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It’s Winter on the Farm!

Join us during our cozy winter time on the farm as we spend the first days of the new year exploring winter’s wonders by crafting and cooking our fall harvest, exploring the farm, and getting creative. Campers enjoy their day in project-based explorations that integrate the natural elements on the farm from shomrei adamah (guardians of the earth farm jobs) to creating their own farm-to-table cookbook and cooking project. With Jewish teachings, blessings, and stories guiding their experience, Winter Wonder Camp introduces young children to Judaism’s deep connections to the natural world, and their creative place in it.

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2019 Winter Camp Dates

Winter Camp is open to campers who are 4 to 6 years old and are fully potty trained.

January 2 – 4: Winter Wonder
Duration: 3 days

Visit the Rates & Registration page for more information.


Location: 1151 6th St. in Berkeley!

In addition to animals and garden beds, our site features opportunities for learning, including a dedicated Children’s Garden area, a yurt, a dry creek bed designed for exploration and play, proximity to a restored urban creek (on our northern border), and indoor bathrooms. Please note that parking is limited and be prepared to use street parking when dropping off and picking up your child.


Daily Activities Include

  • Celebrating Hanukkah together on the farm and exploring it’s many seasonal themes: light/dark, courage, and resilience.
  • Farm-to-fork harvesting and cooking for young chefs
  • Caring for animals: goats, chickens, and worms during the colder months
  • Sensory-rich activities including seed-saving, inquiry into water, and nature crafts
  • Relaxation time with stories, movement and music in the yurt
  • Exploring and caring for our watershed along Codornices Creek

A Day at Urban Adamah Winter Camp:

Winter camp runs Wednesday through Friday, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Campers may arrive beginning at 8:30 am. The After-Camp Program runs from 3:00 – 5:30 pm and is available for an additional fee.

8:30 am – Drop off
9:00 am – Free-Choice Games and Activities
9:45 am – Cleanup and Potty Party
10:00 am – Opening Circle
10:20 am – Kvutsah (Small Group) time and Snack
10:40 am – Shomrei Adamah (farm jobs)
11:20 am – Handwashing and Lunch
11:50 am – Afternoon Free-Choice Games and Activities
12:30 pm – Cleanup and Potty Party
12:45 pm – Music
1:00 pm – Relaxation in the Yurt and Main Tent
2:25 pm – Kvutsah (Small Group) time & Winter Crafts/Cooking Projects
2:45 pm – Closing Circle
3:00 pm – Departure
3-5:30 pm – After-Camp (additional fee)


Rates

Camp: $300 per week*
Early Bird Price: $260 per week* if you register before October 31st.

After-Camp: $90 per week*


Scholarships

Urban Adamah seeks to provide financial assistance to those who cannot afford the full cost of camp. Please note that financial aid awards may vary from year to year, even if the applicant’s financial situation has not changed, based on the total pool of financial aid funds, the relative need of others who apply, and the total number of applicants.

Please click here to apply for a financial aid. Applications must be received by December 3rd in order to be considered.


Fees
*There is a 3% non-refundable credit card processing fee.


Times

Winter Camp runs Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am–3 pm. The After-Camp Program runs from 3–5:30 pm, and is available for an additional fee for all camp weeks.


Ages

Winter Camp is open to children who are 4 to 6 years old and are fully potty-trained.

If you’re in 9-12th grade, and interested in developing your skills supporting young children to have enriching farm experiences, apply to be a Camp Intern. Application deadline is November 1st.


Location and Camp Size

Each camp week takes place at our urban farm campus in Northwest Berkeley. Campers are divided into age-appropriate groups on their first day of each camp week, and enjoy a low counselor to camper ratio of 1:5.


Our Staff

A core staff of experienced Jewish environmental educators, led by Maddy Winard, have the pleasure of running Camp Urban Adamah. Counselors have extensive experience in outdoor and experiential education, and a passion for sharing their love of Judaism and the natural world with children.

If you’re in 9-12th grade, and interested in developing your skills supporting young children to have enriching farm experiences, apply to be a Camp Intern. Application deadline is November 1st.

We are also hiring additional Winter Camp Staff, please apply here. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are due October 25th.


Safety

Camp Urban Adamah takes very seriously the safety of your children and all visitors to our working farm. All staff are background checked, and there are always staff onsite trained in First Aid/CPR. Please note that our programs take place on a working urban farm. Campers will engage in outdoor exploration and activities, move about on uneven ground, and work closely with farm animals.


Additional Questions?

Feel free to email Camp Director, Maddy Winard at maddy (at) urbandamah.org if you have any additional questions.


 

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