KID'S PRO-D DAY, MARCH BREAK AND SUMMER CAMPS


REGISTRATION FOR 2020 CAMPS IS NOW LIVE!

CAMP PRICING:

Pro D Day (AGES 6-12)  $150/ 1 day

Camp Mentor Price (Ages 13-16) $75/day 

MARCH BREAK/Summer (AGES 6-12): $695/ 5 days

Early Bird Price (Jan 31/Mar 31) $645 

Camp Mentor Price (Ages 13-16) $350/ 5 DAYS



Mountain Horse School's camps are a one-of-a-kind combination of horse, farm and nature experiences themed to reflect what's happening in the natural world. Each camp is an intimate group of 6-8 kids aged 6-12, with the opportunity for ages 13-16 to join as camp mentors. each day includes a group riding/horsemanship lesson, free time to play a game, hang out in the hammocks/hayloft, and visit with the animals, and creating something beautiful with our hands and hearts that will alow us to bring the day home with us.

CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT MAKES OUR CAMPS EXPERIENCES THAT will STAY WITH your child FOR LIFE?

  • They're designed to foster curiosity, wonder and connection with animals and the natural world, and to create opportunities for experiential learning, fun and friendship in a rural environment
  • Unlike other camps or trail riding experiences where everyone just gets on the horses and rides, we go through the whole process from greeting the herd in the field to catching leading, grooming and tacking up. We work in teams of two people to one horse so that when one camper is observing, the other is on the ground listening, watching, helping and observing. This gives campers a much broader understanding of horse safety, behaviour, and communication, and a chance to build a true friendship with the horses 
  • We have two instructors + assistants per camp, which gives us the support to safely leave the ring and go on adventures together!  
  • The camps provide a naturally therapeutic social experience, strengthening the campers' modern day survival skills of leadership, courage, empathy, inclusiveness, awareness, and resilience
  • We email you an album of photos at the end of our time together so you can share in the magic! 

WANT TO KNOW MORE? READ OUR CAMP FAQ


Evergreen, Evergreen Pro D Day Camp

Friday Feb 7 / 9:00am-4:00pm

After riding the horses in the morning, we'll explore the world of conifer trees. Why do some trees loose their leaves while others stay green year round? How do we tell evergreen trees apart from each other?  Balancing our time between our warm indoor space and the crisp and sparkling natural world, we'll make Douglas fir  and spruce needle tea and conifer infused bath salts to take home.


Wild Sugar! Pro D Day Camp

Monday February 24 / 9:00am-4:00pm

In this camp we'll explore the questions: how can we get sweetness from the wild? Where does Maple or Birch Syrup come from, and how is it made?  We'll learn about sap, and tap a tree to see if the sap is running. We'll sample different saps, and make maple taffy on snow- yum!


The Wild Artist - 5 Day March Break Camp

Week 1: March 16-20 / 9:00am-4:00pm

Week 2: March 23-27 / 9:00am-4:00pm

  • Day 1: We'll forage for black cottonwood buds and make them into an easy-to-use salve that smells wonderful and is great for on scrapes and chapped skin
  • Day 2: We'll construct our own pollinator hotels to bring home!
  • Day 3: Live horse sketching: What happens when we try to draw the animals at Mountain Horse School? Who's best at being a model? 
  • Day 4: Activity TBA
  • Day 5: Open afternoon+ horse painting: this last day is left with some extra space in it finish up a project from a previous day, and for each of us to have a chance to paint a work of art on a horse-- and try riding them bareback!

Wild Beauty Pro-D Day Camp

Monday April 20 / 9:00am-4:00pm

Inspired by ephemeral nature artists such as Day Schildkret and Andy Goldsworthy, we'll look for beauty in the wild messiness of spring by creating earth altars together: temporary, beautiful offerings to the land made out of natural materials. Then, we'll go into the classroom and mix and roll seed bombs filled with wildflower seeds, perfect for throwing into a corner of the world that needs some beauty, or planting in our gardens when we get home. 


Flower power Pro-D Day Camp

Friday May 8 / 9:00am-4:00pm

In this camp we'll join in the celebration of spring by making dandelion or elderflower flavoured gummy candies and a dandelion flower essence! Gathering the flowers we need helps us understand the diversity of pollinators, and take in some of the life force that is waking through the natural world. the life Each child will go home with a jar of their very own gummies, and a dropper bottle of dandelion flower essence to share with their family-- and perhaps the faeries, if they wish. 


Horse Dreamers- 5 Day Summer Camp

Week 1: June 15-19 / 9:00am-4:00pm

Week 2: June 22-26 / 9:00am-4:00pm

Week 3: June 29-July 3 / 9:00am-4:00

Week 4: July 13-17 / 9:00am-4:00pm

Week 5: July 20-24 / 9:00am-4:00pm

Week 6: July 27- 31 / 9:00am-4:00pm

Week 7: August 3-7/ 9:00am-4:00pm

Week 8: August 10-14 / 9:00am-4:00

Week 9: August 17-21 / 9:00am-4:00

Week 10: August 24-28 / 9:00am-4:00

  • Day 1- We'll create our own homemade fruit leather by blending and drying a custom mix of seasonal fruit, We'll also make a big vat of wildcrafted iced tea we can enjoy all week
  • Day 2- Yarrow melt and pour soap 
  • Day 3- Papermaking. We'll gather flowers and other natural objects on our ride in the morning and embed them in the paper to make a beautiful mandala 
  • Day 4: Activity TBA
  • Day 5- Open afternoon+ horse painting: this last day is left with some extra space in it to finish up a project from a previous day, and for each of us to have a chance to paint a work of art on a horse, then try riding them bareback! 

Marvellous Mushrooms! Pro D Day Camp

Date TBA/ 9:00am-4:00pm

In this camp, we get to go for a mushroom hunt on horseback! We'll learn to make a spore print, and ignite our curiosity with the questions: what IS a mushroom, anyway? What are their roles in the natural world? How can they be helpful to humans? We'll learn about what makes mushrooms different from each other, and will look at gills, teeth, pores, veils, spores, and mycelium. Our goal is not to be able to ID every mushroom, but to kindle enthusiasm, curiosity and exploration, Safety around edible and poisonous species will be covered. 


Nature's Medicine Pro D Day Camp

Date TBA / 9:00am-4:00pm

We will spend the morning befriending, grooming, riding and caring for the horses and other animals. In the afternoon we will explore the world of plant healers, and ask and attempt to answer the following questions: What is medicine? Before we had pills and drugs, how did we heal ourselves? How do we know if a plant is safe? How do we harvest in a respectful way? Is it possible to have a relationship with a plant the same way we do a person or an animal?

 

We will go on a plant walk to meet a few new plant friends, and make our own White Chocolate lip balm infused with the healing properties of chickweed, wild mint, plantain, and wild Pemberton roses! 

 


Evergreen Evergreen Pro-D Day Camp

Date TBA / 9:00am-4:00pm

Join us for our very last camp of 2020! In the afternoon we'll explore the world of conifer trees. Why do some trees loose their leaves while others stay green year round? How do we tell evergreen trees apart from each other? What does each kind of tree smell like? As it is the season of gift giving, each participant will have a chance to create some of their own treasures to take home including a handmade wreath and conifer infused bath salts.