Summer Camp

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Investigate the natural world through the lens of an artist!

The Art of Ecology’s 2023 Summer Camp TBD

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Conservation Photography & Science Camp

Date & Time TBD (Camper’s Opening Reception & Art Gallery on Friday evening)

Ages: 13-18 (open to all high school students)

What Will the Camper Do?

Discover the natural world, and how to blend science with art in this week’s Conservation Photography Summer Camp! Each day features guided photography walks, designed to get the camper observing the natural world in a new way. They will use technology, science, and art to build deeper connection to the ecosystems we are a part of.

Campers will restore bird habitat and do some field conservation work so they learn what goes into field work. This counts for volunteer and service hours! Industry professionals will present about the importance of using eco-art to communicate scientific data. At the end, campers will create a gallery that tells a story as we display their artwork, professionally framed, during an opening reception!

Who is this Camp For?

This week is ideal for campers who are interested in learning more about the field of Environmental Conservation Fine Art, Photography, or Science Communication. All activities will get the camper exploring the natural world through hands-on, engaging field work and art!

Some of the activities will include:
  • Guided nature photography walks (campers do NOT need a DSLR camera, a phone/tablet will work)
  • Tutorials in photo editing, post-processing, and digital portfolio creation
  • Environmental Science hikes into forests, fields, and aquatic habitats
  • Bird Habitat Restoration Field Work (counts for at least 5 community service or volunteer hours)
  • Community Science & Data Collaboration Efforts
  • Gallery and Opening Art Reception featuring artwork by campers

Price: $400/camper, with $125/week for extended care (9am-5pm). All materials, including professionally framed artwork, gallery experience, limited edition camp t-shirt, and more included! Summer Camp group size is capped at 10.

Nature Art Camp

Date & Time: TBD, 9am-3pm | Ages: 7-11

What will the Camper Do?

Spend time observing the natural world around, developing curiosity and observation skills as we create beautiful works of art to take home that help us engage with and teach others about the ecosystems we’re a part of! Campers will participate in many STEAM activities and explore environmental science through Textile, Illustration, Culinary, Holistic, Paper, and Painting Artforms!

Some of the activities will include:
  • Nature Journaling
  • Botanical Dye for camp T-Shirts using Japanese dye techniques
  • Herbarium Specimen Art Prints
  • Foraged Foods & Wild Culinary Art
  • Block/Linoprinting with Natural items
  • All-natural foraged soap & candle-making
  • Terrarium & Air Plant Hanger Indoor Plant Design
  • Community Science & Data Collaboration Efforts
  • Single-Use Plastic Alternatives & Zero Waste Sustainability Crafts
  • Insect & Bird Home Habitat Design
  • Lots of hiking and exploring the various habitats in the natural world
  • … and more!

Price: $350/camper, with $100/week for extended care (9am-4pm). All materials including snacks each day, plants, art equipment, and more included! Group size is capped at 10. Wait list is offered if needed.


Health & Safety

What are the COVID-19 Precautions? The safety of your child is my #1 concern! The Art of Ecology’s Summer Camps will adhere to any CDC and Bucks County Health mandates. At this time, campers are encouraged to wear a mask and social distance when indoors.

What does my child do for food, especially if they have allergies? Campers bring their own lunches. When filling out the camper registration form, please fill out the allergy information. Snacks provided will adhere to any dietary restrictions.

What first aid is available? Any educators are CPR trained, and carry a first aid kit at all times. If a camper has medication (epi-pens, etc…) the educator will ensure that those are also labeled and carried around. When filling out the camper registration form, please fill out the Emergency Contact section. This information will also be carried at all times.

Who is teaching the campers? Camp is capped so that students get individualized attention to help their exploration and art be the best it can be. Camp will be led by Marissa Jacobs, of The Art of Ecology. Extra staff may be brought in to help with activities. For information about Marissa’s qualifications and passion for blending the environmental sciences and art, click HERE. Clearances available upon request.

Activities & Education

What does a typical day look like for the nature art camp? Check in is at 9:00am. Campers arriving early will work on a week-long art project of their choice. Once everyone is present, we’ll take a hike to engage with the day’s theme and morning art project. Campers will investigate forests, fields, streams, ponds, and gardens to inspire and provide materials for their masterpieces. Snack will be provided in the morning. After lunch, we’ll continue to work on our art projects, discover live animals, and get back outside. Pick up is at 3pm, but extended care is available.

What does a typical day look like for the conservation photography camp? Check in is at 10am. Campers arriving early will work on their digital portfolio and photo editing. Once everyone is present, we’ll head out to hone our photography techniques, explore composition and lighting, and capture images to be included in a gallery. Snack will be provided in the morning. After lunch, we’ll learn about conservation photography and go on another photo walk to apply what we’ve learned. Each day, we will do bird habitat restoration and conservation field work, so dress accordingly! STEAM activities to get the campers engaging with ecosystems and their camera will be included everyday! Pick up is at 4pm, but extended care is available.

On Friday evening (time TBD), campers will have the opportunity to hang their own professionally framed pieces in a gallery for an Opening Reception that will be open to the public! Campers will communicate the stories behind their art, and experience the behind-the-scenes of displaying art.

Location & Details

Where does the camp take place? 2023 Summer Camp is TBD. 2022 Summer Camp was at Bucks County Audubon Society.

What if I can’t make it to the art shows or opening reception? That’s totally fine! These are just opportunities for the campers to show off their hard work. If you cannot make it early on Fridays for the nature art camp weeks, or stay late for the opening reception on the Conservation Photography camp week, no worries. Standard Pick up on those Fridays is still at 3pm or 4pm (depending on week).

Where will the Opening Reception take place for the Conservation Photography Campers? The show will either take place at the camp location: Bucks Audubon, or at a gallery space in the Willow Grove/611 area. The woman who will be doing all of the custom framing for the camper’s pieces has graciously offered the space to us! Stay tuned for more details in the next few months.

What happens if my child can’t make it and I need to cancel? Cancellations occurring more than 1 month ahead of time will receive a full refund. Cancellations occurring 3 weeks or less, prior to the camp date will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations or missed days occurring the week of non-refundable due to the high level of materials used during this hands-on, art experience-based camp.

The Art of Ecology donates a % of the proceeds to Bucks County Audubon Society.

Her exuberance makers her presentations engaging, fun, and informative!

— Melissa J.

What an engaging presenter! …Marissa brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences to her presentations.  My students were fully engaged and excited to learn when Marissa presented a lesson to my third graders.

— Lori H.

Our [daughter] has been forever changed because of your camp! She has always loved nature and learning about the natural environment, but this week took her to a whole new level! Your camp was impressive… As a mom, and a teacher, well done! 

– Taylor W.

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