Wild Child Summer Programs 2016

Happy Summer Everyone!

Here's the Wild Child Program dates for 2016. Thanks for your patience in waiting for them. There was a chance of construction happening on the property but that has been postponed, and Wild Child will be happening. Matt and Sara Cook, the property owners, are expecting their first child in July and are thrilled to welcome your children to explore their magical property. They love having the kids there making memories, forts, and trails!

There are 3 sessions available this year in August. The first session is reserved for some of my family members and close friends, many of whom are traveling distances to participate. It is full right now, but if it is the only week your child could come to Wild Child let me know and I'll see what I can do.

Please feel free to pass this on to other families you think may be interested.
Thank you and enjoy this beautiful weekend,

Explore the Magic of the Adirondack Forest!
Located on 20+ private acres in Saranac Lake bordering Forever Wild State Forest Land, Baker Mountain, and the Saranac River, Wild Child Summer Programs provide the dual opportunities for children to immerse themselves in nature and experience a stimulating, hands-on approach to environmental education.

Kids will learn the names of native plants and animals, and how Adirondack plants can be used for food and healing.  The atmosphere is non-competitive, allowing group bonding and individual empowerment.  All activities are interest-led and 'go with the flow' of nature's emergent curriculum.  


Making Herbal Medicine and Magic Potions
Nature Games

Nature Arts and Crafts

Creating Fairy Villages

Musical Jams

Building Secret Hideouts in the Forest

Mudding and Mucking in the Polliwog Pond

Nature Journaling

Learning About Native Plants and Animals

Storytelling Around the Campfire

Map and Trail Making


Mondays-Thursdays, 10AM-3PM Daily, With Optional Overnight Campout as Noted
Session 1: August 1-4, Family and Friends Week (THIS WEEK IS FULL)
Session 2: August 8-11, ages 7-11 (Optional overnight campout Wed to Thurs)
Session 3: August 15-18, ages 3-6

 **Older or younger children considered for each session on a case-by-case basis.

 * Enrollment is Limited to 9 Children per Session


Wild Child Summer Programs run for four consecutive days, Monday through Thursday.

Session 3, for the youngest children, ages 3-6, runs from Monday through Thursday from 10AM - 3PM daily.

Session 2, for older children, has an optional overnight campout.

On Monday and Tuesday children are dropped off at 10AM and picked up at 3PM.

On Wednesday, children can decide to stay for the campout.

If your child opts to campout with us, you will drop your child off at 10AM Wednesday and pick them up at 2:30 on Thursday, so you can have time to explore the trails and secret hideouts with your child before leaving at 3.  Children who stay overnight will eat a campfire dinner of pie iron pizzas and s’mores, take a night hike to look for owls and bats with glow sticks, sleep in a group tent or their hideout, and be served pancake breakfast in the morning.  If your child does not want to camp overnight, they are welcome to stay for the campfire cook-out until 8PM on Wednesdaynight.  You can then drop them back off at 10AM Thursday morning.

 All cook-out food and breakfast on Thursday morning are provided, but kids can bring their own food to warm over the fire too.

There is an additional fee of $75 if your child joins the campout.

In an effort to make the programs accessible to all children, cost will be considered on a sliding scale/pay-what-you-can basis.  The suggested cost is $175/child.  The overnight campout is an additional $75.  Discounts are available for siblings.  



Water (Additional Water Provided as Needed)

Extra Clothing Layers

!Clothes That Can Get Dirty!

Sturdy Shoes, Boots or Sandals For Outdoor Adventures

Rain Boots for Exploring the Polliwog Pond



Bug Repellent (Local, Natural Bug Repellent Provided as Needed)

Sunscreen (Please Apply Before Arriving if Needed)

Rain Gear (Daily, Just in Case!)
Bathing suit, towel, and PFD (if wanting to swim in the river)
*Indoor Shelter is Available On-Site in Case of Severe Weather,

 But Programs Are Designed to be Completely Outdoors in Most Weather


 Wild Child Nature Immersion programs are designed and led by Christina Grant.  Christina has Level 3 Nature Immersion Educator Certification from internationally recognized Nature Educator Erin Kenny.  Erin is the founder of Cedarsong Nature School on Vashon Island in Washington state.  Christina has a master's degree and NYS certification in elementary and secondary education with 15 years of experience teaching children of all ages indoors and out.  In addition, she has a degree in Wilderness Recreation Leadership from North Country Community College, where Zoe Smith was her outdoor education mentor.  (Thanks Zoe!)

 If interested in enrolling and for further information, please contact Christina atchristinab.lp@gmail.com.

(518) 637 - 3502

Homeschool Play Free and Open to the Public: Sat June 4th at 6:30pm

The Chattering Chipmunks Homeschool 4-H group invites the public to their annual spring play. This year they are performing "Redwall," adapted from the novel by Brian Jacques. It is the story of an abbey of peaceful mice who find themselves under attack by evil rats and how a young mouse novitiate named Matthias becomes the Warrior of Redwall.

Performance is free and open to the public of all ages.
DATE: Saturday June 4, 2016
TIME: 6:30 pm
North Country Alliance Church
7 Northern Avenue
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

2nd Annual Peru Library Homeschool Art Show

The Peru Library has invited the homeschool community to once again display our art for the months of July and August. All homeschooling families receiving this email are invited to participate. 

Hanging art needs to be matted. (This can be homemade matting). Does not need to be framed.

There are display cases available for non hanging items.

All art needs to be tagged with name (or initals), age and location (city, town or county). 

Any and all media is welcomed. Multiple pieces may be submitted. 

I will be personally collecting and hanging the artwork. I can start collecting now and would like to have all art in hand by June 26th. Please email me to arrange a date/time/location. Please do not drop off your art to the library. 

There will be a closing reception on Friday August 26th from 4-6pm. Art may be removed at the closing reception. If you are unable to attend the reception, I will remove your art and make arrangements to meet. 

If you think your family may be interested, please let me know so I can have an approximate count. 

Any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. I can be reached via email atpyrz51@frontier.com.

Summer Safari at SUNY Plattsburgh

College Auxiliary Services, SUNY Plattsburgh                           
Hi Everyone!
The Summer Safari at SUNY Plattsburgh 2016 Schedule is ready and we can't wait till all our classes are filled with kids raring to learn new things and do exciting, fun stuff.

Exciting Courses: We have something for everyone!
If Science is your bag, well, we have Science in a Bag, Science with the Magic School Bus, and Sizzling Summer Science Fun.
For Artists.... so much to choose from: Tessellate & Illustrate; Drawing It Real; Cartoon Basics, Mini-Masters, Lake Champlain Clay Creatures, Your Inner Artist and much more.
Lots of Literature: Reading, Art & Edibles, Magic Treehouse and Take the Bummer Out of Summer.

Techno-Kids: Digital Photography, Minecraft, Basics of Computer Game Art, Interactive Web Comics, Build Your Own Website, Server Hosting and More.
Are you interested in Architecture, Gardening, Baking? We have it all.

And those are just some of the cool programs you will find at SUMMER SAFARI.
Check out our website at:
Have a great summer - we hope to see you at Summer Safari at SUNY.
July 5 - August 5, 2016.
35 programs for ages 5 - 16

Canoe Summer Trips

FROM Sunita Halasz: 

My friend, Mike Lynch, is the Adirondack director of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (he's a through paddler!) and this summer they are offering a lot of summer canoe camp trips for kids ages 10-14. Check them out here: