Summer Day Camp

We Grow More than Food

Summer 2023 Coming Soon!

Students entering grades pre-K through 8 have the opportunity to explore farm, field and river environments at Summer Day Camp. Through experiential learning, discovery and play, youth will deepen their connection between food, health and the environment. Our fun hands-on camps take place at Soil Born Farms’ 55-acre American River Ranch located on the beautiful American River Parkway.

Summer Day Camp 2022 Schedule:

Little Sprouts

Campers ages 4–5 have an opportunity to meet the chickens, dig in the dirt, smell herbs and taste fresh fruits and vegetables. Using stories, songs, crafts, and games, our youngest campers will learn about our farm while enjoying playful, fun-filled mornings. Please note: This camp runs from 9–11:30am.
Session Dates:
Session 1: June 21 to 24
Session 2: July 19 to 22

Week in the Life of a Farmer

Discover the connection between the food we grow and the food we eat. Campers will spend four days exploring seeds, preparing garden beds, planting and harvesting produce, learning about environmental stewardship and discovering what plants need to grow healthy and strong. Youth will work in the garden, visit the farm and meet the amazing Soil Born farmers.
Session Dates:
Entering grades 1–3 Session 1: June 28 to July 1
Entering grades 1–3 Session 2: August 2 to 5
Entering grades 4–6: July 12 to 15

Nature Explorers

Explore, play, sing, create and learn at the American River Ranch, along Cordova Creek and at the beautiful American River. Be prepared to hike to different areas along the parkway and discover how our farm and the local waterways work together to sustain dynamic ecosystems.
Session Dates:
Entering grades 1-3: July 26 to 29

Cooks Camp: From Field to Plate

Enjoy the bounty of this land by harvesting, cooking and eating healthy and delicious food inspired by the seasonal produce of our fields. Participants will learn the basics of nutrition, various cooking techniques, knife skills and kitchen safety, explore the farm and meet new friends over shared meals.
Session Dates:
Entering grades 6-8: June 28 to July 1
Entering grades 4-6: July 26 to 29

2022 Summer Day Camp Sessions

Camp Grade (entering) Dates Time
Little Sprouts Ages 4–5 June 21–24 9–11:30am
Week in the Life of a Farmer 1–3 June 28–July 1 8:30am–12:30pm
From Field to Plate 6–8 June 28–July 1 8:30am–12:30pm
Week in the Life of a Farmer 4–6 July 12–15 8:30am–12:30pm
Little Sprouts Ages 4–5 July 19–22 9–11:30am
Nature Explorers 1–3 July 26–29 8:30am–12:30pm
From Field to Plate 4–6 July 26–29 8:30am–12:30pm
Week in the Life of a Farmer 1–3 August 2–5 8:30am–12:30pm

How to Register:

1) Select an available session and pay online.
2) After you pay online, complete the online registration packet >>  Registration is not complete until we receive your packet.
Note: To be added to the waiting list for sold out camps, please contact the youth education team >>

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Cost and FAQ

Early Bird Registration through April 1:
Little Sprouts $120; Cooks Camp $275; All other camps $200

Registration after April 1:
Little Sprouts $140; Cooks Camp $325; All other camps $220

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Soil Born Farms, a non-profit organization, operates with very limited resources and our ability to provide Summer Day Camp scholarships is made possible by Board members, private donors, and those who contribute to the scholarship fund. These funds are very limited and based on the total of paid-in-full registrations. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, download and submit the Scholarship Application >>

More information, contact our youth education team: 916 363-9685 x1009 or email >>