Los Ranchos Farm Camp

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

2018 Spring Farm Camp - March 26-30: Registration is Open!

Note: We do not have anymore scholarships available for the Spring session. Please consider Summer Farm Camp if you are eligible for a scholarship.

The Swahili word for safari means "long journey." People in Kenya and Tanzania often walk for miles to spot elephants, lions, and tigers. At the 2018 Los Ranchos Spring Break 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 coll plants and animals, and have the time of their lives on a Garden Safari! Ont the final day of camp, the campers will host their families to a fun end-of-camp party!!

The 2018 Los Ranchos Spring Break Farm Camp will take place March 26-30 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day 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!


2018 Summer Farm Camp - Weekly June 4-29: Registration is Open!


Week 1: Nature, Recycled, and Upcycled Art and Craft Camp

Monday, June 4 - Friday, June 8

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 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: Birds, Bees, and Other Creepy Crawlies Camp

Monday, June 11 - Friday, June 15

Farm Camp partners with a variety of local experts 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 ecology and 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 3: Homesteading Camp

Monday, June 18 - Friday, June 22

Back for its second season is HOMESTEADING CAMP!!  Campers will be able to experience what it was like to live in the high desert of New Mexico 100 years ago, as well as what it means to be a modern Homesteader and living sustainable lifestyle today.  They will work in our organic garden, planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops.  Campers will also learn to make butter, hand grind grain and bake bread, preserve food, and enjoy the fruits of our labor.  We'll make homemade medicinal salve and soap. as well as mix up organic pest control.  In the past, campers have learned survival skills, how to build a fire, and to use hand tools!  This session was a favorite last year and is destined to be blast again this season!     


Week 4: Taco Camp

Monday, June 25 - Friday, June 29

Returning in 2018 is a Farm Camp favorite - TACO CAMP!  Camper will learn where each ingredient on a taco comes from.  Campers will learn how to grind corn and wheat for flour homemade tortillas, use fresh fruits and vegetables to make a variety of salsas and guacamole, prepare delicious beans cooked in a solar cooker, and make homemade cotija cheese.  On the last day of camp, campers will prepare food and host a Taco Party for their families.


Cost is $250 per child, PER WEEK. A limited number of need-based financial aid may be available to students that qualify for Medicaid. If your child receives Medicaid benefits, and you would like to apply for financial aid, please include a copy of your child's Medicaid card with your registration.  Financial aid applications without this document will not be considered. 


Please click here for the registration form. 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.