Los Ranchos Farm Camp

Farm Camp is open to children currently registered in grades K-5.  


2017 Spring Break Village Farm Camp: March 20-24  

The 2017 Spring Break Village Farm Camp will take place March 20-24 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Los Ranchos Agri-Nature Center at 4920 Rio Grande Blvd NW.  Children currently registered in grades K-5 are encouraged to join us for a Spring Break like they’ve never experienced before!

The Swahili word safari means “long journey.”  People in Kenya and Tanzania often walk for miles to spot elephants, lions and tigers. At the 2017 Spring Break Village Farm Camp, we’ll explore the 20+ acres of the Los Ranchos Agri-Nature Center and nearby bosque to discover the fascinating creatures that call this area home. We’ll hone our urban tracking skills to find insects and evidence of other amazing garden creatures such as bees and hummingbirds. We’ll help build a healthy garden habitat by planning and planting the spring organic gardens, and make and keep a garden journal to track our discoveries as we go.

Students will participate in hands-on garden activities, including making compost, direct seeding, and transplanting plants!  Students will explore the native plants and animals of Albuquerque’s bosque, and experience the connections between growing and eating healthy foods and taking care of our bodies and our land.

In addition, students will prepare healthy treats, create beautiful nature-based art, sing fun camp songs, learn about cool plants and animals, and have the time of their lives on the Garden Safari!  On the final day of camp, the campers will host their families to a fun end-of-camp fiesta!!

Cost

Cost is $250 per child, PER WEEK.  A limited number of need-based scholarships may be available to students that qualify for free lunch.  If your child qualifies for free lunch and you would like to apply for a scholarship, please include proof of your child’s lunch status (available from the school cafeteria manager) with your registration.  Scholarship applications without this document will not be considered.  You will be notified on Monday, March 6 if your scholarship request was granted.  Please do not call before then to inquire about your scholarship status.

Registration

The 2017 Spring Break Village Farm Camp registration is open.  You can find it here.  You may send in your registration several ways - email, mail, or drop off in-person.  Email your registration/agreement form to info@losranchosnm.gov, for the mailing address or to drop it off, click here.  For more information, please contact Julie Hirshfield, Farm Camp Coordinator, by clicking here.


2017 Summer Village Farm Camp:  Registration is Open!

Week 1, June 5-9:  Nature, Recycled, and Upcycled Arts & Crafts Camp

Week 2, June 12-16: Homestead Camp

Week 3, June 19-23:  Birds, Bees, and Creepy Crawlies Camp

Week 4, June 26-30: Pizza Camp

The Village of Los Ranchos also offers a Summer Farm Camp at the Los Ranchos Agri-Nature Center.  We invite children currently enrolled in grades K-5 to join us for a summer of outdoor fun and learning.  Each camp is during the month of June and each is one week long, Monday-Friday from 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.  Campers will experience the connections between growing and eating healthy foods and taking care of our bodies and our land.

After a daily morning message, we will prepare a healthy snack and get our bodies moving with yoga poses and fun exercises.  Throughout each day of Farm Camp, campers will participate in the full process of raising vegetables, herbs, and flowers; from soil preparation, direct seeding, and transplanting, to watering, weeding, harvesting, and of course, cooking and eating the “fruits of their labor!” 

Campers will get down and dirty in our vegetable gardens as they explore how a seed turns into a tomato plant and investigate the insects and other pollinators that live amongst the plants and weeds.  They will visit with and learn about farm animals, bake in a solar oven, and learn about the North Valley’s unique ecosystem. 

Each day will include rest and relaxing with stories after lunch, and we’ll mix up the afternoons with theme-specific activities, games, cooking, and art!  The four themes for 2017 Summer Village Farm Camp are below.  You may register for all, one, or a combination of sessions.


Week 1: Nature, Recycled, and Upcycled Arts & Crafts Camp

Monday, June 5 - Friday, June 9

Campers will spend the week foraging for interesting items around the property and creating beautiful nature-based, recycled, and upcycled art and crafts.  They will tie-dye, use “found” items to use as weaving looms and for collages, make beautiful mosaics, and learn nature still-life painting and drawing.  Campers will curate an art show and invite their families and friends to celebrate their artistic accomplishments (complete with homemade food and drinks!) on the final day of camp. 


Week 2: Homestead Camp

Monday, June 12 - Friday, June 16

Do you dream about farm life, living off the land and gaining homesteading and survival skills?  Have you ever wanted to build a fire without matches, make your own soap, and preserve food for the winter in the traditional ways?  If so, join us at Homestead Camp!  We’ll spend the week making things with our own two hands, learning how things work, and enjoying the satisfaction of gaining useful skills!


Week 3:  Birds, Bees, and Creepy Crawlies Camp

Monday, June 19 - Friday, June 23

In partnership with the University of New Mexico’s Department of Elementary Education, the coolest teachers around will work with Farm Camp educators to give campers an in-depth knowledge of birds, bees, bats, snakes, and important garden insects.  This collaboration is often a highlight for campers, as it provides a huge variety of fun, hands-on activities and scientific explorations for each child!  Campers will be introduced to a variety of bugs and insects, reptiles and birds during this camp.  Each day will highlight a different creature and local experts will explain their animal’s ecological importance to the farm.  Highlights of the week include observing closed bee hives and having a local honey tasting, having one-on-one experience with a gorgeous, docile bull snake, and dissecting owl pellets and reassembling the skeletons from our resident owls’ lunch!


Week 4:  Pizza Camp

Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30

Returning in 2017 is the Farm Camp favorite – PIZZA CAMP!!  Campers will spend the week learning how every part of a pizza is made; they will grind wheat and hand make pizza crust, harvest tomatoes and make sauce, try their hands at making homemade pesto, and create other tasty Italian treats. Campers will assemble a pizza bar on the final day of camp and invite their families to join them at a Farm Camp Pizza Party!


Cost

Cost is $250 per child, PER WEEK.  A limited number of need-based scholarships may be available to students that qualify for free lunch.  If your child qualifies for free lunch and you would like to apply for a scholarship, please include proof of your child’s lunch status (available from the school cafeteria manager) with your registration.  Scholarship applications without this document will not be considered.  You will be notified on Monday, March 6 if your scholarship request was granted.  Please do not call before then to inquire about your scholarship status.


Registration

The 2016 Summer Village Farm Camp registration is open.  You can find it here.  You may send in your registration several ways - email, mail, or drop off in-person.  Email your registration/agreement form to info@losranchosnm.gov, for the mailing address or to drop it off, click here.  For more information, please contact Julie Hirshfield, Farm Camp Coordinator, by clicking here.


Where does the Village Farm Camp take place?

The farm camp is held at the Los Ranchos Agri-Nature Center at 4920 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Los Ranchos, NM 87107.  All camps will begin and end at the Los Ranchos Agri-Nature Center.  Each day, camp begins at 9:00 A.M. and ends at 3:00 P.M. For more information, contact us.