Earthworks – A Great Opportunity for Kids

Here’s a guest post by Cheri Ringer, Coordinator of Earthcare Education at Earthworks.

Are your children spending too much time with technology? Do your children give you a quizzical look when you suggest that they play outside? If so, Earthworks Summer Day Camp is the perfect place for your children to disconnect from technology and learn about our interconnectedness with all of creation. Earthworks Summer Day Camps are designed for children ages 6-10. We use Project Wild and Project Growing up Wild curriculum, created by the United States Department of Natural Resources. (The curriculum is designed to support state and national educational standards for grades K-12, but don’t tell your children 😊). Weekly day camps run Monday thru Friday from 9am until 3pm. Each day is filled with fun activities, all related to nature. We begin the day with music, then proceed with exploring the variety of habitats on campus, art and nature related games. Earthworks provides two snacks and children bring their own lunch. Residents from Maria Center, an independent living community on campus, join the children twice a week for intergenerational activities. An example of the exploring we do each week include a visit to the farm and greenhouse, fishing, hikes through the woods & prairie and a favorite is “kids playing with kids” (of the goat variety). Art experiences either use or are inspired by our natural surroundings.

 

The Summer Day Camp staff includes Libby McEntee and Xena Newland. Libby is a graduating senior of Knox High School planning to attend IU Bloomington to study molecular biology in the fall. This is Libby’s second year working with the program and she also attended the camp as a child. Xena is an Ancilla College graduate planning to continue her education at IUSB in the fall. Xena is working to become a teacher with a focus on Special Education.

We invite you to enroll your child(ren) in one or more of our six weeks of day camp. Please register online at http://earthworksonline.org/summer-program.html . The cost is $150 per week with a 10% discount for additional siblings. Before and after childcare is available upon request. Scholarships are available for up to 50% of the cost of camp. Earthworks day camp provides a safe environment for children to explore nature.

For additional information, call Earthworks at 574.935.4164 or email Cheri Ringer, Coordinator of Earthcare Education at cringer@poorhandmaids.org

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