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  • We engage the whole child in the life of our farm: we engage hands with meaningful work; we engage the head through stories and inquiry-based lessons; and the heart through relationships with animals, plants and the natural world.
  • Campers learn where food comes from through hands-on experiences with our organic farm. Kids are not only encouraged to try fresh, healthy foods, but to consider the impact their food choices have on the environment.
  • Each day is designed to balance time for free play and exploration with time for structured, age-appropriate activities. This balance provides campers with opportunities to develop creativity, curiosity, and independence.
  • Campers build respectful, caring relationships with animals - including our worms, bees, ducks, chickens, pigs, goats, horse, and cows - as well as each other. With this in mind, activities are designed to emphasize cooperation and team-building rather than competition.

    What will my child do during Angelic Organics Learning Center day camps?

    Milking goats, feeding the horse, holding chickens, harvesting tomatoes, hiking to the creek, playing pig trivia, creating a veggie sculpture, making pizza in our cob oven: these are some of the things you might find your child doing at day camp. Activities vary according to the week, but each day has a similar schedule, which includes opening and closing circles and animal chores. The following is an example of a typical day camp schedule:

    • 8:45 to 9:00 am: Check-in timeBoys learn to make cheese.
    • 9:00-9:30 am: Opening circle, including warm-up activities and a review of the day's schedule
    • 9:30-10:00am: Animal chores 
    • 10:00-10:30am: Snack break and free time
    • 10:30-12:00pm: Morning activity session, varies depending on theme for the week
    • 12:00-1:00pm: Lunch and free play
    • 1:00-2:15pm: Afternoon activity session 
    • 2:15-2:45pm: Animal chores
    • 2:45pm-3:00pm: Closing Circle, including time for reflection on the day and reminders for tomorrow
    • 2:55-3:05pm: Check-out time 

    When are camps available?

    • Kids with Kids, our spring break camp, is typically offered during local school spring breaks. 
    • Summer day camps are offered from the second week of June until the third week of August each year.

     Check out our calendar for information about specific camps and programs. 

     How long are summer day camps?Girl with veggie sculpture

    • Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm each day.

    Extended care may be offered during day camp weeks so camper can be dropped off as early as 7:45am, and picked up as late as 5:30pm. See each camp's registration page to find out if extended care is offered.

    During the summer, we invite family members to join us for the last ½ hour of camp. This gives the kids a chance to share what they have learned during the week.

    If I sign my child up for more than one week, will they learn different things?

    Yes! While our basic schedule (including animal chores, breaks for snack and lunch, and opening and closing circle) stays the same each week, the core activities of camp vary depending on the weekly theme. Feel free to email if you have questions about activities or themes.

    Who will teach my kids?

    April Morris is our Summer Farm Camp Leader for 2015. A graduate of Northland College, April has years of experience educating people about food, farming, and the outdoors, including most recently, roles at Growing Home and Mooseheart School. She worked at Angelic Organics Farm and Angelic Organics Learning Center from 2008-2014, and returns to our staff for the 2015 season.

    April works with our fantastic team of On-Farm Educators, who work part-time for the Learning Center year-round. Our educators draw from decades of combined experience with in food, farming and education, as well as a contagious passion for connecting people with the earth. Read more about our On-Farm Educators here. Our full-time program assistant also supports day camps and our program director supervises the entire camp.  

    What should we bring each day?
    • Dress to get dirty!
    • A hearty snack and a healthy, low-waste lunch
    • Water bottle
    • Close-toed shoes (no sandals!)
    • Be prepared for the weather! Depending on the day, you might want: rubber boots and a rain jacket; long pants, long sleeves and insect repellent for hiking through the woods; a sun hat and sunscreen; and/or a swimsuit and towel for running through the sprinkler or playing in the creek.

      What if my child has special needs (including food allergies)?

      Please let us know about special needs and dietary restrictions in advance by filling out the Day Camper Information Form. If your child has special needs, you’re also welcome to contact us directly by calling 815-389-8455 or emailing to discuss accommodations. 

      If your child has food allergies, please let us know in advance so we can make accomadations to cooking projects. However, our common cooking space and workshop area regularly processes eggs, goat's milk, and goat cheese, and there are no restrictions on other types of food prepared in the space. 

      What are my options if my family is coming from out of town for camp?

      Check out our off-site accomodations page for campsites and hotels in the area.

      If you choose to stay at the Learning Center for the day, here are some options:

      • Hike, bike, read, or picnic in our 70 acres of woods across the street.
      • We have a beautiful community loft for socializing, working (wireless internet is available), or just relaxing.
      • We don't ask or recommend that parents stay with their children during day camp, except in special circumstances. With advance notice, we can provide an opportunity for you to volunteer with your child’s group for the day. All adults working with young children are subject to a background check.

      Can't find the answers you're looking for? Email or call 815-389-8455.