Education Programs

The Farm is excited to connect kids and families with local, seasonal healthy food!

We foster joy and discovery through inquiry and exploration of the natural world and food. Our programs engage individuals at the intersection of health, agriculture and sustainability.

As we move through the COVID-19 pandemic we are evaluating how best to provide information and educational opportunities; stay tuned!

 

Education Programs

The Farm is excited to connect kids and families with local, seasonal healthy food!

We foster joy and discovery through inquiry and exploration of the natural world and food. Our programs engage individuals at the intersection of health, agriculture and sustainability.

 

2023 SUMMER CAMPS 

Our camps encourage young folks to think about how their bodies work, to eat to promote good health, and to learn how agriculture plays an important role in nutritious food and a healthy environment. Farm staff and interns lead fun and interesting activities that encourage comfort in the outdoors, the kitchen and in groups. 

Farm, Field & Forest      Ages 8-11

June 26-30     9:00am-3:00pm

Register here

Take part in an outdoor camp like no other as we explore our unique hospital-based vegetable farm, our native prairie and our woods by the Huron River. Share experiences and ideas while hiking as we investigate nature through hands-on activities and learn from nature and health professionals. Discover the joy in caring for ourselves and caring for the environment around us! Children bring a snack, lunch and a water bottle every day.

 

Farm to Table 1               Ages 4-7 with an adult caregiver

Session 1: July 17-21     9:30-11:30am

Register for Session 1

Session 2: July 24-28     9:30-11:30am

Register for Session 2

This unique camp takes you and your child on a food adventure! Together we harvest fresh produce and explore the science behind growing, eating and cooking food all while learning how to make good food choices. We also transform our locally-grown and freshly picked produce into nutritious snacks that are easy and fun to make. Each day includes hands-on activities and take-home recipes.
Each day includes hands-on activities and take-home recipes.

 

Farm to Table 2               Ages 6-10

Session 1: July 17-21     1:00-4:00pm

Register for Session 1

Session 2: July 24-28    1:00-4:00pm

Register for Session 2

Have fun exploring where delicious food comes from the journey it takes – from soil and seed, to harvest, to plate, to compost. We will expand our understanding of plants, nutrition and agriculture through fun activities, and prepare a fresh snack each day. Campers take home recipes and educational information. 
Please send a water bottle for each participant.

 

Field Trips and Classroom visits

  • Field Trips (one hour, $80 for up to 13 students, $4 per additional student)
  • Classroom Visits (one hour, $80 for up to 15 students, $5 per additional student)   

Our youth programs are grounded in the State of Michigan education standards, and include age-appropriate hands-on activities and fresh produce tasting. We have a limited budget for scholarships if your group needs assistance in paying for programming. Contact us for more information.

To book a field trip our classroom visit, contact Laura Meisler, Education Coordinator at  Laura.Meisler@StJoesHealth.org