Children/youth ages 6-11 (grades 1-5) are welcome on this journey of wildcrafting and survival skills rooted in the ethic of the Honorable Harvest - an ancient agreement with the Earth through which we are accountable to the needs of the natural world in order to meet our own.
We will be exploring and tending to the magical land at Jean’s Farm in SE Portland (from this land flow seven sacred springs), cultivating forest, garden, kitchen, healing and social skills. Each day, meaningful crafting will be accompanied by the wonder of mythological storytelling, the nourishment of simple whole foods harvested and prepared on-site,** and the whimsy of free time in the forest.
Morning drop-off is any time between 8-9am, afternoon pick-up any time between 2-3pm. It is recommended that younger children have a shorter day, however we also want to support working parents by offering some flexibility. Please do not arrive after 9am. At this time each morning we will open with a Thanksgiving Address which is very important for each child to attend. Please scroll down to register and for details about the daily and weekly rhythm of camp.
About the Teachers
Kelly Hogan currently directs an environmental education and sustainability program (the LivingLAB) at the Portland Waldorf School, and is a field trip program coordinator for Jean’s Farm. Formerly the director, co-founder and preschool teacher of Mother Earth School, Kelly has dedicated her career to nature immersion education, nature-based curriculum development (for all ages), storytelling, rite of passage & nature mentorship, social justice advocacy, survival & homesteading skills and citizen science. A mother of two teenagers and a Waldorf-trained educator, Kelly has been teaching outdoors in the Pacific Northwest since 2007.
Lena Moon is a life-long children’s mentor and former herbal apprentice to Kate Gilday (renowned herbalist and owner of the premier herbal products company, Woodland Essence). Versed in the intuitive and deep listening practices that tending and honorably harvesting from among our wild treasures entails, Lena is a flower essence practitioner and has worked with both plants and people for over a decade. She is thrilled to be combining her passions for outdoor childhood education, song, reverence for the wild, and plant medicine in this truly inspiring week-long camp.
With respect for indigenous peoples who have been violently displaced from most of their original territories, and who may not have access to the kinds of natural spaces on which my settler ancestry has afforded me the privilege to teach, $50 of every camp registration will be donated to the indigenous youth summer programming of Kawerak, Inc.
Kawerak contracts with the state and federal government to provide services to residents of the Bering Strait Region, 75% of whom are Eskimo, Aleut or American Indian, descent. Kawerak’s organizational goal is to assist Alaska Native people and their governing bodies to take control of their future. With programs ranging from education to transportation, and natural resource management to economic development, Kawerak seeks to improve the Region’s social, economic, educational, cultural and political conditions.