Pono Grown Farm
& Nature Camp
for 3 – 6 year olds on 15-acres in Makawao
Our program is designed to weave the skills of nature connection into fun daily activities such as scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, craft projects, gentle gardening, experiential learning games, exercises to engage our senses, direct observation, on-farm hikes, mindfulness moments, water play, stories, and music time with songs to express our gratitude.
The outdoor “classroom” provides countless teachable moments of wonder and connection in the natural word. Each week centers on a different nature theme, which gives focus to the books we read as well as the activities and projects we do.
Camp days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Choose Full Days from 9 am – 3 pm or Half Days from 9 am – 12:30 pm. Please note that we do have some daily down time after lunch, but have found it too stimulating an environment for most kids to nap, so those are likely best served by the half day option.
Space is limited by our small group size as we have at least one counselor for every six campers.
Camp pricing varies based on day length and the number of weeks enrolled, and is outlined below. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to reserve your space in each week of camp.
Sign up for one week or all ten! Either way the kids will have a blast and learn a lot about themselves and the natural world too!
Sample Daily Schedule
Week’s Theme: SEEDS
9 am Sign-in and Gathering Game
9:15 Opening Circle & Welcome Song
9:30 Music Time
9:45 Snack: pumpkin seeds & bathroom break
10 am Hike to Gnome Tree
10:15 Sensory Awareness Game
10:45 A Seed’s Journey Obstacle Course
11:45 Chillaxation & bathroom break
12 pm Storytime: The Tiny Seed
12:30 Half-Day Campers Sign Out
1 pm Seed Discovery Lab
1:15 Seed Processing for Seed Paper
1:45 bathroom break
2 pm Snack time: Seedy Muffins
2:15 Seed Sprouting Dance
2:30 Expanding Senses Exercise
2:45 Closing Circle & Farewell Song
3 pm Sign Out/Departure Time
2020 Camp Staff
All our staff have passed extensive background checks and have experience working with young children. Our lead counselors are are certified in CPR and first aid.
Lead Counselor June 1 - July 2
15-year Waldorf educator weaves her passion for earth care with her master’s degree magic to meet children where they are most engaged and thriving.
Lead Counselor July 6 - Aug 6
School garden educator, N.O.L.S. grad, & permaculture designer extraordinaire working happily with kids for the past 10 years.
Long-time Maui resident, mother, wellness advocate, and N.O.L.S. trained outdoor educator with 15 years experience creating and leading nature-based camps for kids.
Assistant Counselor June 1 - Aug 6
Biochemistry & neuroscience grad with a love for storytelling, imagination-building, and all things nature. Experienced with kids as craft director and master of games.
Muse & Teacher Extraordinaire
Embracing spontaneous teachable moments presented in the outdoor setting, attentive counselors work closely with nature’s cues.
Early childhood education student at UH-Maui, loves to share her knack for regenerative agriculture, nature, and farm-to-table food with kids.
2020 Camp Dates
Week 1: June 1 – 4 TREES
Week 2: June 8 – 11 WATER
Week 3: June 15 – 18 SUN/SKY
Week 4: June 22 – 25 CREATURES
Week 5: June 29 – July 2 POLLINATORS
Week 6: July 6 – 9 SOIL
Week 7: July 13 – 16 SEEDS
Week 8: July 20 – 23 SPROUTS
Week 9: July 27 – 30 FLOWERS
Week 10: Aug 3 – 6 FOOD
*Currently all our spaces for summer 2020 have filled.
To be added to the waitlist, please complete the application form.
2020 Camp Pricing
Why Choose Us?
Terms & Conditions
Pono Grown Farm & Nature Camp is an OUTDOOR camp, so please have children arrive well fed, sun-protected, and ready to play outside. Two dedicated shade structures will serve as our camp’s home base, and the barn will be available for shelter as needed on stormy days, and we will explore in all types of weather.
REFUNDS & CANCELATIONS A $100 deposit is required to hold each camper’s space PER WEEK of camp. This deposit is non-refundable except in the case of camp cancelation due to mandates for the COVID-19 situation extending beyond 5/31/20. The remaining balance of camp fees is due by drop off on the first day of camp. If attending multiple weeks, balance can be paid at once or weekly. In situations where we feel a child has social or emotional needs beyond our capacity, we may need to withdraw the child from camp, and in these rare cases a partial refund may be issued at our discretion for the remainder of the program.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE Please honor the group by arriving and picking up on time. Waiting for late arrivals and/or departures limits the mobility of the group, and affects everyone. Camp begins at 9 am and ends at 12:30 pm for half-day campers and at 3 pm for full day campers. We do not offer extended hours. Late pickups are subject to a fee of $10 for every 10 minutes past pickup time. Drive slowly in the parking lot, and park mindfully so that there is plenty of space for other cars. The camp director will sign your child(ren) in at drop off each morning, and a counselor will sign them out each afternoon at pick up. Place their gear in their designated spot on the base camp shelf, and make sure they know/recognize which bag(s) are theirs. We are often off adventuring on the farm, and are not always at base camp, so coordinating arrivals and departures at alternate times can be tricky. Please inform counselors ahead of time if you ever plan to drop off late or pick up your child early. If not, you may be on a wild goose chase to find them among the 15-acres!
FOOD & WATER Please pack a nutritious lunch for your child each day along with one snack for half-day campers and two snacks for full-day campers. Also send your child with a full water bottle each morning. Water will be available for refills as needed, but having it full to start each day saves us time and energy with the group.
SUN & RAIN The children will be outdoors a good portion of each day, so please dress them appropriately, and apply sunscreen BEFORE camp. Counselors can assist in reapplying (especially for full day campers) but only if you send the sunscreen of your choice labeled with your child’s first name. We will also be wearing hats while in the sun, so be sure to send one, and prep your camper for hat wearing! We hope at some point to have some rain, so even if you don’t think it will rain, send a raincoat for your child as we will venture out in all weather.
ILLNESS (Refer to extensive COVID policies). If children show any signs of illness, please keep them at home (persistent cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, yellow or green snot, fever). If children present any of these symptoms during camp, you will be contacted to pick them up immediately. We do not have the capacity to care for sick children at camp.
SAFETY To maintain a safe environment, children must be able to follow safety rules that include but are not limited to the following: (1) Stay with the group, (2) Listen to directions, (3) Play only within designated camp areas, and (4) Use kind words and gentle hands with others . Our lead counselors are currently certified in CPR and First Aid, they have been screened with extensive background checks through SterlingNOW, and have your children’s safety as their first priority. If children are repeatedly unable to adhere to the safety agreements, you will be contacted to pick up your child.
WHAT TO BRING & WHATNOT Once registered, you will receive a packing list. Please make sure campers have all items on the list with them each day. Don’t send your child to camp with toys, devices, or other treasures. We cannot be responsible for keeping these valuables clean or safe in our outdoor setting. Mahalo!
Physical (not mailing) Address
641 Olinda Road