Blue Skye Farm Conservation Day Camp returns in 2023

Please click here for the 2022 Puyallup-Tacoma Day Camp Schedule

Give your child the gift of our Summer Day Camp for ages 6-12 running 9:00-3:00 with drop off between 8:30-9:00, pick-up between 3:00-3:30, and extended care available from 3:30-5:00 for extra fee. Campers are grouped with others closest to their age within our hallmark 6-1 average student-teacher ratio that’s so critical for safe and profound outdoor experiences. You can also check out our Virtual All-Day Camps and other physical day camps at Lake Sammamish.


Enjoy beautiful Clark’s Creek Park and surrounding neighborhood including our very own Blue Skye Farm where we will explore gardens, farm animals and the old pioneer trolley route through the woods. Campers will work on the farm and surrounding conservation lands, learning the full circle life from seed to market, rain collection to wetland mitigation, and compost to animal care.

The theme this week is that of the Conservation Scout. A scout’s life is a life of service, living with honor, balance, and harmony with the earth in order to blend in with nature and move like a shadow across a wide array of settings. Campers will also learn how to blend into social circles so they can use their knowledge and position to influence positive change in the world. From the discovery of hidden passageways around the neighborhood using old maps and the latest satellite data to understand current landscapes, to designing and implementing restoration projects that enhancing salmon and other wildlife habitats, campers

Camp Itinerary

Monday: Our story begins with Ezra & Eliza Meeker, founders of Puyallup who traveled the Oregon Trail in 1852. We’ll follow the literal path of the old Tacoma-Puyallup Trolley Route that Ezra founded, running past our old farmhouse where the Wolf Camp home office is now situated. We will also have an opportunity to tour our neighbor sister-farm Second Star Farms horses, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, and more.

Tuesday: Campers will get to tour the Blue Skye Farm gardens, orchard, chickens, rain collection and compost systems. Campers will learn how our compost systems work, the cycle of rain collection and the way things on the farm work in full circle. Campers will get to harvest and learn how to make apple sauce from our apple tree and tea from our grown herbs.

Wednesday: In addition to working on the farm in preparation for bringing product to market at the end of the week, campers will choose and design a restoration project to enhance salmon, plants and wildlife habitats in the Clark’s Creek watershed. Options include targeting invasive species for removal where they crowd native species, finding overheated waterways and choosing the best native shade trees for planting, shoring up trails to reduce erosion, and transplanting shrubs to block human incursion into sensitive habitats.

Thursday: Campers will start the day pouring over old maps and the latest satellite data to understand the landscapes in which they are affecting this week. They’ll do a real-life scavenger hunt to find remaining old growth trees in upper Clark’s Creek Park, and use them as inspiration to create strategies for carbon neutrality in their own lives. The ultimate goal, in addition to understanding the land, water, wind and weather, is to establish a baseline for recognizing local climate changes as they occur over time, as well as find inspiration for brainstorming strategies to mitigate and even reverse the effects of global warming.

Friday: Students will have a choice of activities on their last day at camp. They can hike to the Meeker Mansion for a tour, have an afternoon of pioneer games, and get ready to finish our day at the farm showing parents what the campers learned over the course of the week with us. Or they can begin to implement their conservation project, harvest Blue Skye Farm produce and sell it on our streetside farm stand, or come up with a plan of their own making for this final day of camp.

Camp Leaders

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris ChisholmKim & Chris Chisholm guide professionally-trained staff instructors at our hallmark 6-1 average student-teacher ratio that’s critical for safe, profound and fun outdoor experiences. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out camp testimonials dating all the way back to 1997!

Pickup/Drop-off Times & Location

Instruction runs 9:00-3:00 drop-off as early as 8:30 AM and pick-up as late as 3:30 PM at Clark’s Creek Park – South Shelter at 1700 12th Ave SW in Puyallup, plus extended care available from 3:30-5:00 for an extra fee. Extended care pick-up is the Wolf Camp Home Office of Blue Skye Farm neighboring the park.

Tuition

Click here for 2022 Schedule and scroll down to the logistics section.

Registration (Please click here for the 2022 Puyallup-Tacoma Day Camp Schedule)

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 253-225-1547 between 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM any day of the week. Leave a message if our office director Colleen Valadez can’t answer since she works on-call before the busy summer season starts.

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Open our Registration Form (Word or PDF or Google Doc) on your computer, fill out one per new participant (not needed for returning campers) and send or email it back to us. We also have a Bilingual Chinese-English Registration Form PDF or Word Doc. You can also send a check deposit payable to Wolf Camp, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 or fill out the registration form and pay deposits by calling with a credit card, or using paypal as described below.

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Refund Policy: Deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel for any reason, you may receive a full credit good through the following calendar year on appropriate and available programs listed on our schedule, although an additional deposit is needed to secure your spot in the future program. If a program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, you may receive a full refund except in cases of natural (weather, geologic, wildfire, etc) disasters, grid failures, epidemics, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it unsafe for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us without expiration date for your future use in appropriate/available programs of your choice. Reasons include the expenditure of funds (property rentals, advertising, materials, admin staff time, etc.) long before programs take place, i.e. deposits make it feasible for Wolf Camp to schedule programs in the first place, but our mutually understood agreement is that Wolf Camp will run the program at the safest available time in the future. Finally, no refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.

Day Camp Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’s

Day Camp Packing List

Day Camp Agreements for Participation

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