Wednesday, April 27, 2011

At Mountain School, kids work on farm

Hands-on summer camp


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer

Modern day Tom Sawyers explore the mighty Big Wood River by raft while attending the Mountain School summer camp last year.Courtesy photo

The working farm at the end of Mustang Lane in Bellevue is the place for a summer camp experience for kids who want to get hands-on with nature.

Barnyard animals, an expansive garden and proximity to the Big Wood River make the Mountain School a magical camp for kids ages 4-12.

"Throughout the entire summer our camps introduce students to simple, ethical, and balanced energy-efficient living through work with gardens, greenhouses, animals and wilderness schools," said Katherine Woods, president of the Mountain School.

John DeLorenzo, mountain man and big-game hunter, will teach primitive wilderness skills of shelter building, fire building, fishing and nature orientation to budding survivalists. He will also train kids in the fine arts of rope making with native vegetation and other outdoor skills.

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Mountain School summer camp kids experience the magic of the working Mountain School farm and garden, tending to goats, sheep, rabbits, cows and chickens. At the end of the summer they can build fruit and vegetable stands for selling organic produce from the farm using carpentry skills learned during the season.

The arts program at the Mountain School summer camp includes painting, sculpture, music, drama and poetry workshops.

"The Mountain School is dedicated to building the specific strengths within each child as they develop their fine and gross motor skills, self-expression and social bonds," Woods said.

Kids are welcome to full-day or half-day, morning or afternoon sessions at the Mountain School from June 20-Aug. 12. For more information, visit www.themountainschool.info.

Tony Evans: tevans@mtexpress.com




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