Strengthening the Agriculture Connection

Jefferson Farm and Garden to host summer camps

Jefferson Farm and Garden will host three summer camps for kids throughout the month of June, each with a focus on life on the farm.

Participants will learn through games, crafts, animal interactions and hands-on activities. There will be numerous outdoor activities as well, including hiking, gardening and pond exploration. The goal of the weeklong camps is to strengthen the connection to agriculture by helping kids understand where their food and fiber comes from.

“These farm camps will be unforgettable experiences,” said Amy Dooley, director of Jefferson Farm and Garden. “Our goal is to make sure campers have the time of their lives. Campers won’t even realize how much they are learning each day because our activities are presented in a very fun, creative and adventurous way.”

The first camp, Munch, Crunch, Grow Your Lunch, will run from June 5-9 and will be for kids ages 6-7. Participants will learn more about crops, critters, vegetable gardens and pollinators. The camp will include a harvest of seasonal produce to take home, too.

Campers will be able to interact with nature in a number of ways during the Jefferson Farm and Garden summer camps.Campers will be able to interact with nature in a number of ways during the Jefferson Farm and Garden summer camps.

The second camp, Wild, Wild West, will be June 12-16 for kids ages 8-9. This camp will focus on how pioneers and early settlers lived during the era of the old west. There will be an emphasis on livestock and why they were important during this time period.

The final camp, Eco-Explorers, features the entire ecosystem, from soil to plants to animals. This camp will be from June 19-23 for kids ages 10-12. The camp will include a fishing expedition at the Jefferson pond.

“During these fun-filled weeks, campers will definitely create memories that last a lifetime,” Dooley said.

Early-bird registration is $90 and lasts until Monday, May 15. Regular registration is $115 and will run from Tuesday, May 16, until four days before the start of each camp. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. There is an opportunity for before- and after-camp care. Before-camp care goes from 8-8:50 a.m. After-camp care runs from 3:15-5 p.m. The cost is $30 for the week and covers before- and after-camp care. A free T-shirt will be given to each paid participant.

Each camper needs to bring a non-refrigerated sack lunch, water bottle and sunscreen. They should wear comfortable, cool clothes that can get wet or dirty and tennis shoes or other close-toed shoes.

For a complete list of frequently asked questions, or to register for one of the camps, please visit the registration page. For more information, contact Dooley at 573-239-6134 or dooleyam@missouri.edu.

Jefferson Farm and Garden is part of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers. Jefferson is located at 4800 E. New Haven Road in Columbia, Mo.