STEM from the Roots

Go Green

Let your passion for the environment take root!

Are you ready to unplug and get your hands dirty? Explorers will discover the world of sustainable agriculture and learn the science behind a successful harvest. Students will have the opportunity to utilize hands-on learning in the Wake Forest Campus Garden with instruction from world-class staff. Explorers will leave with the knowledge to create their own garden.

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At a Glance


Day Camp Option

Dates: Check back November 1, 2021 for on-campus dates for Summer 2022.

Who Can Apply?: 6th – 8th grade students

Program Length: Monday – Friday

Program Tuition: $995

Day or Overnight Program: Day Program

Overnight Option

Dates: June 20 – 25

Who Can Apply?: 6th – 8th grade students

Program Length: Sunday – Friday

Program Tuition: $1595

Day or Overnight Program: Overnight Program

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all STEM from the Roots participants.

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What You’ll Explore

Topics Covered:

  • Soil Structure
  • Germination
  • Planting
  • Climate Change
  • Life Cycle of a Honey Bee

Hands-On Experiences:

  • Build a Rocket Stove
  • Conduct Soil pH Test
  • Spread Mulch, Compost
  • Planting and Tasting
  • Learn in the Campus Kitchen

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.

STEM from the Roots Cost

Day Camp | $995          Overnight | $1595

Campus Garden Tour
Students working together in the Campus Kitchen
Students in the Campus Garden

A Day in the Life

Overnight Program

  • 8:00 am – Morning Meeting and Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Welcome and Program Introduction
  • 9:30 am – Workshop 1: Photosynthesis and Carbon
  • 11:00 am – Garden Activity: Slake Test
  • 11:30 am – Lunch
  • 12:30 pm – Lab: Assemble Soup Can Rocket Stoves
  • 1:30 pm – Outdoor Activity
  • 2:30 pm – Workshop 2: Plan Your Own Garden
  • 4:30 pm – Debrief for Next Day
  • 5:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 pm – Free Time
  • 9:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

*The “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change. 

Day Program

  • 8:30 am – Drop off
  • 9:00 am – Welcome and Program Introduction
  • 9:30 am – Workshop 1: Photosynthesis and Carbon
  • 11:00 am – Garden Activity: Slake Test
  • 11:30 am – Lunch
  • 12:30 pm – Lab: Assemble Soup Can Rocket Stoves
  • 1:30 pm – Outdoor Activity
  • 2:30 pm – Workshop 2: Plan Your Own Garden
  • 4:00 pm – Pick Up

*The “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change. 

Academic Guide Nathan Peifer

Nathan Peifer

Academic Guide

Nathan Peifer is the Campus as Lab pilot program manager and the WFU Campus Garden Manager. He gained a master’s of divinity degree from the Wake Forest University School of Divinity in 2013, and enjoyed a WFU Campus Garden internship in the summer of 2012. After graduation, Peifer earned a Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture from Central Carolina Community College and worked on several small, organic farms. Peifer served as a Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church (USA) prior to his professional pursuits in agriculture and sustainability. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Peifer resides in Forsyth County and supports community garden initiatives and the local food movement.