Summer Sustainability Camp
About the Camp
Earth Camp believes in creating meaningful experiences for kids by their participation in nature. Our activities are foster emotional intelligence, ecological literacy, awareness, self-expression, creativity and regenerative design principles. We mentor students to develop their own strengths and inner guides. We value empathy, conflict resolution, compassionate communication, and restorative resources to strengthen our relationship skills. Our curriculum and daily activities are guided by a deeply felt awareness of the other beings and elements we share this earth with and how we are all interconnected. This includes working with fire, shelter, growing food, tracking animals, understanding the sun’s energy, how water cycles and flows, and the creation of soil.
We structure the day to be in alignment with natural cycles. We use aspects of western education and counseling combined with observations of the natural world and indigenous teachings of the directions, seasons, and circular time when planning our curriculum.
The day begins with a morning circle to connect as a community and set intentions to focus on the elemental theme of the day. With a higher capacity for focus and energy in the morning, we participate in an active physical game that is related to our theme. We move on to divide the group into older and younger cohorts so students can interact in age appropriate ways. One group goes to the wild land around the Laguna to engage in unstructured time in nature to explore, while the other group engages in garden projects. After 45 minutes the groups switch locations and activities. This provides an opportunity for children to be creative and use their own sense of wonder to guide them and also have a structured hands-on project to enliven all their senses and build new skills.
We come back as a group for a snack in midmorning where we all sit together under our grandmother oak tree. After 10 minutes of eating, the children can have 10 minutes on our lawn to play and get ready for the next activity. This helps us build our community through sharing food together in the same space and allowing some individual time for the children to tend to their own needs.
This takes us into lunch where we return to the blanket and sit together for 20 minutes. This allows children to eat, visit and rest. After lunch, they are given time to rest, and/or play in the tree or on the lawn to get out energy. What we do next depends on the unique circumstances of the day and the energy levels of the students and teachers.
We move into the afternoon with a guest teacher who shares their unique gift with the children in a planned activity. This gives them a variety of mentors from the community who bring diversity and their passion to the program. Guest teachers cover a range of topics in sustainable living skills and the expressive arts.
Around 2:00 there is a natural dip in energy, which we accommodate with another snack time on the blanket while they listen to a story told by an elder. This connects our generations together and exposes children to the wisdom gained over time.
We finish our day with a closing circle to share our experiences and reflect on our what we learned for the day and how it relates back to the theme.
Earth Camp is located at Laguna Farm on Sebastopol, California. Laguna Farm is a 40 acre CSA farm nestled within the wildlife corridors of the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed. Laguna Farm’s practices are an exemplary demonstration of sustainable and organic agriculture. In addition to a 500+ member CSA program, the farm features a 100 megawatt solar/photovoltaic system and a fleet of electric delivery vehicles.
The Earth Camp Collective operates a one-half acre garden and outdoor kitchen/activity center, situated just to the right of the main parking lot (it’s the first garden you see, on your left, when you enter the farm). Our garden is home to a variety of culinary and medicinal herbs, aquatic pond habitat, a cob natural building demonstration wall, and a shaded outdoor kitchen.
The Farm borders more than 1,000 acres of protected open space area that is perfect for wildlife viewing, tracking, nature hikes, and wild/native plant identification.
For more info on Laguna Farm visit www.lagunafarm.com
9:00am – 3:00pm
Monday thru Friday
Summer Camp Weekly Sessions
WK 1 June 13 – 17
WK 2 June 20 – 24
WK 3 June 27 – July 1
WK 4 July 4 – 8
WK 5 July 11 – 15
WK 6 July 18 – 22
WK 7 July 25 – 29
WK 8 August 1 – 5
WK 9 August 8 – 12
WK 10 August 15 – 19
Early Registration Deal:
Register between Now and June 1st: $220 per week
June 2nd – 15th: $240 per week
June 15th -Aug 20th: $260 per week
Daily Camp Themes
1. Care of People
2. Care of Earth
3. Fair Share