Trees & Me

Grades: Pre-K-K

All Programs

Get rooted in science with Trees & Me! Campers will connect to nature through science as they identify trees and plants in their local community. They will study the life cycles of trees and see how their seasons create beautiful scenery, as well as play important roles in the ecosystem. Campers will take nature walks, collect samples, craft art projects, and perform science experiments. 

This theme may be run in a park or out of an indoor facility, with walking excursions on the property or in the surrounding area.

21st Century & SEL Skill Focus: Responsibility, Empathy, Collaboration, Initiative, Problem Solving, Emotion Management. Learn more about other skills we build through The EDMO Method®.

Take a look at your camper's daily schedule below, under sample projects!

Sample Projects

Painting with Nature

Painting with Nature

Campers will use parts of a tree to create a painting. They will head outside for a nature walk to collect materials like branches, sticks, bark, and leaves. Then, back in the classroom, they will use these objects as paint brushes for their craft. 

Campers will learn the different parts of a tree and what a tree needs to survive.

Pine Cone Weather Station

Pine Cone Weather Station

Campers will explore different pine cones to determine what season they belong to according to their shape, color and size. Once campers have discovered the season each pine cone belongs to, they will create a seasonal painting with all the colors found in summer, fall, winter, and spring.

Campers will discover how the seasons affect trees throughout the year. They will see how leaves change, how fruits ripen and how pine cones form and house seeds that we can eventually use to plant more trees.

Bird Feeder

Bird Feeder

Campers will create a bird feeder. They will recycle a toilet paper roll and use string, sunbutter and birdseed to make a snack for a feathered friend.

Campers will learn why trees are perfect homes for animals like birds. They will discover how birds use branches, leaves and the trees themselves to make nests and gather food. They will also learn how to make an easy bird feeder!

Sample Schedule

  • A Day in the Life...

Some kids thrive on routines and harmony. Others not so much. Good news! We’ve found the secret recipe that works for all EDMO campers!

Early Care - Stories and Playtime
8:00-9:00AM

Need to get to work early? We understand. By 8 am our staff is already hard at work helping our campers make new friends, doing arts & crafts projects and playing games.

Drop-Off
8:50-9:00AM

Be greeted by name or a high five by a professional staff member…dressed in a mermaid costume or a Viking hat. In a hurry? Pull up and we’ll open the door for you. In no rush? Park your car, come right in and shake your counselor’s fin.

Morning Circle
9:00-9:40AM

Morning circles include an intro to the day’s curriculum, songs, stories, and Kimochis! The Kimochis are a social-emotional teaching tool that help young people understand their own emotions, communicate their needs with others and build empathy for other people.

Break
9:40-9:50AM

EDMO Jr. campers’ morning break gives them a time to visit the bathroom, get some water and get the wiggles out before diving into their awesome projects for the day.

Enrichment 1
9:50-10:40AM

Our campers do their main learning of the day at our enrichment stations. They apply our morning discussions to hands-on learning and creating themed crafts.

Snack
10:40-11:00AM

Active minds lead to hungry bellies! Don’t forget to pack a healthy snack for your camper every morning…with no nuts of course! Remember: If you ordered a delicious lunch, you automatically receive a healthy morning snack!

Game Time
11:00-11:45AM

During this Early Childhood Education skill building time, we practice and reinforce skills that students will use in the classroom year round. We use games, songs and other activities to build knowledge of colors, numbers, shapes, language comprehension, emotional intelligence, and early literacy.

Lunch
11:45AM-12:15PM

Lunch available at your location?  It’s a snap to add a delicious lunch each day! Just click/check the lunch box on your enrollment form and a quality lunch will be delivered to camp daily. Packing your own lunch? Please just do not bring any products that contain: cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, pine nuts, walnuts or heaven forbid, the “Mother of All Nut Allergies”—the peanut.

Story Time & Resting Quiet Time
12:15-1:00PM

Be sure to send your camper with a blanket and maybe their favorite quiet activity, like a book or puzzle. Just be sure to label any items and of course, no electronics please.

Enrichment 2
1:00-2:20PM

Our campers do their main learning of the day at our enrichment stations. They apply our morning discussions to hands-on learning and creating themed crafts.

Closing and Clean-up
2:20-2:45PM

EDMO Jr. campers will wrap up their day with songs, games or sharing as they transition to the end of the day.

Pick-Up
2:45-3:00PM

Pull up or walk up, whichever you fancy. Either way we’ll make a point to let you know something special about your child’s day. Look out for our daily email from the Camp Director detailing the activities at your camp location, along with a reminder to visit EDMO At Home to see what to look forward to tomorrow and suggested activities, books, websites, museum exhibitions, and more ways to keep the curiosity going.

After Care, PM Snack & Free Play
3:15-6:00PM

Need a little more time in your day? Our After Care Program is a great option. Campers stay safe while parents or guardians finish up the work day or sneak in that last appointment before picking up the kids. While you’re away, campers can play as they enjoy a little more free time with each other and staff. After Care goes from 3 pm – 6 pm but parents can pick up whenever works for them…but no later than 6 pm please! Our staff needs to get home too.

“After the first day of camp, I asked my son if he felt like there was a grownup at camp he could talk to. He said ALL OF THEM. That's a really great testament to your friendly staff after just one day.”
– Jessica D., Kindergarten Santa Rosa Parent