Hidden Villa Summer Camps: Fostering a love of nature and food

Courtesy of Hidden Villa
Hidden Villa Summer Camps provide educational experiences that build connections and inspire a deeper appreciation and respect for nature. Children work in the garden at the Los Altos Hills-based wilderness preserve, above. 

• Mission: Hidden Villa fosters educational experiences that build connections and inspire a deeper appreciation and respect for nature, food and one another.

• 2019 update: Hidden Villa Summer Camps celebrated 75 years last season. The first season of camp in 1945 drew 62 campers.

“We are proud to continue the tradition and serve over 1,400 members of the community by providing meaningful experiences and lifelong memories for children and youth at Hidden Villa’s farm and wilderness,” Jessica DuVal, director of communications, said in an email.

Hidden Villa added two new programs this year: a day camp program for 10- and 11-year-olds and a farm-based cooking program for campers ages 12-14. Both programs are slated to be offered again next year. With the addition of the new day camp programs, Hidden Villa created a Day Camp Management

team, led by the Youth Development team.

“This year-round staffing model provided the opportunity for campers to receive higher-quality facilitation, experience and expertise,” DuVal said.

• Why the Holiday Fund is needed: Because of community donations, 215 youths received camp scholarships totaling more than $200,000 last year.

According to DuVal, donors provide “the opportunity for hundreds of young people to experience Hidden Villa summer camp and continue the vision created by our founders 75 years ago.”

Hidden Villa Summer Camps

Location: 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills

Founded: 1945

Annual budget: $1.37 million

Staff: 5 year-round employees; 58 seasonal camp employees


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