Summer Programs 2017

 Salmonberry School is excited to present another amazing line up of summer programs for 2017!

Register early – these programs tend to fill up quickly. 

For more info, or to register, email us at summerprograms@salmonberryschool.org or click on the link below to download your form and send it to Salmonberry School with your payment.  To pay by credit card via Paypal, contact us at the email above.

Download the registration form here: 

Salmonberry Summer Program Registration Form

2017 Salmonberry Summer Programs

  • Elemental Art Camp with Colleen Stewart and Hyo Rhi Kim

June 26–30 9:00 AM–3:00 PM for ages 9-12.

Using air, water, earth, and fire to make art in ancient and not-so-ancient ways, we will explore an array of natural materials some of which we’ll gather and process ourselves. We will dive deep into the color blue with Japanese Shibori indigo dyeing, and making cyanotype sun prints. We will explore concepts of mindfulness and impermanence in art by making nature mandalas and installations in public. We will make mud (clay) into a teacup with our hands, weave with plants, make drawing charcoal out of willow, and more!   $245

  • Beach Combing Adventures with Emmy Gran

June 26–30 9:00 AM–3:00 PM for ages 5-8.

Come play and learn on the beautiful beaches of Orcas Island! Each day we will be exploring a different public beach on Orcas. We will take advantage of low tides to learn about our intertidal and seashore creatures. We will craft and build beach art with all the natural treasures found at the seashore, play games, and enjoy the warm sunshine!   $245

  • Creativity Camp (Circus Arts) with Jamie Mulligan-Smith and Maria Bullock

July 3-7 9:00 AM-3:00 PM for ages 7-12.      THIS CAMP IS NOW FULL

Join Jamie and Maria for an introduction to a variety of circus arts and improvisational movement play that is sure to stir the imagination! Dance, Poi, Hula Hoop, Acro-Balance, Juggling, Tumbling and more will be explored in a safe, fun, nurturing, and cooperative environment.   $265* 

*Program cost includes additional $20 fee for use of the Orcas Christian School’s gym facilities.

  • Nature Art Camp with Emmy Gran

July 3-7 9:00 AM-1:00 PM for ages 3-6.

Join us in an exploration of art through the wild beauty of our school garden. We will be making art both in and with nature. Flowers, leaves and twigs will be our paintbrushes, paper and paint. Children will be making “pop-up” art for the birds and bees to enjoy as well as more permanent pieces to take home and share with their family. Let’s make art while the sun shines!   $245

  • Earthways Nature Education Camp with Cody Beebe

July 10-14 from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM for ages 6-9.    THIS CAMP IS NOW FULL

Salmonberry is excited to host a collaboration again this summer with Earthways Nature Education, based in the Nooksack River valley. This camp will take place away from Salmonberry’s campus at the Glenwood Hatchery. Campers will have the opportunity to learn about the flora and fauna of Orcas Island. Cody will blend story-telling and game playing with learning wilderness survival and basic primitive tool carving skills. Each day campers will spend quiet reflection time at a self-selected “secret spot”. Goals for the week include safely learning wilderness survival skills, understanding and connecting with nature and having fun!   $265*

*Program cost includes additional $20 fee for materials.

  • Exploring Yourself Through Art with Stephanie Iverson

July 10-14 from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM for ages 10-12.

In this class, kids will begin by making their own sketchbook. They will explore themselves through journaling and fun right-brained play, and create personal symbols to express their art-making in different mediums such as collage, paint, charcoal and ink.   $245

  • Farm Camp with Amy Lum   THIS CAMP IS NOW FULL

July 17-21 from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM for ages 5-8.

Come learn about the farm at Salmonberry this summer! During this camp kids will be introduced to a variety of animals, including chickens and other poultry, goats, sheep and more. They will learn plenty of farm facts and fiction through science projects, games, and hands-on craft activities. It’s bound to be a barnyard of fun!    $245

  • Earthways Nature Education Camp with Cody Beebe July 24-28 from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM for ages 9-12.                                Limited Space Available!

Salmonberry is excited to host a collaboration again this summer with Earthways Nature Education, based in the Nooksack River valley. This camp will take place away from Salmonberry’s campus at the Glenwood Hatchery. Campers will have the opportunity to learn about the plants and animals that live on Orcas Island as well as basic landscape navigation. Campers will keep a nature journal and spend quiet reflection time at a self-selected “secret spot”. Cody will blend story telling and game playing with teaching wilderness survival skills, carving technique, spear throwing and stick making. Goals for the week include safely learning wilderness survival skills, understanding and connecting with nature and having fun!   $265*

Program cost includes additional $20 fee for materials.

Literacy through Culinary Arts with Linda Henning

July 24-28 from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM for ages 6-9.

Limited Space Available!

This summer have fun practicing literacy skills while learning to cook foods that are highlighted in stories relevant to the indigenous first peoples of the Pacific Northwest. We will take walks and forage for well-known local edibles. Each day we will prepare a dish to sample, keep a journal of our culinary experiences, write and illustrate our own recipe cards, and read theme related books.   $245

  • Early Childhood Music with Linda Ellsworth

August 7-11 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM for ages 3–6.

Limited Space Available!

Come celebrate the wonder of music! We will sing and dance and explore rhythm and song. We will make a range of simple and beautiful musical instruments to take home and keep. Children’s musician Rachel Buchman will visit our camp several times during the week to lead the children in participatory music and rhythm activities.   $170

  • Adelante Español with Laura Black

August 7-11 from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM for ages 7-12.

Limited Space Available!

¡Bienvenidos, amigos! Grab your passports and let’s explore the Spanish-speaking world together. From Mexico to Chile, España to Cuba we will learn about indigenous and modern cultural traditions while practicing Spanish through conversation, cooking, story, song and dance. All levels welcome.   $245

  • Wet & Wild Water Play Camp with Linda Henning

  August 14-18 from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM for ages 5-8.

Discover the variety of ways to play with water! From watercolor painting, playing with bubble wands, H20 science experiments, and constructing and launching wooden boats, we will get wet and stay cool in the brilliant Orcas Island sunshine that August is known for.    $245

Meet the staff…

Cody Beebe has spent the last 16 years bringing nature and wilderness education to young people throughout the northwest.  Through his Earthways Nature Institute in Maple Falls, WA, Cody provides powerful lessons to young people on a wide range of basic survival skills, wood carving, orienteering and map making, shelter building, fire building and campfire cooking, animal tracking, crafting cordage from wild plants, edible native plants and much more.  Moreover, Cody brings deep awareness to ecological systems and ways of living with respect for and in harmony with the natural world.  Since recently connecting with Salmonberry School students on a semester long study of wilderness skills, Cody has been eager to share his ethic of sustainable living with the wild with the kids of Orcas Island.

Laura Black has 13 years of teaching experience, at both the elementary and middle school levels. She has worked for the past 4 years as Salmonberry’s Spanish teacher. With a degree in Foreign Languages, with an emphasis in Spanish, she has also spent time traveling in several Spanish speaking countries to attend Spanish language school and practice in an immersive capacity with locals.

Maria Bullock is a dynamic teacher who specializes in aerial silks and lyra instruction. She has shared her talent and passion for this with many islanders through her Orcas Island Aerial Acrobatics program.


Linda Ellsworth is Salmonberry’s Early Childhood instructor. She has more than 25 years of teaching experience and is a dedicated advocate of child-centered
education. Linda has a passion for peace education and bringing awareness and compassion for others into the classroom.

Emmy Gran joined the Salmonberry staff in 2013 as the assistant teacher in the elementary program’s primary classroom. Before coming to Orcas she lived in Washington D.C., where she taught classes in urban food systems and organic food production. She passionately combines her love of learning, teaching, and growing food at Salmonberry. In July she will graduate with a Master’s degree in Education from Goddard College.

Linda Henning (M.S. Ed) joined the Salmonberry School community in 2015. She is the lead a in the primary grades classroom. Linda has a strong background in project-based education and experience teaching in the Expeditionary Learning Model. She has taught for over 15 years in preschool-6th grade in diverse classroom settings. Linda was on the founding faculty of Summit Academy in Stanwood, Wa. and Stillwater School in Arlington, Wa. A newcomer to Orcas Island, she thrills at the dramatic shoreline vistas, the restful feeling of the open meadows, and feels at home in the small, friendly island community.

Hyo Rhi Kim is a teacher at Orcas Island Forest School. By working outdoors every day through rain and shine, she has gained a deep appreciation for the space and materials nature provides for child-lead play and growth. Besides enjoying nature with children, she loves to read, make art, and cook. She is excited to bring her experience to Salmonberry to engage the children in creative explorations.

The parent of two Salmonberry alums, Amy Lum is one of the stewards of Lum Farm, home to an array of critters, both feathered and
furry. When not on the farm or at Salmonberry, Amy might be found shearing a sheep or selling wonderful felted creatures at the Orcas Farmer’s Market.

Jamie Mulligan-Smith is a well-loved former teacher at Salmonberry School.  Since leaving her position as Lead Primary Instructor, Jamie has spent time training with Double Edge Theater in western MA, Emerald City Trapeze Arts in Seattle, and currently continues her

AcroBalance training in Portland, OR. She now guides an ongoing bi-weekly class for adults utilizing these skills. She is excited to return to Orcas and share her passions with the community she still feels is her home.

Colleen Stewart teaches Art and is garden keeper at the public school on Orcas. Her artful practices these days include illustrating, mural-ing, gardening, nature mandala assembling, and playing with clay. Enamored with the patient art forms that tell a story and begin with harvesting and preparing a medium from nature, she feels inspired to make art that treads mindfully and creates an experience outdoors.