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See the world differently: Earthworks week at the Wild at Art Summer Camp

During the Earthworks camp session from August 3 – 7, campers will experience the natural world in new ways by creating landscape art with natural materials. Each camper will engage with their natural environment in many creative activities guided by caring and well-trained camp counselors. Find out more about the Wild at Art camp and download the camp brochure.

Camper creating landscape art with pine cones and other natural materials

Camper creating landscape art with pine cones and other natural materials

Campers will use nature as their canvas and create inspiring works of art. During the Earthworks week, campers will

  • Have lots of fun planning and building with natural materials throughout the nature sanctuary
  • Develop their problem solving skills while designing and creating their works of art
  • Expand their creativity and vision
  • Develop friendships and increase their confidence by creating landscape art

Sign up today for the Earthworks Camp Session 

This camp week is inspired by landscape artists, including Andy Goldsworthy and Robert Smithson, whose artwork you can see below.

Learn more about landscape artist Andy Goldsworthy:

Andy Goldsworthy’s ‘Slate Cone’ in Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, UK

 

Spiral Jetty, By Landscape Artist Robert Smithson.

Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, Utah, Artist: Robert Stimpson. CC-BY-SA-2.0

Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, Utah, Artist: Robert Stimpson. CC-BY-SA-2.0

Ready to be inspired and amazed? The Caterpillar Lab is coming to the Wild at Art Summer Camp

The Caterpillar Lab is Coming!!!

We have exciting news for this summer’s Wild at Art Camp…The award winning, innovative, engaging, and awe-inspiring Caterpillar Lab is coming to camp during the Natural Connections 1  (July 6 to 10) and Taking Flight (July 13 to 17) week.

By incorporating a visit from the Caterpillar Lab with the Wild at Art Camp experience, campers will have a strong foundation to experience powerful moments of discovery throughout the year in their own backyards and daily life. In addition, this experience should infuse them with the confidence to create and express themselves more confidently through art. Only a few spots remain, so sign up today so that camper in your life won’t miss out!

During each week, the Caterpillar Lab will allow campers to get up close and personal with many different species of native caterpillars and learn about their adaptations.

Mother and daughter at a live caterpillar show seeing a cecropia moth caterpillar for the first time.  © Samuel Jaffe

Mother and daughter at a live caterpillar show seeing a cecropia moth caterpillar for the first time. © Samuel Jaffe.

 

Campers will:

  • Learn more about many fascinating species of native caterpillars
  • Discover native caterpillars at the wildlife sanctuary and at home
  • Create art inspired by these amazing natural creatures
  • Become excited about discovering their natural world and sharing it with others

 

Week 1: Natural Connections (July 6 to July 10)

For the first week, campers will learn about how these caterpillars interact with plants, like how the monarch caterpillar is able to consume milkweed and turn the toxins in the milkweed into a defensive weapon.

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Week 2: Taking Flight (July 13 to July 17)

For the second week, campers will learn how caterpillars are adapted against birds. Because, unless they are “told otherwise”, birds view caterpillars as big, juicy snacks. For example, the caterpillars of the spicebush swallowtail butterfly look likes snakes, which is an adaptation that scares birds and saves the caterpillar from being lunch. We have lots of spicebush in the wildlife sanctuary and are optimistic that campers will be able to find these caterpillars on the property.

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar. Creative Commons License.

Do you know a creative kid or a nature detective…then open up a world of exploration, imagination, and investigation this summer by signing them up for the Wild at Art Summer Camp in Canton.