Camp Cooper and Camp Sequoia Environmental Education Camps


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Eureka
Document Title
Camp Cooper and Camp Sequoia Environmental Education Camps
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Camp Cooper and Camp Sequoia Environmental Education Camps (Camp Cooper and Camp Sequoia) are free outdoor environmental education camps for disadvantaged youth ages 5- 12 that operate Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the summer. The Camp Cooper program has a capacity to have up to 40 campers and the Camp Sequoia program has capacity to have up to 60 campers. The two camps will have a total of 18 staff members. Camp Cooper is located at City-owned Cooper Gulch Park and Camp Sequoia is located at City-owned Sequoia Park; both parks are 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. Sequoia Park is a 60-acre public facility that features walking trails and bicycle trails, redwood forest, meadows, a duck pond and two small creeks. Camp Cooper and Camp Sequoia emphasize environmental education experiences and engagement opportunities for youth to learn and participate in stewardship, wildlife habitat restoration, conservation and interpretation at both of the parks. Activities and experiences provided at the camps 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.

Contact Information

Robin Praszker
Agency Name
City of Eureka
Job Title
Program Coordinator
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


Citywide, Countywide, Northern California
Cross Streets
10th Street and W Street
Total Acres
93 Acres
State Highways
101 and 255
Alder Grove Charter School, Eureka Unified School District,
Humboldt Bay

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project qualifies for the Class I exemption because it involves operating and managing an existing program at two existing public facilities (City-owned Cooper Gulch and Sequoia Park). No physical changes to each park are proposed to accommodate the summer camp, and the use (daytime supervised youth recreation) is typical for these park facilities. Further, the Lead Agency has determined that use of the categorical exemption is not barred by one of the exceptions set forth in Section 15300.2 of the CEQA Guidelines
County Clerk


Notice of Exemption

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