SPRING INTO LEARNING

Spring Day Camps at the Farm!

Ballyntyne Learning Farm is so thrilled to announce that we will be offering day summer and fall camps at the farm! These day camps are intended for your curious kids who want to learn from the outdoors, play, be creative, and build friendships with other kiddos. 

Activities: Get ready for lots of fun activities, projects and experiments this spring. See below for some of the things that kids may partake in: 

 *Please note that the below lists are not a complete list and specific activities may be tweaked or adapted but the camps will certainly be filled with fun things for your kids to learn and take part in!

 

Throughout the spring day camps, we will focus on safety, working in teams, fostering positive and encouraging communication between the kiddos, and having a great time!  

 

Details: These 1 day camps are intended for children ages 6-9 years old. The camps will run from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm with a mid-morning snack break, time for lunch, and an afternoon snack. Parents are encouraged to drop their kids off for the morning with pickup starting at 2:30 pm. The registration will be limited to 10 kiddos. 

Masks:  Masks are required throughout the duration of the camp. There will be countless opportunities for a kiddo to step away from the group to remove their mask and rejoin when they're ready.

 

Attire and Food: Please dress kids in layers as we can always count on Oregon weather to change a bit throughout the course of one day. Layers, closed-toed shoes, as well as rubber boots, are encouraged. Please bring a mid-morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack for your child. *Extra snacks will be available just in case there are some extra hungry kiddos! Most importantly, arrive with the expectation of having a fun, engaging, and memorable day!  :)

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March 26th

This first camp of the 2021 spring season will focus on conservation. We'll learn about inspiring young people who are finding solutions to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, how school children in Goa and Guatemala are finding novel ways to give new life to plastic and other "trash" items. 

 

Learn about food waste in the US. Who are freegans and how can gleaning help reduce some of this waste? We'll put our thinking caps on and dive into how Ballyntyne campers can tackle trash and food waste at the farm, at home, and at their school. Enjoy team building by creating a short play about a conservation theme and enjoy creating upcycled crafts!

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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April 9th

This camp will focus on storytelling. With Native American oral history as the inspiration, hear from a handful of beautiful creation stories by tribes from across the US and Canada. Hear a story from the Seneca tribe about why and how spring defeats winter and explore how stories such as this help to explain the rhythm of the seasons, pollination, nutrient cycles, and more. 

 

We'll invite Ballyntyne camp kiddos to create their own creation stories about why animals possess the certain traits that they do, or a tale explaining why an aspect of the natural world works as it does. The kiddos will put together an interactive play with a small group and will bring home a handmade "cardboard tv" so they can continue telling their unique creation stories at home!

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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April 30th

This farm favorite camp will focus on forest life. Learn about the complexities of a forest food web, the balance of nature, make casts of animal tracks, learn about animal adaptations, predators versus prey, play games, put on short theme-inspired skits and plays with other campers, enjoy forest map making, nature crafts, and during a snack break, enjoy some animal-themed yoga!

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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May 14th

Dive in to composting with worms and enjoy witnessing the cycle of matter. Enjoy preparing the garden beds for planting, learn about pollinators and the role they play. Put together a butterfly feeder, enjoy candle making, luminary making, creating dyes from natural ingredients, and more! Learn about organic versus chemical gardening practices, crop rotation, and the discovery of seeds preserved for over 30,000 years! This camp is centered on using materials from nature to create beautiful crafts and treasures to take home. 

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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May 28th

Put your creative caps on and enjoy hands-on learning about inertia through wooden-wheeled car building and playing with levers.

 

Learn about a handful of different renewable energy sources. Enjoy creating a waterwheel to get hands on experience with hydropower. Engage in team-building activities like creating cup towers using rubber bands and string, create chain reactions or cardboard and clothespin marble runs. Come for fun and a full day of learning through play, building, and experiments!

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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June 11th

Dive in to learning about water with explorations of the creek and pond. Collect water samples and enjoy peering at microscopic life through the microscope. Collect minnows, water boatmen, nymphs, and get a close look at their adaptations which make living in ponds and creeks ideal for them. 

Learn about water pollution through experiments, assemble miniature-sized boats, construct a life-size beaver dam building, explore erosion and weathering through the purple sand at Pfeiffer beach, play with erosion trays and learn how farmers and others can work to slow erosion down. Get ready for a fun, hands-on camp!

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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June 25th

Join us for a day of adventuring and tracking. We'll start off learning about animal tracking throughout history.

Learn to recognize a variety of common tracks and scat of animals that live in the forest habitat surrounding the farm. Investigate the difference between stride and straddle, recognize walking, waddling, and galloping in tracks. Once we've identified a well-intact print, we'll make casts and other artwork!  

Later in the day, we'll enjoy using a map of the area and a compass to identify clues throughout a fun scavenger hunt that will lead us around the acreage of the farm. Rely on problem-solving as a group, communication, and come for fun!

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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July 9th

Spend time with the beloved chickens and bunnies at the farm!  Learn about a chicken's lifecycle from an egg to a hatched chick. Enjoy putting together a taste test experiment to see which chicken-friendly foods the hens love most. Experiment with different beak types and feet types in a hands-on activity. Understand the role of feathers in flight, warmth, and camouflage. Inspect the parts of a feather and enjoy using the microscope to take a closer look.

Learn about bunnies, where they like to spend time, eat, and where they create their homes. Observe a few known wild bunny habitats at the farm. Bring home a handful of theme-centered crafts. 

 

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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July 23rd

Dive into learning about the role of the sun in nature. Why is it important for plants, animals, humans, and all life? Learn about the solar system, the sun's impact on the weather system, the water cycle, climate, and eclipses.

Enjoy assembling a solar oven to toast a treat. Use the power of the sun to make solar prints, learn how to tell time using the sun as a guide. Kiddos will enjoy a day of hands-on experimenting, learning, and play!


 

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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September 15th

We'll learn about inspiring young people who are finding solutions to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, how school children in Goa and Guatemala are finding novel ways to give new life to plastic and other "trash" items. Learn about a handful of different renewable energy sources. Enjoy creating a waterwheel to get hands-on experience with hydropower.

 

Engage in team-building activities like creating cup towers using rubber bands and string, problem solving using levers, create chain reactions, or cardboard and clothespin marble runs.

 

Come for fun and a full day of learning through play, building, and experimentation!

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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August 20th

This camp will focus on storytelling. With Native American oral history as the inspiration, hear from a handful of beautiful creation stories by tribes from across the US and Canada. Hear a story from the Seneca tribe about why and how spring defeats winter and explore how stories such as this help to explain the rhythm of the seasons, pollination, nutrient cycles, and more. 

 

We'll invite Ballyntyne camp kiddos to create their own creation stories about why animals possess the certain traits that they do, or a tale explaining why an aspect of the natural world works as it does. The kiddos will put together an interactive play with a small group and will bring home a handmade "cardboard tv" so they can continue telling their unique creation stories at home!

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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October 1st

This camp will focus on all things weather - extreme weather patterns, wind, sun, and air!

 

Learn about the power of wind, and a fighter pilot who survived parachuting through a cumulonimbus thunderstorm cloud. Enjoy creating homemade parachutes from recycled materials to then do egg-drop tests! 

How does nature rely on the wind? Learn about how trees must grow to be sturdy enough to withstand more intense winds.
Get creative by designing your own indestructible umbrella. Design a house that won't blow over during a simulated tornado. Come for a day of fun!

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

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October 15th

Learn about the physical adaptations of animals that prefer to spend their waking hours in the darkness. Experiment with how nocturnal animals have adapted to see in darkness. What is circular versus slit pupils and what are the benefits of each?

Experiment with echolocation, dissect owl pellets, and make theme-inspired crafts!

Enjoy hiking into the forest to search for different habitats of nocturnal animals. 

How do seemingly unrelated animals live in perfect harmony with one another? Play an interactive game to learn about symbiotic animal relationships and talk about their ecosystems. 

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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October 29th

Spend the day learning about how volcanoes are formed, and the difference between lava and magma. How do scientists manage to learn about and monitor volcanoes? Do a deep dive into how can volcanoes build and destroy the land? Have they shaped the Earth in the past? 

Forms teams and collect natural materials around the farm and then assemble your own erupting volcano! Enjoy learning about the difference between sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks using crayon shavings. 

Learn about the history of the cave paintings of Lascaux, France and create your own paints from the soil, herbs, plants, and charcoal. 

**With this camp being so close to Halloween, the barn will be decorated and your kiddo is encouraged to arrive in costume!**

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70