Summer Adventure Camps
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous "
Aristotle

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Join us on the farm this summer with games, stories, activities, experiments, and ideas about living lightly on Planet Earth. We believe that a child possesses inherent attitudes of care and compassion for fellow creatures, both human and non-human. But the quality of our children's environmental awareness and their sense of wonder in the natural world must be supported, channeled, and encouraged in order for them to fully develop a respect for the beauty and complexity of ther planetary home.
The development of environmental awareness in young children is definitely a joint project. As Rachel Carson has pointed out, shared experiences with trusted adults are essential in fostering a deep and lasting compassion for the Earth and its creatures in children.  If their parents, other family members, and teachers surround them with an evident attitude of compassion and concern for the planet we all share, they will grow up with a deep-rooted connectedness with the natural world. There isn't much a young child can do about global concerns such as; pollutants in our air, water and soil, or the chopping down of the world's rainforests and destruction of unique habitats. But even young children can be aware of the freshness of the air on a spring day, the sight and sound of a mountain stream, the majesty of a great tree, and this is were it all begins; with awareness, with love of the Earth - which, when ingrained in our children, will grow with them into adulthood.

The natural curiosity of children about the world and their place in it can be no better served than by combining the worlds offered at Funny Farm Adventure Camp with the reinforcement offered by activities which actually put a child in contact with the cycles of life.

Session 1 - The Circle of Day and Night

The sun we take for granted is much more than a big light bulb in the sky. The sun supplies the Earth with many forms of energy that warm the land and seas, nourish plants, create clouds, and provide light. During this session, your child will celebrate the joy of living each day, explore the rudiments of solar energy, and discover the movement of the Earth that causes day and night. They will also explore the other half of a day, when the sun is invisible to us - but when over half of the creaturs on the planet wake up and become active. Together, we will wonder about the many other stars like "our" sun and examing how other animals trive in the deep, dark night.

Session 2 - Earth Celebrations Throughout The Year


In ancient times, celebrations and festivals were firmly rooted in seasonal cycles because the lives of juman beings wre affectd by the changing relationship between the Sun and the Earth. Many tradional holidays of today have their origins in the changing of the seasons. Although a few remnants of the original focus remain, they are often lost in today's commercialism. by returning to the Earth as a basis for our festivals, we can make the natural world and its cycles a more intimate part of our lives. The celebrations and activities in this session have been developed to reacquaint you and your children, in a very real sense, with the seasonal wonders of the Earth.

Session 3 - Wonders in a Garden


Young children are fascinated by the natural wold and take every opportunity to dig right in! Curiosity is so strong that your child will observe, poke, pull, and dissect in order to satisfy their need to know. We will harness this inquisitiveness about how things grow and encourage a kinship between your child and plant life by engaging in some hands-on activities with soil; seeds, and plants. Teaching your child to respect the Earth through growing things is one of the greatest treasures we can give them. And as their gardening mentor, you will find it exciting to witness their growth in understanding. We will provide fun, healthy exercises for everyone, and it will teach your child about the seasons, the cycles of plants, and food production. So, we will roll up our sleeves, pull on our gardening gloves, and dig in !

Session 4 - Trees are Terrific !


Trees may be the most important and useful plants on our Earth. They provide us with oxygen we need to breathe, water that is vital to all living things, food for both animals and people, wood that we depend on for our houses, furniture, and paper products - not to mention the oasis of shade on a steamy summer's day. Children are naturally drawn to the majesty and adventure of a tree. Together, we will explore the complexity, necessity, and beauty of trees.

Session 5 - Wet and Wonderful !

Of all of the natural resources that people take for granted, none is more plentiful - or more fragile - than water. Staying healthy depends upon keeping all water as clean as possible. Pollution can come back to us in drinking water and it presents a danger to fish and other creatures that live in the sea. We will provide a variety of experiences that will introduce your children to the problems associated with water pollution. By becoming aware of their close relationship with water, your child will develop a respect for this precious resouce and take an cative rold in conserving and preserving it.

Session 6 - Home, Sweet Home


When young children think about their homes, they usually think of the buildings in which they live. But a home is much more than a building. To begin with, the house in which you live is also a neighborhood for many kinds of creatures - the spider that sets up housekeeping in the corner of your bedroom and the mouse that lives in your attic share this environment with your family. Although it may not appear so, the environment is fragile. If just one of the four basic needs is removed from a habitat, the animals and plants suffer. Our environment is full of plants and animals that live and grow in an environment that's just right for them, whether it's a desert climate or a wet, damp one. Each place in which a plant or animal lives is unique and provides the exact needs to sustain its life.

Session 7 - Going, Going, Gone...?

It is believed in the scientific community that the current rate of extinction on our planet is one to three species per day. In the world today, there are over five hundred federally listed threatened and endangered species, and many more are considered rare and might soon be listed. it is the alteration or the elimination of an animal's habitat that causes its populations to fall and endangers its survival. This session takes advantage of children's curiosity about dinosaurs to the plight of today's endangered creatures, children can better understand the current problems faced by these animals in our fragile and interconnected ecosystem.




 

 

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