SPRING INTO LEARNING

Day Camps at the Farm!

Ballyntyne Learning Farm is so thrilled to announce that we will be offering day spring, 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 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. 

Updated Mask Policy: Masks will no longer be required at the farm as of March 12th, 2022. Kids are more than welcome to wear them but we will not require them. Thanks! 

 

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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April 1st

This first camp of the 2021 spring season will focus on homes and architecture around the world!

Learn about the building techniques and environmental requirements of a handful of different populations around the world. 

How can the physical environment influence land use and shelter building? How has weather and climate impacted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples? 

Enjoy designing and assembling model homes based on the requirements of the environment and the resources available in a specific region of the globe. 

Learn about how modern architecture has been influenced by nature.

Come for building, design, creativity, and lots of learning!

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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April 15th

The second camp of the season will focus on migration! What animals make seasonal migratory trips? How do birds adapt to seasonal changes?
 

How and why do some migratory species make physical adaptations for the changes in the seasons? How do the seasonal changes impact food acquisition?

Enjoy charting a variety of bird migration patterns on physical maps! Learn about a few heartwarming stories of migratory animals who have adopted other animals or people as their new families. 


Get an early jump on celebrating World Migratory Bird Day and this year's focus on light pollution and its effect on migration. 

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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April 29th

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

This camp will focus on hibernation! How do animals adapt to changing seasons, especially those animals in cold environments? 

How can hibernation protect animals from the elements?

Learn about how a dormouse hibernates and prepares its shelter for the cold. Why would a wood frog cool its body temperature down so much that ice crystals form in its blood? 

Enjoy a day of learning, experiments, and building projects!

 

 

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May 13th

Learn about water scarcity in current and ancient times. How did ancient Romans create inventions to move water? 

Enjoy creating and building your own aqueduct from a handful of materials. Gather in groups to strategize and execute a plan! Learn about how different cultures are able to slow down evaporation to conserve water in arid environments. 

Learn about how water is naturally purified. Enjoy playing a water cycle relay race! If time allows, create a group skit about the water cycle - imagine the relationships between a raindrop, animals, and other aspects of nature. 

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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May 27th

Learn about catapults and slingshots throughout history. How have they been used? Why are they useful? 

Investigate stored and kinetic energy through play and engineering. Create targets out of a variety of materials. Form groups and design a catapult or a slingshot to safely investigate and play with at the farm!

How does the angle of trajectory impact the distance of the object being flung? 

Come for fun!

 

 

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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June 10th

Spend a day at the farm learning about waves! Learn about the role of wind in waves and currents. 

Learn about the parts of a wave - crest, trough, wavelength, amplitude, and frequency by playing with lengths of string. 

Through play and experimentation, learn about waves in sound, and pitch versus volume. 

Play with sound vibrations, enjoy a classic game of cup and string telephone. Create a paper megaphone and a sound map of sounds at the farm. 

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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July 15th

Join us at the farm to learn about biodiversity. What is it? Why is it important? Why do we use words like cosmopolitan, endemic, invasive, or native to describe different species?

How do monocultures and pesticides harm an ecosystem's biodiversity? 

Among other examples, dive into learning about how the brown tree snake has affected Guam's bird population. 

Invent a story about an endangered species and discuss ways to prevent its extinction. 


Learn about deforestation and design a seed spreading machine to counteract it. 

Come for a day of learning and fun!

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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August 19th

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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September 30th

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, creating 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 5th

This camp 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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September 16th

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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October 14th

This farm favorite camp will focus on forest life. Learn about the complexities of a forest food web and keystone species.

 

What is selection within a forest habitat? Explore the balance of nature and the carrying capacity of a forest. Hear about unique animal adaptations within forest habitats and predators versus pretty.

 

The kiddos will enjoy playing forest games and leading their own skits. Enjoy gathering natural items to create forest crafts!

Learn about the role that fires play in both the destruction and life of forests.

Learn about the role of decomposers in a forest. 

Duration: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Ages 6-9 years old

Cost: $70

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October 28th

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. 

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!

**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