Grow Eat Make Summer Camps

COST: $950
For Two Weeks
Mon, Jun 14th, 9:00 AM
Mon, Jun 28th, 9:00 AM
Mon, Jul 12th, 9:00 AM
Mon, Jul 26th, 9:00 AM
Age:5 – 12
Location: The Ecology Center
32701 Alipaz Street
San Juan Capistrano
CA 92675
Rules and Safety:

The Ecology Center programs follow COVID-19 risk management protocols and guidelines established by the State and CDC, being exclusively outdoors, practicing rigorous personal hygiene and sanitation, and wearing face masks whenever we cannot maintain 6 feet of physical distance. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Ecology Center anticipates modifying its traditional weekly summer camp sessions, to offer four 2-week sessions. Children will remain in the same pod for the duration of the 2 week period. The Children’s Garden is off-limits to the general public and will remain a dedicated space for the summer camp children.

Grow-Eat-Make Summer Camp is a two-week day camp where kids can connect with nature and each other while learning fun, foundational skills that pave the way for a healthy future.

Designed for campers ages 5 to 12 years old, Grow-Eat-Make Summer Camp is a unique opportunity for kids to dig deep into the regenerative ethos that guides our work at The Ecology Center. Campers will spend their two weeks exploring our working farm, Farm Stand and Children’s Garden as a small, cooperative group. Each day will be focused around a “learn by doing” activity that teaches environmental stewardship, from real farm work and food discovery to collaborative games and nature-based arts and crafts. Our trained Camp Counselors will lead small groups of about 12 campers, tailoring the day’s focus and activities to the age, interests and needs of each group. This engaging experience will nurture a life-long appreciation of the outdoors, and help your child explore how people and the environment are connected.

There will be four sessions of camp for the 2021 Summer season:

Session 1: June 14 – June 25
Session 2: June 28 – July 9
Session 3: July 12 – July 23
Session 4: July 26 – August 6

Along with learning through immersion in nature, our Grow-Eat-Make Summer Camp emphasizes “learn by doing” activities such as:

  • Meaningful farm work (planting seeds, harvesting produce, feeding chickens, composting, using basic farm tools, observing farmers and other villagers at work)
  • Exploring the diversity of food growing on the farm
  • Nature-based arts and crafts
  • Music
  • Collaborative games and activities

A typical day in the life of Grow-Eat-Make Summer camp will be as follows:

9:00 Arrival (Children’s Garden)
*Greet Learning Leaders, Temperature Check, Garden Care Activities (Watering, weeding, chicken treats), Nature Play
9:40 Bells Ring: Circle Game and Meeting
10:00 Daily Theme/Story/Lesson/Demo
10:20 Snack
10:35 Farm Team Awesome! (Meaningful Farming Work and Learning)
11:20 Chicken Time
11:35 Playtime in the Garden
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Moop
12:40 Crafternoon Activity
1:30 People Care, Earth Care and Fairly Share KUDOS!
1:50 Strawberry “Jam” Music Time!
2:00 Home

Additional Notes
Camp hours run Monday through Friday, from 9am to 2pm.
All camp activities will be offered in both English and Spanish.