Youth Programs

Sankofa Community Farm Youth Internship

Young woman holding large bowl of gooseberriesEvery year, Sankofa Community Farm works with a cohort of paid youth interns from Southwest Philadelphia who learn, practice, and teach sustainable and traditional farming practices, food sovereignty, food nutrition and preparation, and more. Year-round curriculum is rooted in the history and culture of the African Diaspora.

Sankofa comes from the Twi language of modern-day Ghana, meaning to “go back and get it”. It’s part of a larger phrase, Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi, a proverb meaning It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.

We are not currently accepting applications for this internship. For more information about Sankofa Community Farm, please click here.

Denkyem River Guardians Youth Internship

Young man in blue hat and yellow life vest looks off while rowing boat on riverDenkyem River Guardians is a paid high school internship where students develop an understanding of their own relationship to water—how it impacts them, and how they impact it. Students in the program work across the year in a program that ebbs and flows, adapting and reacting to the social, political and natural changes around them. Guardians create projects around the historical and social context of watershed issues affecting the Lower Schuylkill River.

Denkyem is the ancient Adinkra symbol for crocodile, representing the adaptability and cleverness of the crocodile’s ability to live in the water yet still breathe air.

We are not currently accepting applications for this internship. For more information about the Bartram’s Garden river programs, please click here.

Royal By Nature

Royal By NatureRoyal By Nature is a free summer camp program run by The ECO Foundation which serves children and youth living in West and Southwest Philly. Young people work side by side with the children they serve to grow food, fish, and connect with nature and each other. In addition, they take courses designed to holistically educate, empower, and inspire them.
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Family Programs

Bartram's Garden Family ProgramsBartram’s Garden hosts two programs specifically for children and youth learners.

Little Explorers is a monthly garden adventure for toddlers (ages 2–4) and their caregivers. Programs include crafts, snacks, performances, and an exciting exploration in the garden.

Homeschooler Days are for homeschooled students, ages 5–13, and meets monthly, with both morning and afternoon sessions to choose from. This year’s topics range from botany to colonial cooking, from navigation to creating music from birdsong! Learn More