By Carol Muzik

A small wren builds her nest under the eaves of our shed in the same place she’s been coming to for years, while a song sparrow belts out his song with power and strength from the top of our apple tree. From the lake, grebes and Canada geese call to each other.  Nearby, busy hummingbirds zip back and forth defending their territory. We open all the windows to let the beautiful morning in, and decide to go outside to listen to appreciate everything more closely.  We want to be a part of it, and it brings so much joy. 

That joy and desire to be in and around nature, is the mission we have at The Art of Nature Summer Camp.  We want to bring that appreciation to kids.  Statistics show that children are not getting outside as much as past generations did, and The Kaiser Foundation found that kids spend a daily average of 6.5 hours in front of a media screen.  Some numbers that show that figure is even higher.

We’ve developed the week-long day camp in light of what we feel these statistics could mean for children’s immediate and future appreciation of our planet.   Each day at camp will have a different nature theme – Water, Wildlife, Forests, Plants, and Energy – with a big focus on art.  All of our art, nature, and play activities will relate to the theme of the day.  The mornings will begin at the big log house in Coeur d’Alene with a Native American ceremony and story to connect the campers to nature, each other, and to the mission of the day.  Then, we’ll set off on the day’s art, nature, and play experiences.  Teaching artists Marci Wing, Chelsea Cordova, and Carol Muzik have lots of fun art projects in store throughout the week and we’re bringing in numerous teachers to share the science lessons related to the day’s theme.  

The Art of Nature Day Camp will be held July 8th – 12th, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.  Base camp for the 30 campers will be at the big log house on 7th street in Coeur d’Alene.  Camp fees for each student for the whole week are $175 per camper.  We are offering several scholarships for a discounted fee if the parent is willing to assist for a day.  Campers will receive a t-shirt and the fees cover healthy organic snacks, all art supplies, and transportation to nature sites.    

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