DAY CAMP

We begin the day playing games while waiting for everyone to arrive and then split into two groups of older and younger kids. The groups head out to do the daily farm task of feeding, watering and checking on the animals. We then have a new subject that is the focus of each day. We talk for those kids who are auditory learners, show for those that are visual, and perform a related activity for the many who learn best through hands on exploration. Lunches involve both groups joining together again.

DAY CAMP SCHEDULE

Each morning begins with  farm chores - caring for our organic chickens, sheep and cow. A different farm activity each day highlights an aspect of organic farming and of course having fun. Please note that Friday is the Farm-to-Table lunch.

MONDAY

9:00-9:15 am  Welcome & Orientation

9:15-12:00 pm  Meet the Sheep, Composting

12:00-1:00 pm  Lunch (over 70% organic)

1:00-2:00 pm  Wool Processing, Sheep Craft

2:00-3:00 pm  Team Building Games

3:00-3:15 pm  Wrap Up & Day Camp Ends

 

TUESDAY

9:00-9:15 am  Welcome

9:15-10:00 am  Farm Chores (Seeding)

10:00-12:00 pm  Beekeeping, Edible Flower Harvest

12:00-1:00 pm  Lunch (over 70% organic)

1:00-2:00 pm  Flower Pressing

2:00-3:00 pm  Edible Flower Cooking Class

3:00-3:15 pm  Wrap Up & Day Camp Ends

 

WEDNESDAY

9:00-9:15 am  Welcome

9:15-10:00 am  Farm Chores (Transplanting)

10:00-12:00 pm  Chicken Encounter, Egg Tart Cooking Class

12:00-1:00 pm  Lunch (over 70% organic)

1:00-2:30 pm  Baby Chicks, Beeswax Sculpture Art Class

2:30-3:00 pm  Water Games

3:00-3:15 pm  Wrap Up & Day Camp Ends

 

THURSDAY

9:00-9:15 am  Welcome

9:15-10:00 am  Farm Chores (Compost Tea)

10:00-11:00 am  Lavender Crafts (Air Freshner)

11:00-12:00 pm  Lavender Drying, Distillation

12:00-1:00 pm  Lunch

1:00-2:00 pm  Mint Harvest, Mint Ice Cream

2:00-3:00 pm  Scavenger Hunt

3:00-3:15 pm  Wrap Up & Day Camp Ends

 

FRIDAY

9:00-9:15 am Welcome

9:15-12:00 am Farm-to-Table Cooking Class

*11:00-12:00 pm  Farm Tour, Sheep Feeding Experience for Parents

12:00-2:00 pm Outdoor Farm-to-Table Lunch (in our historic olive groves with parents), Photo Booth & Games

2:00 pm Farewell (Program Ends)

THE FARM EXPERIENCE

Each morning begins with hands-on animal care and a fun activity introducing the day's curriculum. Kids are encouraged to ask questions, get involved, touch, and explore the world around them. Farm camp is geared towards introducing new ideas and concepts to kids and allowing them to expand on their knowledge through creative games, activities and learning opportunities.

MEET OUR FARMERS

Our instructors are carefully selected, all having the same underlying hopes for what the kids take away from their camp experience. We strive to teach them about personal health, organics, environmental care, gardening and fair animal treatment, on their level of understanding. We ask questions, and encourage the kids to ask us even more in return.

Tina Kummerle

Tina Kummerle is president of Highland Springs Ranch & Inn, a 2400 acre property comprised of an organic farm, restaurant, the Organic Galleries and banquet facilities. Under her leadership, the ranch has become one of the largest organic lavender farms in all of California and hosts an annual lavender festival that draws 30,000 visitors. Kummerle was part of beginning educational programs such as the summer Farm Camp for kids that incorporates farming, environmental awareness and an active lifestyle. Her hope is that all children, including her own, will be inspired to appreciate and observe the 'real world' around them. Kummerle holds a BS from Colorado College in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Biology.

OVERNIGHT CAMP

Unfortunately, overnight camp is not being offered this season due to a lack of demand.

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