What: Growing Gardens is hosting a Garden Camp this summer! Each week has a theme and is oriented toward a certain age range.
Week 1 (July 24-28th) for kids K-2. The theme this week is “Little Farmers: Growing, harvesting and cooking”. Each “little farmer” will get their hands dirty planting seeds, harvesting the summer bounty and experimenting with cooking healthy and delicious snacks. We will learn about all the plant parts we eat, make garden crafts, explore the tiny creatures that live in the compost bin, sing songs, tell stories, and play lots of active garden games.
Week 2 (July 31-August 4) for kids K-2. The theme this week is “Creatures of the Garden: Bugs, Worms and Birds.” Come explore the garden ecosystem! Check out a worm bin, make a bird feeder, play lady bug aphid tag and decomposer tag, build an insect hotel, race bugs, visit with pollinators, make “edible insects” out of garden veggies, and tune in to the birds and other creatures that share our garden habitat.
Week 3 (August 14-18) for kids 3rd-5th. The theme this week is “STEM and Roots: Science in the garden.” Come investigate all the processes that make the garden come alive in the summer. Dissect seeds, dig into the compost bin ecosystem, learn about insect anatomy, test for important nutrients in the soil, design a germination experiment, put on a photosynthesis play, and explore how seeds and plants travel.
Week 4 (August 21-25) for kids 3rd-5th. The theme this week is “Let’s Cook!” Come make fresh salsa from tomatoes you harvest, make big green garden salads, blend up pesto from garden basil and other greens, and make rainbow smoothies. Learn about how to grow and tend a bountiful summer garden, play lots of fun garden games, and identify and taste vegetables and dishes from around the world.
Who: K-5 students from any school who enjoy the outdoors, food and fun. There are spots for 20 kids each week. The lead teachers, Pesha Wasserstrom and Julie Welch are Growing Gardens staff educators with years of experience using school gardens to inspire young minds.
Pesha has taught after school garden clubs and in-class gardening and cooking activities for over 5 years in various roles at Growing Gardens from AmeriCorps member, FoodCorps member and Youth Grow Garden Educator. A recent Oregon Dept of Education project has been to develop and implement a year-long series of garden lessons tied to the Next Generation Science Standards for K-5 students. She loves gardening, cooking and sharing that joy with students.
Julie is the Garden Specialist at Abernethy elementary. Prior to this role, she served the last eight years in the Bay Area as the Garden Manager at Saint Mary’s College of California. She was also a staff member at the Nature Education Center and Garden in Orinda Unified School District, and Nature Activity Coordinator at the Trails to Success summer adventure horse camp. Prior to that she was a middle school special education teacher.
Where: The “Garden of Wonders” at Abernethy elementary school. 2421 SE Orange Ave, Portland, OR 97214
When: Monday – Friday 9am-3pm. When you register, you can select the week, or weeks, you would like to sign up for.
Cost: $295 per child for one week camp. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please contact Anna Garwood, Youth Grow Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org