Programs & Workshops

Our Program Descriptions

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Field Trips

Field trips to the farm, also known as our Learning Adventures, were created to give our participants a chance to experience nature based education. These sessions are focused around broad themes and lead learners to think about topics such as Trees, Trails, and Tracks. Sessions are age appropriate and have hands-on learning that incorporates literature, movement, and music. We will integrate outdoor experiences and current curriculum. Many sessions will have a take-home project and extension activities will be offered for teachers or families to further the discussion and learning back in the classroom or at home.

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Summer Camps

Pond sampling and water quality studies are one of the many activities that we will be doing at Camp WILD. Our learning is always fun, always interactive and student directed and very often directly supports STEM. Next generation science standards and common core are embedded in our camp program. Yep, learning through play while building new neuropathways, it’s how we roll. Registration for our summer Camp Wild Programs are posted mid-January and fill quickly!  Scroll down for more information on our summer camp programs.

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Workshops

Family oriented, hands on learning – fun – workshops! Past recent workshops have included: Holiday Cookie Decorating, Pumpkin Fairyhouses, Gourds Galore Birdhouse Building, All About Bees, Composting and Worms, Up-cycling Pallet Wood, and Owl Prowl.  Check out our Events tab, or our Facebook page to see what events are coming and for registration links. 

And if you have a talent, craft, or nature-based knowledge that you’d like to share with others, send us a message to discuss hosting your very own workshop at our farm in one of our unique venues.

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Garden Club

Garden Club is a great opportunity for First through Fifth grade students to experience hands-on, after-school, weekly nature education. We focus our lessons and activities around gardening, farm animals, art projects, music, games and more.  We hold four to eight week sessions in the fall, winter, and spring.  Two co-directors are present at each after-school session.    Scroll down for more information on our Garden Club programs.

Current Workshops

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Glass Rose Mosaic Tile Workshop

Just in time for Mother’s Day…. Please join us on Friday, May 3rd from 4:30-6:30 for an artful afternoon creating your own unique glass rose mosaic tile. These pieces are either 10″x8″ or 12″x8″ depending which style you choose. Various glass colors available for rose in center, as well as background fill around the rose. The result is a gorgeous work of art for your home (or a beautiful handmade gift for someone special). All instruction and supplies are included in the workshop fee of $30.

Online registration is required, visit the link below for additional information and to register.  This class has a very limited number of spots, so if you’re interested, register soon.  We look forward to seeing you at this creative event!

Current Programs

Camp Wild Spring Break 2024

We are offering a new camp session to run over Spring Break week:  Camp Wild Spring Break is an extension of our very popular Camp Wild program.  Campers will enjoy a week of hands-on learning, fun and adventure in nature-based concepts.  We have activities planned for both comfortable and inclement weather, so we are prepared to make the most of whatever Mother Nature has to offer!  

Age:  Ideally suited to kids ages 6 – 12

March 25th – 29th,  9 am – 3:00 pm,  $300  

We are looking forward to an amazing week of thinking, learning, and playing at the Clarkston Family Farm this spring!

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Camp Wild Spring Break is directed by Chelsea O’Brien, B.S., an experienced and certified environmental educator as well as founder and executive director of the Clarkston Family Farm.  Groups are  carefully organized and have never had more than twelve campers per group to allow for our “move and do” approach to learning!   

Activities include: During the week you can look forward to farm fresh snacks and cooking labs, farm animal interaction, nature art projects and music, kids garden activities, creative group games and so much more.  

Spring Garden Club

An amazing and fun after school program for kids at our family farm.  Safe outdoor environment and small group setting focused on nature-based activities and play.  During this 8-week program, you can look forward to kids garden activities, farm animal interaction, nature art projects and music, creative group games, farm fresh snacks, and so much more.  

Age:  Ideally suited to kids ages 6 – 12 (age exceptions made for siblings)

8-Weekly Sessions:  Wednesday Afternoons, April 3rd – May 22nd,  4:00 – 5:30 p.m., $160

Sprouts Camp 2024

An award winning summer camp program for our youngest learners…

Sensory Exploration in Nature using the sense of touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing! 

Age:  Ideally suited to ages 3-6 years (exceptions for siblings may apply)

Session 1:  June 17th- 21st, 9 am – 11 am,  $150

Session 2:  June 24th – 28th, 9 am – 11 am,  $150

We are so very sorry that all Sprouts Camp Sessions have sold out for Summer ’24.  In the event that we receive cancellations, we will review waitlisted campers in order received and contact you. Please note that all cancellations are subject to a $25 cancellation fee.  No refunds will be granted for cancellations occurring less than 48 hours before the start of camp.  Thank you for your understanding.  

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Where: Most of our time will be spent outside in our many kid-friendly farm and garden spaces.  Drop off and pick-up at the Learning Pavilion behind the Sunflower Market.

 

Focus: Our youngest learners will enjoy exploring our farm and garden spaces utilizing our 5 senses on the farm in a way that is developmentally appropriate as we incorporate art, music, simple math and science.

 

Activities: Student directed self exploration and nature hunts, baby farm animal interaction, tasting and harvesting stations, music, art and movement using the sense of smell, taste, touch, sight and hearing

Camp Wild 2024

An award winning summer camp program using next generation science standards supported in a fun, nature-based, hands-on outdoor learning experience!  

Age:  Ideally suited to kids ages 6 – 12 (age exceptions made for siblings)

Session 1:  July 15th – 19th,  9 am – noon,  $175

Session 2:  July 22nd – 26th,  9 am – noon,  $175

Session 3:  July 29th – Aug 2nd,  9 am – 2:30 pm,  $285

Session 4:  August 5th – 9th,  9 am – 2:30 pm,  $285

Session 5-ARTS:  August 12th – 16th,  9 am – 2:30 pm,  $300 (Includes materials fee)

We are so very sorry that all Camp Wild Sessions have sold out for Summer ’24.  In the event that we receive cancellations, we will review waitlisted campers in order received and contact you.  Please note that all cancellations are subject to a $25 cancellation fee.  No refunds will be granted for cancellations occurring less than 48 hours before the start of camp.  Thank you for your understanding.  

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Camp Wild is a unique, popular and award winning summer program that has been successfully engaging young people for almost a decade.  It is directed by Chelsea O’Brien, B.S., an experienced and certified environmental educator as well as founder and executive director for the Clarkston Family Farm.  Teaching team also includes naturalists, artists and camp counselors selected from trained National Honors Society CHS students and aspiring teachers.  Great camper to teaching team ratio of no more than 5 to 1.  We also employ activity station leaders and junior camp counselors for the most safe and engaged program available for your young explorer!  Our teaching team pays special attention to dividing campers into color groups based on age, parental preference and developmental appropriateness.  Groups are  carefully organized and have never more than twelve campers per group to allow for our “move and do” approach to learning!  Each 5 day camp session is an exploration of the following themes:  Wonderful Wetlands, What’s Under Our Feet, Marvelous Meadows, Fantastic Forests, and Getting Our Thumbs Green. 

Activities include:  Each day campers will enjoy games, art, a make and take craft, some type of snack or tasting, and music; as well as “sneaky science” and language arts… supporting thinking and learning in ways that are fun and always outside in nature. 

Please note that Session 5-ARTS is our  Camp Wild About ARTS week and is similar to other weeks of Camp Wild with an added emphasis on Art and Music.   Sample activities for ARTS camp include; working with clay,  textiles and weaving, farm animal art, and  plein air art.  The end of the week for ARTS camp  includes a “gallery” show.   

​​AT HOME Series

The Clarkston Family Farm has created 5 new instructional videos that promote thinking, learning and growing outside in nature and in your own backyard. 

Each video ties in the language art, science and visual art disciplines as well as some fun and practical activities to engage critical thinking skills.