ARBORETUM NEWS (PRESS RELEASES)

Earth Focus Day Camp Sessions filling fast

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013

Now in its 22nd year, Earth Focus Day Camp creates outstanding summer nature programs for children ages 3-14. With many different ecosystems including the oldest restored tall grass prairie in the world, the UW-Madison Arboretum provides hands-on experiences with native Wisconsin plants,
animals and habitats. Children learn how to be a positive influence on their world. Our naturalists are enthusiastic and experienced, but the real teacher is our most treasured resource, the land. Join us to be a part of this special place this summer as we learn and grow!
Print out a pdf application on line.
http://uwarboretum.org/education/efdc/

Sessions include:
Learning Together
For children age 3 through entering kindergarten. Sessions meet Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Children must be accompanied by an adult, limit two age-appropriate children per adult
In Learning Together, children and adults will explore nature around them through crafts, songs, stories, hikes,
and games. Each session will have different activities focusing on the specific topic.
Session 1: June 11Forest Friends
Session 2: June 18 Turkey Trails
Session 3: July 9Prairie Insects
Session 4: July 23From Flower to Seed
Session 5: July 30 Sneaky Spiders

Young Explorers
For children entering kindergarten and grade 1. Session meets Wednesday – Friday from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Session 1: June 19-21 Discovering Nature
For children entering kindergarten who are ready for camp without an adult and for those entering first
grade who want a shorter camp experience than the regular explorers. These young campers will explore
the prairie, forest, and wetland habitats as they discover plants and animals that live in these places.

Explorers
For children entering grades 1-5. Sessions meet from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Note different number of days.
Children will be divided into groups according to age.
Session 1: June 24-28 (5 days) Arboretum Archeology
Explore the effigy mounds of the Arboretum, touch and learn about real artifacts, play games and think about what life may have been like for the people who lived on this land in years past.
Session 2: July 15-17 (3 days) Nature through Art and Games
This three day camp will be all about fun, games, and creating art pieces inspired by the natural world.
Session 3: August 5-9 (5 days) Pottermania: the Science behind the Magic
Dragons, herbs and potions come alive at the Arboretum. As wizarding science students you will attend classes similar to what Harry Potter would have taken. Come learn about the real life outdoor science behind the magic.

Young Naturalists
For children entering grades 4-8. Session meets Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Session 1: July 29-Aug 2 Patterns in Nature
This camp is for the serious outdoors kid who wants to know more. Hexagons, spirals, the Fibonacci sequence—campers will explore how patterns appear and reappear in nature. This camp is for the serious outdoors kid who wants to engage in an in-depth study of the natural world. Due to the longer day, campers will need to bring a lunch.
Eco-Trekkers
For children entering grades 6-8. Sessions meet Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
For thousands of years people have learned about the natural world using direct observation. Eco-Trekkers
will look deeper into each topic as we learn from and practice taking care of the land.
Session 1: June 24-28 Arboretum archeology
Explore the effigy mounds of the Arboretum, touch and learn about real artifacts, play games and think about what life may have been like for the people who lived on this land in years past.
Session 2: August 5-9 Pottermania: the Science behind the Magic
Dragons, herbs and potions come alive at the Arboretum. As wizarding science students you will attend classes similar to what Harry Potter would have taken. Come learn about the real life outdoor science behind the magic.

Located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway at 1207 Seminole Highway, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum features the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. This 1,260-acre arboretum also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for groups, families and individuals are available.