Spring & Summer Programs

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Playing This Summer In a Woods Near You!

In And Around Ithaca NY (Ellis Hollow, )


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.



2018 Spring/Summer Programs


Oaks & Acorns

ELLIS HOLLOW, NY,  The One Room School House @ Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850 http://folithaca.org/finding-us/
When: Thursdays, May 3 – June 21 (8 sessions), 10am-1pm
Cost:  Keeping it low for this first round of sessions, and asking for a commitment to the whole session. Sliding scale starting at $100 for 8 sessions.

A program that is as much for parents/caregivers as it is for children (ages 0-6). We’ll gather together to sing, play games, share stories, go on tracking adventures, and tap into deep nature connection. Activities are set up for children in order to support adult talking circles on topics near and dear to our hearts.

Activities for parents/caregivers and tots include: wildlife tracking, nature craft, stewardship projects, feeding chickadees, visiting the forest, timeless wanders and thrilling mini-adventures, shelter building, getting to know the plants, games that teach and stretch awareness, story and song.

Parent/adult discussions center around: options in education, community building, parenting stories, art of questioning and other mentoring techniques, decolonization, community service, rites of passage and child development, stewardship, storytelling and music.

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Art of Mentoring Information Gathering

ELLIS HOLLOW, NY,  The One Room School House @ Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850 http://folithaca.org/finding-us/
When: April 8, 3-6pm
Cost:  Free/potluck

Join us for an afternoon of eating, playing, and learning about Art of Mentoring!

Art of Mentoring is a 6-day experiential training in nature connection, intergenerational mentoring, and creating a living culture of awareness. This amazing event takes place this year (2018) from August 27 – September 1 in Plymouth, Vermont, and we’d love to gather a group of folks from the Ithaca area that are interested in going. Come hear from past participants about their experiences attending and consider if this year is a good year for you (and your family) to attend. There are programs for all ages (0-99) and it’s a phenomenal opportunity to experience village-living, take a conscious vacation, eat delicious food, and so much more.  Anyone and everyone is invited to attend this pot luck (even if attending AoM this year isn’t possible) and we’d love to have anyone who has attended come and share their experience.

This is a free event. Please bring a dish to pass and eating ware for your family!

You can also check out the program at: http://www.vermontwildernessschool.org/workshops/art-of-mentoring/

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Earth Arts & Miss Angie Present: Nature & Music – It’s All Around Us!

ELLIS HOLLOW, NY ,  The One Room School House @ Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850 http://folithaca.org/finding-us/
When: June 25-29 (Monday – Friday), 9-4pm
Who: Ages 5 and up
Mentors: Julie Nichols Kulik and Angie Beeler (Miss Angie!) https://www.missangiesmusic.com/
Fee: $300-450 Self determined sliding scale.

Built on the routines of nature connection Earth Arts is known for, we’ll be infusing music instruction into our focused skill time each day. Creativity will abound and the birds won’t be the only ones making songs out in the woods at Earth Arts this summer. Learning to listen and developing your intuition is key to any musicians journey. We will help your child increase their awareness skills and find their creative voice in song all week long!

Miss Angie’s approaches music from a place of child-led imagination. Kids develop essential skills like listening, audiation, empathy, and eventually will have the confidence to explore their own vast and eclectic musical expressions with accuracy and bravery.

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Earth Arts Lantern Camp

ELLIS HOLLOW, NY,  The One Room School House @ Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850 http://folithaca.org/finding-us/
When: July 9-12 (Monday-Thursday), 9am-4pm
Who: For ages 5-8 (older by invitation only)
Mentors: Julie Nichols Kulik and guest mentors
Fee for 4-day program: $275-350 self determined sliding scale.

This week will have a similar rhythm to the school year program, The Lantern, that happens in the same location. 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.

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Earth Arts Family Camp: Return to the Village

You are invited to find solace and renewal in the woods with your entire family this summer as we join together to build healthy community and reconnect with ourselves, our loved ones, and the natural world at Earth Arts’ Family Camp: Return to the Village.

Healthy human beings need meaningful community, especially in this increasingly challenging time. Come explore a cultural design that connects people to each other, their deeper purpose, and their belonging to place—the village.  Join us for a journey to that place of quiet power, and great joy and fun!

Enjoy four days/nights on a large private property surrounded by NY State Forest with activities and programs for children, youth, adults and the entire community together.  We will experience the energy of a vibrant village around us as we track animals by the river, eat nourishing meals under the open sky, engage in meaningful dialogue and recline by the fire in a supportive mentoring environment of conscious, caring beings.  Return to the Village—and plant the seeds for an ongoing, multi-generational, local community—at Earth Arts’ first annual Family Camp!

Programming for the camp: There will be morning adult programming, which will be experiential and philosophic exploration of deep nature connection through guided nature-based activities, hands on projects, workshop-style teachings and time for processing and reflection. While adult programs run there will be a programs for children to allow them to embody their inherent connection with nature, imagination and each other through play and for tweens/teens to explore the outer edges of the property and the inner edges within themselves through games, expeditions and guided challenges.  The afternoons and evenings will be multi-age/generational activities that allows for further connection with each other and the land, including forest walking, building rock towers & fairy houses, archery & target practice, games, farm work, campfires, story tell and music! We invite you to come curious and dive into the journey that unfolds.

Where: Beautiful, secluded Grigg’s Gulf in Harford Mills, NY.
When: Thursday, August 16 to Sunday, August 19, 2018.
Cost: (Includes campsite, meals and all programming) Adults registering as individuals: $300 – $400 sliding scale
Family rates: Each adult: $150 – $350 sliding scale, Each child: $100
Mentors/Leaders: Julie Nichols Kulik and Simone Lackey from Earth Arts, Valerie Hahn from Full Fat Farm, Klaus Paasche from EcoVillage and other guest instructors.

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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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