2018 Summer Program
Join us at our 12-acre early childhood campus for a wholesome summer of outdoor exploration and relaxed fun. 10 weekly sessions include gardening, nature crafts, stories, songs, games, and woodland adventures!
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Ten Weeks of Summer Fun!
8am–3:30pm | $200/week
Extended Care 3:30–5:30pm | $25/week
Not in session July 4th week
Register for all 10 weeks by May 1st and receive one week free!
$50/week non-refundable deposit due at registration
Payment in full due by May 25th
Week One : Let the Sun Shine
This week is all about the wonders of the sun! We will do sun-inspired crafts such as sun catchers and sun-dyed t-shirts, plant a sunflower garden, observe the ways the natural world responds to the sun, and make snacks with a sun-oven.
Week Two : Building
Structures large and small will be our focus this week! We will work together to build a larger construction out of materials we find in the woods. We will also build smaller fairy houses and miniature villages, both inside and outside. Finally, we will look at the different ways the animals build their own shelters in nature.
Week Three : Painted Objects
This will be one of our more crafty weeks, and children will make many creations to take home or give as gifts. Outdoor painting projects will include painted animal rocks, decorated shells and wood and cardboard dioramas. We will draw inspiration from the local woodland creatures and the landscapes they live in.
Week Four : Look Up!
What do we see above us during both night and day? How do the clouds move and change throughout the day? Who are the creatures of the daytime and starry night world? We will build homes for the various animals that fly through the sky, and we will plan an early evening “sky watch” to share with families.
Week Five : Water Wonderland
This week we will play as much as possible in the water! We will explore all the wet and watery areas around the woods and fields. We will build a temporary dam to create a lake for sailing simple bark boats. We also will take a look at freshwater and sea creatures of our oceans, lakes, and brooks. What life is in the vernal pool and that muddy realm next to the brook?
Week Six : Printing from Nature
We will do lots of printing crafts projects, using printing materials we find in the natural world around us. We will transfer prints using the power of the sun, creating t-shirts, flags, cards, and more.
Week Seven : Look Down!
July 30–August 3
Let’s explore the earth beneath our feet. What kinds of life makes their home in this kingdom? What do our feet come into contact with? What are the many ways we use our feet? We will draw and paint with our feet, and make slippers and, of course, do lots of digging!
Week Eight : Weaving
We will create yarn and stick dream catchers and hear stories and songs of native people and the origins of the craft. We will weave outdoor mobiles to take home at the end of the week. Older children will build outdoor stick looms and weave with natural materials they gather here or at home. The gathering process will take us through field and forest, offering many opportunities to learn about the diverse plant growth that surrounds us.
Week Nine : Trees and Plants
We will experience the life cycle of the tree by examining trees, stumps, and rotting logs in the lower forest. What creatures dwell within and beneath? This will be a great week for the child who just wants to be outside exploring. We will build moss terrariums to take home and use them as a temporary home for crawly creatures we encounter.
Week Ten : Where is the Wind?
We will find ways to make wind visible. How can we witness its wonders in our surroundings from carrying seeds abroad to cloud movement? We will build kites and fly them (if our brother wind cooperates!). The older children will look at wind as energy. Together they will build a simple wind turbine and make their own “puff mobiles”– wind powered miniature vehicles.