Friends is now enrolling campers in our 2021-22 Nature Immersion program to spend time on the land this winter and spring. These monthly camps immerse youth in nature, allowing them to gain skills and comfort in the outdoors. Camp takes place on one Saturday or Sunday each month at Open Field Farms.  Lessons and skills build throughout the immersion program growing participants’ knowledge and understanding.

Hours are 9am to 3pm each day.

Cost: $450.00

 

Fox Kits

Fox Kits allows youth ages 6–8 a chance to immerse themselves in the natural world of the Petaluma Watershed. At this age children are discovering their environment through play and exploration. Fox Kits seeks to strengthen their nature connection and support them in feeling comfortable out in nature. By engaging youth in meaningful play, exploring the watershed and letting our imaginations be wild we will foster a sense of place and an appreciation for nature.

Click on a link below to register for a session. 

Saturday Session – October 9th, November 13th, December 11th, January 8th, February 12th, March 12th, April 9th, May 14th

Sunday Session – October 10th, November 14th, December 12th, January 9th, February 13th, March 13th, April 10th, May 15th

Elderberry Blossoms

Elderberry Blossoms supports (self identified) young girls ages 9-12 in developing strong and healthy relationships with themselves, their peers and nature.  In a time of transition into adolescence Elderberries provides a foundation allowing for a deepening in their connections to the Earth, their skills, capabilities and inherent sense of awe and wonder.  We will help to foster these connections through our time out in nature as we immerse in the practices of earth skills in the Petaluma River Watershed.  Through the course of this program girls will have the opportunity to grow deeper into themselves as blossoming individuals, including growth in their self esteem and self confidence.  We will explore the Watershed; hiking, navigating the River via paddle boats, making herbal medicine and culinary creations, creating primitive fire including cooking over the fire, wild-crafting with both edible and medicinal plants, basic rope making, sewing and more.

Click on a link below to register for a session. 

Saturday Session – October 9th, November 13th, December 11th, January 8th, February 12th, March 12th, April 9th, May 14th

Sunday Session – October 10th, November 14th, December 12th, January 9th, February 13th, March 13th, April 10th, May 15th

Badger Tracks

Based in practices of nature connection, Badger Tracks invites all youth, ages 9-12, transitioning toward adolescence to build deeper and resilient relationships with themselves, others, and the natural communities around them. Over the course of the spring and winter, youth and mentors will meet monthly to immerse ourselves in the natural communities of the Petaluma River Watershed, engaging in practices aimed toward greater awareness of and connection to this place and to ourselves in it. These practices will include animal tracking, wild-crafting, earth-based skills, learning to work with wild edible and medicinal plants, and more. We will work together in developing healthy peer to peer and mentoring relationships.

Click on a link below to register for a session. 

Saturday Session – October 9th, November 13th, December 11th, January 8th, February 12th, March 12th, April 9th, May 14th

Sunday Session – October 10th, November 14th, December 12th, January 9th, February 13th, March 13th, April 10th, May 15th