Summer Camps at the Intersection of Art & Nature 2021

Lynden’s art and nature camps for children aged 4 to 15 years integrate our collection of monumental outdoor sculpture and temporary installations with the natural ecology of our hidden landscapes and unique habitats. Led by artists, naturalists, and art educators, the camps explore the intersection of art and nature through collaborative inquiry and hands-on artmaking, using all of Lynden's 40 acres to create a joyful, all-senses-engaged outdoor experience.

Camps are organized around themes--from exploration to wearable art--and introduce a range of imaginative experiences, materials, and tools. Working on projects individually and as a socially distanced team, we'll be recording our discoveries in prints, collages, and sculptures. Whether we are investigating differences in scale or watching chickens hatch, digging in the vegetable garden or carving wooden beads with handmade knives, our focus is on cultivating creativity and an appreciation of process.

Join us for a summer of art and nature!

Become a member at the family level today to receive a discount on camp fees (you may also add a membership during the camp registration process).

To preview a PDF of the registration form, click here. Please note: Space in each camp is limited and we anticipate they will fill quickly. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee admission. Once we receive your completed registration form, we will follow up via e-mail with an invoice for payment and a confirmation after payment is received OR a notification that you have been placed on the waiting list for the camp(s) you have requested. Register online now.


Questions?
Jeremy Stepien, Director of Education
414-446-8481
jstepien@lyndensculpturegarden.org


Safety Modifications

Lynden will follow the guidelines for summer programming outlined by the North Shore Health Department and the CDC. We’ll continue to rely on masks, outdoor education spaces, frequent hand washing/sanitizing, and social distancing to make our 2021 camp season safe. To view our Guidelines for in-person programs, click here.


2021 CAMPS AT A GLANCE
Camps in red are full. To be added to the wait list, please fill out a registration form.

Dates Time Camp Ages
June 28-30 9 am-12 pm Garden Animals 4-6
July 5-9 9 am-4 pm Metamorphosis, Growth, Change 6-11
July 12-16 9 am-4 pm Nature's Design 6-11
July 19-23 9 am-4 pm Whittlers 10-15
July 26-30 9 am-4 pm Pathways 6-11
August 9-13 9 am-4 pm Wearable Sculpture 6-11
August 16-20 9 am-12 pm Nature's Kitchen 4-6

FOR THE YOUNG & VERY YOUNG

Tuesdays in the Garden is designed for children aged 1-3 and their caregivers. It provides an opportunity for those with very small children to engage in outdoor play and the manipulation of art materials.


Garden Animals | 3 Mornings

June 28-30 | 9 am-12 pm
Ages 4-6
$99/$81 members

What animals live at Lynden and where can we find them? We will seek out the local animals, explore their habitats, and gather inspiration from our collection of animal sculptures to create artworks based on your own favorite animals—real and imaginary.


Nature's Kitchen | 5 Mornings

August 16-20 | 9 am-12 pm
Ages 4-6
$165/$135 members

Where does food come from? What does it taste, smell, and feel like? Spend time in Lynden’s vegetable garden, prepare “meals” for Lynden’s animals in the playscape “kitchen,” and harvest herbs and vegetables from the garden for our culminating picnic.

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FULL-DAY CAMPS FOR CHILDREN AGED 6-11


Metamorphosis, Growth, Change | 5 Days

July 5-9 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 6-11
$385/$315 members

The dynamics of the natural world ensure that Lynden's landscape is in constant flux. We can track change within this environment by exploring differences in scale, texture, shape, and form. Whether observing an ecosystem up close or hiking through Lynden's fields, whether viewing plants through a microscope or raising butterflies in the pollinator garden, we will seek out change and use watercolor, pressure printing, and paper pulp to interpret our discoveries.


Nature's Design | 5 Days

July 12-16 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 6-11
$385/$315 members

Many of the animals, birds, and insects at the sculpture garden rely on Lynden's wooded areas for food and shelter. Conversely, humans are beginning to appreciate that biomimicry can provide sustainable solutions to the problems that confront us. We’ll examine Lynden's tree habitat--its structures and tenants--and use nature's patterns and strategies to create homes for pollinating insects and our own shelters in the woods.

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Pathways | 5 Days

July 26-30 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 6-11
$385/$315 members

Unlike a maze, a labyrinth is a single path with no dead ends that leads to a center that is both an end and a beginning. We’ll compare artist-in-residence Jenna Knapp’s labyrinth to other pathways and ecological systems we find in the natural spaces and among the sculptures at Lynden. Patterns, pathways, and entanglements will be revealed through sensory investigations in printing, clay, and paint.


Wearable Sculpture | 5 Days

August 9-13 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 6-11
$385/$315 members

Can clothing be a vehicle for physical or emotional transformation? Join us as we investigate wearable works of art created to promote healing and cultural awareness. We’ll take a close look at artists who unravel conventional ideas of fashion to consider sustainability, personal healing, and cultural repair. Inspired by Call & Response artist-in-residence
Arianne King Comer, we will use her batik-dyeing skills to create three-dimensional garments that can change the way we look and feel.

FOR OLDER CHILDREN UP TO AGE 15


Whittlers: Wood Culture | 5 Days

July 19-23 | 9 am-4 pm
Ages 10-15
$399/$343 members

There is a unique pleasure in working sustainable natural materials with simple hand tools, a pleasure shared by whittlers everywhere. We will use rasps and files to shape hardwood handles for our own fixed-blade carving knives, and then head to Lynden’s back acres to select buckthorn saplings and learn green wood carving techniques with Call & Response artist-in-residence Daniel Minter. Minter will apply the carving process to linoleum prints, to relief work, and to carving large wooden beads for his sculpture on Lynden’s grounds. You'll walk away with several projects that can be assembled into a unique carving tool kit, and with new skills that will enable you to continue your whittling adventures at home. Returning whittlers welcome.

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Registration, Fees & Policies

Registration
Enroll online. To preview a PDF of the registration form, click here. Please note: Space in each camp is limited and we anticipate they will fill quickly. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration does not guarantee admission. Once we receive your completed registration form, we will follow up via e-mail with an invoice for payment and a confirmation after payment is received OR a notification that you have been placed on the waiting list for the camp(s) you have requested.

Fees
Camp fees include supplies. Save on registration by becoming a Lynden Sculpture Garden member at the family level.

Tuition Waivers
Lynden is committed to making its programs available to all. Need-based tuition waivers are available. To be considered for a waiver, please submit your registration form and contact Jeremy Stepien at (414) 446-8481 or jstepien@lyndensculpturegarden.org for an application for a waiver.

Refund Policy
There is a $35 administrative fee for all refunds issued up to 14 days prior to the first day of a camp. No refunds are made after that period.

Cancellation Policy
If a camp is filled to capacity, or cancelled due to low enrollment (this will be determined 14 days prior to the first day of a camp), your registration fee will be refunded in full.


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