In our Children’s Nature series, we strive to foster young people’s interest, understanding and appreciation of nature, community and self. We offer camps and courses during the summer and school year for children (ages 6 – 10). Today’s children and families often have limited opportunities to connect with the natural environment. The modern family life has changed dramatically in the last two decades. Children spend more time viewing television and playing video games on computers than they do being physically active outside. Families are eating more processed, high-calorie foods due to busy schedules, which make a family sit-down meal a rare event. These changes have led to an epidemic of childhood obesity, which presents serious health threats for children. These threats include obesity, heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, as well as social and psychological problems.
In the past decade, the benefits of connecting to nature have been well documented in numerous scientific research studies and publications. Collectively, this body of research shows that children’s social, psychological, academic, and physical health is positively impacted when they have daily contact with nature.
Our camps and courses allow children to experience nature and the elements. Children will discover, experience and learn how to take in and process information. We teach children how to learn, and not what to learn. Rhythms of life are learned from nature, drum circles, and movement education. Anxiety, low self-esteem, concentration issues and fear of failure seem to disappear as children experience life and living through the influence of horses, farm animals and nature.
Through this ongoing and innovative program, children will stop wondering how smart they are, and discover how they are smart!
Through fun interactive games and activities, children will learn about, and practice: stealth, camouflage, missions and challenges, navigation missions with or without a compass, decoding the language of the birds, move like an animal in its natural habitat, animal tracking, unseen and unheard movement.
Children will also be learning about making fire with matches and friction, safe and effective fire tending techniques, how to build or find primitive shelters, campfire cooking, off-trail exploration, and how to detect and spot wildlife. All these activities will take place on our 105 acre farm. Children will be spending their days in the “great outdoors”, and will be experiencing weather and nature all day long. Please dress your children for the weather and let them know that their days will be spent outside….device free! In the case of severe inclement weather or thunder storms activities will be held in the gym or class room.