What: A 5 day full-day summer camp from 9am-3pm

When: July 23rd – 27th

Who can participate: 7-11 year old children

Where: Rittman Orchards and Farm Market

How much: $250 through April 27th, then increases to $280. $30 discount if registering siblings.

Details:

We are offering a hands-on learning opportunity with experienced elementary school teachers onsite at our orchard. Over the course of five days, your child will learn how we plant, care for and harvest various fruits and vegetables at our orchard.

Each day will cover a theme related to agriculture and harvesting fruit and vegetables.  Campers will keep a journal throughout the week to record facts and observations.  We will be active and outside for most of the day.  We will play games, read books, and participate in activities that support our daily themes.  We will spend some time picking some combination of apples, blueberries, raspberries, sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, plums, currants, nectarines, and peaches (depending on what is ripe at the time).   At the end of each day, the children will have a “take-home” that ties their learning at camp to home. 

A couple of the activities include making a “glove garden” and starting a vegetable plant.  Campers will learn about the growing seasons and how harvesting apples is different than harvesting blueberries.  They will be answering questions like, “What’s the difference between a peach and a nectarine?” and “What’s a Pristine apple?” They will learn why we don’t grow pineapples and why we only have peaches for two months of the year.  Each day will be filled with memorable experiential learning opportunities. This camp is one of a kind and we are so excited to offer children this kind of exposure to where their food comes from.

If you have any questions, please email amanda@rittmanorchards.com.

Payment is due upon registration, but if you need to cancel your child’s enrollment, we will issue full refunds before June 25th. After that date, a $100 cancellation fee will be charged.

Register online here.

Meet the teachers:

Amanda

Amanda

Hi! I am a new mommy and a “retired” teacher. I taught preschool-kindergarten for 15 years at various schools in Ohio and Washington, DC. I earned my Masters in Elementary Education at Quinnipiac University in 2004. After marrying Chris Vodraska in 2017, I decided to join the family business and work at Rittman Orchards. It was hard to leave the classroom, but I believe the orchard is an amazing place to educate young children about food, agriculture, nutrition and farming. In addition to hosting apple picking school tours in the fall, I’m starting a summer program to bring hands-on experiences to children onsite at our orchard. I am so excited to provide this unique learning opportunity at our farm.

Megan

Megan

Hi! I have been teaching preschool for 4 years at a private school in Cleveland. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with young children and especially teaching them about nature and agriculture. I earned my degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University in 2014. I am a certified Environmental Educator of Ohio. I taught environmental education in Cuyahoga Valley National Park working with children from three years old through eighth grade. Amanda Vodraska and I have co-taught in the past where we learned we have a shared passion for teaching children about nature and farming. This will be an amazing experience to support your children as we dive into some fun activities at Rittman Orchards!