Young Explorers: Sustainability Summer Camp

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Summer 2017

Young Explorers: 8:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. weekdays in summer

Summer Camp at St. Mark’s

Come join us for another fun summer camp as we integrate S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) learning with Sustainability. Our summer camp integrates Sustainability Education with the students’ developmental needs and innate curiosity—exploring what is important and relevant to them. Our goal is to help the children build a relationship with the world around them so that they can become young citizens engaged in building sustainable communities.

At St. Mark’s, we engage the children’s innate sense of curiosity and wonder. Our curriculum makes connections between pertinent real world issues and children’s prior experiences. This helps them to understand the complex issues surrounding sustainability. A child’s strong sense of place helps to develop a sense of stewardship and life-long habits of caring for the world around them.

Our summer camp will cover seven areas of sustainability that include: Social Systems, Eco-Systems, Energy, Gardening, Recycling, Water, and Climate Change. Our S.T.E.A.M program, and our teacher’s intentional use of questions, will promote a high level of thinking—while having fun in the process! Sign up today to discover the world around us and how we are connected to the Earth.


Each week, the kids will take part in a fun filled fitness program provided by Gym*Magic! We’ll also enjoy music with Ms. Sybi and special guest storytellers!

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Summer Schedule 2017

Week 1: June 5–9 It’s Not Easy Being Green, or is it? (Waste Reduction and Recycling)

This camp explains what it really means to be “Green.” Children will learn how to be good stewards of the environment. Great activities and projects make recycling fun, and we will discover how a little extra effort can go a long way to help protect our environment.

Week 2: June 19–23 You, Me and the Truffula Tree (Eco-Systems)

This week explores how we interact with the world around us and what it means to be a good steward of our natural resources. We will have fun with the Lorax and learn how important trees are to us and what we give to each other. The children will take part in experiments, crafts, nature walks, and may even come home with a Truffula Tree!

Week 3: June 26–30 The Buzz on Bees (Study on Social Systems)

In this week of camp, the children will discover how we are all dependent on each other by studying the social system of bees. We will learn everything there is to know about bees and how we are dependent on them for our food supply. Not only will we learn how bees help us, but also, how we can help save the bees!

Week 4: July 3–7 (No School on the 4th) Water Works! (Water Is an Important Resource)

This week the children will learn how water is our most precious resource. They will discover how it makes it into our homes, how it is filtered, and how we can do our part to conserve and protect our water supply. We will end our week with Water Appreciation Day, (if weather permits) and enjoy a splash or two—so pack your swimsuit!

Week 5: July 10–14 As the World Turns (Weather, Climate & Global Warming))

What’s the difference between weather and climate? What is Global Warming? Does sunscreen really work? We will discuss the effects of global warming on our planet, ecosystems, and what we can do to help. Hands on experiments such as: storm in a jar, tornado in a bottle, and the UAV Bead Experiment bring these topics to life.

Week 6: July 17–21 Turn it On! (A Look at Energy)

What is Energy and where does it come from? We’ll discover the different types of energy, how to save energy, and also learn some safety tips too! Hands on experiments make all this discovery fun. We will make a wind vane, a Ping-Pong ball float using Bernoulli’s Principle, create static electricity, and even enjoy some solar tea!

Week 7: July 24–28 Grow Where You’re Planted (How Farming is Essential)

No green thumbs necessary for this camp! This camp covers a wide variety of activities. The children will find out how gardening/farming is essential to the community. We will take a close look at seeds and the life cycle of a plant. Children will also try their hand at painting Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and may bring a garden of their own home with them.

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Summer Camp Tuition 2017

Tuition for Summer Camp is $175 per week. (Tuition will be $140 for the week of July 3rd because of the July 4th holiday.)

Parents who in enroll a child in all seven weeks of camp by June 1st will receive a special non-refundable discounted rate of $150 per week ($120 for the week of July 5th).

A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $50 per week is due with your application to hold your child’s place in Summer Camp. The remaining tuition balance is due when your child begins camp.

Summer Camp tuition payments are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to the regular school year. Summer weeks may be added or changed on a space-available basis using summer tuition payments, but summer tuition cannot be used to pay for tuition charges and fees associated with the regular school year.

Call or Email for More Information on Enrolling Your Child in Summer Camp!