Nature Nurtures Farm offers a variety of day camps for children ages 7-12. All camps are led by fun, experienced, and safety-minded staff (all are first-aid/CPR certified). In general our camps offer a blend of structured educational activities, counselor led games, and free play time in our outdoor farm setting. Many activities are based around the lessons animals, plants, or the natural world in general have to teach. We emphasize social and emotional skill building, including a focus on empathy and compassion, both with peers and with our animals. We also believe that children benefit immensely from time spent doing unstructured play outdoors in a "wild" environment; we include some of this time in all of our camps.
Age requirements are rigid for horse camp and somewhat flexible for other camps (by about a year). Most questions are answered on our FAQ page. Detailed policy information is on our FAQ page. Please read
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2017 Summer Camp Offerings
NATURE NURTURES FARM DAY CAMP
$275 - Ages 7-12
Summer Camp 1 - June 26 - 30
Summer Camp 2 - August 14 - 18
Summer Camp 3 - August 21 - 25
Summer Camp 4 - August 28 - Sept 1
Discover all the farm has to offer! Together, we will snack from the garden, find natural mysteries on our hikes in the forest, and dig deeper into farm chores and animal handling in the barnyard and beyond! In small groups, we’ll be given choices to explore the farm’s diverse landscape and potential activities. Campers ride horses once per week, usually on Wednesdays.
In each summer camp offering we hope to develop a strong sense of community in which children are placed at the center of all that we do. We believe that encouraging youth voice and following the children’s natural curiosity will allow for relevant experiences that can deepen a child’s connection to the world around them.
all, we believe in the joy and excitement that comes with summers spent
at Nature Nurtures Farm. Whether pulling a carrot from the ground,
collecting warm eggs from under a hen, building forts, taking an alpaca
for a walk, or cooking food over an open fire, we hope that youth of all
ages can feel connected to the many layers of learning possible on this
dynamic landscape. Nature Nurtures Farm’s Summer Camp recognizes each
child’s individuality and supports their experience of discovering the
world and who they are in it. This simple philosophy helps to create
meaningful summer experiences that keep kids returning year after year.
You can learn more in our FAQ.
FARM CAMP +
$350 - Ages 7-12
Farm Camp + 1 - July 10 - 14
Farm Camp + 2 - July 17 - 21
This enriching and diverse camp is a hybrid between our regular and horse camps. It offers children the opportunity to work with farm animals, explore the farm through hikes, make crafts, and play games, while still leaving time to ride twice during the week and spend more time on horse themed curriculum. The focus in these camps is on basic beginning riding skills and they are geared for beginners and first-time riders only. You can
learn more in our FAQ.
$425 - Ages 8-12
Horse Camp 1 - July 24 - 28
Horse Camp 2 - August 7 - 11
We offer a fun, safe, and educational horse day camp opportunity for kids! Riding lessons are based on correct communication with the horse, building a balanced and secure seat, confidence building and FUN! With a small group emphasis, our horse camp provides a unique and supportive environment making it easy for each camper to feel comfortable, make friends and become an integral part of the camp community. The focus in these camps is on basic beginning riding skills and they are geared for beginners and first-time riders only. In addition to other camp activities, horse camp includes:
-Painting and bathing a horse
-Campers learn about horse safety, grooming, horse anatomy, equipment care, and horse care.
You can learn more in our FAQ.
$200 - Ages 7-12
July 31 - Aug 4
This camp offers a more relaxed pace, and a chance to really explore the wilder parts of the farm and surroundings. We'll still do arts and crafts, interact with all the animals, and play all our fun signature games, but we won't be riding the horses this week. Instead we'll spend more time hiking, looking for bugs, snakes, and wildlife, and building friendships. You can learn more in our FAQ.
COUNSELOR IN TRAINING PROGRAM
$150 - Ages 13-15 - free for Ages 16-18
June 26 - 30 and July 10-14 (both weeks, with one week off between)
This is our structured Counselor in Training Program for the development of our beloved junior counselors. Open to ages 13 and up (sorry, no exceptions) and held during the first two weeks of camp, those who successfully complete the program will be invited to volunteer as junior counselors for the remainder of the summer. This fun and educational program will include training in leadership skills in group and independent settings, interacting with different ages of kids, safe animal handling, and learning to lead many fun games, crafts, and activities. There will be a blend of training, shadowing, and leading camp activities with feedback from teachers. The program will also include a First Aid/CPR certification component (this component is not required for those in the free 16-18 age group, but they are welcome to participate at a cost of $35).
PLEASE NOTE: All proceeds from camps directly fund and support our Youth Mentoring program.
Questions? Please see our FAQ page or feel free to e-mail or call 360-878-7730. We look forward to seeing you!
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