We envision a world where children
have access to nature…
Welcome to the new world of staying healthy by spending lots more time outdoors and loving it. One of the things we learn is how NATURE takes care of itself and all the critters who depend on it, including us.
At our Summer Nature Camp, children ages 6-12 years old will have the opportunity to reconnect with the natural world by learning about local ecology, life cycles, native plants of California, how to garden and recycle, and so much more! We have scavenger hunts, art projects, garden projects and pizza cook-offs. We work on the farm, 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 learn about chickens. What is the personality of a chicken? How are other animals like us? And how are they different? We learn how to design and build the city of the future. We see wild NATURE in the city. We 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 earning EARTH HEROES badges for learning skills, such as growing trees, harvesting veggies, keeping bees and making compost. We discover how NATURE survives in spite of concrete and asphalt and we imagine a city that will make us healthier.
Most of all, we have a lot of fun and find interesting ways we can stay healthy. We learn how we can take care of NATURE. And if we do, we’ll find out that SHE will take care of us!
Monday–Friday 9 am to 3 pm, with option for early drop-off at 8:30 am and/or extended care until 5:30 pm
Week 1: June 26-30
Learn About Your Local Ecology
Learn About Evolution
Learn About Life Cycles
Field Trip: Alum Rock Park
Week 2: July 10-14
Keep a Journal
Learn About the Water Cycle
Reuse and Renew
Field Trip: Los Gatos Creek Trail
Week 3: July 17-21
Compost and Propagate
Grow Native Plants
Field Trip: McClellan Ranch
Week 4: July 24-28
Harvest Grey Water and Storm Water
Build a Rain Garden
Field Trip: Hellyer Park
Week 5: July 31 – August 4
Children’s Herb Garden
Field Trip: Ulistac Natural Area
Weekly camp rates: $450
Early drop-off at 8:30 am: +$50
Late afternoon pick-up until 5:30 pm: +$100
A 15% discount will be refunded back when you register for all five weeks.