Registration open through May 1 for Luther College youth summer environmental programs

April 13, 2010

Registration for Luther College Summer Environmental programs is open through May 1 or until programs fill.

Openings in the preschool Kindernature program and school-age Summer Discovery Camp programs are expected to fill quickly, so interested parents should act quickly to register children for the summer outdoor education programs. For information and registration forms, contact Emily Neal, director of environmental outreach at Luther College, through the website http://environment.luther.edu/discovery, via email at nealem01@luther.edu or by telephone at (563) 387-2138.

Photos and descriptions of the summer environmental education programs and information on need-based scholarships are available on the website or by contacting Neal by email or telephone.

Registration fees for the summer camps are:

  • Kindernature for children age 3-5: $65
  • Two-day Discovery Camp for children entering 1st grade—$95
  • Three-day Discovery Camp for children entering 2nd grade—$105
  • Five-day Discovery Camp for children entering 3rd-6th grades—$165
  • Five Day Discovery Camp with Canoe Trip for children entering 7th-9th grades—$165
  • Discovery Survival Camp for children entering 5th-8th grades—$165
  • Grow Green Camp: for children entering 2nd-4th grades—$165

All fees include course instruction, materials and a Discovery Camp T-shirt.  Scholarships are available based on financial need. 

“It is our strong belief that any child wishing to come to Discovery Camps and learn more about the natural world should be able to do so,” said Neal. “Partial scholarships based on financial need are available for all of our programs; we strongly encourage families needing assistance to apply.”

Kindernature

Kindernature classes meet twice a week on Tuesday and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon, at Baker Commons on the Luther Campus. Two sessions are available: June 1-24 and July 6-29.

Kindernature is designed for the youngest learners: pre-school aged children 3-5 years old, including students entering kindergarten in the fall. Each session engages children in learning more about the natural world.  

Activities include games, crafts and guided exploration hikes that build on children’s developing curiosities, imaginations and inquisitiveness.

“During Kindernature, children get up-close and personal to the wonderful and exciting world beneath their feet and above their heads,” said Neal. “They search high and low for critters large and small, and then act out the movements and behaviors of the critters they see.

“They paint with mud, read tracks on the ground, and participate in many fun and adventurous activities outside.  It’s a great time for them to just be kids and play outside.”

Discovery Camps

The 2010 Discovery Camps schedule includes six weeks of programming at Luther College.

  • Two-day Discovery Camp for children entering 1st grade—June 10-11
  • Three-day Discovery Camp for children entering 2nd grade—June 21-23
  • Five-day Discovery Camp for children entering 3rd-6th grades—June 14-18 and July 12-16
  • Five Day Discovery Camp with Canoe Trip for children entering 7th-9th grades—July 12-16
  • Discovery Survival Camp for children entering 5th-8th grades—June 28-July 2
  • Grow Green Camp for children entering 2nd-4th grades—July 5-9

Luther College will offer a shuttle service this year from Monona to Decorah for the two camps offered the week of July 12 to help students in other areas of northeast Iowa attend.

Discovery Camp programs feature opportunities for children to investigate natural areas around Decorah, participate in field work, band wild birds, explore water quality in area streams, and much more. Students learn camping and wilderness skills, canoe, hike, create natural works of art, and play outdoor games. 

“Our programs give students a chance to engage their curiosity and ingenuity in an outdoor setting, learning from the natural world through play and guided activities,” said Neal.

This summer’s program line-up features an exciting new addition for students entering the grades 2-4–Grow Green camp. Grow Green will focus on the power of the sun as it drives the cycle of life on Earth, including human food and energy needs.

The general ecology camps return this summer with exciting new classes and opportunities.