Children are an important part of the Green Gathering community. Every year we all enjoy seeing them immersed in the culture of creative expression and deep learning that we collectively experience. We also know it’s important that they have time and space to build their own tribe and do what children are meant to do - play!
The Children’s Camp is a place for children ages 2-12 to explore and connect in a safe, nurturing environment. There will be opportunities for open-ended play, nature based crafts, and sensory activities that encourage connection with our plant allies.
Snacks, quiet time, and bathroom breaks will be provided, but naps and diaper changes cannot be accommodated. Please note that the Children’s Camp is open only during class times; children must be picked up for lunch. All children must be registered prior to the start of the Green Gathering. The cost of Children’s Camp is included in the child ticket. Last minute sign ups at the event are discouraged, but will be accepted at Friday check-in. A coordinator will contact each caregiver prior to the Gathering with a mandatory registration form.
Coordinators Sam Podmajerski and Alyssa DeBord are mamas and herbalists who hold degrees in Early Childhood Education. For those in the Seattle area, Sam provides a home based preschool program called Seed to Sprout Early Learning that draws on the Reggio-Emilia, Montessori and Waldorf pedagogies. They spend most of our time outside studying nature through the seasons and focus on the process of creation rather than the product.