Farm Camp is run from our 1-acre school farm in the Mission Terrace neighborhood. We provide an opportunity for children to connect with nature while directly participating in the daily rhythms of farm life. Our day camp is designed to inspire a connection with and love of the natural world, and also a chance to get hands dirty in fun and educational ways. Activities include animal care for our chickens and rabbits, planting, weeding, watering, mulching, harvesting, compost care, crafts and free play. Children will bring a snack and lunch and come prepared to get dirty!
UPDATE: February, 2021
Summer Farm Camp
We will offer Summer Farm Camp this summer, 2021! However, we do not know the exact format or capacity yet. Given the uncertainty brought by the pandemic, and the evolution of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) guidelines, it is hard to say exactly how many spots will be available and how long sessions will be.
Last year's guidance allowed a maximum of 12 children in a stable cohort with 3-week sessions. We expect the 2021 requirements to be similar, but we will not have certainty until the SFDPH publishes updated guidance. For now, we are planning to enroll with 12 spots in stable cohorts of 3-week sessions, with two teachers, and will adjust, if necessary, once more information is posted.
Based on these guidelines, we are again offering one session per child, for 6-10 year olds:
- Session 1 - June 14 - July 2nd, 9:00am - 3:00pm
- Session 2 - July 6 - 24, 9:00am - 3:00pm
- Session 3 - July 26 - August 13, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Cost: $1,400 for a three week session + $25 administrative fee
Camp fees must be paid in full before the first day of camp.
All Farm Camp programming and policies will be in compliance with current SF Interim Guidance for Out of School Time Programs.
The safety guidelines will continue to shape our policies around pickup and drop-off, meals, distancing, hand washing and more. Last summer we got creative and churned up new ideas to joyously interact as a group on our beautiful farm. There will be plenty of work to do to care for the plants and animals and we will continue to offer farm-based crafts, plenty of free play, stories, songs, and cooperative games. Our stump circle is 6 feet apart and each child will have a designated stump and surrounding stump area where they will eat, work on projects, read, rest, and call home base!
Currently enrolled Golden Bridges families are given registration priority.
General public registration opened March 8, 2021.
Cancel before May 1st for a full refund (minus $50 admin fee)
Cancel May 1st - 4 weeks prior to the first day of camp for a 50% refund
Cancellations within 4 weeks of the start of camp will not be refunded
Please contact us if you have any questions.
"There is a lot of focus in education on school gardens, healthy eating, and environmental stewardship, but Golden Bridges offers this experience as the foundation for all areas of learning. It is how my kids study math, tell stories, master language and experiment in a hands-on way."
Farm Camp Staff
Camp Director and Farmer, They/Them
Born and raised in Seattle, Mel studied publishing arts and photography in college. They left Seattle and eventually put down roots in California after three years of traveling the globe. They first landed on a farm in Northern California and it was there that Mel's passion for working with plants and farm life deepened. After 3 years on the farm they moved to Oakland and began teaching elementary, middle, and high school gardening classes, as well as climate change education in several SFUSD schools. They made the move to Golden Bridges in spring of 2019 and couldn’t be happier. They also teach life sciences and environmental justice to the middle schoolers at Golden Bridges. When they aren’t getting their hands in the dirt, Mel enjoys playing music in a band and eating delicious vegan food.