Adventures in Food, Nature + Community
MEarth Summer Day Camps are immersive, inspiring week-long camps on the one-of-a-kind, 10-acre Hilton Bialek Habitat. Campers explore and harvest from our summer gardens, gain culinary skills in our state-of-the-art, LEED-certified classroom, and explore the wonders of the abundant plants and animals at the Habitat.
BeforeCare + AfterCare will also be available, for an additional fee, during EcoCamp to help support working families.
Our EcoCamp Leadership (ECL) Program offers young teens an opportunity to learn leadership skills, as they engage and facilitate campers’ activities.
Early Bird Registration | February 22 – March 30, 2017
Regular Registration | Starting March 31, 2017
Scholarship Application Deadline | April 14, 2017
Scholarship recipients will be notified by email on April 28, 2017.
ECL Application Deadline | February 28 – April 21, 2017
ECLs will be notified by email on April 28, 2017.
It’s never too early to start growing the next generation of eco-superstars! New for 2017, MicroGreens invites our youngest campers to explore the magical wonders of MEarth’s bountiful summer gardens and kitchens. Sensory exploration, nature-inspired art, singing, storytelling, and introductory culinary skills will keep your MicroGreen busy and engaged!
Campers enrolling in Kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade in Fall 2017
Early Bird | February 21 – March 30, 2017 | $170
Regular | Starting March 31, 2017 | $195
Monday – Friday
10:00am – 1:00pm
June 12 – 16 | FULL: Waitlist ONLY
July 31 – August 4
Join us for an immersive, inspiring week on the one-of-a-kind, 10-acre Hilton Bialek Habitat. Campers explore the diversity of wildlife and native plants on the land, while planting and harvesting fruits and veggies in the organic garden. In our state-of-the-art, LEED-certified classroom, campers prepare MEarth’s bounty into tasty snacks daily. In addition to an abundance of hands-on activities and take home nature-based arts&crafts, campers will learn simple eco-practices to live a more sustainable life—and help their families shrink their carbon footprint too. Each week culminates in an unforgettable garden-to-table family lunch in the outdoor kitchen!
Campers enrolling in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade for Fall 2017
Early Bird | February 22 – March 30, 2017 | $325
Regular | Starting March 31, 2017 | $350
Monday – Friday
9:00am – 3:00pm
June 19 – 23
June 26 – 30
BeforeCare + AfterCare
Fee | $95 per week
BeforeCare Hours | 8:00am – 9:00am
AfterCare Hours | 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Grow.Cook.Eat. | A Culinary Bootcamp returns for its second year, offering a week-long intensive program for middle school-aged aspiring chefs. Campers are immersed in the simple joy of learning how to harvest and cook foods that are healthy for both the people who eat them, and the land on which they are grown. Local chefs and guest teachers join us to share restaurant management knowledge, help campers hone their cooking skills, and build on kitchen basics. The week culminates with a “pop-up” style dinner for parents in our LEED-certified classroom.
Campers enrolling in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade for Fall 2017
Early Bird | February 22 – March 30, 2017 | $425
Regular | Starting March 31, 2017 | $450
July 10 – 14
The EcoCamp Leadership Program is an exciting opportunity for capable and fun-loving youth, who enjoy working with children, to take on leadership roles in our camps. EcoCamp Leaders (ECLs) assist MEarth instructors and staff in making camp a nurturing and joyful experience for all campers, while gaining leadership and eco-changemaking skills to apply to their own lives moving forward.
ECLs must be enrolling in 6th*, 7th, 8th, or 9th grade for Fall 2017
* Must have previous MEarth Summer Day Camp experience; ONLY MicroGreens camp weeks will be available for entering 6th grade ECL applicants.
ECL Sessions + Program Hours + Fees
Monday – Friday | 9:30am – 1:30pm | $100
June 12 – 16
July 31 – August 4
Monday – Friday | 8:30am – 3:30pm | $175
Session 1 + Session 2
June 19 – 23 + June 26 – 30
July 17 – 21 + July 24 – 28
Mandatory ECL Trainings*
Thursday June 8, 2017
Friday June 9, 2017
*exact times to be announced with sufficient notice. Alternate training dates may be available.
EcoCamp Leadership Program Application Process
Online Application Due | February 28 – April 21, 2017
EcoCamp Leaders Notified by Email | April 28, 2017
ECL Program Fees Due | May 5, 2017
ECL Application opens February 28
MEarth is committed to offering camp enrollment to youth in financial need. For 2017, both full and partial scholarships are available for award to eligible Monterey County youth.
Thanks to our generous supporters, approximately 30% of campers receive scholarships each summer. We especially want to thank Pebble Beach Company Foundation, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, and Carmel-by-the-Sea Garden Club for making Camper Scholarships for 2017 possible.
We are hiring enthusiastic and experienced seasonal staff to support our summer camp programs at MEarth. Click HERE to read job descriptions and please help us spread the word. Job positions available are:
- Summer Camp Assistant
- Summer Camp EcoLeadership Program Coordinator
- Summer Camp Lead Instructor
- Summer EcoCamp Program AfterCare Assistant
We are looking for high school students who will play a key role in supporting camp logistics for our MicroGreens and EcoCamps, and as peer mentors for our Middle School EcoLeaders. This camp is designed for second-year Monterey Bay Aquarium’s TCL’s or other teens who are familiar with our programs (including past MEarth campers) to continue to learn about their role in environmental stewardship and conservation.
As always, we are looking for volunteers to assist in Summer Day Camp. Please contact Melissa@MEarthCarmel.org for more information or fill out this form.