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2020 Alumni Weeks

Week 4 is the designated “Alumni Week”. We welcome all of our Wildflowers Nature School pre-school alumni to join us at Camp that week, and they will be given priority registration. Week 3 is overflow alumni week, for those who can’t make Week 4, or if Week 4 becomes full. Bev and Buzz will be mentoring those weeks and they would love to see your pre-school graduates again. Join us if you can!

Earth Camp 2020 Registration Now Open!

Registration for Earth Camp 2020 is now open. We are delighted to have Jamie Malone aka Sunshine, returning again as Earth Camp Director for 2020. We are also excited that Emma Bell will be returning as mentor. And Bev and Buzz will be assisting for weeks 3 and 4. With Jamie as Director, and Emma as assistant, and all of our returning campers and pre-school alumni, we look forward to another set of awesome Earth Camp sessions!

There are four weeks of day camp this year. We are again expecting to fill all of our available spaces, so please register early to secure your spot. Children will be enrolled on a first come, first served basis, with priority assigned to returning campers and alumni of Wildflowers Nature School.  As sessions become full, registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

Week 4 has been designated as “Preschool Alumni Week”. We are encouraging alumni of Wildflowers Nature School Preschool to enroll in that week, and registration priority will be given to them for that week. Bev and Buzz will be assisting for weeks 3 and 4, and are looking forward to seeing your children!

Jamie Malone returns as Director of Earth Camp 2020

We are so pleased to welcome back Jamie Malone as Director of Earth Camp this year! She returns this summer after hiking the entire length of the Appalacian Trail with her whole family last summer. Welcome Back Jamie! And we will have Emma Bell assisting her as an experienced Earth Camp mentor. Should be another great year of Earth Camp!

We Look forward to seeing all of you again this summer!

2019 Earth Camp Registration Now Open

We have firmed up our dates, and registration for Earth Camp 2019 is now open. We are delighted to have Vanessa Eyen, the original founder of Earth Camp, to return as Earth Camp Director for 2019. With Vanessa as Director, and all of our returning campers and pre-school alumni, we look forward to another set of awesome Earth Camp sessions!

There are four weeks of day camp this year, the same as last year. We are again expecting to fill all of our available spaces, so please register early to secure your spot. Children will be enrolled on a first come, first served basis, with priority assigned to returning campers and alumni of Wildflowers Nature School.  As sessions become full, registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

Week 1 has been designated as “Preschool Alumni Week”. We are encouraging alumni of Wildflowers Nature School Preschool to enroll in that week, and registration priority will be given to them during that week.

New for this year are 2 weeks of backpacking camp. One week for boys and one week for girls. This is for ages 9-15. Campers will meet for the day on Monday to learn the essentials of backpacking. Then we will go on a 4 night overnight. Details are in the handbook.

Earthcamp 2019 Dates Coming Soon

Hi Campers! Sorry for the late rollout this year. Earthcamp will be held this summer. We are still working out dates and other details. Expect registration to be available sometime in the next couple of weeks. We will be sending out an email when that happens. Thank you for your support.

Rates for 2018 on a Sliding Scale

You might have noticed that we did not raise the rates for camp this year.  In order to allow campers to attend camp, who may otherwise find it unaffordable, we kept the low end of the sliding scale the same as last year.  If you are able to pay more than the low end of the scale, we have much gratitude that you are helping make camp affordable for everyone.  Thank you!

2018 Earth Camp Registration Now Available

We have firmed up our dates, and registration for Earth Camp 2018 is now open. We are again delighted to have Jamie Malone return as Earth Camp Director for 2018. With Jamie as Director, and all of our returning campers and pre-school alumni, we look forward to another set of awesome Earth Camp sessions!

There are four weeks this year, one more than last year. We are again expecting to fill all of our available spaces, so please register early to secure your spot. Children will be enrolled on a first come, first served basis, with priority assigned to returning campers and alumni of Wildflowers Nature School.  As sessions become full, registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

Week 2 has been designated as “Preschool Alumni Week”. We are encouraging alumni of Wildflowers Nature School Preschool to enroll in that week, and registration priority will be given to them during that week.

2017 Earth Camp Registration Now Available

We have firmed up dates and personnel and are now open for registration.  We are so delighted to have Jamie Malone return as Earth Camp Director for 2017.  This promises to be one of the best Earth Camp sessions ever!

There are only three weeks this year, so please register early to secure your spot.  Children will be enrolled on a first come, first served basis, with priority assigned to returning campers and alumni of Wildflowers Nature School.  A waiting list will be kept for additional enrollment, following same priority.

Week 2 has been designated as “Alumni Week”.  We are encouraging alumni of Wildflowers Nature School Preschool to enroll in that week, and registration priority will be given to them during that week.

2017 Earth Camp welcomes back Jamie Malone as Director

We are so pleased to welcome back Jamie Malone as Director of Earth Camp this year! This will be another exciting summer of Earth Camp! We are currently deciding on dates, and will announce them soon. Sorry for the late notice, but with the delay we were able to put together a staff that will certainly make this one of the best years ever for Earth Camp.

Registration will be available soon. The web-site will be updated first, then we will send out an email to announce dates and registration.  Register early to assure your spot.

We Look forward to seeing all of you again this summer!

“Phoenix Rising” week for ages 8-14

This year we are introducing older children and early teens to the experience of an overnight camp, with 2 regular days of camp & the other 3 days living on the land here (2 nights). Ages 8-14 will be treated to an amazing week inspired by the preparation for Rites of Passage that is done in many countries with healthier cultures around transitions than ours. I’m excited about the research we’re doing on this special age and many of the customs in other lands.  I’ve consulted Masai personally and researched other cultures about how they provide for growth of children this age.  These 2 inspiring Masai from Kenya told me that they, like many other cultures we’ve studied, have a Rite of Passage for children anywhere between the ages of 8-14.  At one point, she said to bring the kids to Africa and they will share the experience their kids get with them.  Start saving because I’m starting to dream of Summer 2018 taking a group of families to Kenya!

The kids here at Earth Camp’s new “Phoenix Rising” week will be improving their skills in caring for themselves & others in wild situations (such as learning to make spears or bows & arrows, build shelters & fire by friction) and be entrusted with responsibility.  Whether the child is just starting to get bigger responsibilities at home & school, or peer relationships are starting to trump family, or whether they’re experiencing pre-pubescent changes, or in that hard time of early teens, they’re in a time in life of reinvention.  “Phoenix Rising”.  It’s our hope that this week will bring their core and strength a beautiful new self-perspective, empowering them to grow with gratitude, resiliency, and respect.  The week will end culminating in a ceremony at the end of the week.  We’ll have a special staff that week of 2 mentors with experience in this arena, Rebecca and Vinnie.  (See bios).  Buzz & I will be present in some way every day & night plus our director Spinnerets will be there in late afternoons & evenings on the 2 overnights.  So don’t worry, we’ll have probably 4 or 5 of us (for 14 kids) around at bedtime for extra attention at that magic hour for kids. We have almost 5 acres of land that borders on open space with a creek, woods, and meadows, so it’s a good site for them to learn camping under the stars, too.

I know if you have an 8 year old you’re thinking “What?  Rites of Passage?  He’s just a kid!”  Of course he/she is & nature is the best place to keep the “kid” in kids.  But, don’t blink.  I was surprised to find the Masai lump the 8’s in with the 14’s, too.  But the reality is that many 9 year olds and most 10 year olds (girls especially) these days start experiencing changes.  The important part of preserving childhood is that 1) they have abundant opportunities and support in playing like a child well into their teens, 2) they have opportunities, activities, conversations, & support that meet them right where they’re at for any given moment. Kids are both child & tween, and then child & teen, for many years.

P.S. Careful how you present this to your kids.  “Rites of Passage” can be concerning for kids in our culture not accustomed to it.  Some may want to avoid the idea, with visions of teary challenges or talking about puberty, etc. that today’s kids might conjure in their heads at the thought of a focus on “Rites of Passage” (no, neither of those are planned).  In the end, this week of camp is just a “Big Kids to Early Teens” week, with appropriate challenges and experiences to celebrate where they’re at.