Camp Cooper Environmental Education Camp (Camp Cooper) is a free outdoor environmental education camp for disadvantaged youth ages 5-12 that operates Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the summer. The program has a capacity to have up to 40 campers and eight temporary staff. Camp Cooper is located at City-owned Cooper Gulch Park and managed by the City’s Community Services Recreation Division. Cooper Gulch Park contains a 33-acre urban forest with sports fields, walking trails and Cooper Creek, a tributary to Humboldt Bay. Camp Cooper emphasizes environmental education experiences and engagement opportunities for youth to learn and participate in stewardship, wildlife habitat restoration, conservation and interpretation at Cooper Gulch Park. Activities and experiences provided at the camp include bird watching, invertebrate discovery, introduction to tracking, scategories (scat studies), mini-water cycle observation, dam building, and a salmon spawn obstacle course. The City has successfully implemented the camp for eight summers from 2015 to 2023. The City has requested grant funding from the California State Parks’ Habitat Conservation Fund Grant Program – Wildlife Area Activities to continue to offer the camp free of charge for all participants from 2024 through 2029, including free lunches.