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At this critical time in our modern world, we want to give young people the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of the natural world, to build community and to grow their own self-awareness and self-appreciation. The skills they learn here will serve them for a lifetime.
Learn outdoor skills for appreciating and sustaining the natural world!
Summer of 2017 brings an exciting new camp program to Hartsbrook. The Wilderness Camp will run 5 week-long sessions in the over 54 acres of woods and fields on our amazing property! Rising 7th graders and up are invited to join us for an outdoor adventure.
Through the following activities, participants will learn new skills and experience personal growth:
Survival skills | Fire making | Story-telling | Tracking | Sensory awareness | Mapping | Bird language | Native crafts | Wild edibles | Shelter building
As campers learn the skills needed to survive in the wild, they also learn the skills they need to thrive in our modern world: self-confidence, healthy risk-taking, problem solving, and common sense.
DHYANA MILLER lives, with gratitude, in the Connecticut River Valley of Western MA, where she mentors teens and youth finding their ever-emerging true nature and creates permaculture landscapes. She cultivates place-based community resilience, as Founding Director of Full Moon Girls nature awareness immersion program, following in the tracks of her Hampshire College B.A. in conservation biology and experiential education. Dhyana implements permaculture design with Regenerative Design Group of Greenfield MA and in 2013 founded the 1st Northeast Women in Permaculture gathering. She loves birds, thrives on wildcrafting, playing lilting fiddle tunes, and storytelling. Her work focuses in co-creating community-scale transformation rooted in nature, for a time beyond our own. Read her latest news on girls empowerment. First Aid Certification: Wilderness First Aid & CPR
FELIX LUFKIN lives in Holyoke and teaches nature connection and wild plant literacy classes at a number of public K-12 schools in the Valley. He runs Leapfrog Programs, offering child and adult nature workshops and afterschool classes in the area – a program of Help Yourself, a non-profit that designs, plants and maintains community access gardens and orchards in the Valley, free for all to harvest from.