Our free environmental day summer camp in the Lower East Side: Going into its fourth summer, we provide an outdoor nature summer camp in July and August for twenty-five local youth. Campers learn organic gardening, identifying wild edible plants, creating environmental art, music, and theater games. They enjoy wholesome outdoor play, develop leadership skills, and are inspired to eat healthy food that they harvest and prepare themselves. This year a core feature we are creating is “Family Saturday” to bring in valued parents/guardians and siblings outside of the age range into this celebration of community. Family members of campers will be asked to participate each Saturday. Our program is free of charge in order to be accessible to all. We also accept sliding scale donations to those who are able, and fundraising assistance to
make sure that every child has the same opportunity to thrive in nature!
Our camp staff and support: Kate Temple-West and Aresh Javadi are seasoned environmental educators who have collectively directed summer programs and worked in schools for close to twenty years. The camp also brings in internationally known gardening and nutrition experts, artists, storytellers and musicians. We visit other community
gardens where campers learn from some of the most experienced, dedicated (and fun!) urban farmers and earth advocates. Our camp is gifted by our highly talented team of college and high school interns, volunteers, and parents.
We have a child to adult ratio of 4:1, providing a lot of individual attention and care. We value each child’s creativity, individual learning style, and aim to make every activity so much fun that the learning happens effortlessly. We create a safe space with many observant eyes, while stepping back and allowing campers to discover many wonders on their own.
Our camp values are: honor everyone’s wisdom, find the wonder and mystery, discover beauty in nature and art, develop cooperation and collaboration, and empower each other through supportive community.