Farm Stewards

(Summer sessions)

Ages 7-11

June 21st – August 11th

Tuesdays and Thursdays

9am – 1pm

At the Salmon Center!

Summer Farm Stewards will begin with an introduction to gardening and nutrition and then progress to learning about and experiencing pollinators, wild and domestic animals, mindfulness and creativity, water systems, environmental science and restoration, salmon, and the ways that these topics connect to sustainable agriculture and the environment.

You can read about each camp session and sign-up for each one individually by clicking the button below.

Program Overview:

June 21st-August 11th

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 9am – 1pm
  • Ages 7-11
  • $5 donation (financial assistance available)
  • Most Farm Stewards activities take place outside. Please dress accordingly.
  • Lunch is not provided.
  • Please bring a snack, lunch and water bottle.
  • For questions please contact: heather@pnwsalmoncenter.org

Program Schedule:

Week 1: Animals Among Us
Ever wonder what animals live right outside your door? Come join us for a fun exploration of the critters that scoot about our estuary and run around our farm.

Week 2:Pollinator Pals
What’s all the buzzzzz about pollinators? Head over to this week’s summer camp session to engage in pollinator related crafts and fun activities.

Week 3: Gather in the Garden
Plants, soil and seeds – oh my! The garden is waiting for a group of explorers to help our plants grow tall and discover the hidden treasures beneath our soils.

Week 4: H20 Yeah
Learn about the mysteries of our water systems and why it’s important to protect water quality!
**Tuesday’s session will be a field trip to Belfair State Park. We will meet at the park.

Week 5: Jammin’ with Salmon
Come rock n’ roll this summer by learning about the importance of salmon and the incredible journey they overcome. Let’s Jam with Salmon!

Week 6: Unwind in the Estuary
Take a second to calm yourself in nature as you express yourself in the creative arts and yoga right next to the Union River Estuary.

Week 7: Restoration Station
Explore the wonders of nature by getting lost in the diverse plant species found in Washington and identify their unique characteristics.

Week 8: Farm Stewards Greatest Hits
Join us to relive everyone’s favorite activities from this year’s camp. Whether you participated in camp each week or this is your first time, we’re sure that fun will be had by all!

2021 Summer Activities

Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group COVID-19 Precautions

Here at the Salmon Center we can’t wait to start working with students and sharing summer on the Hood Canal with our community. As always when running education programs, the safety of participants and staff is a top priority, and this summer we will still be taking precautions in light of Covid-19. We have diligently reviewed guidelines from the CDC, Washington State Department of Health, Mason County Public Health and the American Camp Association (see American Camp Association 2021 Guidelines Here)  while creating our safety policies and camp schedules for the season. These policies and procedures can be reviewed using the button below.

While the situation is ever-changing, we will keep you updated on any revisions to our protocols and procedures. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Alexandra Ehrich, Communications Manager at alexandra@pnwsalmoncenter.org.

Here’s to another fun summer on the beautiful Hood Canal!

camp overview:

Our main tool to stop any spread of Covid is through changes in our camp operations and participation size.

Farm Stewards Program

  • Participation is limited to 16 kids per day. Campers will be split into two groups of 8 led by an HCSEG environmental educator.
  • Camp is available for free but a $5 donation is suggested. 
  • We will provide hand sanitizer and other necessary disinfecting supplies.
  • Each participant will be required to bring their own face mask, to be worn when space does not allow for social distancing, such as in a restroom.
  • All Farm Stewards activities will take place outside.
  • Lunch is not provided
  • Families are welcome to eat lunch together at the Salmon Center after camp, but there will not be a lunch break during camp. Campers are encouraged to bring a small morning snack. 

SCREENING:

  • We require pre-screening of participants 14 days prior to a day of involvement (see downloadable form below).
    • Campers will not be allowed to participate if they do not bring the screening form with them on day of participation.
  • If you identify your camper as higher risk for complications related to COVID-19, we recommend you consult your camper’s medical care provider to assess their risk and determine if attendance is acceptable.
  • Upon arrival each morning, we will inquire if your camper has any Covid-19 Symptoms and conduct temperature checks

Campers will not be allowed to participate if they do not bring the screening form with them on day of participation.

 

STAFF:

  • Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group staff have been socially distancing and following CDC guidelines and state regulations. We will continue to do so in order to keep those we teach safe.
  • Camp instructors have received training in their roles and responsibilities as they relate to COVID-19 precautions.

Sustainability and stewardship education for kiddos

Sustainability & stewardship education for kiddos

Summer Sessions

The Salmon Center Farm Stewards Program will be an expanded year-round program with summer and school year components. Farm stewards will get to learn about and interact with all aspects of maintaining a fully functioning, organic, farm and garden that produces fresh fruits and vegetables and includes a flock of poultry along with a mixed herd of llamas, alpacas, and goats. 

During the summer session, Farm Stewards will begin with an introduction to gardening and nutrition and then progress to learning about and experiencing pollinators, wild and domestic animals, mindfulness and creativity, water systems, environmental science and restoration, salmon, and the ways that these topics connect to sustainable agriculture and the environment. After the summer session, stewards will have the opportunity to continue to be a part of farm work and learning at the Salmon Center (throughout the school year); helping with the harvest, being included in the winterizing process and circling back to planning the next season’s garden before starting the summer over again! This twice weekly, Monday and Wednesday, morning program (9 am to 1 pm) will include some field trips off-site but will take place mostly at the Salmon Center in Belfair.
 

Register for the full session or for just one day!