CLASSES/CAMPS

Children will explore their inner creativity by focusing on our natural world. Through the use of varied art mediums, outdoor fun and classroom teaching, they’ll learn and experience more about Earth and its many, incredible wonders.

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Daytime and after school nature-based art workshops for children ages 3 and older.  Please….children must be potty-trained! Take a look at our weekly schedule:

 

Please note: Supervised Lunch, from 11:30-12:30 each day, is BYOL (bring your own lunch) and costs an additional $5/day. You can find this option in the drop down menu when you are selecting your class time. Weather permitting, we typically eat in our garden and play outside. There are times, however, when we will watch a short, educational video following lunch. 

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2020 Winter and Spring Workshops!

Join us for one of our upcoming workshops! Choose a topic that interests you, a class time that is convenient, and sign up under our registration page.  Please note, workshops are either 5 or 6 weeks long, and most students typically come once a week.

April 13th to May 22nd, 2020 Spring Workshop I: Swamps & Wetlands! (6-weeks)

Wetlands are ecosystems that are inundated with water, and swamps are wetlands that can support woody plants and trees. But these definitions mean very little to the animals that swim and lurk in these murky, wet areas. Florida’s Everglades and the swamps of Louisiana will come to life in this workshop. I bet we meet a snapping turtle, or two, along the way!

Please note: We will NOT have class on Friday, April 24th (Battle of Flowers Parade)

 

Spring 2020 Older Kid Workshops! 

For children who are 8 or older, come join us at the Pond and take your time creating wonderful, colorful masterpieces. These classes, held on either Wednesday and Thursday afternoons (pick one) , will move more slowly allowing the students to fully utilize the resources available at Walden Pond. Clay, collage, painting and much more! Our final workshop of the school year begins in mid-March 🙂

March 18th to May 21st, 2020 Spring Workshop II, 10-weeks, $300.00

 

Spring 2020 Parents’ Night Out!

Who doesn’t love a night on the town!!! Drop your kids at Walden Pond and have a great evening–we promise they will, too! Art, creativity and fun…who could ask for more?

Friday, March 20th – cancelled
Friday, April 10th – cancelled
Friday, May 8th
6:00 to 8:30
$35.00

 

2020, a SUPERLATIVE Summer!

 

ESTs…this will be a summer for the records! fastEST, slowEST, smelliEST, rarEST, smartEST. Where on Earth do all of these ESTs live?

If you love learning about animals with unique traits and incredible survival skills, this summer will be right up your alley. Join us as we explore planet Earth in search of amazing creatures, interesting plants and those species that are tops in their fields!

As always, natural environments, food and people will be highlighted, too

Ages 3-12 and must be potty-trained, please.

 

Workshops are 1-week long, Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 12:00

Snack included, $225.00

 

June 1st to 5th, Workshop I: fastEST!–Sorry, this camp is SOLD OUT 🙁

Whether they are racing across the African Savannah’s at 75 mph (yes, cheetahs), zooming through the skies at 242 mph (yes, Peregrine falcons), or tearing through the ocean at nearly 70 mph (yes, sailfish), some of Earth’s animals are equipped with incredible speed! Let’s learn more about these animals, and more, as we see how speed plays a role in their success and survival!

June 8th to 12th, Workshop II: biggEST!

Imagine an animal as long as 3 school buses, with a heart as heavy as a car and a tongue that weighs more than an elephant…and it is alive and well and living today! The blue whale is the largEST animal to have ever lived on Earth. What other animals are the biggEST of their kind? Goliath beetles? Saltwater crocodiles? Any many more massive creatures to learn about this week!

June 15th to 19th, Workshop III: strongEST!–Sorry, this camp is SOLD OUT 🙁

Question–what animal is only 1/2 inch long but can lift objects that are 1,141 times heavier than its own body weight? The lowly dung beetle, that’s who! And it would be like a human carrying a space shuttle! Earth is home to so many very strong animals–gorillas, elephants, tigers–join us this week as we travel around th globe in search of those animals who possess incredible strength!

June 22nd to 26th, Workshop IV: smartEST!–Sorry, this camp is SOLD OUT 🙁

Neither the most beautiful, nor the most loved, the raven is, however, #1 when it comes to intelligence. This bird is crazy smart and playful! But ravens aren’t alone when it comes to wits…lots of other animals have a keen intelligence. Chimpanzees, dolphins, octopuses and pigs all make the list! Let’s get smartER and learn more about these smartEST animals 🙂

June 29th to July 3rd, Workshop V: smelliEST!–Sorry, this camp is SOLD OUT 🙁

Pee-ew! These animals stink…a lot! Skunks may be cute, be we know to avoid these odoriferous fellows that prowl our neighborhoods. But have you heard about the Bombardier beetle? It shoots a stinky, funky liquid right at you. Or the loud Tasmanian Devil, who has a distinct stench all its own. Hold your nose and join us this week…we will have a ripe ole time!

July 6th to 10th: we are on vacation 🙂

July 13th to 17th, Workshop VI: slowEST!

OK, maybe learning about poky-slow animals might not sound cool, but these creatures most definitely are! Rainforest dwelling sloths, bright yellow banana slugs, gentle manatees and huge tortoises all make this list. These guys won’t win any speed races, but Earth sure is lucky to have them around 🙂

July 20th to 24th, Workshop VII: oldEST!

Life is tough in the animal world, with many factors contributing to success and survival. These animals, though, are tops when it comes to longevity: macaws (60-80 years), koi fish (up to 200 years), giant tortoises (up to 150 years) and bowhead whales (up to 200 years). Believe it or not, scientists believe that certain sea urchins and sea anemones may even be immortal!!

July 27th to 31st, Workshop VIII: rarEST!–Sorry, this camp is SOLD OUT 🙁

ENDANGERED! THREATENED! In the world of animal conservation, these words make us worried and sad. Many of Earth’s animals are perched precariously on the verge of extinction. Orangutans & gorillas, snow leopards & tigers, blue  whales & whooping cranes…the list of these rarEST animals is long. Let’s join the fight to save them!

August 3rd to 7th, Workshop IX: deadliEST!–Sorry, this camp is SOLD OUT 🙁

Not poisonous, but venomous–these animals can kill! Snakes (think king cobras and boomslangs), fish (pufferfish and stonefish), insects (Brazilian wandering spiders and deathstaker scorpions), and many others (box jellyfish and blue-ringed octopus). The focus this week will be on learning more about those animals we really hope to avoid!

August 10th to 14th, Workshop X: cutEST!–Sorry, this camp is SOLD OUT 🙁

What? According to whom? OK…it is the end of our summer workshops and, really, I just wanted to do a camp about super cute animals. So, I made a list: giant pandas, sea otters, warthogs, lemurs, penguins and, of course, dogs (gosh, I love them all)! Come prepared to draw, paint or collage you own cutEST animal. Let have fun, be creative and bid summer 2020 farewell!

 

Summer 2020–OLDER KID CAMPS!

Calling all chefs, ceramicists and artists! Walden Pond is once again offering summer camps designed specifically for older kids (ages 8 and up)!

Join us for the “3 Cs of Creativity”–CLAY, COOKING and COLLAGE! Your kids will have a blast as they learn fun new c lay techniques, experiment in the WP kitchen and fine tune their paper collage skills. Creativity overload!!

Classes in these afternoon camps are limited to just 12 students. Only 2 weeks being offered, so sign-up soon to secure a spot!

June 22nd to 25th

June 29th to July 2nd

1:30 to 4:30

$200