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:

  • Cooking with Biogas Badge
  • Create Your Own Farmer’s Market
  • Set up a Vermicomposting System
  • A special junior camp counselor program for 13 and 14 year-olds who register early. Participants will get to assist at camp and have their own special projects to complete with guidance from college interns who will be their counselors this summer. This could be a research project, a community outreach idea, or the particular study of a plant, an animal or learning to be a regenerative farmer. The possibilities are endless!

Cost

Weekly camp rates: $360
With early registration discount: $306
Early drop-off at 8:30 am: $15/day
Late afternoon pick-up until 5:00 pm: $15/day

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

Week 1: June 10-14
Healthy Soil: The Foundation
Special topic: Vermicomposting
Register for Week 1
Register for Early Drop-off 
Register for Extended Care

Week 2: June 17-21
Water Cycle and Conservation
Special topic: Aquaponics
Register for Week 2
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Week 3: June 24-28
What Should We Grow?
Special topic: Ancestral Plants
Register for Week 3
Register for Early Drop-off
Register for Extended Care

Week 4: July 8-12
Plant Propagation
Special topic: Collecting Seeds/Propagating Seedlings
Register for Week 4
Register for Early Drop-off
Register for Extended Care

Week 5: July 15-19
Fauna/Animals
Special topic: Keeping Bees
Register for Week 5
Register for Early Drop-off
Register for Extended Care

Week 6: July 22-26
Eating the Harvest
Special topic: Cooking with Biogas
Register for Week 6
Register for Early Drop-off
Register for Extended Care

Week 7: July 29-August 2
How to Make a Profit
Special topic: Selling Veggies in a Farmer’s Market
Register for Week 7
Register for Early Drop-off
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Week 8: August 5-9 
Special Projects:
Kids will apply the knowledge acquired from past weeks to create their own special projects with camp assistance.
Register for Week 8
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.