GARDEN CAMP 2023
Registration is open!
Garden Camp registration is open for children 7-17 years old.
Our #1 priority is to provide a safe and inclusive space for children to be outdoors and immersed in the delights of a working school garden.
Each week offers different themes and is full of creative, hands-on activities that will nurture a life-long appreciation of nature, build healthy habits, and create lasting friendships!
Leadership & service learning opportunities available for teens. See Junior Educator information below.
Early Registration: $315 (thru March 31st)
Sibling Rate: $335
Multiple Week Rate: $335
Open Registration: $375
Junior Educator: $275
Larkfield Community Garden
450 Noonan Ranch Ln,
Larkfield-Wikiup, CA 95403
Salmon Creek School
1935 Bohemian Highway
Occidental, CA 95465
EACH SESSION IS UNIQUE
Garden Camp Week 1: Creative Minds
Have you ever built something that moves with energy from the wind or sun? Cooked with a solar oven? Do you want to learn some woodworking skills? Creative Minds is perfect for kids who want to develop their creative minds and inner engineer. In this program kids will do a little less gardening and more making. While keeping in line with the core curriculum, this week will focus on hands-on projects that take tips from the genius of nature. We will also be cooking everyday with food from the garden. Participants should be ready to spend the entire time outdoors. Time to build some memories!
Garden Camp Week 2: Rooted Hearts
Want to learn how to move silently through the landscape with your senses raised up high? Have you ever made your own scavenger hunt? Want to learn how to make art supplies from plants and rocks? Rooted Hearts is an opportunity for kids to be one with nature, with a focus on nature-based crafts and group games in the nearby forest. While keeping in line with the core curriculum, this week will focus on exploring all the ways that we are part of nature. Participants should be ready to spend the entire time outdoors. It’s forest time!
Garden Camp Week 3: Plant Magic
Ever dig in the compost just to see what’s up? Want to learn how to craft a handmade salve or tick away spray? Do you love making delicious creations in the kitchen? Plant Magic is a week for campers to explore the wonders of plants in the garden and forest. While keeping in line with the core curriculum, this week will focus on inquiry based learning, exploration, and hands-on projects. We will be cooking everyday with food from the garden. Participants should be ready to spend the entire time outdoors. Get ready to tickle all of your senses through connection with our plant friends!
Garden Camp Week 4: Fruits of Our Labor
Have you ever designed a garden bed? Or made your own tortillas? Do you love making art? Fruits of Our Labor is designed for campers to engage their imagination through cooperative projects. In this program they will be exploring different paths of expression, through art projects, storytelling, cooking, and movement. While keeping in line with the core curriculum, this week will focus on artistic expression. We will be cooking everyday with food from the garden. Participants should be ready to spend the entire time outdoors. Time to make some magic!
We welcome 12-17 year olds to participate as Junior Garden Educators. Junior Garden Educators will join a camp group, assist the Garden Educator, and engage with younger campers in a fun and productive way. This program provides youth with the skills and experience needed to be leaders and outdoor educators. Teens will need to fill out a short questionnaire. Space is limited to only 4-6 JE's per week. There is a certificate upon completion.
SGN is thrilled to announce Emily's return as Summer Camp Director. Emily's love for nature and earth tending began at a young age through daily encounters with a few beloved backyard plant allies. She has facilitated experiential learning in many diverse settings, including educational farms, school gardens, and forest school programs—focusing much of her curriculum development on the intersections of food literacy, nature connection, and social emotional learning. She believes in nature-based programming as an opportunity to connect more deeply with ourselves, with each other, and with our wider natural world.