June 18th  - August 17th *

Full & Part Time Openings Available for  Summer Farm Camp 2018. 

Ages 5 and up only! 




 Our Schedule of Sessions:

Enroll early for Summer Break!

Week One June 18 - 22 Where the Wild Things Are  
Summer is here!  Let the wild rumpus begin!  This year the focus is on the small scavenging animals who often invade our neighborhoods. We'll be learning, crafting, and pretending about Opossums, skunks, raccoons, crows, squirrels and other small animals.

We'll also learn FROM the animals, as each one showcase's important life skills such as cleverness, courage, adaptability, resourcefulness, humility, and love. Native Americans observed wild life and incorporated them into their teaching stories for untold generations and so naturally we must include some Native American animal tales as well. We'll also think about how WE can live more harmoniously with the animals AND try our hand at making some Native American crafts, including some leather "medicine" bags and dream catchers.

And just because Farm Campers are busy creative little bees -- when they're not climbing trees, swinging, gardening, dressing up, and exploring -- we'll also make adorable woodland creatures through many different mediums including sewing, painting, clay shaping, and paper crafting to give us a tiny forest's worth of critters that we can house (on Friday) in our own diorama box woodland scene. It's going to be a super fun week of songs, games, stories, puppets, dress-up & pretend, outdoor play, farm animal encounters, gardening, and of course.... ARTS & CRAFTS! -- don't miss a minute of it!!

Walking field trip on Friday morning June 22nd to explore the woods behind Little Garden Patch Farm.   A naturalist from the Little Basin interpretative program will be our guide as we learn about footprints and other signs that animals leave behind.  We'll use our new skills to sleuth out the activities of the real life wild things that live on  the farm and in the adjacent redwood forest.

Week Two June 25 -29 Pioneer Farmapalooza!  
Put on your down home duds because it's time to step back to a simpler time here on the farm.  Help us cook up a heap o' tasty grub, squeeze some lemonade, milk the goats, collect the eggs, and even scrub some clothes on the washboard.  Lots of fun farm themed arts & crafts, games, and outdoor play.  We'll be busy in the garden and talking about where our food comes from.  Plus we'll take a pioneer walk to the nearby prarie reserve to have a picnic on the grass.  Campers can take turns pulling the "covered wagon" full of goodies.  Y'all come play!   Walking field trip on Wednesday morning to the Soquel Prarie Reserve.

Week  Three July 2 - 6 Blast Off for  Space Fun  

Attention:  "NASA" trainees, launch time commences on 7/02/17 at 9 am.  Get ready to mark off your checklist of fun with zip zooming "rockets", flying saucers, take home alien gardens, exotic fantasy art,  science and stories of other planets, and imaginary missions to Mars. We'll also build our physical conditioning with lots of outdoor play, and learn to grown our own food for our space colony.  We might even grow our own potatoes, just like Matt Damon.  ;-) 

Includes fun 4th of July themed themed activities on Monday and Tuesday with tentative afternoon field trip scheduled to the Cabrillo Planetarium for 7/2. 

No class on Wednesday July 4th.

Week  Four July 9 - 13 Dinosaur Days  

We'll learn and pretend about Dinosaurs and other extinct creatures,  plant a mini dinosaur garden, hunt for "dinosaur eggs",  revive a plant from the days of the dinosaurs, dig for dino "fossils" and more.  We're also hoping  to have another visit from Dinosaur Bob, a real life dinosaur fossil hunter who lives right here in Soquel.  We'll see if Dinosaur Bob can make it again this year to share stories from his digs with famous paleontologists and bring some fossils from his private collection to show the children.   

Week Five July 16 - 20 CLOSED  
  LGPF is closed all week for maintenance, repairs, and additional camp preparation. 
Week Six July 23 - 27 Medieval Make Believe

Welcome ye young lords and ladies.  It's time once again to don ye medieval garb and partake in the festive revelry of arts & crafts, gems & geode science, sword play and a bit of archery.  Frolick with the fairies and help us defend the castle against rogues and dragons!  Daily dress up and impromptu performances on our outdoor stage.
Week Seven July 30-
August 3
Fairy Tale Fun  

Fairy Tales come to life this week as we celebrate childhood classics like Snow White, Rapunzel,  Red Riding Hood, Jack & the Beanstalk, and the 3 Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf.  Play, pretend, create, and enjoy some magical outdoor storytime readings, dramatic performance on our outdoor stage and of course puppet shows.  Don't forget to make your own puppets and props to use here at the outdoor puppet theater and to take home.

Week Eight August 6 - 10 Sharks, Ocean  & Moana Week  
  Water play, ocean themed fun and learning, mermaids, and a whale of a good time await!  Help us put on our own version of Moana on the outdoor stage!  Plius our very own docent from the Seymour Center at Long National Marine Lab will be on hand here at Little Garden Patch to help answer our burning questions about sharks and other creatures of the deep.  Don't forget a change of clothes because things are sure to get wet around here.    Field Trip on Friday August 10th to the Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab in Santa Cruz.  Full day participants only this day due to field trip.

Week Nine August 13 - 17 Pirate Week  
Ahoy maties!  Time to fly the Jolly Roger, sing a sea chanty, adjust ye eye patches, and hunt for buried treasure.    Argh,school be on the horizon...


Week Ten

August 20 - 24 Back to School -- After School Program Begins
This week Little Garden Patch Farm is open EXCLUSIVELY for children enrolled in our after school programm for a fun Magic School Bus themed week.  Open full day on Monday and Tuesday.  After School pick-up for Main Street and Soquel Elementary begins Wednesday.  Ask us about our for a fun Magic School Bus themed week.  Open full day on Monday and Tuesday.  After School pick-up for Main Street and Soquel Elementary begins Wednesday.  Ask us about our  after school program for FALL 2018!


Farm camp will be closed on the following dates:  

  June 11th-15th,    July 4th,    and  July 16th  - July 20st   

Please note these dates may be subject to change. 
 Contact us for registration information.


For grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade.  All children must be at least 5 years old to participate and be developmentally ready for kindergarten level activities. It is very important that all children be able to sonsistently abide by limits set by the instructors for safety.   


 Hours & Cost:


Half day program:  $30 per day 

Morning half day --> 9-1 or 9:30- 1:30 (4 hours)

Afternoon half day ---> 1:30 - 5:30  (4 hours)

Full day program (8 hours) $60 per day


Ask about our discount for full time care for 6 or more weeks!

Early drop off available for an extra fee.   Little Garden Patch Farm is open for early drop off after 8 am for an additional $8 per hour or $4 for the half hour.  Little Garden Patch cannot accomodate drop offs before 8 am. 


Farm camp fees also includes craft and baking materials! 
However parents must provide a lunch box or bag lunch as needed.  We do provide a healthy snack for extended care children.

Limited space available.  Priority for full-time registrants.  Note that spaces cannot be held without registration/payment.  Installment options for those registerting for 6 weeks or more.



For questions and registration info please email: or
contact us at (831) 476-0964.



 More Information: 


Little Garden Patch Farm is enrolling for Summer Break fun and learning!  Located on 3 beautiful wooded acres our play based, emergent program offers free access to painting, playdough, bubbles, fairy gardens, tree fort, swings, slide, trampoline, dress-up, play kitchen, gentle farm animals, and so much more! Through observing wild life and participating in fun farm "chores" like feeding & petting chickens and pigs, brushing the pony, milking goats, and gardening children learn about and take joy in our natural world.

Story time and hands-on craft, cooking, sewing, and science projects develop creativity, self-confidence, social skills, and a deepening knowledge of science and nature. A cozy home environment and nurturing staff completes a magical childhood wonderland that children and parents love.

Little Garden Patch is tons of fun rain or shine! Our covered outdoor art studio, green houses, country kitchen, and our whimsical indoor play room with plenty of books, dolls, toys and games means the fun continues no matter the weather.

Note - Enrollment priority will be given to children in our after school program. Limited positions available.


Little Garden Patch Farm is a fully licensed facility, # 444413332 


What happens when it rains or turns cold?  We like to think there is no bad weather, just inappropriate gear.  So please send children with appropriate gear for outdoor play.   But with that said, when the rain is falling and the wind is gusting we have the perfect opportunity to head indoors for a cooking project, playdough, arts & crafts projects, story time, board games, or etc.  There is no shortage of things to do around here, inside and out.

If you would like more information about signing up for Summer Farm Camp please send us some email!  Please note, with Farm Camp, the more the merrier.  So please tell family and friends about our program

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