Summer Camps

2019 Summer Camp Registration is open!

Bozeman school locations for 2019 camps, listed below, are still tentative and will be updated once confirmed.

Spend a week in with Gallatin Valley Farm to School this summer at our 2019 garden and cooking camps! Our camps aim to deepen the connection between youth, the food system and the natural world through hands-on cooking, gardening and science activities; games; exploration; farm field trips and more! All camps will include activities in our mobile greenhouse, BOB, the Bozone Ozone Bus. Each session includes a parent celebration and feast at 2:00 pm on the last day of camp for campers to present highlights from the week and share tastes of their homemade snacks.

Incoming Kindergarten & 1st graders

Garden Sprouts Camp

New this Year! Garden Sprouts Camp provides a fun and interactive garden-based summer camp experience for incoming kindergartners and 1st graders. This 3-day camp engages children in discovering where their food comes from through planting and harvesting in the school gardens, bug and soil explorations, games, storytelling, crafts and taste tests of delicious farm fresh foods. These adventurous, curious gardeners and tasters will sprout life-long healthy eating habits and have fun doing it!  

June 17-19 at Irving, Hyalite or Hawthorne School (TBD)

Monday-Wednesday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; Parent celebration on Wednesday at 2:00 pm

Cost: $160

Incoming 1st and 2nd graders

Garden Explorers Camp 

Come explore the mysteries of the garden with us! During the week, campers will discover the natural wonders of the garden and critters living in them. Our camps days will include planting and harvesting,  preparing delicious snacks, playing games, singing, storytelling, garden crafts, and a farm field trip! Each day will have a different theme (bugs, seeds, cooking) to appeal to a wide range of interests in the garden!

Session 1: June 24-28 at Irving, Hyalite or Hawthorne School (TBD)

Session 2: August 12-16 at Irving, Hyalite or Hawthorne School (TBD)

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; Parent celebration on Friday at 2:00 pm

Cost: $250

Incoming 1st – 3rd graders

Garden Chefs Camp 

Our youngest gardeners will learn where food comes from and how to turn it into a delicious meal at our popular Garden Chef Camp! We will spend time in the garden exploring and caring for plants and insects. Each day, we will practice our cooking skills to prepare delicious snacks using the foods we grow in the garden. Campers will learn to be brave and adventurous tasters as we try new foods and play games to learn how we can keep our bodies healthy through the foods we eat and activities we do. Campers will create their own garden journals and recipe books to take home. This session will include a field trip to a local farm where campers will get their hands dirty harvesting local veggies!

July 22-26 at Irving, Hyalite or Hawthorne School (TBD)

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; Parent celebration on Friday at 2:00 pm

Cost: $250

Incoming 3rd – 5th graders

Seed to Snack Camp

Join us in the garden to discover where food comes from through hands-on gardening, cooking and science activities! We will use investigative skills to identify and explore the relationships between insects and plants, create garden-related art projects, learn about the science of plant parts and compost, make garden journals and recipe books, and cook and enjoy a homemade snack every day. Each session will include a field trip to a local farm to help youth experience food production on a larger scale and explore various aspects of the food system, from the seed to our snack!

July 8 – 12 at Irving, Hyalite or Hawthorne School (TBD)

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; Parent celebration on Friday at 2:00 pm

Cost: $250

Sprouting Scientists Camp 

Learn to be a scientist in the garden and kitchen! This camp will explore how science can be used to investigate and improve our gardens, the environment and food through hands-on experiences in our Bozone Ozone Bus mobile greenhouse, school gardens, in our mobile kitchen, and on a farm field trip. Campers will explore the importance of solar energy, water cycles, soil and compost, insect-plant interactions, and biodiversity in our food system and practice using food science principles while experimenting with flavors and combinations to make delicious, homemade snacks throughout the week. Each camper will also have the opportunity to design and implement their own garden-based science experiment! 

July 29 – August 1 at Irving, Hyalite or Hawthorne School (TBD)

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; Parent celebration on Friday at 2:00 pm

Cost: $250

Middle and High School

Our Youth Leader Program gives middle and high school students the opportunity to gain leadership skills while mentoring and teaching younger campers about local food, nutrition, gardening, cooking and environmental sustainability. Youth Leaders will receive training and are expected to attend the full week of the chosen session. While preference will be given to past campers and youth with gardening and cooking knowledge, we are happy to discuss the opportunity with any interested youth. Please email erin@gvfarmtoschool.org for more information about this program.

Details

All camp sessions include an afternoon snack that the campers will prepare themselves. We provide an optional lunch through the summer lunch program, as well.

Our camp instructors are certified in CPR and First Aid and trained to provide a fun and engaging camp experience. The camper to instructor ratio is 4:1.

To Register

Please fill out our registration form below or call 219-7929 to register by phone. Full payment is required upon registration. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Please see payment and scholarship information below. 

Questions? 

Contact erin@gvfarmtoschool.org or 219-7929.

 

Registration & Payment

Registration

Click here to register online.

Payment

Please pay via credit card or make checks payable to Gallatin Valley Farm to School and mail them to PO Box 563, Bozeman, MT 59771.

Scholarships

We offer a limited number of need based scholarships.  Apply for a 2019 scholarship through our scholarship application here.

Scholarship Fund

We strive to make our camps accessible to all families but have a limited scholarship fund. To sponsor a child for summer camp and provide them a week of gardening, cooking, learning and laughter, please click here to make a donation of $250 or any amount of your choice to the scholarship fund. On the donation form, add “Summer Camp Scholarship Fund” as an additional note.  

What folks are saying about Gallatin Valley Farm to School’s Summer Camps: 

“Camp was super-duper fun. You get to do experiments, go on a field trip, try new foods, and pick stuff right from the garden!” – Seed to Snack Camper

“My children walked away with a better understanding of how food from the garden gets to their plates. They learned some fabulous, and HEALTHY, recipes for making snacks and meals from the garden, and they felt empowered to continue preparing healthy food after the camp. Thank you Erin, and the rest of the staff, for creating such a fun, educational and worthwhile experience for my children.” – Seed to Snack Parent
 
She was very proud about the new knowledge she has about bees, environment, food. She refused to eat kale before camp and now she does!” – Seed to Snack Parent
 
“My son is a very picky eater, but he was very excited to try lots of new veggies after learning about them and being around others excited about them.” – Garden Explorers Parent
 
Kids dig veggies  – Bozeman Chronicle Article summer 2015
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