Summer Farm Camp at the Sauvie Island Center Presented by Providence Health & Services.

Boys like edible flowers tooAs we close the books on another summer of Farm Camp, we are so grateful for our sponsors and volunteers. Thanks to them more than 100 kids had the chance to spend an entire week exploring the farm and connecting with the food they eat. We think this quote from one camper’s mom sums it up nicely:

“My son Ian is a *changed boy*!  He has willingly and joyfully been eating salad, picked and ate a nasturtium the other day, and is planning recipes he would have never otherwise considered.”

-Kirsten K., Mother of Farm Camper

Check back in early next year for all the details on 2017 Farm Camp.


Farm Camp allows children to spend the week exploring the 18-acre Sauvie Island Organics farm and adjacent grounds of Metro’s Howell Territorial Park. Each day at camp is a new adventure, focusing on one area of the Sauvie Island Center curriculum, including: Healthy Soils, Plant Parts, Seed to Harvest, Wildlife and the Food Web, and the Pollination Station.

Sauvie Island Center’s education staff will guide campers through exploration activities and a daily nature journal exercise.  In addition, campers will gather produce from our Grow Lunch Garden and use their harvest to prepare fresh, tasty supplements to their own sack lunches.  One day each week will  be set aside for special meal, which we’ll prepare with fresh, organic veggies that we harvest from the farm.  A local chef will join in the fun, showing kids that eating and cooking with fresh, NW veggies can be easy, tasty and fun!portland_moms blog circle_logo

Other activities include nature-themed arts and crafts projects and group games.  Farm camp is an outdoor experience. Children will be outside all day, everyday soaking up the fresh air and sunshine.

We are grateful for the support of Providence Health & Services, our 2016 Presenting Sponsor.  Providence Health & Services in Oregon is a not-for-profit Catholic network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and affiliated services guided by a Mission of caring that the Sisters of Providence began in the West nearly 160 years ago

Additional support for Farm Camp has been generously provided by Portland Moms Blog – a community online and off – raising kids in the Portland Metro area.

2016 Camp Schedule and Registration Links

July 5th – 8th – Sauvie Island Center will kick off the camp season with a four-day week for children entering grades 1-5 in the fall. Campers will be divided into two groups by age.

website-circles-4Campers will need to be dropped off and picked up at Howell Territorial Park.  We can help to connect parents who are interested in carpooling. You can also use Group Carpool.  You can register and pay online here or download a paper application to mail in with payment.  Camp runs from 9:30 – 3:00 each day and the cost is $175 per camper.

From July 11th through August 12th our camps will be offered through partnerships with local schools and community centers. See details below. These weeks of camp will include all of the same activities as the first week. The only differences are the registration process, fees and transportation.  Register for these camps directly through the partners (links below). Also, during these five weeks of camp transportation to and from the farm will be provided by the partner organization.

July 11th – 15th – Register through Oregon Episcopal School.

July 18th – 22nd  – Register through Catlin Gabel

July 25th – 29th – Peninsula Park Community Center (FULL)

August 1st – 5th – Cesar Chavez Community Center  (offered exclusively to SUN School participants)

August 8th – 12 –  Week two with Oregon Episcopal School