Through a grant from the City of San Jose SSIG program, we are able to offer qualified families a one-week nature camp scholarship for their children ages 6 to 13.

Welcome to the new world of staying healthy by spending lots more time outdoors and loving it. One of the things we’ll learn is how NATURE takes care of itself and all the critters who depend on it, including us.

We’ll have scavenger hunts, art projects, garden projects and pizza cook-offs. We’ll work on the farm, we’ll harvest our food, cook and eat what we grow. If you were stranded on a desert island, could you survive? Could you grow your own food? Our food farm and our aquaponics farm may help you figure that out. We’ll learn about chickens. What is the personality of a chicken? How are other animals like us? And how are they different? We’ll learn how to design and build the city of the future. We’ll see wild NATURE in the city. We’ll see how we change NATURE that may not be so good for us or all the other creatures who live in cities too.

Do you know what a California native plant is? Why do we have more birds and lizards in our garden than in our neighbors’ yards?

All this while you earn EARTH HEROES badges for learning skills, such as growing trees, harvesting veggies, keeping bees and making compost. We’ll be discovering how NATURE survives in spite of concrete and asphalt and we’ll imagine a city that will make us healthier.

Most of all, we’ll have a lot of fun and find interesting ways we can stay healthy. We’ll learn how we can take care of NATURE. And if we do, we’ll find out that SHE will take care of us!

Schedule

Monday – Friday 9 am to 3 pm

Week 1:  June 14-18
Learn About Your Local Ecology
Learn About Evolution

Week 2:  June 21-25
Learn About Life Cycles
Analyze Soil
Week 3:  June 28 – July 2
Keep a Journal
Learn About the Water Cycle
Week 4:  July 12-16
Compost
Grow Trees
Grow Native Plants
Week 5:  July 19-23
Recruit Friends
Harvest Grey Water
Build a Rain Garden
Week 6:  July 26-30
Recycle Plastics
Keep Bees
Plant Veggies
Week 7:  August 2-6 
Aquaponics Farm
Storm Water
Propagating