Peppers, pollinators, cows and mooo-re!


What does summer camp look like at Neighborhood House? Planting peppers in the backyard garden, petting cows at a dairy farm, and investigating the habits of bees and other pollinators. Over 500 kids are exploring the natural world this summer in Neighborhood House programs, engaging their minds and senses, building friendships, and learning to lead through internships and community service.

Through the careful guidance of staff and interns these hands-on field trips, hikes, and outings become pathways into science, math, reading, writing, and the world of ideas.
Without quality summer learning experiences, kids lose as much as 22% of what they learned during the school year. Neighborhood House kids will have ten full weeks of summer camp to stop the “summer slide” keep them moving forward into the school year.

Many thanks to Goeller Family Farms for hosting our little ones at their dairy farm, and to Jeanne Hansen of the Dane County Beekeepers Association for educating our Lead and Learn environmental interns so they can teach the younger ones about some of our finest pollinators.

As summer continues, kids will be growing food in the new Neighborhood House Garden Park at 27th and Richardson, and creating a mural based on their experiences, through a partnership with SHARP literacy and artist Sally Duback.

Like what you see? Make a difference with a summer gift! Your support means families and kids regardless of income can count on a safe, fun, enriching season.

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