Summer Camp

June 17-July 12, 2019
Davis Waldorf School welcomes your family to our summer camp program, Summergarden, for children ages 7-11. We are located in North Davis on a beautiful five-acre campus amidst grassy playspaces, gardens, herbs, wildflowers, and plenty of shade trees.

Summergarden offers children dynamic, hands-on activities in thematic blocks, guided by an outstanding staff.  Our teachers are caring and mature adults, who are familiar with Waldorf educational methods.  

Our Summergarden program features wholesome, age-appropriate activities in a natural setting. We strive to provide a mix of hands-on, teacher-led activities and supervised, child-directed play.  Each day, children spend one session crafting, and the other session in our garden or other outdoor spaces. Children help prepare a nutritious snack, sing, play games and have time to relax into summer.  

Nutritious whole-food snacks are included in tuition. Snacks are organic and local when possible. Please send your child with a wholesome lunch in reusable containers as we practice environmental stewardship on our campus. 


Weekly Thematic Sessions
June 17–June 21
Join Shai Porath, Certified Waldorf Handwork Teacher, to dive into the world of printmaking.  You will learn how to use traditional printmaking techniques and tools to create unique designs.  We will scratch and carve, make stamps and use ink to print on paper and fabric. What better way to start off your summer than making new friends and learning about printmaking! Cost: $205

Wire & Jewelry Work 
June 24–June 28
Join us for another week with Shai Porath, as we explore the world of wire and jewelry making. We will learn how to create bracelets, add beads, manipulate wire, and shape and decorate copper into a pendant using traditional jewelry hand tools. Come use your creativity! Cost: $205

Farm to Fork
July 1–July 5 (no class on July 4)
Come enjoy this culinary week of making foods fresh from our garden.  We will create recipes, harvest garden produce, and cook up a storm, with Gardening Teacher and Chef, Alisa Haller. Bring your appetite and look forward to cooking in our outdoor kitchen.  We will make smoothies, salsas, salads, pizzas and more! Cost: $165

Upcycle with Textiles
July 8–July 12
Join master crafter Terre Busse for a creative extravaganza!  This week we will dive into a world of upcycling natural fabrics  to create expressive art work.  We will sew, paint and transform natural fabrics into fabulous designs. Come embrace a world of colors, shapes and textures. Bring your imagination with you! Cost: $205

Return the registration form and full payment to Davis Waldorf School via mail or in person at the office.  Register by April 5th and receive a $10 discount for each week you sign up.  
Download our Summer Camp brochure and registration form by clicking here.  


Daily Schedule
Summergarden Schedule
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 

Extended Care
For children whose parents would like them to stay longer, we have two extended care options full of summer fun :
Option A) 1:00–3:00 p.m. ($50 per week) and, 
Option B) 1:00–5:30 p.m. ($110 per week)

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


Summergarden Teacher Bios

Shai Porath, Handwork Teacher , Sessions 1 and 2
Shai is a certified Handwork Teacher and currently studies for his BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture at CSU Chico. He teaches handwork and crafts at Grizzly Hill Elementary school and previously worked with Yuba River Charter School, a Waldorf inspired charter school. Shai has an Associate Degree in Studio Arts and in Early Childhood Education. During the summer he runs a Waldorf inspired craft-camp in Oregon House as well as collaborating with Davis Waldorf School Summer program. Shai is an artisan and craftsman who led workshops in leatherwork, ceramics, woodworking and fibercraft. He loves to walk in nature with his wife, read, sculpt and play the flute.

Alisa Haller, Gardening Teacher, Session 3
Alisa has been involved in school gardens since 2013, first as a classroom parent volunteer, then as a Garden Coordinator at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Davis, and now as the Gardening Teacher at Davis Waldorf School. Alisa’s passion for bringing fresh and seasonally-inspired foods from the garden into the kitchen began while working in several local and Bay Area restaurants. She is dedicated to providing nutrition, garden, nature and ecology education to children of all ages.