Summergarden offers children entering 2nd–6th grades dynamic, hands-on activities in thematic blocks, guided by an outstanding staff on our grass-based, 5-acre campus.
Each day children spend one session crafting, and the other session in our garden or other outdoor spaces. In addition, children help prepare food, sing, play games, and have time to relax into summer.
A nutritious snack and lunch are prepared daily and served family style —and included in the cost of tuition. When available, fruits and vegetables will be harvested from our garden.
All sessions include time in our beautiful garden, helping with snack preparation and free play
Woodworking for Kids
June 20 –June 24 (One week) $195
Start your summer with an adventure in the woodshop! We will measure, saw, sand, nail and glue, making plenty of dust and shavings in the outdoor shop. Along the way, we will learn about trees, woods and wood crafting, and we will make some new friends. In the end, you will have a handmade wooden tote box to take home! Great for carrying tools, handwork supplies, or whatever you want. Taught by Bill Critchfield, DWS Woodworking Instructor.
Crafting with Leather
June 27 –July 1 (One week) $195
Join us this week to discover the fun of leather crafting. We will learn the basics of this age-old craft: We will punch holes, stamp designs, and sew threads to create a beautiful and unique leather pouch! Taught by Shai Porath, Handwork Teacher.
Eco Art: Fabric, Stamps, Stiches and More!
July 5 –July 8 (One week) $156
This week we will dive into a world of using re-purposed fabrics and other materials to create expressive art work. We will stamp, cut, stitch, paint and use local natural materials as we embrace a world of colors, shapes, and textures. Join us, and bring your imagination with you!
Taught by Terre Busse, local artist.
The Great Games Getaway!
July 11 –July 15 (One week) $195
Join us for lots of movement, teamwork and especially FUN during our Games week! Each day, we will play a variety of indoor and outdoor games using teamwork and cooperation while learning new skills. We’ll explore games, old and new, from charades to basketball to water games and more! Taught by Michael De Nardi, DWS Girls Basketball Coach.
For children whose parents would like them to stay longer, we have two extended care options full of summer fun and including a healthy snack.
Option A) 1:00–3:00 p.m. ($50 per week) and,
Option B) 1:00–5:30 p.m. ($110 per week)
8:00–8:45 a.m. Arrival and Playtime
8:45–9:00 a.m. Morning Circle
9:00–10:15 a.m. Activity 1
10:15–10:45 a.m. Snack and Play
10:45–12:00 p.m. Activity 2
12:00–1:00 p.m. Lunch and Outside Play
Summergarden Extended Care Schedule
1:00–3:00 p.m. Outdoor Activities and/or Water Play
(Includes Afternoon Snack)
3:00–5:30 p.m. Outside/Inside Play including Water
Play, Crafts and Games
Return the registration form and full payment to Davis Waldorf School office via mail or in person. Register by May 20 and receive a $10 discount for each week you sign up.
Summergarden Director and Teacher Bios
Bill Critchfield – Woodworking Instructor Session 1
Mr. Critchfield loves woodworking, metalworking, gardening and tinkering. He enjoys teaching Summergarden, gaining inspiration from the energy and creativity of children attending camp. During the school year he teaches woodworking to 5th - 8th grades at Davis Waldorf School (DWS). In this role, he marvels at the transformation of wood into objects of beauty and practicality. Mr. Critchfield has two children that graduated from DWS. Mr. Critchfield studied biology as an undergraduate and has a Doctorate in Nutrition from UC Davis. Before teaching woodworking at DWS, he worked for the University on HIV immunology studies in the School of Medicine.
Shai Porath, Handwork Teacher for Crafting with Leather (Session 2)
Shai graduated from a 3 year Handwork Teachers Program at the Steiner College. Since 2012 he started volunteering with the Handwork program at Yuba River - a Waldorf inspired charter school. Shai has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Sierra College, and an Associate Teacher Credential with a 2 year experience in teaching with Kentucky Flat Community Preschool.
For over 3 years, Shai ran Waldorf inspired seasonal craft-camps in Oregon House, for the children in his local community. Besides teaching, Shai is an artisan and craftsman working from a studio located in Grass Valley. There he creates handmade functional products from natural materials using hand tools. Shai also loves to hike in nature, read, play the flute, and sculpt.
Instructor -- Eco Art: Fabric, Stamps, Stiches and More! (Week 3)
Terre works as an artist in fiber arts, mixed media and painting. She loves working with recycled natural materials. Her art training comes from her passion for color and the pure joy of creating with her hands and heart. Her formal training is in the health field. Terre holds a bachelors degree in Nursing and a Masters in Public Health Education.
Terre has been a parent at DWS for 11 years. She was the Garden Parent for both of her children’s third grade year. She has been the class parent in both of her children’s classes for several years, and worked with their classrooms on various art projects. Terre loves working with children and the excitement and energy they bring to their projects.
Par Duncan - Culinary Specialist (Sessions 1-4)
Par Duncan grew up in India on a farm and cooked everyday with fresh food. Cooking was a major part of her childhood and her love of making meals with others has continued throughout her life. Some of Par’s favorite hobbies include cooking, reading, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. She has been a volunteer, Kindergarten Assistant, and Substitute Teacher at Davis Waldorf School, and she currently works in the Aftercare and Early Childhood program. Par is actively studying Early Childhood Education and participates in various workshops at Rudolf Steiner College, where she plans to complete her Waldorf-based education. Par has two boys at DWS. Her husband, Garrett, a long-time DWS volunteer, currently serves on the Board.