Urban Roots’ Farm Camp programs are outdoor garden-based week-long day camps designed to inspire excitement for learning. Farm Camp programs coincide with the Washoe County School District (Northern Nevada) breaks. During 35 hours in the outdoors, campers ages 5-15 delve into the basics of plant biology, animal care, and nutrition while planting, tending, harvesting, and tasting food straight from the garden. Children leave camp with a deeper connection to their food, an appreciation for their community, and a wide-range of new experiences, skills, and friends.
This past summer, our Farm Camp programs provided an immersive experience for 429 children ages 5-15, 21% of which received tuition assistance through our scholarship program.
Haws donated reusable water bottles to help promote healthy hydration choices for children who left camp with a memento of their time at the Urban Roots Teaching Farm and were fully hydrated during each of their days at our summer-season Farm Camp. The water bottles provided a tangible lesson for environmental stewardship (reusable bottles vs. disposable), and, as an additional benefit, parents of students who received the water bottles reported that their children also pack the water bottles in their backpacks for school and continue to use them to this day!