Summer Camp Recap: Art Outside and We Like Dirt

by Melissa Harding

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Summer Camp Recap is our Friday seasonal segment featuring our summer camp programs. This is the place for camp parents to find pictures of their campers in action and see all the fun things we did all week. It’s also a great place for educators to pick up craft, story and lesson ideas for their own early childhood programs!

This week, we had two simultaneous morning camps. The first, Art Outside, is a nature-based art camp for campers 6-7 years of age. The second, We Like Dirt, is a camp for 2-3 year old children and an accompanying adult that focuses on soil, plants, and bugs. Both camps are full of crafts, games, stories, songs, and lots of fun!

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Art Outside turns traditional art camps on their heads by focusing on the plants and materials that make the art, rather than the art itself. Campers learned why using recycled materials in art projects is important, how the plants they pick for their projects grow and why storytelling is a great way to share what you learn. Throughout the week, campers made puppets, nature weavings and tie-dyed T-shirts. They created art journals and used them to sketch plants in the Conservatory and complete observation and drawing exercises.  Campers loved putting on puppet shows and gathering flowers in the gardens.

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We Like Dirt is our second session of Little Sprouts for the summer. Campers learned what dirt is, where is comes from and who lives in it. They spent the week exploring the ecosystem under the ground, playing games, singing songs and crafting with mud. Campers created mud pies, dug for bugs, and even decorated T-shirts with “muddy” handprints. They loved making friends with worms and learning all about how they turn plants into soil.

Check out the slide show below for more images from the week!

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For more pictures from Summer Camp, check out our Flickr page!

The above pictures were taken by our photography intern, Cory Doman and Christie Lawry.

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