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Children and Nature School Gardens

Green Thumbs Camp: August 2015

When it comes to summer camp, pictures speak better than words.  The photos below illustrate our wonderful week in the Charlotte Central School gardens and an amazing field trip to Philo Ridge Farm right across the street from the school.  Thank you to my teaching partner Stacy Carter and our assistant Carter, Deirdre Holmes and Abby Foulk for their work in the CCS gardens and compost shed, Charlotte Recreation for administering the camp, Vera Simon-Nobes for welcoming us to Philo Ridge Farm, and all our awesome campers!

Making quick work of a big weeding chore (it helped that we had a "longest root" contest)
Making quick work of a big weeding chore (it helped that we had a “longest root” contest)
Collecting seeds for our Seed Savers envelopes
Collecting seeds for our Seed Savers envelopes
Garden journaling and herb pot painting
Garden journaling and herb pot painting
Our Rainbow Salad Bar - all grown in the school garden!!
Our Rainbow Salad Bar – all grown in the school garden!!
Digging for potatoes - our garden's buried treasure
Digging for potatoes – our garden’s buried treasure
Garden-grown, camper-harvested roasted root veggies: striped beets, rainbow carrots, and purple & white potatoes!
Garden-grown, camper-harvested roasted root veggies: striped beets, rainbow carrots, and purple & white potatoes!
A walking field trip.  Look: our school is right across the road from Philo Ridge Farm!
A walking field trip. Look: our school is right across the road from Philo Ridge Farm!
Observing Philo Ridge Farm Sheep
Observing Philo Ridge Farm Sheep
Meeting Stewart Little (the sheep)
Meeting Stewart Little (the sheep)
Collecting Philo Ridge Farm duck eggs
Collecting Philo Ridge Farm duck eggs
When at garden camp, never forget to water the campers
When at garden camp, never forget to keep the campers well watered
Journaling in the garden
Journaling in the garden
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Children and Nature School Gardens

2015 Summer Camps!

As snow accumulates and chilly temperatures brighten our cheeks, I’m dreaming of summer in Vermont.  This year I’ll be running two camps: Green Thumbs Summer Camp and Turtle Lane Art and Nature Camp.  Check out the camp posters, visit our websites, save the dates, and help spread the word to families who live in the Charlotte/Shelburne area!

TLCamp_PosterCheck out the camp website and the camp brochure for more information.

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Register through Charlotte Recreation.

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Children and Nature School Gardens

Garden Camp, in Photos

I know, I know… I already posted photos about how awesome our Green Thumbs Gardening Camp was.  We just finished our second week – this time in August – and had just as much (maybe even a little more) fun!  Stacy and I are already getting excited for next year.

In August, we get to reap what has been sown.  Instead of getting creative with salad, herbs and rhubarb for camp-harvested snacks, we feasted on rainbow home fries, kale chips, zucchini bread, flowers, greens, and plenty of pickles.  Beds cleared of spring crops were planted for students who will return in September.  We had another great field trip to Fifth Fence Farm.  And, of course, we played every day in the water and on the playground.  Check out our adventures, in photos, below:

The last of our pea harvest
The last of our pea harvest
Pulling pea pleants
Pulling pea plants
Flower pot art
Flower pot art
Watering ourselves, after watering the garden of course!
Watering ourselves, after watering the garden of course!
Sunflower fun, and felted beads and balls
Sunflower fun, and felted beads and balls
Fifth Fence Farm's newest flock
Fifth Fence Farm’s newest flock
Rainbow potato harvest
Rainbow potato harvest
Kale chips and home fries... mmmmm
Kale chips and home fries… mmmmm
Garden journaling
Garden journaling
Camp photo.  See you next year!
Camp photo. See you next year!
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Children and Nature Get Involved! School Gardens

Summer Planning: Sign up for Camp!

There are signs around our house that we are coming to the end of winter: garden seeds have arrived in the mail, days are getting longer, and summer camp brochures are printed and on the counter.  My summer programming schedule is almost finalized and it’s going to be a good one.  I hope my campers have fun this summer – based on our planning so far, I am going to have a blast!

My summer will start and end with a week of Green Thumbs Camp at Charlotte Central School.  I can’t wait to rekindle my school garden energy and pull favorite garden games and activities out of the archives.  I’m especially interested to be running the camp with an amazing teacher and children’s garden guru Stacy Carter.  For the month of July, I’ll continue my work to explore, discover, and grow with children at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School.  This summer I’ll be leading the 6 to 8-year-old portion of their Turtle Lane Camp.  You can always visit my site http://taidinnan.wordpress.com/ for up-to-date programming information.  Thanks for spreading the word:

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To register for Green Thumbs Camp, click here.

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Personal Sustainability: How-To Uncategorized

Screen Printing at Summer Camp

from scratchAt “From Scratch” Summer Camp, we made everything ourselves: our journals, our snacks, a bench for the host school, and our very own camp t-shirts.  Thanks to Evan from Evan Webster Ink, we learned all about screen printing and turned our design ideas into an awesome wearable camp souvenir.  Check out how we did it:

Student-DrawingOn our second day, once we’d gotten an idea of what From Scratch Camp was like, we all sat down to draw.  We illustrated our favorite part of camp (so far) using dark markers on small pieces of white paper.  We would be using one ink color, blue, on a bright green shirt.  Evan, our  printer friend, needed a black and white image to create our screen. We also wrote out our names so they could be included in our final design.

Final-ImageThat night, I scanned all of our illustrations and assembled them into one black and white image using Photoshop.  Each camper’s name and illustration can be found in the composite image to the left!  Evan then took that image and burned it onto one of his screens.  On the last day of camp, Evan came with ink, tools, the screen, t-shirts, and a dryer.

We all watched as Evan showed Joe how to print his own camp shirt.  First they put a hard board inside the shirt for a nice flat printing surface.  Next they put the screen down perfectly straight.  Then, Joe took the squeegee and pulled the dark blue ink down over the screen.  Evan did it a second time to make sure the print was perfect.  When they lifted the screen off the shirt, we could see our printed camp design!  The shirt was then laid out under the dryer to harden the ink.  In less than five minutes, Joe’s camp t-shirt was ready to wear!

DemonstrationThroughout the morning, we each took a turn screen printing with Evan.  Every camper – from our shyest to our most active, and from our youngest to our oldest – LOVED making such a professional shirt all by themselves.

Kids-Screenprinting

JournalsAt the end of every day, each camper added an entry to their camp journal.  T-shirt making rose to the top for everyone that day!  Before saying goodbye on our last day of camp, we all put on our new t-shirts and wore them with pride for a group photo.  Thanks so much Evan and Evan Webster Ink for making this activity possible!

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