We are enjoying spectacular Indian Summer days here at camp. The golden Aspen are almost at their peak and are stunning against the bright blue sky. We’ve been spying on the herd of elk at Potts Spring and have also seen deer, porcupines, wild turkeys, bobcats, and, of course, the fat black Abert squirrels. Many of our summer birds have headed south and the year-round bird residents are beginning to show up at our feeders more regularly.
Our High Trails Outdoor Education Center program with sixth graders from District 20 in Colorado Springs has been underway since mid-September. We also hosted a “No Child Left Inside” open house last Saturday and were very happy to have many local families join us for a day of hikes and nature-based activities led by our staff. We are very committed to doing everything we can to help young people connect with the natural world. The benefits are enormous—as Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder” says: “Children who have a personal connection with nature are happier, healthier, and smarter.”
On October 12-14, we are looking forward to hosting “Stalking Education in the Wild”, our outdoor education workshop for teachers, camp staff, naturalists and others who work with young people. The workshop includes sessions on everything from geology and outdoor teaching techniques to creative writing and international folk dance.
At The Nature Place, Rob Jolly and his staff are busy working with the University of Denver on a team-building and leadership development program for DU’s MBA students. We have collaborated with DU on this program, where every MBA student spends a long weekend at The Nature Place, for over a decade. The groups rock climb, participate in an orienteering course, and work through many team building scenarios, all of which teach values-based leadership.
The horses are grazing happily in Olin Gulch and High Tor, where late summer rains helped to produce some tasty green grass. Soon, they will head out to winter pasture at Fishcreek.
We are most excited about opening enrollment for another season of camp. The summer of 2013 will be our 65th and we are looking forward to sharing adventures, friendships and lots of fun. We have already begun enrollment, and additional enrollment information will be going out throughout the month of October. If you know of interested families, we’ll be happy to send our brochure and DVD. They can also request information from our website. We hope you are enjoying the photos from the summer of 2012 which are appearing each month on our website.
We hope you are having a fantastic Autumn!