Please note: all 2018 camps are full. We hope to see you next year! Registration will be open by March 1st, 2019!
Nature Nurtures Farm offers an exciting and fun farm day camp experience for children ages 7-12. Outdoor exploration paired with unique farm and animal activities enrich the summer program. Our camps offer a blend of structured educational activities, hands on animal 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 have to teach. We emphasize social and emotional skill building, including a focus on empathy and compassion, as well as assertiveness and boundary setting, both with peers and with our animals. We also believe that children benefit immensely from time spent in unstructured play outdoors in a "wild" environment, so we include some of this time in all of our camps.
Every summer we provide a number of scholarships to lower-income families for youth to experience everything that our Summer Camp programs offer. Download our scholarship application form here.
All camps are led by experienced and safety-minded staff. Carefully chosen, our counselors are selected for their skills and experience with youth, animals, and guiding interactions between the two, and their ability to serve as role models for our campers. Most are college students or graduates. All staff are fully screened and background checked and complete extensive training which includes CPR/First Aid, behavior management, and child and adolescent development. Maximum camp enrollment is 28 campers per week with a minimum of 2 lead counselors and 3-5 junior counselors.
What we offer
- Qualified Staff
- Games & Crafts
- Team Building
- Child Led Activities
- Animal Education
- Hands on animal interactions each day
- Animal Care
- Outdoor Exploration
- Circle Activities
- Low staff:camper ratio
- Weekly trail ride
- For children 7 - 12 years old
- Weekly Day Camps, June - August
- 9am - 4pm, Monday - Friday
- Full up-to-date calendar within registration link, click through to see weekly availability
- Extended care available 7:30am - 5:30pm for an additional fee
- Weekly tuition $275
All Day Camps are located at:
Nature Nurtures Farm 2406 Delphi Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512
For additional questions not answered in our FAQ's, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
SUMMER CAMP FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I’d like to visit the farm before my child attends camp. What are my options?
April through September of each year, Nature Nurtures Farm holds an Open Farm Day on the first Saturday of the month from 10am to 2pm. We are not open to the general public outside of this event and are not able to accommodate individual tour requests.
What should my child bring to camp?
Your child should bring a healthy sack lunch and two healthy snacks each day. Our campers are very active and need plenty of food to fuel their adventures. Healthy meals that include protein and complex carbohydrates will serve your child much better than meals that include sugar. We do not have refrigeration for lunches; they will be stored in a cool room in the barn, but not refrigerated.
Please apply sunscreen to your child before he or she arrives. We are happy to help kids refresh their sunscreen, but cannot be held responsible for the consequences of children refusing to apply sunscreen. Also, please bring several bottles of water or a refillable bottle, as well as any applicable medications with detailed written instructions.
Things NOT to bring to camp: cell phones, iPods or MP3 players, Kindles, iPads, laptops, gaming systems, knives, or other weapons.
What should my child bring to before/after care?
Kids who are at camp for an extra-long day should bring extra food and a book or other entertainment. If your child wishes to bring electronics to before or after care, they are allowed between the hours of 7:30am and 9am and from 4pm to 5:30pm; we will ask your child to stow electronics during the camp day. We do not have lockable storage and cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen items.
What if I'm late to pick my child up?
For your convenience, we offer a flexible drop-off time between 8:30am and 9am, and a flexible pick-up time between 4pm and 4:30pm Drop-offs and pick-ups outside of this window but within extended care time will be asked to pay a daily extended care fee of $20. (If needed for the week, extended care is available from 7:30am to 5:30pm for a weekly flat fee of $60.) Drop offs before 7:30am or pick ups after 5:30pm will be charged a $50 fee on the first occasion and may result in your child's dismissal from camp on the second infraction.
What if I have to pick up my child early?
Please let counselors know what time you will need to pick up your child. We may be away from the barn area at that time, but can easily accommodate your schedule if we know in advance.
What if my child has to miss a day?
While we're sorry to see your child miss a day of camp we are unable to offer discounts or refunds for missed days.
What is the refund policy if I have to cancel my child's registration?
Camper registration deposits ($100 per camp) are non-refundable, deposits may be transferred to another week of camp, contingent on availability, minus a $50 service fee. The balance of camp tuition is refundable up to two weeks prior to the beginning of that camp. Please contact us if you need to adjust your child's camp schedule.
What’s the ratio of campers to counselors?
During a typical camp day, the counselor/camper ratio is never higher than one counselor to eight campers; during riding time, campers are always one-on-one with a counselor.
What safety certifications does your staff have?
All of our staff are certified in CPR/first aid.
Are the camps run by teenagers?
At least three adult staff members are with campers at all times. We also have our beloved junior counselors (ages 13-17) in varying numbers to round things out.
What should my child wear?
Campers should dress for the weather and bring a change of clothes if the weather is likely to change throughout the day. Kids often need a jacket or sweatshirt for the morning and shorts and t-shirts for the afternoon. Please also only wear clothes that are OK to get dirty.
Horse Camp attendees, and Summer Camp attendees on riding day (usually Wednesday but always announced on Monday), should wear long pants (sweats or stretch pants are most comfortable) and sturdy tennis shoes or boots for riding.
How much riding will my child do?
Participants in Summer Camps ride once each week, generally Wednesdays unless there is a weather related reason to ride on another day. Riding time is geared for beginner level riders with an emphasis on safety and building solid basic skills.
Is 6 years old too young? Is 14 too old?
You know your child better than we do. If you think your 6-year-old would relate well to the 7-12 age range we would welcome him or her in that group. Most of our campers are in the 7 to 12 range; however, we will happily accommodate older teens in that age group if you feel they will be comfortable with a largely younger group. During the day, most activities happen with the campers broken into smaller groups, and during those times we tend to break the campers into older and younger groups. Our camp is a traditional camp experience, and we play a lot of active games. If this experience is not appealing to an older teen, this may not be an ideal fit for them.
My child is shy and nervous in new situations. What should I expect that would help with this?
We understand. Our counselors are mature and sensitive to individual kids’ needs. We make every effort to ensure that each child feels comfortable, welcome, and included. We are very deliberate the first few days (and throughout camp) to foster a safe environment wherein friendships and confidence grow. In addition, we take a strong and proactive stance against bullying. Counselors and campers will discuss and complete a behavior agreement/social contract at the start of camp.
What if my child doesn't want to participate in an educational activity?
Often when we break the camp into groups we offer one group to participate in an educational activity and another to play a game or do something more active. We don't believe in trying to force kids to sit still and learn something when what they really want/need is to run around and burn up some energy. While we encourage participation in some demonstration based educational activities we will not force a child to participate.
What if my child has special needs?
Nature Nurtures Farm strives to accommodate all interested children. Please understand that our camps are very active, with multiple transitions and sensory changes throughout the day. All campers are expected to follow directions and safety rules. If you have specific concerns, please call or e-mail to discuss your child’s specific needs. While we are a traditional camp (not specialized for specific special needs), we welcome all children and do our very best to accommodate every child.
Do you offer scholarships?
We offer a number of partial scholarships to families with a financial need, and to social service agencies registering clients. Please e-mail to request an application form.
What safety precautions do you follow?
All campers are taught broad safety guidelines for being around horses. During riding time, all campers must wear solid shoes, long pants, and ASTM/SEI-approved equestrian riding helmets (provided). Camper/counselor ratio is always one to one while campers are riding, their counselor will maintain contact with the horse via a lead rope, while allowing the camper to control the horse as much as their skills and experience level allow.
How much riding experience does my child need to have to attend?
None. Our horse camps are designed as a beginner-friendly space for kids to learn about the basics of horses and riding from the very beginning.
Will my child be able to choose which horse he or she rides?
Camp staff will assign campers to horses based on rider size, experience, and personality.
If I have more questions, who should I contact?