Woodland Discovery, the nature program that teaches people how to connect with the outdoors, has several summer camps aimed at getting children outside. They are:
• June 6-10: What’s Growing? Learn how to prepare and maintain a garden and what to plant. Learn about plants, vegetables and flowers, composting, stages of plant growth and garden bugs.
• June 13-15: Native American PowWow (three-day camp). Explore the culture of Native Americans, including dances, stories, games and art.
• June 27-July 1: In the Woods, Around the Pond – Who’s Been Here? Explore several habitats and learn about the flora, fauna, birds and animals that live in each. Campers will keep journals about their discoveries and learn about protecting natural resources, including the necessary elements for your own backyard habitat.
• July 6-8: Let’s Go Camping (three-day camp). Set up a campsite, cook over the fire and go hiking. It’s everything great about camping, but with a good night’s sleep in your own bed!
• July 11-15: Eric Carle’s Bugs. Using the inspiration of Eric Carle’s books, explore all kinds of bugs through art, games, hunts and building habitats.
• July 18-22: Woodland Art. Nature is one huge art palette. Get creative ideas flowing using natural materials to create works of art such as drawings, collages, weavings and paintings.
• July 25-29: Outdoor Adventures. “A few dangerous things every child should do”: build a fort, cook on a campfire, throw spears, skip rocks and other ideas that make exploring the woods fun. This camp includes storytelling, learning camp songs and making useful gadgets for outdoor fun.
• Aug. 8-12: Woodland Fairies, Pixies, Gnomes and Trolls. Who is hiding under the rocks and behind the leaves? Study mini-habitats, make costumes and jewelry, go on hunts, have a tea party and learn about valued character traits. Enjoy woodland singing, dancing, art and stories under the trees.
• Aug. 15-19: Frog and Toad. Re-create the world of “Frog and Toad” and act out their stories, make costumes and write your own stories. Get the chance to sing all the frog songs you know. Learn the difference between real frogs and toads, too.
• Aug. 22-26: In My World. Explore the world around you based on picture books of Lois Ehlert. Look at her art and stories about butterflies, squirrels, birds, gardens and ponds and write your own.
Camps are for children 4 to 11 and cost $100 per week or $60 for three-day camps at Woodland Discovery, 8755 Poplar Tent Road. Children should bring their own snacks. For information and to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-439-7764.