Let’s Get Out Forest and Farm is a full-day outdoor day camp where children visit working farms and the neighboring wild forest, uncovering the connections and relationships between them. Back for the fifth year partnering with Kaye of Broadfork Farm, this summer will take us on a deep dive into each week’s theme as we run, climb, track, mimic, dig, plant, create, harvest, cook, build, collect and observe.
Each session children will investigate and care for farm animals and learn about their wild cousins. We will work and play in the dirt, harvest food, make delicious snacks, create artistic treasures and play games while we cultivate a sense of curiosity and wonder in our youngest campers. Kids with many different interests enjoy this camp. We maintain flexibility to meet the needs and curiosities of the children -- to move, to build and create, to draw, read and rest. Our days at the farms and forests we visit are created with children’s unique sense of wonder in mind.
This year we will be joined by two new guides who bring a wealth of experience to share. Anna Diem is an occupational therapist, mother, nature lover and educator in the Reggio tradition. And growing with the age of our oldest campers (now ages 9 & 10), we have guide, Kenji Stasiewicz leading activities along the wild edges of our larger group. This elder cohort has age appropriate hands on activities and games- with a two-fold focus. First on practical survival skills and woods know how. And second, cultivating each child’s inner light, developing skills for team work, and playing a leadership role in our community of kids and beyond.
Each day follows a theme for the week and includes time to explore, to drop into deep play, to create, move bodies and quiet time to rest, read stories or create art. The weeks build on one another, kids are welcome to attend both! We love the relationships we build with our kids and families who join us year after year. Our staff looks forward to these joyous, playful days all year long- sign up to find out why.
Session 2 Resilience-
What does it mean to be resilient? To not just survive but to thrive; to be flexible and adapt, to learn to grow and change and dance with life!? What can we learn from plants and animals about resilience? From other humans? Why is it important for our lives?
This week we will be using our Farm and Forest lens in an exploration of resilience. We will be playing, climbing, building forts, eating, and exploring our way through the gorge. We will visit the Alpacas and beautiful grounds of the Trout Lake Abbey, the forested foothills of Mt Adams, and the Dufur Pioneer Museum to see what we can discover.
**Let’s Get Out is a program of Hood River Community Education