Nature Teacher Camp

Thursday, July 7-Sunday, July 10, 2022

Seacoast Science Center

570 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH

We are thrilled to offer our first ever Nature Teacher Summer Camp! This extended weekend event is full of artist-led workshops, community building, naturalist guided walks, and more. Summer camp is not just for children! Whether you are a formal nature-based educator, public school teacher, administrator, child care provider, or caregiver, this event is designed to feel like your own summer camp experience! 


About this Nature-Based Training

Inspired by the skills evening at our Nature-Based Teacher Certification live course, this new opportunity brings you all of the fun of summer camp with an art focus. Join us as we learn from artists with a nature-centric approach and gain new skills to feed our creative, nature-lovin' souls! While the skills we gain can translate to the work we do with children, the focus is on growing your own personal artistic abilities and creative mind. Training is ideal for educators working with children from 3 years old-3rd grade. Some meals are provided, but bring your canteen for drinks.

ERAFANS will provide a professional development certificate at the conclusion of the event. Please dress for the weather, as 100% of this event will take place outdoors, and don't forget your canteen!

Schedule


THURSDAY, 6 PM - 9 PM

Welcome to Nature Teacher Camp! Join us for networking, an evening nature walk, and orientation to the program. 

FRIDAY, 8:30 AM - 8 PM

Full day of workshops; breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

SATURDAY, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Full day of workshops, breakfast and lunch included.
Optional Isles of Shoals tour in the evening.

SUNDAY, 8:30 AM - 12 PM
Closing session with group installations; breakfast included.

Workshop Descriptions


We'll share more sessions and details as they are scheduled, so stay tuned! 


Awakening Creativity through Nature Arts
Presenter: 
Shelby Montgomery, The Forest Preschool at Carrie Murray Nature Center 

Kick off our time together by exploring what drives you as an educator and artist. Whether you are brand new to exploring creative arts or are a seasoned artist, we'll reflect on the passion and interests that bring us to this work. 

Nature Journaling for Educators
Presenter: Clare Walker Leslie, author of Keeping a Nature Journal

Clare Walker Leslie joins us to help you set up your own Nature Journal. Using simple prompts with word and image, veteran Journal Keeper, Clare, will show you how this method of record keeping connects you to the happenings of nature around you, as scientists have done for centuries. With simple Journal note taking of Date, Place, Time, Weather, Sunrise/Sunset, plant and animal and landscape descriptions, Clare will set you up as a Citizen Scientist with this beautiful, creative journaling practice.

Wet Felting 
Presenter: Sara Crosslin, Seacoast Waldorf School

Seacoast Waldorf Schools' Handwork teacher, Sara Crosslin, joins us to help you explore the practice of wet felting. Using simple techniques that can easily be replicated in the outdoor classroom, we will use nature to inspire our creations and go home with some new creations to add to our morning circle or loose parts collection. 

Seaweed Printing
Presenter: Nikki Annelli, Seacoast Science Center 

Capture the beauty of the rocky shore ecosystem with seaweed printing! SSC Exhibit, Program, and Marine Mammal Assistant, Nikki Annelli, will introduce some of the rocky shore's common seaweed species and guide you through the process of collecting and pressing some beautiful specimens. You'll leave with a new appreciate for these unique littoral zone plants! 

Exploring Process Art...with Nature! 
Presenter: Alli Flynn, Nature-Based Educator

Do you love watching your students bond, relax, and connect while crafting in your program? This session captures that energy and relaxed feel while introducing you to new creative techniques. Seasoned nature-based educator, Alli Flynn, will introduce a couple of practices and then set you free to experiment and create together. Participants can plan to play around with cyanotype prints, stone work, wood working, and more! 

Harvesting and Using Natural Pigments
Presenter: Nathan Allard

You can create watercolor and tempera base paints using pigments harvested from natural materials in your own backyard! Join Maine based artist, Nathan Allard, in an exploration of the natural pigments found along the rocky shore. Then, make some of your own paints and test them out! 

Accommodations

Accommodations are not included in your registration, but there are plenty of wonderful places to stay nearby in Portsmouth and Rye, NH. The Fairfield Inn by Marriott and the Inn at Rye Place offer nearby lodging, and there are plenty of AirBnB options in the area as well. 

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