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Ekone Ranch...a place for children of all ages!

401 Ekone Rd. | Goldendale, WA | 98620

Construction Camp

NEW in 2019!

This is a unique opportunity for campers to develop confidence and sense of purpose, and participate in the building of the new Ekone Bunkhouse. Campers will get training in safe construction skills, learn how to handle tools, and collaborate on both larger and smaller woodworking and construction projects at the ranch.


We’ll also spend time on the land looking for materials and gaining inspiration from the natural world, and we’ll take some field trips to friends and neighbors to learn about blacksmithing, finish carpentry, earthen plasters, and creative green-building strategies.

**Note that Construction Campers won’t be riding horses during this camp, but will get to experience all the other aspects of Ekone Magic!**


In 2019 we're offering one session of Construction Camp:

Session 3B: June 30-July 6      Ages 10-18           Tuition: $999        Capacity: 12 campers

*This session runs concurrent to our teen Wrangler Camp, and is geared for campers interested in learning construction and building skills!

Please visit the registration page to find out how to sign up!

Lead Staff for Construction Camp

Liz Coppola

Liz has a special understanding with chickens, but she understands horses and kids pretty well, too.

A dynamic leader and longtime staff member, Liz first came to Ekone as a camper in 1995 and hasn’t missed a summer since.  She is most known around the ranch for her love of all things related to homestead living: fixing things, building things, raising goats, pigs, and poultry, cooking and preserving food, putting in firewood, driving the tractor, having ever more Supreme Adventures in the woods, reading voraciously whenever there's time, and laughing loud enough to be heard from the other side of the ranch!  Liz has lived year-round at Ekone since 2013, and is now the Operations Director, as well as supporting many weeks of summer camp and other programs.  Before coming to live at Ekone full-time, Liz spent six years managing a small pasture-based livestock farm on Vashon Island, WA, raising dairy cows, pigs, sheep, and poultry for the Seattle farmer's markets. 

Liz grew up in SE Portland, and graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she received a BA in Media and Cultural Studies, as well as working at the college’s farm and CSA.  She is also certified in Wilderness First Aid.

Shawn Bergman

A master of figuring things out, Shawn loves nothing more than solving a good puzzle and doing it sustainably...​

Shawn joined the Ekone crew in the spring of 2017, bringing his awesome work ethic, creative problem-solving skills, and the good sense of humor necessary to deal with Ekone's infrastructure. He first visited the ranch in the early 2000s, drawn by the mission and vision of this place, and then spent many years working with other educational organizations and with troubled youth in the wilderness, developing and teaching valuable construction and wilderness skills. He's brought those skills to summer camp here, and his project crews have been known to spontaneously burst into percussive interludes with whatever's on hand--be it recycled rebar, a paint brush, or a five-gallon bucket....

Mindy Schmidt

Mindy finds the fun in EVERYTHING.

Mindy grew up in California, Colorado, and Scappoose, OR, and excels at creative problem-solving and finding the fun in EVERYTHING. After graduating from high school, Mindy spent a year as a full-time Ekone volunteer, learning all about the ins and outs of the ranch facilities. She spent the following winter traveling extensively in Greece, Austria, and Germany, gaining further facilities and horse management skills, and we’re so glad she’s returned to Ekone to share her experience with us! She is so great to have around that we auctioned off a week of her help at 2017's Barbed Wire Ball, and the bidding was intense! In September 2018, Mindy took on the role of Ekone's volunteer coordinator.

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