It is our mission to provide a space for the children in our community to reap the benefits of outdoor learning and play, while cultivating a love and respect for nature. During each Nature Camp session we dive into a broad theme while exploring our natural world. Campers will enjoy arts and crafts, songs, and nature play. Children of all backgrounds and abilities are invited to join us as we build community and connect with nature to learn about the land, the food we grow, and other fun activities.
Mon-Thur (half day): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
**snacks provided daily**
Myths, Magic, and Make Believe (6/19 – 6/22)
Discover the hidden magic of the outdoors. Let your imagination run wild as we explore a world of fantastic creatures, mythical characters, and magical stories, offer gifts to the garden keepers, build fairy and gnome houses, and more.
Pond Life Exploration (6/26 – 6/29)
Join us as we learn about pond life. We’ll focus on the aquatic ecosystems within the ponds on our farm and all of the life they support. Children will learn about water collection, water quality and aquatic organisms as they search with skim nets and magnifying glasses in order to investigate what lives within our ponds.
Being an Ethnobotanist (7/10 – 7/13)
Cloudview acknowledges that we inhabit ancestral lands and waters of the indigenous people which they have called home since time immemorial and continue to serve as stewards of these lands. Join us in a deep exploration into the relationship between people and places. Ethnobotany, the study of how people of a particular culture and region make use of indigenous (native) plants, will guide our exploration into Ephrata land, past and present. We will explore plant identification, storytelling, and foraging practices of the native people.
Garden Artists (7/17 – 7/20)
Discover the budding artist in you and the beauty of the natural world. We will explore the farm and gardens through a variety of media. As we draw inspiration and use materials from nature, we will develop a relationship with the garden, learn about plant and animal knowledge, and practice caring for the garden as the garden cares for us. At the end of the session, we’ll display our work and turn the garden into a colorful art gallery for families to enjoy.
Grow a Farm Stand (7/24 – 7/27)
Campers will learn about both local farm practices, harvest food for their market, and design the concept for a farm stand that they will create. Along the way, we will explore the farm, play games, and plant/maintain vegetable and flower beds. Children will host a farm stand at the end of the session to sell produce and flowers that they have help grow and harvest (funds collected will go to support the Learning Garden).
The Incredible World of Invertebrates (7/31 – 8/3)
Let’s zoom in on the world of invertebrates that keep our garden growing! We’ll learn what it’s like to see the world from an invertebrate’s perspective in this science investigation-focused program. Field-based learning activities will guide our sessions as we channel our curiosities into an investigation of life in the dirt.
Cooking with Cloudview (8/7 – 8/10)
We will explore the food we eat from seed to table. Kids will dig into garden tasks which include planting, weeding, pruning, harvesting and processing produce. Then they will turn the garden’s harvest into delicious and healthy snacks and meals.
$180 per session
**scholarship assistance may also available for qualifying families if this pricing is out of your means**