20% discount on early registration is in effect for all who register before March 31
|Camp Dates: June 8 through August 7, 2015|
|Class Times: mornings 9:00am to 12:30 (lunch included) / afternoons 12:30 to 3:30pm (extended care until 5:00pm) | Place: The Middlebrook Center, 76 Race Street San Jose, CA|
Discover nature and learn about life sciences in the fun and engaging atmosphere of a sustainable urban farm and learning garden. We welcome all children ages 6 to 12 to join us in our garden to discover the natural world around us.
Our teaching garden will be full of activity next summer. We have experienced teaching docents and college student interns who will be working in our garden daily. They are involved in learning about edible and native plants, designing gardens, and developing school curriculum. Our Nature Discovery Camp is a part of all this activity, so students who attend can absorb the energy and the knowledge from this talented group of people. This program is all part of our commitment to design and install teaching gardens in over 9 public schools over the course of the next year. Proceeds from our summer program go directly to our non-profit organization, the California Native Garden Foundation, helping to make our beneficial program a reality in our public schools.
We will do all kinds of great stuff, like harvest food, prepare recipes, gaze at really small things, play with some wriggly creatures, talk about how cities of the future will work, and generally have a lot of fun.
The Environmental Laboratory for Sustainability and Ecological Education (ELSEE) located at the Middlebrook Center in downtown San Jose has been teaching school children for years in our garden area. Our courses fulfill the California teaching requirements for life sciences. Come join us for an unforgettable summer experience!
Our Summer Class Schedule
Our classes meet every day Monday through Friday.
Classes are split in age levels and activities will vary according to the age group:
Young Explorers: Grades 1-3 /ages 6 to 9
New World Citizens: Grades 3-6 /ages 9 to 12
Weekly Themes: In both our morning and afternoon classes, we will incorporate a new topic of discovery each week.
As we examine each scale of life, we will see it from the perspective of the previous week. So, for example, during week 3 we would look at organisms as parts that compose an ecosystem, and when we revisit organisms again in week 5, we can focus more on how organisms are composed of cells and structures.
New material is covered every day, so your child is welcome to spend one day, the whole summer, or as much time you would like.
All classes are limited to 10 students per age group/ 20 students total. Classes meet 5 days a week (M-F) and can be repeated through the summer. (No classes July 3 and 4.) Daily drop-in and extended care is available.
Fees: Half Day: $150 per week | Full Day: $300 per week |
*Materials fees for the morning session: $40 per week (includes lunch)
*Materials fees for the afternoon session: $20 per week
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|You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.
~Chief Seattle of the Suquamish tribe