This project will send over 40 children to a week-long nature camp in Durham & Wake counties of North Carolina in 2014-15. These children will meet the amazing teachers that are hidden in plants, shadows, sunlight, and stars. They'll get dirty, have fun and take part in an incredible foray into the wilds. Hands-on outdoor adventures will stimulate curiosity, awaken enthusiasm for the natural world and will deepen their connection to nature, to themselves, to one another, and their surroundings.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Young people are becoming disconnected from their natural world. This lack of nature is linked to some disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. The No Child Left Behind Act is contributing to a K-12 environmental literacy gap by reducing nature education in schools. Its testing for core subjects is causing schools to eliminate nature education. This project brings nature to over 40 children & an experience that will last a lifetime.
How will this project solve this problem?
We provide hands-on activities in a natural environment within hundreds of acres of wetlands, fields & forests. Children learn new skills while getting physical activity outdoors. Through games, hands-on activities and hikes they learn not to fear the outdoors, how to identify insects, plants & animals, how to have fun in the outdoors, & how to trust & work with others. They also learn from wildlife ambassadors how to protect wildlife and local ecosystems becoming better stewards of the earth.
Potential Long Term Impact
This project will educate over 40 children in a week-long nature camp. This immersion into nature for 30 hours has proven to awaken curiosity in the children that attend summer camp. Parents say this experience has resulted in their child spending more time outdoors on a regular basis and many parents enroll their child for additional weeks. Many campers have progressed to our teen Leadership Training Program and many of our counselors & educators have gained needed skills in summer camps.
Total Funding Received to Date: $4,375
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $5,465
Total Funding Goal: $9,840