Live the garden life! Spend summer days picking berries, making art and playing in the garden with friends. We’ll connect with the season through planting seeds, harvesting herbs and preparing snacks and teas. Our days will be a balanced mix of hand crafts, nature walks and creative free play. Storytelling and games will help us learn about stewardship, our ecosystem and our tree, bird and animal neighbors. Listening, observation, curiosity and finding our joyful and respectful place in urban nature are the central themes of this camp. We’ll also learn a bit about the natural and cultural history of this place we call home too.
Our home base will be our new backyard garden studio and food forest – and we’ll make small forays to Beach School Garden and nearby parks.
Session 1: June 17-21
Session 2: July 15-19
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
Location: Our backyard garden and studio, 5523 N. Detroit Ave. Portland, OR 97217
Cost: $275-325 sliding scale. The camp fee is due upon registration. Refunds will be given if the space can be filled, less a $45 administrative fee, until June 1 (for Session 1) and July 1 (for Session 2).
After care: Two spaces available for optional aftercare, 3-5 pm, $22 per day/$110 per week.
Session 1: June 17-21 [Full]
Session 2: July 15-19
McKenzie McCann, co-teacher (Session 1)
Chloë Hight, co-teacher (Session 2)
8:45-9 am Check in
9 am Morning circle with song and game
9:30-10:30 am Garden activity
10:30 am Snack (provided, organic and vegetarian)
11-noon Nature walk
Noon Lunch (bring a bag lunch)
1-2 pm Afternoon activity
2-3 pm Story time and handcrafts
3 pm Pick up
If you’re looking for other camps, check out Rewild Portland. I think they’ll be offering one week of camp this summer, registration opening soon.
References and Influences, with gratitude to my teachers:
Coyotes’s Guide to Connecting with Nature by Young, Haas and McGown
Developing Artistic and Perceptual Awareness by Linderman and Herberholz
Adventures in Art by Susan Milord
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Cornell
Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Homescale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway
Social Forestry Course by Siskiyou Permaculture and talks by Tomi Hazel
Farm in the City, a garden-based learning community in St. Paul, Minnesota (now closed)
Portland Underground Graduate School ‘How to Teach’ course with Douglas Tsoi
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