Garden Kids Summer Camp


Due to Covid-19, Garden Kids Summer Camp is postponed. Registered camp families will receive updates via email. Sign up for our newsletter to hear about future camps. 

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.

2020 Registration Open now

Ages: 6-10

Session 1: June 8-12 Full 
Session 2: June 22-26 Full 

Time: 9 am – 3 pm

Location: Our backyard garden and studio, Overlook Neighborhood

Cost: $275-350 sliding scale. The camp fee is due upon registration. Refunds will be given if the space can be filled, less a $55 administrative fee, until June 1.

After care: Optional aftercare runs from 3 to 5 pm, $22 per day/$110 per week.
Session 1: June 8-12
Session 2: June 22-26

Mulysa Melco
McKenzie McCann, co-teacher (Session 1)
Chloë  Hight, co-teacher  (Session 2)

Daily Schedule

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 snack (provided, organic and vegetarian)

3 pm Pick up

If you’re looking for other camps, check out Rewild Portland. They’ll be offering excellent camps this summer, registration opening soon.

References and Influences, with gratitude to my teachers:
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
Portland Underground Graduate School ‘How to Teach’ course with Douglas Tsoi
Developing Artistic and Perceptual Awareness by Linderman and Herberholz
Adventures in Art by Susan Milord
Coyotes’s Guide to Connecting with Nature by Young, Haas and McGown
Raising Elijah: Protecting our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis by Dr. Sandra Steingraber

All photos and content copyright Mulysa Melco/Resilience Design 2020

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