Summer Programs

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Playing This Summer In a Woods Near You!

In And Around Ithaca NY (Caroline, Ellis Hollow, Danby)


Early Bird Registration – $50 off fee if registered before May 15.

Earth Arts empowers people of all ages to become stewards, naturalists, artisans, mentors, and leaders. Our core curriculum combines nature observation, naturalist skills, interpretive tracking, earth arts, survival skills, and bird and animal awareness. As students study all of these areas of knowledge in concert they develop a more holistic sense of place, community, and greater awareness of their individual passion and purpose. Earth Arts is a proud member of a consortium of nature-based education programs and schools in the Northeast U.S.




When children come in contact with nature, they reveal their strength.” ⎯ Maria Montessori



This Summer, programs will run in several locations. Every week has a different theme, and also includes awareness games, songs, stories, creative writing, visual arts projects, native skills and crafts, as well as opportunities for individual and group exploration.


2017 Summer Programs



Lantern Program: The Roaming Gnomes.

Location: The One Room School House @ Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850

Held at the Foundation of Light One room school house. This week will have a similar rhythm to the school year program, The Lantern, that happens in the same location.

July 17-21, August 14-18: Two weeks of programs, different activities and teachings each week!

For ages 5-9.

Mentors: Julie Nichols Kulik and guest mentors

Through observation, games, forest walks, crafts, and a welcoming community, children will increase their awareness of the woods and the place they live. They’ll discover who lives in the forest and record their journeys through natural pigment drawings, mapping, clay and fiber sculptures, and stories.

Fee: $360-$425 Self determined sliding scale.

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Art Camp in the Woods and in the Studio

Location: Marsh Road, Danby, NY, Camille Doucet’s Art Studio

Mentors: Camille Doucet and Julie Nichols Kulik

July 24-28.

Co-ed ages 8 and up.

During each day there will be studio time as well as outdoor games and exploration. Come create art, work on a project of your own, explore different subject, watercolor, field sketching and journaling. What happens when we spend time in the woods observing, tracking, reflecting, and solving mysteries? We’ll open our senses to the forest, listen to the birds, explore animal trails, observe silently at secret spots, journal, and more.

Fee: $360-$425 Self determined sliding scale.

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Women of the Forest Overnight

Location details will be sent upon request

Mentors: Simone Lackey, Julie Nichols Kulik, and guest mentors

Aug 11/12: Friday 6pm-Saturday 2pm

For girls ages 9 and up (mamas and daughters encouraged to come together).

The core routines of this program include an opening and closing circle, adventuring in meadows, woods and wet lands, sit spot, often some poetry or sit spot sharing, fire building and making food together from wild edibles.  This structure provides an environment where girls are able to express their full selves, share their gifts and be appreciated by a group of peers, mentors and mothers who help them develop healthy, long standing and continually growing relationships with each other. We will spend some of our time together in two age-appropriate groups. Please be prepared to spend the day and night outside in any/all weather conditions.

Fee: $90 per session per person, or $50 for each additional family member.

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Programs run Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.IMG_6200

Fees, unless otherwise noted are: Early Bird Registration (postmarked before May 15) $310-$450/week, sliding scale. Registration postmarked after May 15: $360-$450/week. All fees collected above the lowest rate go directly to the scholarship fund.

Please send child daily with: appropriate footwear and clothing for the woods and the weather, a snack, lunch, water bottle, and a backpack. A change of clothes and shoes can be brought and kept at base camp at each location.


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