"We loved farm camp this year! It exceeded our expectations and even engaged [our child] in areas that he usually does not enjoy (like live music). He (and we) loved the experimenting as well as the live sketching. The experiments, in particular, were very creative and were his first encounter with the scientific process. We loved the emphasis on nature and the environment, as usual. Since camp, [our child] has surprised us by taking up new interests, like music & weaving, that were clearly inspired by camp."
"We were happy from start to finish, really. It was an incredibly lovely, free but engaged, safe, organized but not stuffy, creative, bucolic atmosphere. My little guy was happy and satiated each day when we got home."
"Keep up the great work. Blown away!"
AT FARM CAMP, children explore our relationship to food and to nature through hands-on experiments, movement, games, and art. Children spend time in the garden, at the pond, in the field, in the barn, and along our nature trails. Participants develop a deeper understanding of how food is grown—from the soil, to the crops, to the animals. Through a variety of experiences, kids develop an appreciation of the complexity of the natural environment within which we live while having a tremendously good time!
Our camp instructors develop plans for the morning sessions based on the weekly themes and through different methods of exploration. The children engage in each day’s topics through music, art, science experiments, movement, and more!
In the afternoons, children have the ability to choose from several options that may include sprinkler time, nature hikes, group games, time exploring with our farmers, or art projects. The last hour of each Friday is devoted to performing, showing the art that we made, and sharing the food that we harvested and prepared together with our Families.
Each group is limited to 12 children and will be led by an adult educator and a counselor. Children bring a lunch and snack. This will be supplemented by fresh food grown in our garden.
HALF DAY 9AM to 1PM $200—Please note, Half Day programs are offered for 3–6 year olds only.
FULL DAY 9AM to 3PM $250
**New for 2015! Camp for 3 and 4 year olds! This year Common Ground Farm is offering a special version of each camp for our youngest campers! Camp for 3 and 4 year olds will offer fewer transitions—the kids will work with the same instructor and counselor all morning—and each day’s program will be specially designed for younger children. All children must be fully potty trained to participate!
**Thanks to a generous grant from the Dyson Foundation, Common Ground Farm is now able to offer full scholarships for families with financial need! If you or someone you know is interested in applying to this program, please contact Sember Weinman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANIMALS for ages 3-4
ANIMALS for ages 5-8
Animals 3-4 and 5-8 are now full. To be added to the waiting list, please email email@example.com.
This week we will explore all the different kinds of animals that live at the farm: underground, at the pond, in the trees, in the barn, and on the pasture. We will look for worms, capture pond creatures, do some bird watching, and visit with the barn animals. At the end of the week we will celebrate with our love for animals with our families through performance and lots of art projects to take home!
ELEMENTS for ages 3-4
ELEMENTS for ages 5-8
Elements 3-4 and 5-8 are now full. To be added to the waiting list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants will explore the four basic elements while having a whole lot of fun! We will dig in the dirt while learning about soil. We will play in the water while exploring its various properties. We will watch the clouds and learn about the air. We will round out the week with a campfire at the fire circle (fire ordinance permitting) and share all our elemental art and food that we created throughout the week!
OUTDOOR SKILLS A ages 7-12
Outdoor Skills A is now full. To be added to the waiting list, please email email@example.com.
Participants will engage in a variety of activities designed to help instill knowledge of and confidence in their abilities to live and be outside. Some of the skills covered will include: building shelters, fire building and safety (fire ordinance permitting), animal tracking, studying the weather, outdoor cooking, and much more!
HABITATS for ages 3-4
HABITATS for ages 5-8
Habitats 3-4 is now full. To be added to the waiting list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week we will learn about all the different habitats that exist at Stony Kill through explorations at the pond, in the field, and in the woods. We will take nature hikes, look for worms in the dirt, make our own animal homes, and much more!
OUTDOOR SKILLS 1 ages 7-12
Outdoor Skills 1 is now full. To be added to the waiting list, please email email@example.com or register for Outdoor Skills A, July 13-17.
FARMERS for ages 3-4
FARMERS for ages 5-8
Farmers 3-4 is now full. To be added to the waiting list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week we will get into the fields and do what the farmers do. From starting seedlings, to watering, to composting, to harvesting—we will do it all! When we need a break from the sun, we will visit the barn animals and learn how farmers take care of animals. We will also make farm art and play tractor tag!
OUTDOOR SKILLS 2 ages 7-12
Outdoor Skills 2 is now full. To be added to the waiting list, please email email@example.com.
GOOD FOOD for ages 3-4
GOOD FOOD for ages 5-7
Good Food 3-4 and 5-7 are now full. To be added to the waiting list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week we will grow, harvest, and taste the good food that grows on our farm! We will learn some basic cooking skills and learn how diet affects our health. When we are not in the field, we will make vegetable art, visit the barn animals, and do fruit theatrics! On Friday, family will be invited to join us as we share the food that we harvested and cooked ourselves!
FUTURE CHEFS for ages 8-12
Future Chefs 8-12 is now full. To be added to the waiting list, please email email@example.com.
Kids will create dishes from start to finish—harvesting vegetables, preparing them safely, and either sharing their finished creations or taking them home for their families. Participants will take away a hand-made cookbook, a love for farm fresh food, and loads of kitchen skills.
NATURE AND ART for ages 3-4
NATURE AND ART for ages 5-7
NATURE AND ART for ages 8-12
Nature and Art 3-4, 5-7, and 8-12 are now full. To be added to the waiting list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find inspiration in a curling leaf of lettuce, the flight patterns of birds, or the sparkling pond and paint, collage, make prints, and much more! Everyone will keep a creative journal, and will have lots of beautiful work to share at our end of the week exhibition! Each age level will work on projects specifically designed for their abilities and interests.
There are two steps to register your child for farm camp:
1. Complete the on-line registration form: the link is here.
2. Payment: visit our store front to pay online or mail a check to:
PO BOX 148
Beacon, NY 12508
Full refund minus a $15 processing fee (per session) may be granted if requested by 6/15/15; 50% refund is available if requested between 6/15 and 7/8/15. After 7/8/15, no refunds will be granted.
Common Ground Farm’s day camp is located at the Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center in Wappingers Falls, NY and is a local and affordable summer camp option for families who live in and around the communities of Beacon, Newburgh, Wappingers Falls, Fishkill, and Cold Spring.