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Our first color-full week was a blast!
This is a magical place. Our tried and true programs have nurtured artists and naturalists of elementary and middle school ages for over a decade with campers returning for their sixth, seventh and even eighth summer. Several have worked as counselors, enriching our programs with their experience. If you're looking for an engaging environment, fresh projects and age-appropriate challenges, you've come to the right place.
This year, campers explored biweekly themes at Blue Heron Nature Preserve, providing the direct connection to nature that is essential to our programs. Each exciting day includes our signature mystery animal hunt, engaging art and drawing process, and creative games with plenty of room for independent design and discovery.
Our art studio and loft overlook the forest and gardens
Our themes for 2017:
The Language of Color,
June 5-9, bright mushrooms from all the rain inspired
and June 12-16, water lilies danced and we painted with chalk at the creek.
June 19-23, we went batty
and June 26-30, was spooky good...
The Power of Water, July 10-14, was a blast!
and July 31-August 4, we had a full house for arctic adventures.
Full days were available through our Trailblazers mornings allowing challenging or more laid back activities for all ability levels.
Color is all relative. Join us as we discover its ever-changing nature in a butterfly's wing, chameleon's chamoflage and rainbow's spectrum and then capture these wonders in our art. Fridays, we'll see how many colors we can make with ice cream.
Taking a cue from nocturnal animals such as bats, frogs, owls and fireflies, we'll learn to use our senses as we explore art mediums that capture light in the dark. Fridays will include a snack with "night creature toppings".
The Power of Water
No one can live without water. From the polar ice caps to our own wetlands to the Amazon rainforest, let's learn to draw animals that have adapted to these extreme water environments. We'll enjoy cooling games and experiment to create water art. Fridays we'll have a pajama "snow day" and taste frozen treats we make ourselves.
What are Paint Box Mystery Camps at Blue Heron Nature Preserve all about? Our favorite summer traditions have a new home that celebrates the outdoors:
Building in our sculpture garden
Looking for gems in color hunt
Unearthing treasures at the creek
Engaging through drawing animal charades
Having a blast painting outside
Enjoying nature bingo in the loft
Rendering live animals from the Amphibian Foundation on our campus
Observing along the Painted Turtle Trail
Nurturing creativity in our windowed art studio called the Nest