I feel closer to my classmates than other classes because of this experience. My class and I were the first class in our school to go to this trip and it was filled with many fun activities. I think other people should visit because they will learn many new things and have fun rather than the everyday to day life. It’s nice to do something different. Like for me I sometimes get bored at home but knowing that I had something to do in a new place was nice compared to the same repetitive lifestyle. All of the staff were very helpful and happy to help and answer any questions that you have. The food was also great! Everything had a great flavor and everything was fresh and warm.”

    Emma, student
  • “Emerald Bay is so much fun, it teaches you to be a good contributor to the environment. It takes doing something serious into something fun! It makes your bunkmates feel like they are family, AND you might make new friends!”

    Liam, student