Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm offers birth –3rd grade education and Farm and Forest Summer Camp based on the Waldorf philosophy on a working farm in Essex, NY.
Echo Farm at Farm and Forest Summer Camp
We are excited to partner with our neighbor Echo Farm and Farmstead Catering for Summer Camp. While Black Kettle Farm is a great daily farming and husbandry experience for these young campers, they will also get a fuller farm experience with a field trip to Echo Farm. Check out their website and facebook for the animals and gardens that campers will be working with every Tuesday of camp. Thank you Dillon Klepetar and Kelly McQuade for this great opportunity!
To register call Maeve at 518.963.7385 or download a registration form here.
Fire Week – July 4 – 8
Water Week – July 11 – 15
Earth Week – July 18 – 22
Air Week – July 25 – 29
Join us this summer, July 2016 for our Farm and Forest Summer camp at Black Kettle Farm! This meaningful summer experience is offered to 4-9 year olds on a weekly enrollment basis throughout the month of July. Days will be filled with farm chores, work in our flourishing vegetable garden, art projects, handcrafts, games and free play. We will also spend time everyday exploring the natural wonders in the forest surrounding Black Kettle Farm. The Farm and Forest camp is inspired by the Waldorf model, to nurture imagination, creativity, and active play in the developing child.
Each week of July we will explore a theme that will be the inspiration for our games, crafts, and activities:
Session 1-July 4-8 Fire Week
This week we will explore all things sunny and fiery!! In the garden we will watch the way the
sun helps the flowers and plants grow, and harvest some yummy treats for special snacks. We
will play with our shadows and explore the light and darkness in the forest. We will cook a
special treat over the camp fire. Come kick off Fire Week on the 4th of July!
Session 2-July 11-15 Water Week
What could be more fun on a hot summer day than to spend it exploring all the wonders of
water? This week we will visit the wetland areas at the farm and learn about the animals that live
there. We will blow giant bubbles, play water games, and visit the waterfall in the forest.
Session 3-July 18-22 Earth Week
While we will be spending time in the garden all summer long, this week will have extra focus
on DIRT. What lives in the dirt, what grows in the dirt, and what can people do with dirt? We
will work with clay from a stream bank, explore the forest, and spend lots of time getting dirty…
and equal time washing off in the streams around Black Kettle Farm!
Session 4-July 25-July 29 Air Week
This week will be filled with fun games: we will play ball games, throwing games, and running
games. We will explore the wind by making and flying our own kites. We will look up into the
trees to listen and watch for the birds that live there. Our crafts this week will adorn our garden
and show us which way the wind is blowing.
The program will be directed by Kathleen Morse, our own elementary grades teacher at Lakeside School.
Download an application Registration Form – Summer Camp 2016.