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Farm in the Garden Camp

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Grow. Work. Play. Celebrate.

At Farm in the Garden Camp, we nurture the seeds of stewardship by connecting children to the Garden, our food system, the environment, and one another. 

Camp Philosophy

Farm in the Garden Camp provides time, space and guidance for children to engage in purposeful play in an energizing and kind garden community. Their time in the garden will be spent caring for the plants and animals that sustain us and making good use of the harvest. Participants will plant seedlings, collect eggs, harvest vegetables, go on nature walks, create botanical crafts, and much more! At Farm in the Garden Camp, participants are invited to be part of a community committed to educating and inspiring others. We hope to see you this summer!

SUMMER Farm in the Garden Camp

  • Open to children 4 to 12 years old
  • Sign up for one or multiple weeks
  • Camp runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Group sizes of 10 to 12 children and two educators per group

2023 Summer Camp Session Dates

  1. June 26 - June 30
  2. July 3 - July 7 (no camp on the 4th)
  3. July 10 - July 14
  4. July 17 - July 21
  5. July 24 - July 28
  6. July 3 - Aug. 4
  7. Aug. 7 - Aug. 11
  8. Aug. 14 - Aug. 18

2023 Tiered Tuition

NEW Tiered Pricing! Under our new tiered system, families are asked to select tuition based on their gross annual household income. If your family selects tier 1 or 2, you will be asked to upload an income verification document (i.e. a paystub or a tax return). Regardless of which tier your family selects, all campers will receive the same camp experience. 

A $100 deposit per camper is required upon registration for all tiers. If you need further financial assistance or have questions about the tiered system, please contact campinfo@berkshriebotanical.org.

Tiers

  1. Less than $60,000 gross income — $235 (Member), $275 (Non-Member)

  2. $60,000–$90,999 gross income — $335 (Member), $375 (Non-Member)

  3. No aid requested — $435 (Member), $475 (Non-Member)

Some of the things we do at Farm Camp

  • Feed and care for animals 
  • Plant, harvest, water, and dig in the children’s vegetable garden
  • Play games and hear stories
  • Make botanical creations from things we grow, like balms or natural bug spray
  • Create art from found natural objects
  • Have fun and make new friends!

Registration Dates

  • January 11: BBG Members
  • January 18: General public (space permitting)

 

​​FEBRUARY Farm in the Garden Camp

This February, we invite a small group of campers back to the Garden for fun, friends and outdoor exploration!

  • Tuesday, Feb. 21 through Friday, Feb. 24
  • 9 to 3 p.m. 
  • $350 Members, $375 Non-Members
  • A $100 deposit is required upon registration, with full payment due by Feb. 1, 2023.

APRIL Farm in the Garden Camp

This April, please join us for another four days of fun at the Garden! Activities include starting seeds, prepping garden beds and exploring the gardens!

  • Tuesday, April 18 through Friday, April 21
  • 9 to 3 p.m. 
  • $350 Members, $375 Non-Members
  • A $100 deposit is required upon registration, with full payment due by April 1, 2023.

A Typical Day at Farm in the Garden Camp

  • 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. — Campers arrive
  • 9:15 a.m. — Opening Circle
  • 9:30 a.m. — Farm and garden chores
  • 10 a.m. — Snack
  • 10:15 a.m. — Activity I
  • 11:15 a.m. — Activity II 
  • 12:15 p.m. — Lunch
  • 1 p.m. — Free play or story
  • 1:30 p.m. — Choice Time
  • 2:45 p.m. — Closing Circle of Thanks
  • 3 p.m. — Campers leave for the day
  • Financial Aid

Financial Aid in the form of “Camperships” is available to families who demonstrate a financial need. Applications for Camperships are included in the Health Forms, which are accessible after registering and paying a $100 deposit. If you cannot pay for the deposit and would like to be considered for a full scholarship, please reach out to the camp director by emailing rdurgin@berkshirebotanical.org. Camperships are offered on a first-come, first-serve rolling basis. For questions regarding financial aid, please call the camp director at 413-298-4505. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

A $100 deposit is required upon registration to guarantee a spot in Camp; full payment is due by Feb. 1 for February Day Camp and April 1 for April Day Camp. Full refunds, minus the deposit, can be requested up to seven days before the camp. If a camper or an immediate family member tests positive for COVID-19 before or during camp, BBG will offer to apply the payment to a future BBG program. 

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Help Our Garden Grow!

Your donation helps us to educate and inspire visitors of all ages on the art and science of gardening and the preservation of our environment.

All Donations are 100% tax deductible.