Kids watering plants in the Edible Academy

Edible Academy Programs

Hands-On Gardening Activities in the Edible Academy

Children are invited to roll up their sleeves and help tend the gardens. Dig in the soil, sow seeds, water the seedlings, and harvest ripe produce. Each season offers new themes to investigate through hands-on activities and take-home projects.

Children's Gardening Program

Spring session begins April 4, 2020

Offered in the spring, summer, fall, and winter kids ages 3–12 plant, tend, and harvest vegetables, and are taught lessons on gardening topics from beans to worms.

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A child and his father spraying garden beds with waterSprouts offers a hands-on introduction to the fun of planting and harvesting. Accompanied by a parent or guardian, children ages 3–5 experience nature up close as they explore the garden, dig for worms, and make crafts. Please note: One adult must attend; no infants, toddlers, or older siblings. Programs run rain or shine.

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Photo of a student in the Children's Gardening Program, ECAGIn Crafters, kids ages 6–12 plant a garden with tasty vegetables, fresh herbs, and beautiful flowers, and then take home organic produce harvested from their very own garden plot! Seasonal themes and activities enhance the experience. Programs run rain or shine.

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Spring Break Camp

The Edible Academy is the place to be for kids on Spring Break! Our day camps offer playful and educational opportunities for children Grades K–5.

Camps will run concurrent sessions by age groups. Using separate spaces and instructors, groups will have the weekly topic tailored specifically for their age and learning level.

Two children exploring a plant with microscopes.

April 13–17, 2020

9 a.m.–4 p.m.*
Weekly: $300 Non-Member | $275 Member

*Early drop-off (8 a.m.), late pick-up (5 p.m.), and extended pick-up (until 6 p.m.) available. Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $15 per morning or afternoon, and $30 for extended pick-up.
Late fees apply if children are picked up after their designated checkout time.

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April 13–17, 2020

Dig in to the spring season! Using the Edible Academy’s greenhouse and gardens, campers will investigate plant growth, learn all about vegetables, and engage in hands-on, garden-focused art, science, and craft activities.

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Summer Art, Sustainability, and Culinary Camps

Weeklong camps at the beautiful Edible Academy campus! Choose from three different day camps that use the Garden as inspiration for art projects, environmental stewardship, or culinary innovation!

Camps will run concurrent sessions by age groups. Using separate spaces and instructors, groups will have the weekly topic tailored specifically for their age and learning level.

Campers learning about vegetables.

Session 1: July 6–24, 2020
Session 2: August 3–21, 2020

9 a.m.–3 p.m.*
Weekly: $350 Non-Member | $315 Member
3-Week Summer Session: Save 10% when you register for all 3 weeks! Use code EASU20 at checkout.

*Early drop-off (8 a.m.), late pick-up (5 p.m.), and extended pick-up (until 6 p.m.) available. Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $15 per morning or afternoon, and $30 for extended pick-up.
Late fees apply if children are picked up after their designated checkout time.

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July 6–10, 2020
August 3–7, 2020

Whether you are a “top chef” or a beginner in the kitchen, sharpen your skills in a weeklong culinary camp! Chop, measure, and flavor produce harvested from the garden in creative recipes both healthful and delicious. Younger campers will learn the basics of new culinary techniques as they make, sample, and share a suite of age-appropriate recipes. Older campers have the opportunity to develop advanced culinary skills and develop recipe inventions of their own.

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July 13–17, 2020
August 10–14, 2020

Are you a garden steward? Explore the fun of a good green life—from living roofs to pollinator-friendly plants to organic gardening techniques. Inspired by the Edible Academy campus’ green technology, campers will dig into composting in an exploration of cycles and ecosystems, and investigate how the sun powers people, plants, and animals. Younger campers explore sustainability through hands-on activities. Older campers use these activities to dive deeper into environmental stewardship.

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July 20–24, 2020
August 17–21, 2020

Calling all budding artists to paint, craft, and create in the garden! Younger campers explore the shapes, colors, and textures of the outdoors to make art inspired by nature at the beautiful Edible Academy campus. Older artists learn about art and artists inspired by nature, build curiosity and self-confidence in creative self-expression.

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