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215 children were out in the woods during our first two weeks of camp

Published July 15th, 2016

As I have expressed in the past, one of my greatest intentions for all of my Screech Owls is for them to feel at home in the woods. The other day, as an old-time Screech Owl camper and I walked around the forest, he said, “This land is like my outside home.” As many of you witnessed at our Family Visiting Day, the land truly does become our home at Wild Earth.

Over the past two weeks, we sculpted clay into art, built fires, heard and shared stories, created weavings and crafts, honed in on our awareness through sensory based games, harvested herbs and berries, climbed trees, explored the surrounding forest and stream, built shelters and created endless joyful memories that I hope will trickle into your daily lives.

Thank you for sharing your young ones with us this summer. We look forward to more time connecting with you and your family out there in the woods. Stay in touch and keep the sweet stories coming!!

With care,

PS: We’re so excited to carry this forward over the remaining four weeks of Wild Earth camp!

Esperanza GonzalezEsperanza GonzalezEsperanza Gonzalez, Program Director

Esperanza is, and has always been, a teacher at heart. From the early age of 8 she would hold play groups in her church and tend to the young children who would often disrupt the sermons. This passion to teach carried on through the years, bringing her to SUNY New Paltz where she received her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and History. While living in New Paltz, she merged her love for the outdoors, her passion for teaching and her organizational and entrepreneurial skills into many different educational programs. She has taught in various local schools, led theater groups, kids yoga, art programs and of course worked with Wild Earth in a number of programs. Her commitment to community connection has guided her community service work in jails, juvenile centers, Americorps, inner-city art programs, soup kitchens and many more volunteer based initiatives. She sees every child's potential and knows there is no better way to hold their blossoming than through the arts and the exploration of the natural world. More about Esperanza's work.

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