Nature Immersion Camp A Pure Connection to the Earth
Session I - Water Wonders June 5 to June 16 Campers will learn about the importance of water through exploration of wet environments. Activities include observing animals that live in wetlands, collecting and purifying water with the use of biofilters, creating a wetland in a pan, making bird baths and twig rafts, constructing water features, and working on our own rain garden. Visits to the Nippersink Forest Preserve will allow observation of wildlife in their lakes, wetlands and marshes.
Session II - Muddy Boots June 19 to June 30 Campers can learn to be Earth Keepers by discovering the wonders that hide under their feet and appreciating the gifts our earth has to offer. We will plant native species by making seed bombs, create clay sculptures, build structures out of mud bricks and paint a Malian mud cloth. Campers will observe animals that live in the school grounds, recognize tracks, study animal habitats and learn how to behave like those animals!
Session III - Up, up and Away July 3 to July 14 (no camp on July 4) The air that surrounds us hosts as much life as the earth and waters. Campers will learn about the important role of the wind by making windsocks, windmills, and wind chimes. They will fly kites and paper planes and find out what makes these go higher and/or faster. Other activities include bird watching, wearing natural camouflage and hiding to observe wildlife, and installing bat houses.
Session IV - Heat Wave July 17 to 28 Fire plays a regenerative role in the natural areas. It is a specific and unique role shaped by the winds and rains. Campers will learn about fire safety and the elements needed to build and maintain a wood fire. They will measure temperature and use the power of the sun to heat up, cook and dry. Activities include building a sun dial, creating a sun catcher, making a volcano and cooking in a dutch oven.
Each session, campers will participate in: - Cultural Activities - Gardening (vegetables and herbs, themed gardens) - Nature Walks and wildlife observation - Outdoor exercise: biking, hiking, yoga, gymnastics, games - Creative Arts: woodland jewelry, painted rocks, using natural elements in art, drawing nature, cloud watching and painting, etc. - Music and singing - Field trips: aquatic center, nature center, forest preserve, etc. - Food preparation - Friday cookouts - Story telling - Family Bonfire and Stargazing: Friday, June 3rd -Family Bonfire and Singalong: Friday, July 21
Half Day: 8:30am to 12:30pm (Children's House only)
Full Day: 8:30am to 3:30pm (Children's House and Elementary)
All Day: 8:30am to 6:00pm
All Days: Monday to Friday
Three Days: Wednesday-Thursday-Friday
200 Footpath Lane at 481 W. Wildspring Rd. Round Lake, IL 60073 (224)225-9224