We offer a summer session for currently enrolled children. Our program focuses on giving children the opportunity to be outside as much as possible. Several of our regular staff teach in the summer.
Since the publication of Richard Louv’s book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, in 2005, educators began to connect children to the earth and its wonders.
During our summer program, we’re committed to getting children outdoors, so they can get to know the natural world. We invite you to check out the resources below on this topic:
- “Interaction with Nature During the Middle Years: Its Importance to Children’s Development & Nature’s Future,” Randy White, White Hutchinson Leisure & Learning Group
- “Benefits for Children of Play in Nature,” Randy White, White Hutchinson Leisure & Learning Group
- “Nature deficit sends kids down a desolate path,” Julie Deardorff, Chicago Tribune, Feb. 2006
- Children & Nature Network
The daily schedule centers around long periods of uninterrupted playtime. We encourage children to engage with all natural materials that are available, such as sand, dirt, and water.
Children should bring “water-friendly” clothing and an old towel that can get dirty. Our intention is to clean children up each day before pick-up, but they will very likely need more cleaning when they get home!
We also provide a nutritious snack each day. We regularly go on several excursions to explore natural environments in the community.