Who are our wild neighbors on Whidbey Island?
What are they up to in the Spring?
Where in the forest are they moving, working, eating, and sleeping?
What can we learn from them?
Explore the wisdom of the wild and learn forest life skills that animals can teach us in this day and a half mini forest camp. We will play games, explore the forest, hone our observation skills, deepen our wild animal knowledge, and learn the ways of our wild neighbors. This will be an outdoor program—dress for weather! This program is designed for children 5—12, who are able to be away from home for a full day.
Register here, using the “Children’s Program Registration” option.
Lisa Kois is a founder of the Calyx School, the 347 acre classroom at South Whidbey State Park. She is an advocate for children and nature, and is passionate about connecting children with their earth home. She considers herself a student of the natural world, and loves learning with and from the children with whom she works, including her daughter. Lisa is an educator, human rights lawyer, writer, and documentary filmmaker.
Kelsi Franzen is an experienced educator, naturalist mentor and fourth generation Whidbey Island native who holds a deeply embedded passion for this place. Kelsi has worked with all ages in a variety of Pacific Northwest ecosystems – lowland forests, marine waters, alpine glaciers, urban wetlands, farms, and traditional classrooms. Her greatest passion is to inspire students to connect with nature and their communities through acts of stewardship. She considers herself a creator with an adventurous spirit. In her free time, you will find her cooking healthy meals, wildcrafting, and trail running.
We are offering this program Friday afternoon and all day Saturday at Legacy Forest, in parallel to the Intersectional Justice Conference (IJC). All registrants are welcome, whether or not parents are involved in the IJC.
Programming begins at 3:30 pm on Friday in Thomas Berry Hall—please arrive promptly so that we may depart together for our hike to Legacy Forest! We will walk back to Thomas Berry Hall together to meet up with parents at 5:30.
Saturday programming begins promptly at 9 am with our departure from Thomas Berry Hall, and ends with a walk back to Thomas Berry Hall to meet up with parents at 5:30.
On Friday, plan to eat lunch before you come.
On Saturday, bring a bagged lunch and eat a hearty breakfast before you arrive!
Children whose parents are participating in the Intersectional Justice Conference can dine with their parents for half price ($55 includes dinner Friday, three meals plus snacks on Saturday, and breakfast plus lunch and snacks on Sunday). Purchases of children’s meals will included a boxed lunch during Saturday’s wildlife camp.
On Sunday, after Wildlife Camp has closed, we’ll provide art supplies, skilled art mentorship, and a workspace for children to create projects reflecting what they’ve learned and explored . . . then, after lunch, we’ll invite them to present their creations to the adult conference-goers!
Sunday Art Mentor Megan Murphy is a pacific northwestern native and has been a Seattleite for the last ten years. She lives with her two children, Eamon and Desmond, and their companion kitty, Alejandro. She is a second year master of social work student at the University of Washington and is passionate about community organizing, working with women and youth and young adults. Currently she is co-organizing a boxing therapy program for women and girls who have experienced or are placed at risk of experiencing violence, abuse and trauma. She has been vegan for 4 years and vegetarian for 5 years before that. She spends her time daydreaming about smashing the patriarchy, retiring to an old farm house with rescued dairy cows and chickens and reading for fun. An additional art mentor will be announced on March 25.
Children’s program scholarships may be available for those in need. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.