The Lippman School and Crown Point Ecology Center are excited to offer a unique earth-focused experiential learning camp on the 115 acres at Crown Point Ecology Center in Bath Township.
The camp will feature curricular components focused on environmental themes, highlighting the importance of human relationship with the earth. Focuses will include farming, food, the life cycle of plants, Native American connections to Earth, and the important role stories play in understanding our relational history to the plants and natural world. Campers will unplug and get dirty while exploring the wetlands and woodlands. A wide range of experts will deliver this program, ranging from farmers to local and indigenous educators. Also new this year is Taste of Arts camp, a week dedicated to the arts. Dance, theater, music, and painting with a splash of the farm, wetlands and woodlands experience, all taught by area artists.
Camp will begin Monday, June 14th and end August 6th. Students entering grades 3-7 will have the opportunity for hands-on learning and activities at Crown Point. They will learn to develop a greater appreciation for the interconnectedness of the ecological systems in our biologically diverse community while also learning about sustainable and organic farming practices from Crown Point farmers.
Students will also learn about Earth Stories with Resident Educator Linwood Tall Bull, a Northern Cheyenne elder who is a nationally renowned ethnobotanist. Tall Bull, who grew up and still resides on The Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana, is an instructor of ethnobotany and culture at Chief Dull Knife College. He is a master educator and storyteller. He helps students understand plants, their stories, and our connection to and obligation to care for them.
In addition to our Resident Educator, camp sessions will be led by Lippman School teachers. Camp Director Emily Rudd has seven years of experience in regional camps. Mrs. Rudd will be supported by Lippman School administrators who have more than 20 years of experience building outdoor education programs that include experiential education and partnerships with Northern Cheyenne educators.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a stand-alone week or they can participate in multiple weeks, including the whole 8-week experience. While some activities will repeat, each week is its own camp that will feature a different learning theme.
Students will be placed in grade-appropriate learning groups of no more than 10 students. Social distancing, masking and appropriate hand-hygiene will be practiced throughout the camp day.
Farm & Science camp hours are 9:00am – 3:00pm. Taste of Arts Camp (July 6-9) hours are Tuesday - Thursday, 9:00am - 4:30pm and Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm. Aftercare will be available until 5:00pm for an additional fee.