We enjoyed our final day of nature camp last Thursday, and what a wonderful day it was. Mother Nature shared the most beautiful day with us, yet again. It was amazing to be gifted five Thursday's of beautiful, sunshiny days for nature camp. Our morning in the woods started out as a wander, no real plan, just walking, talking, noticing. It is good to just wander sometimes, to let nature guide you, and just be. The last of the wild raspberries were collected and promptly eaten, flowers were picked, and little ones ran and laughed along the trails.
When we reached the heavily forested part of the trail, I started to gather large branches, leaning them up around a large tree. The kids joined in, and before we knew it we had a beautiful shelter in the woods. They had some great ideas as we built it and I let them go with it, each adding their own personal touch. There were a couple of logs rolled inside to serve as chairs, there was a stump outside where the littlest one created a meal, fern leaves were used here and there to decorate, and the floor was cleared of leaves to create a tidy space. They had a lot of fun with this project, and seeing the three of them work together on a common goal was pretty cool. Together they carried big branches, one child on each end, helped each other stand them up, pointed out the perfect branch to add next, and they chatted about just what the next step should be in this shelter we were creating. I honestly don't think there was a better way to spend our last morning in the woods together. It was perfect.
Back at home they drew one last picture in their nature journals, we enjoyed lunch, and then spent some time making clay pinch pots under the shade of our birch trees. The afternoon finished with free play, apple tree climbing, homemade ice cream, popcorn, and a little more chalk drawing on our walkway.
Summer nature camp was a huge success, the kids had a great time, and I had a blast with the planning, and execution of the camp. I am already thinking about next summer with excitement, but first, I will sink into what remains of summer, and then I will start planning.