June 22 – July 3, 2020
Live camp via Zoom
Mondays 9:00-10:30am and 2:00-3:30pm
Fridays 9:00-10:30am and 2:00-3:30pm
Optional Wednesday check-ins via phone or zoom
This is a family-friendly camp. All ages including parents are welcome to join in.
Pricing is sliding scale | $175-300 per family
Join instructors Caroline Colesworthy and Jodi Levine-Wright for a 2-week nature connection intensive for all ages. The class will meet Mondays and Fridays for morning and afternoon circles with optional Wednesday office hours in our Zoom classroom. Contents will be free-standing if you prefer not to participate in the online portion of the course. Instructor phone calls will also be a way to complete the course and get support without going online.
Your family will be mentored over the course of two weeks to create a completely personalized natural history guide to the environment around your home, gourd bowls and a fire by friction set.
The Natural History Journal project will involve structured observation of insects, trees, birds and more, guided research, and arts and crafts. With some diligent work you will have a personalized Natural History Journal by the end of the session! There will be an opportunity to share your journal with the group.
This camp will include learning to make fire in the old way by rubbing sticks together. You will receive a hand drill kit, instruction, feedback and a suggested practice schedule, as well as community support and encouragement in our Zoom classroom, if you choose to participate with us there. We wonder how many of you will be inducted into the Coal Circle at the last class meeting, having created a coal with your fire kit!
Also provided will be a set of gourds to create gourd bowls to eat your meal at a closing campout at your home on Thursday, July 2. Maybe you will even be sitting around the fire you make.
Our goal is to create a container for a full family nature skills camp and give you direction and encouragement to progress at your own pace and interest/experience level. It is also our goal to make this offering rich in content for all living situations: city, suburban and rural.
Every camper will receive a Zoom link and the following beautiful D.I.Y. kits with instructions, mailed or picked up before the start of camp:
Fire by Friction Hand Drill Set
1 set per family
- Mule fat spindle
- Mule fat fire board
Make a Gourd Bowl Set
- Gourds (Kit includes 4 gourds)
- Saw (optional for an additional fee)
- You provide your own masks/bandanas, spoons or scrapers
Natural History Journal
- One blank page journal for your final draft included with prompts and practice pages
- You provide the colored pencils/pens or art supplies of your choice
For questions, please email [email protected]
With the intention to open more opportunities for leaders of the future from all backgrounds to come together and learn from each other in peace, The Human Nature Center and Earthroots Field School will always have scholarship space in its programs for black, indigenous, children of color.
Together with The Human Nature Center, we’re offering two full scholarships to BIPOC for this year’s Wild Craft and Family Nature Skills camps in addition to our partial scholarships for those in need.
About the Instructors
Caroline Colesworthy has been teaching for Earthroots since 2009. She lived in the Bay Area, attending UC Berkeley, in English Literature and dance. Later, she received an MA in Environmental Studies from Brown University. Through these years her focus was on local organic food access, healthy soil, and reducing toxicity in human tissues. She became interested in wild foods while working on Seeds of Solidarity Farm in MA. She brings a love of storytelling and a deep spiritual connection to the land.
Jodi Levine-Wright is Founder and Executive Director of Earthroots Field School. Jodi has been living and teaching experientially-based environmental education professionally since 1999. Her teaching style incorporates outdoor, hands-on activities that awaken a sense of connection and stewardship between children and the natural world.