Welcome to ECO Summer Camp 2019!

Our camps will boost the curiosity of your camper through chemistry, artistic endeavors, skill building, growing food, and many, many adventures. We have camps running throughout the summer at the Learning Gardens Laboratory in the SE Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.

Campers from K-6th grade will be at one location to simplify coordinating multiple campers! We’ll be forming two groups, K-3rd grade and 4-6th grade. Weekly themes are the same for all campers with age-appropriate activities for each group.


We have 10 sessions this summer - register for one, a few, or all of them! A typical day of camp >

Camps start at 9:00 am and run until 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Pick up and drop off are both at Learning Gardens Laboratory.
What does my camper need to bring?

Will you need a later pickup?
‘Add Extended Day’ for a 5:00 pm pick up all week for an additional $50 per camper.

Note: There is no camp for the weeks of July 1-5 and August 5-9.

Due to the small nature of our summer camps, we are unable to offer discounts after April 1.

 

Portland Public Schools will be in session June 10-11 and August 28-30, overlapping camps week one and two.
We know how busy our families are. Select this option for camp coverage on those split weeks at the beginning and end of summer and bring your camper to us June 12-14 and August 26-27. $300

Quantity:
Register for 'split week' and add to cart
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PPS Split Week: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)

Week 1: June 10-14   Water, Water Everywhere!  This time of year the Pacific Northwest hasn’t always decided if it really is time for sunshine or not. We’ll relish every drop and reiterate that water is a precious resource; all that we have on this planet is all we will ever have, with only 3% of the Earth’s water being freshwater! A few sprinkles here and there will add to our investigations as we search for rainbows and create our own by refracting light; search for worms, slugs, and other slimy friends; and plant our summer treats in the ECO plot.   Note: Portland Public Schools will be in session June 10-11.   See split week option above.

Week 1: June 10-14

Water, Water Everywhere! This time of year the Pacific Northwest hasn’t always decided if it really is time for sunshine or not. We’ll relish every drop and reiterate that water is a precious resource; all that we have on this planet is all we will ever have, with only 3% of the Earth’s water being freshwater! A few sprinkles here and there will add to our investigations as we search for rainbows and create our own by refracting light; search for worms, slugs, and other slimy friends; and plant our summer treats in the ECO plot.

Note: Portland Public Schools will be in session June 10-11.
See split week option above.

300.00
Grade level:
Quantity:
Register and add to cart
Quantity:
Week 1: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)
Week 3: June 24-28   Strawberry Moon.  Tis the season for strawberries! Campers will be able to taste test all the different varieties that we can get our hands on. We’ll explore the ethnobotany of these juicy, red berries along with a few of our other favorite Pacific Northwest gems. Jam, compote, dye, and experiments will unveil a realm of strawberry you didn’t know existed!

Week 3: June 24-28

Strawberry Moon. Tis the season for strawberries! Campers will be able to taste test all the different varieties that we can get our hands on. We’ll explore the ethnobotany of these juicy, red berries along with a few of our other favorite Pacific Northwest gems. Jam, compote, dye, and experiments will unveil a realm of strawberry you didn’t know existed!

300.00
Grade level:
Register and add to cart
Quantity:
Week 3: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)
Week 5: July 15-19   Junior Ranger!  Our week will start by creating a field guide to keep our notes together for the week. Bugs, birds, mammals, trees, bushes, and so much more will become our areas of interest as we slow down and observe what is going on all around us. We’ll tackle the questions: Where do humans fit into the “natural” environment? How can human impact harm and/or help? Who are the people who have jobs in the field? We’ll work to answer these questions and more through games, fort building, experiments, and investigations galore!

Week 5: July 15-19

Junior Ranger! Our week will start by creating a field guide to keep our notes together for the week. Bugs, birds, mammals, trees, bushes, and so much more will become our areas of interest as we slow down and observe what is going on all around us. We’ll tackle the questions: Where do humans fit into the “natural” environment? How can human impact harm and/or help? Who are the people who have jobs in the field? We’ll work to answer these questions and more through games, fort building, experiments, and investigations galore!

300.00
Grade level:
Quantity:
Register and add to cart
Quantity:
Week 5: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)
Week 2: June 17-21   Solstice.  It’s officially summer! We cannot wait to celebrate the arrival of one of our favorite times of year. All week long we’ll be gearing up to welcome the season of berries, tomatoes, and light. Science will drive our explorations as we take a look at the rotation of the Earth and how we in the solar system toward summer, the rising summer temperatures and decrease in precipitation, and how we can work as a community to preserve the Pacific Northwest we all love.

Week 2: June 17-21

Solstice. It’s officially summer! We cannot wait to celebrate the arrival of one of our favorite times of year. All week long we’ll be gearing up to welcome the season of berries, tomatoes, and light. Science will drive our explorations as we take a look at the rotation of the Earth and how we in the solar system toward summer, the rising summer temperatures and decrease in precipitation, and how we can work as a community to preserve the Pacific Northwest we all love.

300.00
Grade level:
Register and add to cart
Quantity:
Week 2: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)
Week 4: July 8-12   Farmstead.    What did it take to survive in the wild west? Jarred goods, the ability to darn a sock, knowing how to live off the land, starting a farm, harvesting wild foods, avoiding dangerous situations, and building your community. This week we’ll try our hand at a few of these skills and put in some good ole fashioned work on the farm to create our Friday community feast.

Week 4: July 8-12

Farmstead. What did it take to survive in the wild west? Jarred goods, the ability to darn a sock, knowing how to live off the land, starting a farm, harvesting wild foods, avoiding dangerous situations, and building your community. This week we’ll try our hand at a few of these skills and put in some good ole fashioned work on the farm to create our Friday community feast.

300.00
Grade level:
Register and add to cart
Quantity:
Week 4: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)
Week 6: July 22-26   Soil to Table.  Have you ever wanted to try to grow a giant pumpkin, wondered why some plants grow faster than others, or were curious about harvesting wild edible foods? This is the week for you. All week long we will be exploring where our food grows - whether wild or cultivated - how it grows, and when it tastes the best! Science meets culinary explorations this week, and it’s sure to unleash the food scientist in all of us!

Week 6: July 22-26

Soil to Table. Have you ever wanted to try to grow a giant pumpkin, wondered why some plants grow faster than others, or were curious about harvesting wild edible foods? This is the week for you. All week long we will be exploring where our food grows - whether wild or cultivated - how it grows, and when it tastes the best! Science meets culinary explorations this week, and it’s sure to unleash the food scientist in all of us!

300.00
Grade level:
Quantity:
Register and add to cart
Quantity:
Week 6: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)
Week 7: July 29-August 2   Storytelling.    This week is all about unlocking the story of the garden and land around us while diving deep into literature that has been inspired by nature. Campers will create a story together, illustrate creatively with natural resources, and everyone will walk away with their very own bound book.

Week 7: July 29-August 2

Storytelling. This week is all about unlocking the story of the garden and land around us while diving deep into literature that has been inspired by nature. Campers will create a story together, illustrate creatively with natural resources, and everyone will walk away with their very own bound book.

300.00
Grade level:
Quantity:
Register and add to cart
Quantity:
Week 7: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)
Week 8: August 12-16   Nature’s Structures.    Scientists have been looking to the natural world since the beginning of time to be inspired in their creative endeavors. We’ll spend this week finding our own inspiration from the tiniest ladybug to the tallest tree. Campers will move throughout the space with an inquisitive eye as they discover where they are drawn, what is fleeting, and what can stand the test of time as they translate it into their own artistic impression.

Week 8: August 12-16

Nature’s Structures. Scientists have been looking to the natural world since the beginning of time to be inspired in their creative endeavors. We’ll spend this week finding our own inspiration from the tiniest ladybug to the tallest tree. Campers will move throughout the space with an inquisitive eye as they discover where they are drawn, what is fleeting, and what can stand the test of time as they translate it into their own artistic impression.

300.00
Grade level:
Register and add to cart
Quantity:
Week 8: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)
Week 9: August 19-23   Ecologist, Naturalist, Agriculturist.  Our camp location is a unique area that hosts developed farmed area, an orchard, natural undeveloped space, and curated “wild” land. From the bugs, to the soil, to the plants come and become a scientist in the field to understand where each of these sciences meet and how they work together.

Week 9: August 19-23

Ecologist, Naturalist, Agriculturist. Our camp location is a unique area that hosts developed farmed area, an orchard, natural undeveloped space, and curated “wild” land. From the bugs, to the soil, to the plants come and become a scientist in the field to understand where each of these sciences meet and how they work together.

300.00
Grade level:
Register and add to cart
Quantity:
Week 9: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)
Week 10: August 26-30   Feast!    Campers will get to study what it takes to make our seeds grow through field experiments - from the soil, to the water, and the temperatures. We’ll test the health of our soil, create chemical reactions, and report our quantified and qualified findings. Every experiment along the way will lead us closer to our final outcome, a delicious feast!   Note: Portland Public Schools start mid-week on August 28th.  See split week option above.

Week 10: August 26-30

Feast! Campers will get to study what it takes to make our seeds grow through field experiments - from the soil, to the water, and the temperatures. We’ll test the health of our soil, create chemical reactions, and report our quantified and qualified findings. Every experiment along the way will lead us closer to our final outcome, a delicious feast!

Note: Portland Public Schools start mid-week on August 28th. See split week option above.

300.00
Grade level:
Quantity:
Register and add to cart
Quantity:
Week 10: Add Extended Day ($50 per camper)