Camp kicks off on July 6 and runs through August 14 for six alternating sessions this year at Candy Lane Elementary School. Rising 1st graders through rising 6th graders will experience a week-in-the-life of an urban production farm while exploring the schoolyard, performing farm tasks, preparing healthy snacks, and participating in farm arts and crafts activities, scientific inquiry, and active play. Outdoors all day!
By supporting Farm Camp you help us achieve our mission of increasing the health of our community by teaching kids how to grow nutritious food that goes from their schoolyard to their plate.
You’re invited to come play with your food—and learn to grow and cook it, too! Plant Whisperers (Rising 1-3rd grades) and Kitchen Magicians (Rising 4th-6th grades) will participate in farm tasks each day exploring the seeds, sprouts, stems and leaves, flowers, and fruits we’ll sprinkle into farm-fresh recipes and enjoy eating, right on site. A choice farm-to-fork experience for campers totally new to pulling carrots, young green thumbs, and seasoned food critics, too!
Are you ready to investigate the FBI? Fungi, bacteria, and invertebrates, that is! Habitat Detectives (Rising 1-3rd grades) and Schoolyard Ecologists (Rising 4th-6th grades) will explore a new corner of the schoolyard each day with observation skills and hand-built tools for uncovering Farm signs of life. A neighborhood nature experience for budding naturalists and green engineers from all levels of interest and experience in the field!
Our educators are passionate farmers and teachers, alike. We come from several years of outdoor education experience, and are committed to providing campers with a safe and fun summer on the Farm. All educators are CPR and First Aid certified. Read more about our Camp Director, Brooke Hieserich.
We will hold six week-long day camp sessions July 6th through August 14th for all age groups. Camp is held on the Farm from 9:00am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday at Candy Lane Elementary: 5901 SE Hull Ave. Milwaukie, Oregon 97267.
Aftercare is available for an additional flat rate of $65 for the week.
We want every child to experience Schoolyard Farms Summer Camp, and are working on making scholarships available. Please indicate your interest in a camp scholarship during Online Registration. If you would like to make a donation to help sponsor a child in need of a scholarship, you will be given the opportunity to do so when filling out the Registration Form.
Every day of camp your child will need to bring: a lunch, water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and close-toed shoes. We recommend you label and pack camper items in a backpack or small bag. We ask that camper cell phones remain in camper backpacks during camp, and all other toys and electronic devices remain at home.
Schoolyard Farms will provide morning snack, afternoon snack, and water every day.