Earth Hero's Nature Camp

Nature Camp: Nature + Food + Mindfulness

This year’s Nature Camp highlights:

  • Focus on the Heroes Badge Program, with an increased number of badges to earn with outdoor lessons and projects
  • Mindfulness and local ecology lessons will serve to heighten the children’s understanding of the world around them
  • Guest chefs will be here to teach children how to cook with plants from the garden, including native edibles
  • Guest beekeeper will share honey farming knowledge
  • Storytelling from indigenous California leaders
  • Visit to Hester Farms
  • Explore along the nearby Guadalupe River as part of our Grow Ancestral Plants badge

…and so much more!

Earn Earth Heroes Badges

Our Earth Heroes program is an exciting opportunity for the children to learn and develop skills catered towards sustainable land management and ecological land use. This summer, Earth Heroes will engage in a variety of outdoor skills at Middlebrook Center, San Jose’s first eco-village, affording the opportunity for children to earn up to 30 badges, including:

• Grow Trees
• Grow Veggies
• Keep Bees
• Compost
• Grow Native Plants
• Harvest Veggies
• Aquaponics Farming
• Collect Seeds
• Analyze Soils
• Manage Storm Water
• Grow Ancestral Plants
• Build an Erosion Control Garden
• Learn About the Solar System
• Raise Small Animals
• Keep a Journal
• Learn About Your Local Ecology
• Do a Research Project
• Learn About Life Cycles
• Recycle Plastics
• Learn About the Water Cycle
• Learn About Wild Animals
• Identify Edible and Medicinal Plants
• Track Animals
• Learn About Ecology

New this year:

  • Beekeeping
  • Cooking with Biogas
  • Creating Your Own Farmer’s Market
  • Setting up a Vermicomposting System
  • A special junior camp counselor program for 13 and 14 year-olds will be offered. Junior camp counselors training will cover all topics, including how to design, build and manage a regenerative farm. They will work with members of the Hoover Middle School climate smart club to prepare them for the task of tearing out their school lawn and building a regenerative farm.

Rates

Weekly camp rates: $360
Early drop-off at 8:30 am: $15/day
Late afternoon pick-up until 5:00 pm: $15/day

2019 Schedule/Registration

Monday – Friday
9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with option for early drop-off at 8:30 am and/or extended care until 5:00 pm

July 8-12
Healthy Soil: The Foundation
Plant Propagation
Special topics:
Collecting Seeds/Propagating Seedlings
Vermicomposting
Register for July 8-12
Register for Early Drop-off
Register for Extended Care
July 15-19
Water Cycle and Conservation
Fauna/Animals
Special topics:
Aquaponics
Keeping Bees

Register for July 15-19
Register for Early Drop-off
Register for Extended Care
July 22-26
What Should We Grow?
Eating the Harvest
Special topics:
Ancestral Plants
Cooking with Biogas
Register for July 22-26
Register for Early Drop-off
Register for Extended Care
July 29-August 2
How to Make a Profit
Special topic:
Selling Veggies in a Farmer’s Market
Special Projects:
Kids will apply the knowledge acquired from past weeks to create their own special projects with camp assistance.

Register for July 29-August 2
Register for Early Drop-off
Register for Extended Care

PLEASE NOTE: Each week will not be devoted exclusively to the main topic. One of the lessons that will be taught is best expressed by John Muir: “If you tug on anything in the universe, you will find it connected to everything else.“ For example, when we learn about aquaponics, we will learn about propagating seeds, water conservation, fish, chemistry, and biogas production.