Testimonials from Parents and Children

Earth Arts is genuinely [my son’s] second family. He feels completely at home as a member of the Earth Arts community. Each mentor offers him their own rich experience from which to learn. When I drop him off or pick him up and observe free play time, it seems that all of the children feel connected with one another. [My son] enjoys both learning from others and sharing what he knows. The love, connection and learning that happens at Earth Arts is a heartfelt gift.- Poppy (mother of 11 yr old)

The earth-based community of children gives my child a playful and connected second home to relax into. The spiritually skilled and practically wise leadership of the adults allows me to relax, too;  I know my son is the patient hands of child-whisperers who adore the earth.  I am grateful beyond measure for the web of Earth Arts. -Sareanda (mother of 9 yr old)

Earth art is awesome because you get to get really dirty, build forts and cook our dinner over a campfire. (MH age 11)

Our children have done several EA programs in Danby and on Coddington Rd at various times of year. The staff are caring, creative, knowledgeable and find ways of helping children connect with nature in meaningful and imaginative ways. When we drop them off, we know they are in good hands. We are greeted at pick up time by enthusiastic stories about the day’s adventures which have brought them in closer connection to the natural world, to others and to themselves. They are always excited to return to EA again and again. Sarah and Eric (parents of 6 and 9 yr olds)

I really liked making a clay elephant.  The clan leaders were really nice. (EM- age 6)

My daughter and I heard about Earth Arts from a friend who had come to camp the summer before and I am so thankful we did.  She was happy to arrive at camp each morning in the beautiful Hammond Hill State Forest and head into the woods with new friends her own age, [teen] mentors a bit older who were helpful and kind and Julie and Pierce who provided a calm, nurturing presence.  [My daughter] came home happy and grounded every day with stories to tell.  When we hiked together after her time with Earth Arts, she taught us about the things she was learning with confidence and pride.  [My daughter] connected with Julie and with Earth Arts as a whole in a way that was unique and very fulfilling. She looks forward to coming again this summer.  I wish she could spend more time with Earth Arts! – Stacie (mother of 7 yr old)

 

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