Chefs in the Garden at the Spartan Garden
Grow, cook, explore & play at the Linus Pauling Institute's discovery camp at the Corvallis High School Spartan Garden!
Chefs in the Garden is an outdoor camp for kids ages 6-12 years old. Activities for all sessions of camp include gardening, nutrition education, fun and active games, and arts and crafts. One of the most popular parts of the day is when all participants harvest, cook, and share lunch together fresh from the garden! Sessions 1 & 2 are for 6-8 year olds, and Sessions 3, 4, & 5 are for 8-12 year olds. The weekly themes for the 2013 sessions are:
Session 1 & 3: COOL GARDEN CRITTERS The good, the bad, and the beautiful! The "Cool Garden Critters" weeks at camp will explore the diversity of critters found in a garden or almost any backyard. Help us build an "insect hotel," and find out which insects are beneficial, which ones we'd like to avoid, and discover beauty in some of nature's smaller creatures.
Session 2 & 5: NATURE ART Get your creative juices flowing! Although art projects are included in every week's activities, the "Nature Art" weeks at camp focus on art in the garden. Learn how to create dyes from veggies, watch nature become art with the help of the sun, design a nature mandala, and much more!
Session 4: BACKYARD BIOLOGY & KITCHEN CHEMISTRY Science in the garden! Join us for "Backyard Biology & Kitchen Chemistry," a special science week at camp! Learn about microbes, acids & bases, and conduct small science experiments in the kitchen and garden.
Registration opens May 15th for all five sessions of Chefs in the Garden summer camp, 2013. See the flyer below for information on upcoming session dates and times, and we hope you will join us for another fun, educational, and yummy summer in the garden!
More Information About the Camp
Despite important progress in medical and scientific research, pediatric overweight and obesity remains one of the most significant public health challenges our country has ever faced. Most experts agree that physical inactivity, overconsumption of calories, and lack of a healthy diet are the root causes of obesity, and that there is a widespread need to promote regular physical exercise and better eating habits among children. Many children have unhealthy eating habits and eat few or no fruits and vegetables on an average day. Many children don't know where their food comes from and what fresh fruit and vegetables taste like.
Why not offer a garden-based cooking and nutrition education program that is both healthy and entertaining for kids?! Chefs in the Garden discovery camps provide a safe, healthy and active environment where children learn how to grow their own food, learn fun ways to eat healthful foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, and learn how environmental stewardship is part of a healthy lifestyle.
Chefs in the Garden discovery camps are filled with gardening, cooking, environmental science, art, and exercise for third through fifth grade children. Campers will spend their day in the vegetable garden and learn basic gardening skills and how to cook simple, yet delicious and nutritious meals with the produce from the garden. They will cook all the meals in the garden and have a healthy feast for lunch in a shady area of the garden. Campers will also learn the importance of eating a healthful diet, such as the health benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables and substituting whole-grain foods for refined-grain foods.
Campers will get plenty exercise through fun games such as running and ball games. The physical activity games will be non-competitive and designed to engage children of different skill levels. The motto is exercising is fun!
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