Welcome to Summer 2019
Thank you for your interest in Nature Camps!
At Nature Camps, we have had the opportunity to look back over the past 45 years and reflect on our impact and our progress. And, at the risk of banging the drum too loudly, the story is compelling and worth celebrating.
What continues on year after year at Nature Camps? It is something about the lively outdoor educators, still finding joy, challenge, and laughter. It is their ability to see the specialness and uniqueness in children and to be curious. It has to do with valuing, acknowledging and honoring people and our individual and collective humanity. This way of holding people is reflected in their work. Our staff and campers exude a fondness for each other, a deep respect and interest in what each person brings forth that day. And all this happens on 230 treasured acres of nature conservancy woodlands in northern Baltimore County. Nature Camps has demonstrated the timeless power of engagement as well as a dedication to continual change and growth.
"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to to give that world to someone else."
- Georgia O'Keeffe
At Nature Camps we know that no two people learn the same way. We also know that to ignore a child's learning strengths, attention span, interest, or personal ways of processing is to engender only fatigue, discouragement and resistance. The educational objectives at Nature Camps are to help children/young people
Experience nature as a supportive setting for growth, exploration, and community
Acquire the knowledge while experiencing success and joy in the learning process
Make choices and be responsible for their own learning
Become expert observers and askers of good questions
Relate to each other in peace and cooperation and take pleasure in each other's company
These are the core objectives that Nature Camps has dedicated itself to for forty-five years, and these are the skills our campers must have to succeed in the world they are inheriting and creating. With wonderful parent support, truly remarkable children, and an outstanding staff, Nature Camps continues to make an impact on the present and the future.
Over my many years as an outdoor educator, I have often wondered about the origins of my intrinsic beliefs regarding what is best for children being outside in nature. I hold dear my childhood summertime days when I felt empowered to choose what I wanted to do outside and had the time and space to explore. I valued the trust and respect given to me my parents and relatives. Perhaps these childhood adventures, explorations, and my childhood sense of wonder, brought forth the birth of Nature Camps, as well as my teaching approach of always starting where the learner is coming from.
I invite new and returning campers and staff to experience Nature Camps this summer!
Founder and Director
Nature Camps, Inc.