Slide Ranch Summer Camp - Junior Farmers
July 20-24, 2015
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Thank you for sharing your children with Slide Ranch!
We loved having them here and want to share some of the highlights and photos of all that we did together.
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This week the Junior Farmers explored Slide Ranch through the lens of stewardship.
Our camp-wide theme involved investigation of our reciprocal relationship with the animals, plants, and the wild lands. Some groups learned about stewardship in an active way by raking the goat yard, sifting compost and feeding it to plants. Other groups asked and considered questions like “what is nature?” and “how can we interact with nature in a respectful way?” We celebrate these inquiries and rich, sensory adventures for children during every Slide Ranch Summer Camp.
You can also show your love of Slide Ranch by purchasing a custom t-shirt adorned with one of our beloved animals! Each purchase donates $25 to feed and care for Slide Ranch's animals.
Campers observed great-horned owls in the giant eucalyptus trees overlooking the pasture and had fun milking the goats: Athena, Verse, Amber and Dream. Cooking projects this week included: turning milk into cheese, making poppy seed pretzels and harvesting from the garden to make a colorful salad. The chickens were well fed and cared for by all of the visitors to the chicken coop.
One group went on a trash hunt at the tide pools and then did water colors using water from the ocean and natural paintbrushes made out of plantain. Another group went through the whole process of creating Dream Catchers by harvesting and shaping willow, making their own yarn from wool and collecting objects, like feathers, from around the ranch. Our two oldest groups adventured all the way to the Muir Beach Overlook on the Owl Trail.
This week was full, fun and productive. A big thank you to all the campers and everyone at Slide Ranch for being such good stewards of the land and animals! We hope that every child has special memories of Slide Ranch and the things they learned here.
The Slide Ranch Camp Team
Want to learn more about Slide Ranch's curriculum? Read our blog to learn about our advanced teaching internship program and its impact on your child's camp experience.