It is hard to believe there are only three weeks left of school before kids are out for the summer. Do your kids have their summer plans laid out yet? What about enrolling them in a fun food, farm or cooking camp?
Farming and cooking are so popular among kids that many summer camp locations are offering programs that include agriculture and food-based activities. These camps help give your kids the skills and confidence they need to find, select, grow and prepare meals and snacks with Oregon grown ingredients. Food, farm and cooking camps can be the perfect companion to what your kids are learning at the school garden and your kitchen.
Each camp varies by what they offer, when, and to what age groups. There are camps for pre-K to high school, and they can range in length from day camps to weeklong half and full day options. Many camps have scholarships available. Explore your options with the youth in your life and see what sparks their interest.
There is still time to sign up for this summer, but spots are filling up quickly. Here are 17 camp ideas around Oregon geared towards hands-on, engaging experiences that immerse kids in agriculture and food.
Audubon Society of Portland hosts the Berry Berryfun 2
camp for middle school aged students at farms around the Portland.
Bauman’s Kids Camp, called To the Barn and Beyond
!, is located in the Woodburn area. They have two weeklong sessions for grades 1-4 in July.
5. Living City
in NE Portland has six different weeklong urban farming and cooking camps.
6. Jean’s Farm
at Mother Earth School Summer Camp has Waldorf inspired camps in SE Portland in July and August.
7. Old McDonald’s Farm
offers weeklong camps for all ages on a 68-acre farm. They are located in Corbett but have transportation from Lloyd Center in downtown Portland.
Sauvie Island Center in NW Portland has a variety of farm camps
throughout the summer.
12. Schibel Teaching Farm
has camp sessions that take place on a working farm for kids preschool aged to grade six in the Bend area.
13. Schoolyard Farms
graders urban farming and school yard exploration in the Milwaukee area.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) offers both Kitchen Chemistry and Urban Farming as part of OMSI’s Summer Classes
in the Portland area.
Zenger Farm has a range of Urban Farming
weeklong camps at the farm and wetland area in SE Portland including Fruitopia and Farm Friends.