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  Registration for 2017  IS OPEN !

SUMMER CAMPS                      2017

SUMMER FIELD STUDIES  DAY CAMP    

[for those entering grades 2-6]

This full-day program takes kids beyond the garden for up-close and personal interactions with the wild and wonderful natural world. They develop stronger sense of how humans are connected to the earth, to our food, and to our community.

Mornings in the Garden      Full-day campers will spend the mornings in the playful, informal setting of our gardens, learning about the life cycle of plants and how they grow, preparing the soil, planting seedlings, and caring for the garden. We’ll help worms turn food scraps into rich compost, discover how plants turn the sun’s energy into food, and explore the garden with our taste buds, preparing healthy and delicious snacks.

Afternoon Field Studies    In the afternoon, the group heads into the field, to explore the rivers, wetlands, forest ecosystems, rock formations, wildflowers and wild edibles, and even the kitchens and farms of Gunnison Valley with resident expert guest guides (see schedule below). We will travel by bike, hiking, and in vans.


Every day of camp brings new adventures in field studies, earth science, botany, cooperative games, literacy, nature-based arts and crafts, water play, and fresh, garden snacks.  Our hands-on, minds-on, child-centered approach to teaching provide safe, fun, and rich learning environment. 


  1. *Family Planning Note: Each year, our camps follow new weekly themes to give returning campers a well-rounded and engaging experience.  Each day of the week, the lessons, activities, and field trip schedule are unique. Registration is a la carte to allow families the most flexibility.  That way, if your child is very interested in that week’s theme, or if you’re here for two weeks or a month, your child can come both days in one week and have a new lesson, activity, and experience each day.  Full-summer registrants are encouraged to choose either Mondays or Wednesdays and come each week all summer long

 
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JUNIOR COUNSELOR PROGRAM  
Do you like working with kids? Digging in the dirt? Eating fresh food?
If you are 13-17 years old, you may apply to be a Roots & Shoots junior counselor.  You’ll work with counselors and campers, and learn to be team members as you take on responsibility and leadership roles. JCs should be interested in improving their skills and strengths, working with children, learning organic food growing techniques. JCs will learn a basic understanding of group management, program planning, CPR / First Aid, leadership skills, and a basic knowledge of high-altitude organic food growing techniques.     contact us >mailto:info@mountainrootsfoodproject.org?subject=Junior%20Counselorshapeimage_10_link_0

SUMMER FIELD STUDIES - WEEKLY THEMES, FIELD TRIPS, and GUESTS 2017




Earth’s Super Heroes   June 19 - June 23

Did you know that you have the power to change the world? The little things we do can have a HUGE impact. From protecting the air you breathe to lowering the amount of emissions your family emits, it all makes a difference! This week’s theme will be all about the wonderful world around us, the creatures that inhabit it and what YOU can do to make it a better place for everyone.



Herbs Galore   June 26 - June 30

Herbs delight the senses and this week is all about learning both the ancient and modern uses of herbs in both cooking and aromatherapy.   Campers will help tend/create an herb spiral for the garden.  They will also plant a small herb garden of their own to take home and watch grow. 


Nature Connection  July 3 - July 7  (no camp July 4)

In camp this week we will explore our surroundings through games and story, heightening our senses to fully experience our environment. We will discover how mindfulness and yoga can help our awareness of our body and its connection with nature and life all around us. Listening for the sounds of nature…smelling the unique scents of the outdoors. Our taste and touch will help sharpen our sensory awareness, and our keen observations will take in the ever-changing backdrop of life on in the mountains.


The Natural Artist July 10 - July 14

Nature is art and art is natural. Come find how nature speaks to you using various art mediums. Paint with vegetables, create natural brushes, and make hand-dipped candles using beeswax.  Let your imagination run wild as we get crafty with natural items and an assortment of recycled materials Join this camp to claim your seat in Mother Nature’s art room!



Water Week:  “Watershed Wisdom”  July 17 - July 21

Come and explore the local watershed of the Gunnison Valley.  A field trip will take us to where the watershed begins up Paradise Divide and take us all the way to the Blue Mesa where Gunnison rivers and streams come together.  Scientific investigations of ponds and streams located close to the garden will also be explored, and there may even be a sighting from an expert fly-fisher(wo)man!.  Underwritten by the Upper Gunnison Conservation District.


Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties  July 24 - July 28

This is the ultimate fort-building themed week of camp.  Explore the many ways to construct shelters using sticks, branches, living walls, and beyond. Build forts, nests and boroughs while learning about how animals make their homes as well. From beehives to birdhouses—draw inspiration from the natural world and design your own shelters, shacks, and shanties!



Sheep and Goats, Cheese and Wool   July 31 - Aug 4

Visits to local farms and ranches get kids up close and personal with common farm animals - we’ll meet chickens, pigs, sheep, goats, ducks, turkeys, and more.  We’ll explore the process of turning milk into cheese and how the fleece of a sheep becomes wool... then try our hand at artisan cheesemaking and carding, spinning and felting with wool into beautiful and cozy items.


Where There Be Dragons   Aug 7 - Aug 11

Fairies, nixies, gnomes, trolls and yes.... dragons!  We immerse ourselves in the magical world of the forest and enrich the days with storytelling, songs, poetry, crafts, fairy houses, dragon’s lairs, and free time to explore and play in nature.  Nature connection and appreciation will be inspired through an immersion into the forest and its inhabitants. 


Gourmet Gatherings  Aug 14 - Aug 18

Gather wild treats from the forest, garden, and fields! We will explore gathering edible mushrooms and wild herbs, and experiment with delectable recipes from your foraging bounty. Produce from the garden and local farm stand will supplement what we find.  This will be a fun week of exploring, gathering, and celebrating in feast.



Jam On & Pickle It!  Aug 21 - Aug 25

This is our classic farm to table cooking week, and this year’s theme will be all about harvesting and food preservation.  We will learn to make delicious jams and pickles, cheeses, sauces, dips and spreads,  soups and bread – all using ingredients harvested from Mountain Roots gardens and farm as well as other local farm fare.  This week is all about celebration of the harvest – and we would love to share it with you! Fun and delicious!




  1. *Continue your experience with our  Kids Cook! after school classes:

   Fall           Farm to Fork:  September 6- Oct 25

   Winter     Baker’s Delight:  Jan - Mid-March 

   Spring     Theme TBD    Mid- March   through  May



The Roots & Shoots program would not be possible without the dedicated support and energy from the Mountain Roots Food Project. Their knowledge manifests in every lesson, every day, every week. Certain weekly themes are augmented by guides and experts from the following partnering organizations:  US Forest Service, Black Canyon Audubon, Parker Pastures, Coal Creek Watershed Coalition, Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, Rocky Mountain Trees, Mountain Oven Organic Bakery, Mountain Earth Organic Grocer, Gunnison Vitamin And Health, RoShamBo, The Sunflower, and more. The expertise from these partnering organizations brings incomparable dimensions to Roots & Shoots Summer Field Studies. Thank you to the support from this incredible community.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 UNDERWRITERS

About our Staff


Camps are led by mature, experienced, and passionate leaders who are enthusiastic have the right blend of knowledge of organic growing, a commitment to environmental stewardship, and experience working with children and outdoor education.

All of our staff members undergo training that focuses on safety, healthy child development, environmental appreciation/education and program management. All leaders are certified in CPR / First Aid. All staff members over the age of 18 are screened using local police criminal record checks. All camp programs are planned under the direction of certified teachers, master gardeners, and recreational professionals.

 

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SUMMER EXPERIENCES  at GCS and CBCS

for grades K-8  |  FREE to residents


Through a partnership with Gunnison Watershed RE1J School District, we are please to offer unique, free, environmental education experiences for elementary and middle schoolers.

In its third year, the Summer Experiences program offers a wide variety of programs where students of all ages can explore activities they don’t get during the regular academic year.  Summer Experiences is FREE to Gunnison Valley residents and offered in both Crested Butte and Gunnison. 

Mountain Roots has partnered with the district to offer six weeks of Environmental Education opportunities. Elementary kids in the program can choose Garden as one of their morning activity blocks.

Each camp combines field experiences with academic learning to explore the relationship between humans and our environments.

 


FARM TO MARKET SPECIALTY CAMP

[a one-week camp for kids entering grades 4-8]

It’s harvest time!

The abundant produce in our gardens ripens in August, and kids in this camp will have a chance to harvest everything from carrots and beets, lettuces and herbs, to beans, squash, quinoa, and corn. We’ll visit a farm stand to add juicy summer berries and fruits to our basket. Then, we’ll head to the kitchen to cook up delicious recipes - such as salsas, pickles and jams, frittattas, sun-oven roasted potatoes, baked goods, butters, pies, and more.

The goal is to create enough delicious foods to stock and run a KIDS’ FARM STAND on Friday. 

During the week we will have a chance to learn about a diverse spectrum of agriculture–organic dairy, artisan cheese making, beekeeping, vegetable and herb growing, as well as pastured livestock for wool and meat production.

 

2017 SUMMER PROGRAMS

quick links for registration

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Morning Garden

[parent-toddler weekly class]

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Dig, Plant, Grow!  1/2 Day Camp

[gr. K-1-2]

Crested Butte   |    Gunnison

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Experiences Afternoons

[gr. K-5] ____________________________


Summer Field Studies Day Camp  [gr. 2-6] 

Crested Butte Gunnison

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Farm to Market Specialty Camp

[ages 10 & up]

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Tween & Teen Farm Overnights

[middle school]  through your school

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Youth Garden Leaders

[ juniors / seniors only]


CRESTED BUTTE

Mondays & Wednesdays

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

$45 / day

a la carte registration

Register CB >



SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE  more info >

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CRESTED BUTTE 

offered

July 31- Aug 4   M-F    9:00 - 3:00

August  7 -11    M-F    9:00 - 3:00


$225 / week

Register now >

Spaces are limited and these camps fill quickly.

Register early.

BECOME A MEMBER, GET 10% OFF YOUR REGISTRATION

GUNNISON

Fridays

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

$40 / day     

a la carte registration

Register Gunnison >


TWEEN & TEEN FARM OVERNIGHTS

JUNE 29                JULY 13

New for 2017.  This program is FREE, offered through your school.

Spend a day and a night with old friends or new, hiking in the canyon, touring a working farm, hugging baby goats, having crazy mud wars, cooking over an open fire, slacklining across a stream, learning outdoor survival skills, camping under the stars, and more.

We’ll leave Gunnison at 1pm on Thursday, pick up in Crested Butte at 1:30, then head over Kebler pass to the North Fork Valley.  Upon arrival at the farm,  we’ll take a tour of the farm to meet the farmers and the animals, and set up camp.  Then, be prepared for a little craziness, whether it’s a mud war, an instagram challenge, or ... ?  who knows ?  At sunset, we’ll build a campfire and you’ll  learn how to prepare and cook nutritious, seasonal, farm-fresh food on cook stoves or over an open fire.

The magic on a farm begins early as roosters crow at sunrise and the farm comes to life. Everyone will participate in morning chores, chosen and led by the farmer and their farmhands, which could include gathering eggs, milking cows, feeding animals, tending crops, and so on, and a group project on the farm. A team-building activity rounds out the trip. We return to Crested Butte by 2 pm and Gunnison by 2:30 pm on Friday.

Outdoor adventure, independence, service learning, and leadership are at the core of this camp. Teens build self-confidence, leadership potential, peer cooperation, and form lasting friendships.                                   


THIS PROGRAM IS OFFERED TO LOCALS ONLY THROUGH THE GUNNISON WATERSHED SCHOOL DISTRICT SUMMER EXPERIENCE PROGRAM.  PLEASE REGISTER THROUGH YOUR SCHOOL.  LIMITED SPACES, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.


 

CRESTED BUTTE

Wednesdays  9 am - 1 pm

June 19 - Aug 23

$35 /day

Register CB >


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GUNNISON

Fridays 9 am - 12 pm

June 23 - Aug 25

$30 /day

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DIG, PLANT, GROW!  1/2 DAY CAMP   |  entering K-1-2


What does it take to make a seed sprout? A garden grow? Roll up your sleeves, grab a trowel, and come learn about the magic that happens when you combine seeds, sun, soil, water, worms, and a little love. Plant seeds, harvest fresh vegetables, and observe the interesting insects that help our garden grow. Create beautiful portable gardens, fairy houses and artwork; make tasty recipes, sing songs, play games, and explore what grows in the forest, fields and wetlands around us!
 

CRESTED BUTTE

Tuesdays & Thursdays  12 pm - 3 pm

June 27 - July 25  (4 weeks only)


* register through the Trailhead Children’s Museum for one or both days

GUNNISON MIDDLE SCHOOL

EXPERIENCES


Farm to Table Cooking Class

Mon- Thurs  12:00 - 3:30

Session II   

July 17-20

July 24-27


Register through Gunnison Community School. 970-641-7710.

CRESTED BUTTE ELEMENTARY

EXPERIENCES

Tues / Thurs  9 a.m. -12 noon   

June 28 - July 28  ( 5 weeks )

Register through Crested Butte Community School. 970-641-7720.


EXPERIENCES AFTERNOONS

In partnership with the Trailhead Children’s Museum, we are offering afternoon programming on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Experiences.

Tuesdays with Mountain Roots

Thursdays with the Trailhead.

Sign up for one day or both each week.


register through the Trailhead >

GUNNISON ELEMENTARY

EXPERIENCES

Mon - Thurs  8:30 -11:30 a.m.

Session I      June 12 - 30  (3 weeks)

Session II     July 10-28   (3 weeks)


                      MORNING GARDEN   |  parent / toddler class


Morning Garden is your young child's first introduction to the garden.  The gardens are a safe and nurturing environment where young children and their parents enjoy a rhythmic morning of songs, movement, outdoor play, garden time, snack, and conversation. Parents learn from each other, sharing life experiences and insights, while modeling for the children the joy of being in the garden, working among the plants and animals, and engaging in meaningful activity. We celebrate and cultivate the joy of discovery, exploring worms, soil, seeds, plants, bugs, birds, trees, and water -- all of the outdoor world  -- with our five senses. The Morning Garden program is an opportunity to slow down, enjoy our children and each other, and bring a precious moment of peace into our lives.

CRESTED BUTTE   Mondays, 10 a.m.     July 10 - Aug 14  at the CBCS Living Classroom

GUNNISON  Tuesdays, 10 a.m.      July 11 - Aug 15 at the Giving Garden at Bill’s Park (14th & Gothic)

$10 drop in  / $50 for the six-week session

Register CB >           Register Gunnison >


 

MOUNTAIN ROOTS

FARM TO SCHOOL         GARDENS        CSA        FOOD SECURITY: ACCESS & OUTREACH 



Mountain Roots  “Roots & Shoots” is a summer youth program designed for young people entering kindergarden through twelfth grades. Participants explore, play, and learn through a variety of hands-on, minds-on activities to increase their awareness and appreciation of the natural environment. Learning in small groups of 8-12 lets us foster an atmosphere of community and cooperation. Our staff are qualified environmental educators whose leadership, experience, and knowledge create a safe, fun, caring, and rich learning atmosphere. While making new friends and visiting beautiful areas,  participants develop both an understanding and a sensitivity toward the natural world around them.

Every day of camp brings new adventures in field studies, earth science, botany, cooperative games, literacy, nature-based arts and crafts, water play, and fresh, garden snacks. 


Our camp format enables kids to build upon what they’ve learned and participate in the whole growing season from seeds and soil to harvest and table. Though each day of camp provides stand-alone lessons and fun activities, we encourage campers to register for the same day each week all summer long. We think that’s the way kids will get the most out of their experience. Registration is a la carte, so we don’t charge you if you’re on vacation for a week or two, giving you the best value for your dollar. 


SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE.  Made possible with support from the Top O’ The World Garden Club, CB Parks & Rec, and Gunnison Parks & Rec. We want all youth to have the opportunity to participate.      learn more >

 

EXPERIENCES AFTERNOONS |  entering K-5


After spending the morning in the CBCS Summer Experiences program, kids join us for lunch in the garden and an afternoon of outdoor fun. This program will blend time in the garden with short hikes to rivers, trails, fields, and meadows.

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Kids will spend one day at Mountain Roots and one day at the Trailhead.  We’ll set the groups once all registrations are in. Must be enrolled at CBCS to participate.



 

CANCELLATIONS

Because of the complexities of scheduling hundreds of children for camps in both Gunnison and Crested Butte, maintaining high-quality programming and low teacher-to-student ratios, we offer these options for cancellation.

You may cancel with more than one week’s notice (8 calendar days) to receive a full refund. Additional notice, whenever possible, is always appreciated.

Cancellations within one week (7 calendar days) will only receive a 50% refund. No exceptions except medical or family emergencies. 

Canceling or trying to change days within 48 hours of the activity will result in no refund.

Some details:

Trips leave Thursday at 1 pm and return Friday at 2 pm. We offer pick up / drop off  in both CB and Gunnison.

A male instructor and a female instructor will accompany each trip. 

Students bring their own camping gear, however, a few sets of loaner gear is available, please ask us.

Meals are provided.