Sample Camp Schedule

The exact schedule of our camps is tailor-made to suit each unique group of children, but to give you more detailed picture of what we will be doing at camp, here is a schedule of activities from last Summer.

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

  • Garden Scavenger Hunt
  • Welcoming & Thanksgiving circle
  • Trust and team building games
  • Songlines (mapping through story)
  • Hilltop snack & Tahili’s Vision (native story)
  • Tracking
  • Cougar Stalks Deer (tracking/stalking game)
  • Hillside lunch / hopes and dreams
  • R.O.S.E. (Respecting Others, Self, and Environment)
  • Group agreements
  • Closing circle

  • Thanksgiving/Appreciation circle
  • Animal stretches
  • Hiking/Tracking
  • Upper pond snack / jokes and riddles
  • Camouflage
  • Coyote Tails (active running game)
  • Hiking/ Camouflage games
  • Forest clearing lunch & Legend of the Lynx (native fauna story)
  • Otter Steals Fish (team building game)
  • Archery
  • Swimming/paddle boat
  • Closing circle

  • Thanksgiving/Appreciation circle
  • Animal stretches
  • Bird Thieves & Carnivorous Cats & Canines (active morning games)
  • Oak grove snack / plant knowledge quiz
  • Native plant identification tools
  • Knife safety guidelines
  • Medicinal plant preparation (infusions)
  • Hiking/ Awareness games
  • Streamside lunch Namyacheyna (modern lore)
  • Archery
  • Closing circle

  • Thanksgiving/Appreciation circle
  • Plant knowledge review
  • Knife safety review
  • Medicinal plant preparation (salves)
  • Hiking
  • Botanical gardens snack
  • Camouflage
  • Songlines
  • Vision tree snack / dream sharing circle
  • Old-growth explorations
  • Old-growth lunch / When the People Once Again Learned to Dance (modern lore)
  • Capture the Flag
  • Treasure hunt (for buried chocolates)
  • Return hike
  • Closing circle

  • Skull and bones scavenger hunt
  • Thanksgiving/Appreciation circle
  • Animal stretches
  • Week’s review and awareness tests
  • Meadow snack / jokes and riddles
  • Fairy houses and fort building
  • Farm visit (baby goats, chickens, ducks, etc.)
  • Cow milking and ice cream ingredients prep
  • Pondside lunch / Land of the Warm & Fuzzies (modern lore)
  • Swimming/Paddle boat/Beach play
  • Awareness tests and ice cream with parents and siblings
  • Family animal games (Coyote tails, ninja 10 sec camo)
  • Closing circle Farewells

Here are a few other activities that we use at Nature’s Mystery Camps…

  • Coyote Mentoring
  • Treasure Hunting in the Old-Growth Forests
  • Exploring Permaculture Homesteads
  • Brews and Potions (Infusions, Decoctions, Salves, etc.)
  • Acorn gathering, Processing and Baking in our Cob Oven
Throughout our camps, instructors will employ the ancient art of “Coyote” Mentoring.  Passed down to us through the linage of the Wilderness Awareness School and our own ancestors, this method of teaching recognizes the needs of each individual child.  Observing subtle shifts in attention, we will encourage personal inquiry and foster creativity, as we unfold the mystery around us.
We will unfold our treasure maps to set out on an adventure into the heart of an ancient forest, developing our orientation skills, while uncovering the history, ecology, and native lore of this complex ecosystem.  Follow us down the candyflower trail, through the maple grove, along the crystal creek, as we uncover hidden clues and solve riddles to discover treasure all around.
Fern Hill Botanical Sanctuary is a working model of many of the principles of a permaculture homestead.  We work with the natural rhythms and patterns of nature in the maintenance of our home and gardens.  Children will have the opportunity to see examples of rainwater harvesting, passive and active solar power, cob and other natural building techniques. There are eggs to be gathered, chickens to be fed, and other fun activities.
Our Ancient Grandmothers gathered their medicines from the lands surrounding their homes.  We are most fortunate that we can still treat many common aliments with their wisdom and experience, passed down through the generations.  Your child will get to experiment with a few of safest and most basic and witness the preparation of more advanced formulas.
The acorn was once one of the most prized possessions for many of the native people throughout the West Coast.  With correct processing, this delicious and extremely healthful crop can still be used today to make all kinds of special treats.  Each child will have the opportunity to help as we gather, process, and bake cookies, pizza, or pancakes.  If we’re so blessed we may even be able to sweeten them with wild thimble or salal berries and fresh honey.  Yum!