Davis Waldorf School

Summergarden Summer Camp

June 17-July 12, 2019

Summergarden offers children entering 2nd–6th grades dynamic, hands-on activities in thematic blocks, guided by an outstanding staff on our grass-based, 5-acre campus. 

Each day children spend one session crafting, and the other session in our garden or other outdoor spaces. In addition, children help prepare food, sing, play games, and have time to relax into summer. 

A nutritious snack and lunch are prepared daily and served family style —and included in the cost of tuition. When available, fruits and vegetables will be harvested from our garden. All sessions include time in our beautiful garden, helping with snack preparation and free play.

Extended Care

For children whose parents would like them to stay longer, we have two extended care options full of summer fun and including a healthy snack. 
Option A) 1:00–3:00 p.m. ($50 per week) and, 
Option B) 1:00–5:30 p.m. ($110 per week)

Daily Schedule

Summergarden Schedule
8:00–8:45 a.m.   Arrival and Playtime
8:45–9:00 a.m.   Morning Circle
9:00–10:15 a.m.  Activity 1 
10:15–10:45 a.m.  Snack and Play
10:45–12:00 p.m.   Activity 2
12:00–1:00 p.m.   Lunch and Outside Play 

Summergarden Extended Care Schedule
1:00–3:00 p.m.  Outdoor Activities and/or Water Play (Includes Afternoon Snack)
3:00–5:30 p.m. Outside/Inside Play including Water 
Play, Crafts and Games


2019 information coming soon!

Summergarden Director and Teacher Bios

Natalie Öltjenbruns, Director, Gardening Instructor, Session 1 and Games Instructor, Session 4
Ms. Öltjenbruns is the Davis Waldorf School games teacher and our Athletic Director. She grew up on a small biodynamic dairy farm in northern Vermont and was homeschooled much of her life. She moved to California when she was 16 to pursue Eurythmy training and teaching. Once she had graduated she taught Eurythmy in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Jamestown CA, Essex NY, and in Honolulu, where she taught Eurythmy, choir, and gardening. She was also the the fifth grade teacher at the Sierra Waldorf School. More recently, she completed her personal fitness trainer certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has started her own business. Natalie is a strong, inspiring leader and looks forward to a great summer at Summergarden Summer Camp.
Par Duncan - Culinary Specialist, Sessions 1-4
Par Duncan grew up in India on a farm and cooked everyday with fresh food. Cooking was a major part of her childhood and her love of making meals with others has continued throughout her life. Some of Par's favorite hobbies include cooking, reading, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. She has been a volunteer, Kindergarten Assistant, and Substitute Teacher at Davis Waldorf School, and she currently works in the Aftercare and Early Childhood program. Par is studying Early Childhood Education and participates in various workshops at Rudolf Steiner College. Par has two boys who graduated DWS. Her husband, Garrett, a long-time DWS volunteer served on the Board for many years.

Bill Critchfield, Woodworking Instructor, Session 1
Mr. Critchfield studied Biology (BS, UC Irvine) and Nutrition (MS and PhD, UCDavis) in college. Following a career in laboratory research, he pursued a desire to teach and joined the faculty at DWS. Mr. Critchfield aspires to create a teaching environment where students develop confidence, enthusiasm, and creativity. He believes that crafting with wood offers the rewarding experience of creating objects that are both beautiful and useful. Outside of teaching, Mr. Critchfield is a garage inventor. He also cherishes time with family, friends and nature.

Shai Porath, Handwork Teacher , Sessions 2 and 3
Shai is a certified Handwork Teacher and currently studies for his BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture at CSU Chico. He teaches handwork and crafts at Grizzly Hill Elementary school and previously worked with Yuba River Charter School, a Waldorf inspired charter school. Shai has an Associate Degree in Studio Arts and in Early Childhood Education. During the summer he runs a Waldorf inspired craft-camp in Oregon House as well as collaborating with Davis Waldorf School Summer program. Shai is an artisan and craftsman who led workshops in leatherwork, ceramics, woodworking and fibercraft. He loves to walk in nature with his wife, read, sculpt and play the flute.

Alisa Haller, Gardening Teacher
Alisa has been involved in school gardens since 2013, first as a classroom parent volunteer, then as a Garden Coordinator at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Davis, and now as the Gardening Teacher at Davis Waldorf School. Alisa’s passion for bringing fresh and seasonally-inspired foods from the garden into the kitchen began while working in several local and Bay Area restaurants. She is dedicated to providing nutrition, garden, nature and ecology education to children of all ages. Alisa has a daughter attending DWS and they both enjoy growing and learning together at this beautiful school.

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