Summer Day Camp

We Grow More than Food

Back for Summer 2023!

This summer, students in grades pre-k through 6th have the opportunity to attend a unique, fun and educational summer day camp at Soil Born Farms’ 55-acre ranch located along the beautiful American River Parkway.

Our day camps provide a wonderful opportunity for youth to make the connection between food, health and the environment. With so much to do in each camp session, youth are guaranteed to find something that peaks their curiosity and gets them excited! Each week, participants will explore garden, field, creek and river environments, get their hands dirty and cook up tasty food. This memorable summer activity for your children has the potential to be life changing! Register for our camps>>

Check out this summer’s offerings:

Farm Camp

Learn how to grow food and flowers, harvest and cook with our culinary team, and explore new spaces with us! Youth will spend the week learning about the American River Ranch and connecting to their food, their health and the environment. In the garden, around the farm, and at the American River, campers will become stewards of the natural world and build a new community of friends. Check out our sample schedule below.
Tuesday – Field and Garden Day
Campers will be oriented to the garden, get their hands dirty, and dig into what the week will be all about.
Wednesday – Farm to Fork Day
Campers will harvest produce from our fields and create delicious recipes with our culinary arts team.
Thursday – Creek and River Exploration
Campers will hike and explore as we adventure through Cordova Creek and the American River Parkway.
Friday – Art and Market Day
Campers will craft and harvest as they prepare their own Farmers Market Party for families and friends to experience.

Session Dates:
Gardeners (campers ages 6-8)
Session 1: June 20 to 23
Session 2: July 18 to 21

Jr. Farmers (campers ages 9-12)
Session 1: June 27 to 30
Session 2: July 25 to 28

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 13 to 16
Session 2: July 11 to 14

Farm Camp 2023 Sessions

Camp Age Dates Time
Little Sprouts 4–5 June 13-16 9–11:30am
Gardeners 6-8 June 20–23 8:30am–1:30pm
Jr. Farmers 9-12 June 27–30 8:30am–1:30pm
Little Sprouts 4-5 July 11–14 9–11:30am
Gardeners 6-8 July 18–21 8:30am–1:30pm
Jr. Farmers 9-12 July 25–28 8:30am–1:30pm

New! Saturday Kids Adventures

This summer we are excited to offer single day kids adventures on Saturday mornings! These are perfect for kids who want to enjoy the farm but have packed summer schedules. We will spend our mornings harvesting in the garden, crafting with plants or out adventuring along the parkway. Mixed age experiences for campers ages 6-11.

Creek and River Exploration
Join us for a morning at Cordova Creek! Kids will learn all about water, beavers and birds as they discover this special natural resource.
June 24 or July 15

Kids in the Garden
Planting seeds, harvesting tomatoes, and getting your hands dirty – what could be more fun?! Spend your morning with us in the garden as we play, sing, eat and harvest. Campers will end the day creating a farm fresh bouquet.
July 1 or July 22

Art and Nature
Explore the intersection of art and the garden where beauty abounds! Participants will spend their morning creating with the colorful, natural materials that the garden has to offer.
July 8 or July 29

Saturday Kids Adventure Sessions

Theme Age Date Time
Creek and River Exploration 6-11 June 24 8:30–11:30am
Kids in the Garden 6-11 July 1 8:30–11:30am
Art and Nature 6-11 July 8 8:30–11:30am
Creek and River Exploration 6-11 July 15 8:30–11:30am
Kids in the Garden 6-11 July 22 8:30–11:30am
Art and Nature 6-11 July 29 8:30–11:30am

How to Register:

1) Select an available session and pay online.
2) After you pay online, complete the online camper info 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 at >>

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Cost and FAQ

Registration opens February 16th:
Little Sprouts $150; Farm Camps $275; Saturday Kids Adventures $30

Download Summer Day Camp FAQ >>


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 us at >>