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Summerscape: Experiential Ecology Program for Children

Summerscape began in 2003 by two local teachers, Art and Special Education teacher Kathleen Gass and Montessori teacher Jackie Grannis-Phoenix. Their intent was to bring young children to local natural settings to deepen their appreciation and value for their beautiful surroundings. Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Aldermere Farm has been the host site for the ecology program since its conception. Its 136 acres have provided an inspirational backdrop to the experiential centered curriculum. Over the years, Summerscape has led backpack-clad children into the woods to create a community circle from which the camp was based. Participants, who range in age from 7-10, are guided through sensory based activities, often harnessing their creativity by using the materials found around them. For many Summerscapers, the camp provides a first time experience hiking and exploring woodland areas. Many campers enjoy the surprises and friendships discovered along the trail. Summerscapers keep in touch with us and each year we receive inquiries locally and from out of state. This year’s camp is offered over the week of June 21 by instructors Kathie Gass and educator and children’s librarian, Susan Lewis. Each camper receives a journal, various art materials and a healthy snack including protein and fresh organic fruit each day. For more information and to register for this program call 236-0333.

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