Academic Summer Camp

Academic Summer Camp is Apple Ridge Farm’s flagship program, providing low-income children ages 6-16 with a daily mix of academic enrichment, social emotional learning, play, and outdoor activity.  Instructional areas focus on reading, writing, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), environmental education, team building, and leadership skills.  Campers enjoy outdoor hiking, learning about organic agriculture, swimming, tennis, rock climbing, and even zip lining! 

2020 Registration Dates – Additional Dates will be posted

April 25, 2020 (CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19) – Family Fun Day – Registration & Health Screening – Strauss Park (Wilmont)

May 9, 2020 (CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19) – Family Fun Day – Registration & Health Screening – Fallon Park

We will only provide health screenings at our Family Fun Day events (April 25 and May 9) (CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19). If you are unable to attend these events, you must provide a copy of your child’s annual physical exam with your application. The physical exam must be valid until August 7, 2020.

2020 Session Dates

Session 1 (Ages 6-11): June 15 – July 19

Session 2 (Ages 12-16): July 27 – August 7

Required Application Documents (Updates for 2020)

This year we will require additional documents to be accompanied with the application. Apple Ridge Farm is primarily funded by grants and donations. It is important that Apple Ridge Farm and the families we serve complete all required documentation to secure the funding to make our programs happen.

Application for Summer Camp

Completed Health Screening Form / Physical Exam 

Proof of Residency (Driver’s License, I.D.) – Parent/Guardian

Citizenship Status

3 months of current, consecutive bank statements*

2 months of consecutive pay stubs*

Current/upcoming year benefits statement (if applicable)

*Income must be verified for all household members 18 years and older.


Academic Summer Camp is free of charge to qualifying low-income children and is primarily supported by donations and grants. A sliding scale is available for non-qualifying families. Please contact the office for information on the sliding-scale.

College Campus Trips & Career Day

Apple Ridge Farm coordinates college visits and career days for campers. Campers have the opportunity to visit college campuses and to learn about academic programs, the college atmosphere, admission and scholarship opportunities. During our career days, campers learn from local leaders about their profession and their career track.

If you are a community leader interested in presenting for Career Day, please e-mail us at or call (540) 982-1322.

2020 Career Days – July 1 and July 29.


Apple Ridge Farm’s organic agriculture education programs employ creative techniques that increase student exposure to fresh produce, while educating them on how food is grown. “Apple Ridge Farm Grows!” is a collaborative effort to effectively address health and economic disparities facing low-income neighborhoods by developing a local sustainable food system within the food deserts of Northwest Roanoke. This project will ultimately lead to a network of urban farms in the low-income neighborhoods of Northwest Roanoke, accompanied by programs to increase awareness of the availability and benefits of fresh, nutritional foods.

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Environmental Education

The Environmental Education Program affords children the opportunity to learn about biology, ecology, and conservation through field identification of terrestrial and aquatic species inhabiting the Apple Ridge ecosystem, and hands-on learning about life cycles, adaptation, and conservation of each species.  Our Environmental Education programs focus on developing a direct appreciation and understanding of our natural world while correlating with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs). In addition to its inclusion in Academic Summer Camp, our Environmental Education program is marketed to school systems and organizations throughout the Roanoke Valley and five surrounding counties.  

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Aspire Mindset

The Aspire Mindsets program teaches the workplace skills most in demand by employers, and provides the first steps towards workplace success through employment as Junior Counselors at Academic Summer Camp. This Leadership and Mentoring Program is the program which helps high school youth develop the positive mindsets that will enable them to make good choices and act in ways that promote success in school and in life.


A+STEM Academy is an after school program that allows students to apply knowledge gained from school in a context that is STEM focused which promotes a deeper learning and reinforcement of the skills in a fun and creative way while supporting the growth and development of the whole child.

Apple Ridge Farm currently works with Hurt Park Elementary School 21st Century Program to grow and nurture their school garden. During these learning session, students learn about gardening, the food system, and have an opportunity to taste what they grow! 


EBase USA is a 40ft long by 10ft wide, off-grid classroom, powered by 18 solar panels, and a wind turbine. The solar and wind power is stored in 24 batteries which provide enough energy to power equipment and activities. EBase USA is part of a global EBase movement started in 2008 by Sir Robert Swan, polar explorer and environmentalist.  Our EBase (Educational Base) is an off-grid classroom designed to teach young people about sustainability and climate change.  ARF designed its EBase curriculum to teach young people about sustainability and climate change. For a lesson in sustainability and climate change, please contact our main office. 

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