KIDS HERB CAMP

2024

Kids Herb camp

Dates TBD 2024
9 am-3 pm
Ages 5-8 year olds
Cost: $325

 

While using all 5 senses, students (ages 5-8) will learn about plant identification, herbs and their uses, and planting, growing and harvesting herbs. Children will explore the native species in the land around them. They will enjoy games, activities and crafts that help them learn to identify and use 5-10 herbs. Children will practice observing (noticing, naming), harvesting (collecting information or plant material), sharing (stories, skills, crafts) and serving (sowing seeds, practicing gratitude, tending or planting trees/plants).

 

SKILLS

  • WILDCRAFTING – Identifying and gathering wild herbs,
  • PLANT IDENTIFICATION – Identifying plants, types of leaves and stems
  • PRIMITIVE SKILLS – Fire starting and tending
  • HERBAL SKILLS – making herbal salves and teas
  • OTHER SKILLS – Nature journaling, natural crafts, planting and harvesting plants

Basic Daily Rhythm:

9 – Gathering Circle – Welcome each other and explore the theme of the day
10 – Plant/Nature Walk – Explore nature purposefully
10:45 – Herb Craft/Art – Explore through creativity
11:30 – Lunch/Storytime – Give thanks and enjoy food and stories
12:00 – Free Play
12:30 – Nature Journaling – Contemplate, draw or write observations.
1:15 – Learn/Explore Stations – Practice awareness, explore, create, integrate
2: 15 – Group Game – Play community games
2:45 – Farewell Circle – Share highlights of the day, make connections, clean up camp

What to bring to camp

Please pack your child with the following daily:

  • Backpack your child can carry comfortably

  • Swimsuit

  • Sun hat or baseball hat

  • Natural bug repellent and sunscreen

  • Towel

  • Lunch

  • Snack x2

  • Water bottle

  • Rain gear, head to toe (muddy buddy)

  • Waterproof shoes or sandals

  • Extra set of clothes

  • Layers–always have a fleece or thin jacket packed

  • Wear closed toed shoes/boots and clothes that can get dirty! Close toed sandals are great.

    ** Please put child’s name on all items
    **We are outside in all weather conditions

Rachel Raggio

Rachel is a mom, teacher, herbalist and lover of nature. She has always loved exploring and discovering the world around her. As a lifelong learner herself, she desires to help children maintain their curiosity and thirst for knowledge. She is able to integrate her love of outdoor education, herbalism and gardening in her current role as a teacher in an alternative school. She spends her summers with her children, growing their own vegetables and working with a local organic farm. Rachel has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in STEM Education. She studied herbalism with David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies.

Silke Casken

I am a geographer and aspiring homesteader with a passion for holistic farming methods and lifestyles. For many years I have enjoyed working on different organic farms and diving into permaculture principles. In 2010 I earned a Master of Science in geography and began teaching critical geographies to young adults. Inspired by the simple pleasure of teaching and simultaneously learning about the very foundation of life while farming, my desire grew to teach younger students in a compassionate and nature based setting. Since moving to Vermont from Germany in 2020 I have been working as an assistant teacher at AllTogetherNow! a pre-school in East Montpelier and in May 2023 I will be a graduate of the Outdoor Educator Training at ReTribe forest school in Underhill. I am a graduate of Whole Systems Design permaculture design course.

All camps take place on our permaculture farmstead in Rochester, Vermont.
Contact us at erica@wholesystemshealthvt.org with any additional questions.