Farm Camp is run from our 1-acre school farm in the Mission Terrace neighborhood. It's 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 a chance to get down and dirty in educational and fun ways. Activities include animal care (chickens, ducks & bunnies)- gathering eggs, planting, weeding, watering, mulching, harvesting, compost care, crafts and free play. Children will bring a snack and lunch and be prepared to get dirty!
UPDATE: June 4, 2020
GBS Farm Camp is redesigning our programming to comply with SF Interim Guidance for Child Care Programs and Summer Day Camps.
Per SF health guidelines, we will offer:
July 27-August 14
Based on these guidelines, we have also made some programatic choices such as:
Cost: $1,300 for a three week session with limited assistance available
We will follow the health and safety guidelines which will shape our policies around pickup and drop-off, meals, distancing, hand washing and more. In terms of programming, our imagination is still churning up ideas of how 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 who have missed their young friends this spring! We will continue to offer farm-based crafts, plenty of free play, stories, songs, and cooperative games. The stump circle will be 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!
Registration is now open to families who had signed up for farm camp before May. If spaces remain available, we will open registration to GBS families. If spaces remains available beyond that, we will extend registration out to the greater community.
Our ask is that our community follow a process of self-selection leaving spaces available only for those families who do not have other options for camps or childcare.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
School Break Farm Camps
$70 day ($60 for sibling)
Invoices will be sent from Golden Bridges School through Intuit.
Camp fees must be paid in full before the first day of camp.
"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, 2020
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.