HOMESCHOOL HIKES • Every other Monday. October 17, 2016- December 12,  2016. SKIPPING October 31.  

Hello homeschoolers! 
My name is Sarah Perry and I'm excited to share that I am leading a homeschool hike in Chatham county every other Monday from 1:00-4:00 pm (see schedule below). I am an intern at Clapping Hands Farm, a Meredith College graduate, and a former homeschooler enthusiastic about leading outdoor expeditions! 

Hike Schedule:
Oct. 17th  (Clapping Hands Farm) 
No Hike on Oct. 31st
Nov. 14th (White Pines Nature Preserve) 
Nov. 28th (Jordan Lake State park) 
Dec. 12th 
Registration: 
Emergency Forms
All hikers must fill out a basic emergency form.
If you have already completed THESE forms for any 2016 program at Clapping Hands Farm you are good to go.
While hiking we will explore, learn about, and enjoy the natural areas of Chatham County together! Some hikes may have guest leaders who are experts on certain areas/topics while others will be more focused on exploring in nature simply to become more connected and aware! I will share the knowledge and observations I have as we hike and I hope everyone will feel encouraged to share their discoveries, knowledge etc... with the group. Please bring water bottles, a snack if needed, long pants, and closed toed shoes and come ready to hike! 
 
Suggested Donation of $5-$10 for Families (parents and children together)
Suggested Donation of $10-$20 for children being dropped off.
To drop off, children must be at least 9 years old and registered by the Friday of the week before. 
Feel free to contact me with questions via email (perrysar@email.meredith.edu) or phone 919-830-7294
 

We are hoping to schedule some variation on the OUTDOOR EXPLORER theme in the new year. Leaving the descriptions below just for your information. . . but this is not a current program offering. 

FALL OUTDOOR EXPLORERS full day program for ages 7-16, 1/2 day program for ages 4-7 •  Six Tuesdays, October 7, 2014 - November 18, 2014. SKIPPING Tuesday October 14, and with November 25, 2014 reserved as a weather make up day. 
   

Ages 7-16, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (parents welcome to stay or go).

Ages 4-7 A half day parent child option is available--- please email or call Louise if you are interested.

VISITORS welcome for one or more days. Cost: $35/camper/day.

Lead Teachers: Jimmy Magoo, gumby Montgomery and Louise Omoto Kessel

Counselors: check back! 

Dates: Six Tuesdays, October 7- November 18, 2014. SKIPPING Tuesday October 14 and with November 25th reserved as a weather make up day.  Six sessions in all.

Cost: $200

Option for ages 4-7 come with a parent or come for half a day from 9:30 - Noon and stay for lunch. $100. Campers ages 4-6 are accepted as full day campers on a case by case basis. 

NOTE: ALL registrations for this program must include payment in full and CAMP FORMS if you have not filled out camp forms in 2014. I collect NEW camp forms at the beginning of each calendar year and we keep them for the year. To register fill out this nifty online form: 2014-2015 Outdoor Explorers Program Programs Registration - Clapping Hands Farm

Camp Forms Can be downloaded here: 

OUTDOOR EXPLORERS PROGRAM FOR AGES 7-16

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We will explore the outdoors for the better part of a WHOLE DAY in nature! Our explorations will include tracking, shelter building, canoeing on the pond, learning about edible plants, games to open our senses to observation and the wonders of nature, basic outdoor safety information, an introduction to animal and plant life at our farm, skills in using field guides and other identification tools, map making and trail making, “still hunting” or sit spots, nature art, songs and stories! It is always inspiring to be outside! Come join us!

Each camper will chose a FOCUS GROUP that will meet with one instructor for two hours each morning. 

After lunch we'll have "More Explore"--- an assortment of choice classes led by Jimmy, Louise, occasional guests and camp counselors. Afternoon workshops may include continuation of focus group activities, games, songwriting and poetry, fort and fairy house building, singing, crafting from local materials, as well as outdoor skills such as fire building, shelter, tracking, etc.

FALL 2014 FOCUS GROUPS: 

Nature with New Eyes,  with Jimmy Magoo, for ages 7 and up (options for children ages 4-6 to join us for half days or with a parent are avialable, please inquire if interested.)  Jimmy Magoo just got a new pair of eyes, literally! via cateract surgery and is appreciating the wonder of color and visual observation in a BRAND NEW way! His Fall 2014 focus group is an invitation to ALL of us to explore nature with NEW EYES! What a treat! Jimmy says: ï»¿We will explore the natural world we normally take for granted- grass, leaves, dirt, trees, water, rocks- with a fresh curiousity and sense of wonder. Asking the simplest questions, like "why is the grass green?" Or "what is dirt?" And then,  starting with our own theories and conjectures, and moving on to first hand investigations, and finally making use of field guides, resource people, reference books, and research tools. . . we will open our eyes and minds to the nature wonders that are right in front of us all of the time, and answer our own questions in a variety of ways. 

Sacred Spots with gumby, for ages 10 and up (younger children accepted on a case by case basis, inquire if interested.) We are so happy to have ï»¿gumby back with us at Clapping Hands Farm for another Outdoor Explorers session! gumby says: ï»¿In our modern efforts to "reconnect with Nature" (as if we could ever be apart from it!), we often focus on hard-core survival skills. After years of teaching these types of skills I've often watched them evaporate away in the over-worked, too-busy, distracted lives of my students. So, my focus this session will be the real highest priority one needs to develop in a survival situation; EVEN BEFORE shelter, water, fire or food, our first tool in a survival situation (like our everyday lives, for instance) is ATTITUDE!! We will develop our attitudes through field and woods games and open, wandering exploration (this IS outdoor EXPLORERS after all!) We will celebrate simply spending all day together outside. Our activities will center around the absolute BEST teacher I can introduce ANYONE to- a daily SACRED SPOT. The importance of developing a routine of sitting quietly, alone in the woods cannot be over-exaggeratd! The awareness of the scout, the patience of a hunter, the keen observation of a tracker and naturalist, the self-reflection and mindfulness of a true otudoor explorer- it all begins here. To know ONE area VERY well is to know ALL areas better. Please join us as we slow down and open ourselves to meet Mother Nature on her own terms.

STAFF:

gumby Montgomery is a stellar naturalist, a great storyteller, a wilderness first responder. His dedication to his own "continueing education" is constant; he never stops learning, questioning and pushing his own edges. Bringing back what he has learned at countless workshops, and thru his own explorations and practice--- gumby has taught with the Haw River Learning Celebration, School House of Wonder and the Peidmont Wildlife educational programs. One part inspirational guide and amazing role model; one part playful, goofy friend--- gumby is a seasoned super teacher with plenty of "kid appeal!"  

Jimmy Magoo is a homeschooling dad to Zella (16) and Cosmo (9). He is also a musician, mask-maker, actor, artist, educator, playwright, poet and puppeteer. Jimmy worked for five years at Community Independent School in Pittsboro, teaching music, art, academics, and "Outdoor Explore" to children ages 3 to 13, and has led art and nature-based camps and classes at Clapping Hands Farm for over a decade. Jimmy has a talent for translating complex concepts to tangible,  accessible, games and models; and great instincts for creating positive dynamics in a group. 

Louise Omoto Kessel is the program director at Clapping Hands Farm. She created the Haw River Assemblies annual river front Learning Celebration;  has explored the swamp ecosystem while working as a naturalist for the NC State Parks System at Merchants Mill Pond State Park; inhabited an  uninhabited island off the coast of Maine while working for the Nature Conservency; worked, sailed and lived aboard the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater "flagship of the environmental movement" for three years; among other adventures! She is also a professional storyteller and homeschooling Mom to Jabu age 13 and Makayla age 9.

WINTER OUTDOOR EXPLORERS • January 13, 2015- February 17,  2015 with February 24 and March 3 reserved for weather make up days. 

Information about Focus Groups for Winter 2015 Outdoor Explorer is coming soon. Check back! 

SPRING OUTDOOR EXPLORERS • March 10, 2015 - April 21, 2015. SKPPING March 31 and with April 28 reserved as a weather make up day. 

Information about Focus Groups for Spring 2015 Outdoor Explorer is coming soon. Check back! 

HOMESCHOOL HIKES • Every other Monday. October 17, 2016- December 12,  2016. SKIPPING October 31.  


Hello homeschoolers

My name is Sarah Perry and I'm excited to share that I am leading a homeschool hike in Chatham county every other Monday from 1:00-4:00 pm (see schedule below). I am an intern at Clapping Hands Farm, a Meredith College graduate, and a former homeschooler enthusiastic about leading outdoor expeditions! 

Hike Schedule:
Oct. 17th  (Clapping Hands Farm) 
No Hike on Oct. 31st
Nov. 14th (White Pines Nature Preserve) 
Nov. 28th (Jordan Lake State park) 
Dec. 12th 

Registration: 

Emergency Forms: 
All hikers must fill out a basic emergency form.
If you have already completed THESE forms for any 2016 program at Clapping Hands Farm you are good to go.

While hiking we will explore, learn about, and enjoy the natural areas of Chatham County together! Some hikes may have guest leaders who are experts on certain areas/topics while others will be more focused on exploring in nature simply to become more connected and aware! I will share the knowledge and observations I have as we hike and I hope everyone will feel encouraged to share their discoveries, knowledge etc... with the group. Please bring water bottles, a snack if needed, long pants, and closed toed shoes and come ready to hike
 
Suggested Donation of $5-$10 for Families (parents and children together)

Suggested Donation of $10-$20 for children being dropped off.
To drop off, children must be at least 9 years old and registered by the Friday of the week before. 

Feel free to contact me with questions via email (perrysar@email.meredith.edu) or phone 919-830-7294