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
The Great Games Getaway!
June 19–June 23 (One week), $205
Start off your summer with lots of movement, teamwork and especially FUN during our Games week! Each day, we will engage in a variety of active outdoor games using teamwork and cooperation while learning new skills. We’ll explore games, old and new, all the while ensuring that everyone participates! The week will cumulate with the highly anticipated water play! Taught by Michael De Nardi, longtime Davis resident and DWS Alumni Parent.
Woodworking for Kids
June 26–June 30 (One week), $205
Come join us for a week of crafting in the woodshop. We will learn about trees, wood, and wood crafting, while making new friends and enjoying our time together in the outdoor covered shop. We will make plenty of sawdust and wood shavings as we take on the challenge of making some small toys. What better way to bring delight into your summer than making some wooden toys! So, roll up your sleeves, call on your sense of adventure, and come on out! Taught by Bill Critchfield, DWS Woodworking Teacher.
July 3–July 7 (no class on July 4), $165
This week we will dive into a world of working with clay, make a tile, a pot, a sculpture – work with coils, slabs, add texture and color to create a unique and beautiful piece of ceramics. We look forward to exploring the world of texture, form, and creation of natural materials together. Taught by Shai Porath, certified Waldorf Handwork Teacher.
Jewelry Jubilee, $205
July 10–July 14 (One week)
Join us for a week of Jewelry making. We will learn how to create bracelets, add beads, manipulate wire, and shape and decorate copper into a pendant using traditional jewelry tools. Come use your creativity and imagination! Taught by Shai Porath, certified Waldorf Handwork Teacher.
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)
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
Return the registration form and full payment to Davis Waldorf School office via mail or in person. Register by May 19 and receive a $10 discount for each week you sign up.
Download our Summer Camp brochure (or call our office and ask
for one 530-753-1651).
Summergarden Director and Teacher Bios
Par Duncan - Camp Director and 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.
Michael De Nardi, Games Instructor, Session 1
Michael’s daughters attended both DWS and SWS, and he served on the DWS Board for 6 years, including Board Chair for 3 years. He coached the girls DWS basketball team for 6 years, and taught Games Week last year. Michael lives in Winters, is active in outdoor sports, loves to tinker in the kitchen and work outdoor in the family olive orchard.
Bill Critchfield, Woodworking Instructor, Session 2
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 3 and 4
Shai is a certified Handwork Teacher and is currently studying 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 and in Petaluma 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.