ENROLLMENT

Summer Camp 2022

Masks are currently optional for attendance. Our COVID-19 safety practices are regularly assessed and may change.

Tuition is $65-80/day, on a sliding scale.

We are thrilled to host our summer camp programs for 6-12 year olds in the gorgeous forest of Webster Park. Every day is jam-packed with activities that engage children with nature-based activities, while focusing on several themes: Forest Survival Skills (Mondays), Science in the Woods (Tuesdays), Art in the Woods (Wednesdays), Wildcrafting (Thursdays), and Forest Journaling (Fridays). Detailed descriptions are available below. As we learn and play together in small groups led by expert guides, your child will be supported to explore their curiosities, learn new skills, and make new friends!

Past summer camp participants have enjoyed splashing in the creek, forest obstacle courses, and cooling mud spas – come prepared for this and other outdoor fun! We warmly welcome children from all backgrounds, support empathetic communication skills, and promote appreciation for diverse perspectives. Registration includes use of high-quality course materials and equipment at camp. Enrollees are also welcome to enjoy the healthy and delicious snacks we often cook over the fire. Register for the whole season, a week, or you can even just come try a single day! Enrollees who register for any 5 days or more by May 31st will receive an Amiko tee-shirt!

Enrollment Expectations

We understand that young people are interested in joining our programs from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels. We want to be sure that our new enrollees can feel successful in our programs, in which they will need to meet many of their personal needs autonomously and exercise personal responsibility in order to attend. Your child is ready to enroll in Amiko’s programs when they are able to:

  • Carry their backpack and other belongings independently
  • Open all lunch containers and wrappers independently
  • Attend to their own clothing independently (tying, zipping, buckling, adjusting layers, etc.)
  • Keep track of their personal water bottle and food and eat and drink as needed
  • Use the portable restroom independently
  • Apply sunscreen and insect repellant independently, as needed
  • Remain with our group while in our camp area and maintain a reasonable pace with our group while on hikes
  • Participate in our Leave-No-Trace Carry-In and Carry-Out practices

Summer Camp Program Descriptions

Forest Survival Skills

Mondays, 8:45am-4:00pm

In Forest Survival Skills, we will spend the day immersed in nature, building our capability and confidence to enjoy the rich beauty of the forest in all kinds of weather. We will learn basic survival skills, investigate animal traces and tracks, develop our sensory skills, go on hikes and get silly and muddy. We will use lessons, games, free play, guides’ expertise, children’s curiosities, and spontaneous discoveries to shape our learning. This program is designed to foster good decision-making, personal responsibility, self-initiated collaborations, and joyful and respectful engagement with nature. We can adventure through the park, experiment with camping and backpacking gear, and practice tuning our owl eyes and deer ears. Learners are responsible for carrying their belongings, wearing appropriate clothing, and abiding by all safety requirements.

Science in the Woods

Tuesdays, 8:45am-4:00pm

Science in the Woods is a chance to learn about our environment through play, science investigations, and free exploration. Each week, enrollees will be encouraged to explore their own interests and questions within the setting of our shelter area at Webster Park and on short hikes around the park. We’ll play games, learn about the plants and animals we encounter, make observations, ask questions, make hypotheses, and collaborate on scientific investigations and experiments. We might solve challenges by building simple machines using only materials we find in the forest, experiment with strategies animals use to keep cool, or design our own experiments to learn about the creek. Each day will bring something different as we never know what we will discover in the woods! Enrollees are responsible for carrying their belongings, wearing appropriate clothing, and abiding by all safety requirements.

Art in the Woods

Wednesdays, 8:45am-4:00pm

Art in the Woods is your chance to connect with nature in ways you may not have considered before! Each week, we’ll be working to develop our artistic communication skills by creating and interacting with artwork while in the forest. We’ll work independently and collaboratively to craft art supplies from nature, like paints, drawing sticks, cordage, and pitch glue. We’ll experiment with a variety of media, debate “What is Art?”, explore meaning and symbolism, and brainstorm and test solutions to practical challenges of working with natural materials. Projects vary every week, and include crafts like basket weaving, papermaking, sculpting, candlemaking, and constructing and using primitive looms and flower presses. Enrollees are responsible for carrying their belongings, wearing appropriate clothing, and abiding by all safety requirements.

Wildcrafting

Thursdays, 8:45am-4:00pm

In Wildcrafting, enrollees will begin to understand the value of wild plants as sources of nutrition and medicine as we practice identifying, harvesting, and utilizing native plants and herbs. Enrollees will spend time reviewing the Golden Rules of Wildcrafting, making sure to forage for plants in the safest and most responsible way. Together we’ll explore Webster Park, strengthening our observation skills as we reference guidebooks and begin to recognize beneficial plants such as nettle, wild violet, chickweed, red clover, yarrow, plantain, elder, pine, and dandelion. We’ll dissect different plants as we gain knowledge about their unique structures, characteristics, and benefits. Enrollees will engage in projects such as brewing teas, infusing oils and vinegars, making poultices, and concocting campfire recipes, all while using the plants around us! Native folk stories will be woven into our days as we discover how local herbs have been used throughout history. Enrollees are responsible for carrying their belongings, wearing appropriate clothing, and abiding by all safety requirements.

 

 

Forest Journaling

Fridays, 8:45am-4:00pm

In Forest Journaling we will deepen our connection to the environment as we observe and document the world around us in Webster Park. Through play, exploration, group activities, and guided hikes we will build our scientific skills as naturalists. Enrollees will practice slowing down and paying attention to even the tiniest details of the forest as we compare objects, search for nature patterns, practice shifting our perspectives and notice connections among living things. Enrollees will be supported to record their observations and ideas in a personal field journal where they can document with a combination of sketched images and words. We’ll zoom in on the environment to create depictions of the “tiny worlds” we observe, draft poems influenced by our natural surroundings, create collages using nature findings, and make records of the animal tracks we spy. Together, we’ll gather journal writing inspiration by bird watching, cloud observing, plant exploring and everything in between! We’ll use our findings to spark curiosity, ask questions and strengthen our relationship with the Earth. Enrollees are responsible for carrying their belongings, wearing appropriate clothing, and abiding by all safety requirements.

 

Spring 2022 Weekly Schedule

Masks are currently optional for attendance. Our COVID-19 safety practices are regularly assessed and may change.

Please scroll down to see course descriptions. 

Sliding Scale Tuition

While registering, simply select the sliding scale option that your family can afford.

We are committed to creating a community that is as financially accessible as possible. To achieve this, we trust that families contribute fairly while self-selecting from our sliding scale for tuition fees. We are grateful for your generous support as we continue to develop awesome educational opportunities for young people with low learner-guide ratios, no mandatory volunteer commitments, and high-quality staff.

When selecting a sliding scale level, please note that Sliding Scale 1 and 2 are designed for families who can not afford the tuition rate that fully supports our programming.

Payment plans are available for your child’s registration in Three Day Programs and greater, with 35% required to secure their enrollment. From time to time, we have limited financial aid available. Please inquire by emailing jgreen@amikolearningcenter.org. Material Fees, which are in addition to tuition, are a fixed rate, and non-refundable. They are $40/semester for each day of Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday enrollment and $25/semester for Tuesday enrollment, and are added at check out. Thank you!

Tuition Fees and Program Registration Schedule

Tuition Reduction for Enrollees 10-12 years old

We are so grateful to a generous donor, who has made our programming for 10-12 year olds more accessible. The table below indicates the tuition reduction provided for each program, and the coupon code you’ll use in the checkout process. We warmly welcome your children, as our community grows!

Spring 2022 Courses

Art 1

(Ages 6-9)
Guide: Jennifer Green

 

In this course, learners will use a variety of media to build their skills and understanding of how art functions as a method of communication. They will have the opportunity to create two and three dimensional artwork in ways that support problem-solving, individual expression, and experimentation. We will practice thinking critically about our artistic process and products with group discussions that build analytical and communication skills. Over the course of the semester, discussions will increasingly be driven by leadership of the children. Historical and modern references will add to the construction of our artistic knowledge.

Art 2

(Ages 9-12)
Guide: Jennifer Green

 

In this course, learners will use a variety of media to build their skills and understanding of how art functions as a method of communication. They will have the opportunity to create two and three dimensional artwork in ways that support problem-solving, individual expression, and experimentation. We will practice thinking critically about our artistic process and products with group discussions that build analytical and communication skills. Over the course of the semester, discussions will increasingly be driven by leadership of the children. Historical and modern references will add to the construction of our artistic knowledge.

Community Circle

During Community Circle, which takes place on Wednesdays and Thursdays, we join together to learn about and support each other. With short guided activities like Show and Tell, making music, collaborative games, dancing, sharing jokes and riddles, and more, we will practice effective communication skills, develop empathetic relationships, laugh, and play together.

Environmental Education

(Ages 6-12)
Guides: Becca Lauzon, Ph.D., Moss Layne, and Jennifer Green

 

In Environmental Education, we will spend the morning exploring nature in Highland Park, in all kinds of weather. We are thrilled to collaborate with the Highland Park Conservancy in this course, to work with their volunteers as we engage in important work like removing invasive plants from the park. We will also learn and practice observational, collaborative, and basic hiking skills, engage in science-based investigations, sing songs, and be silly. We will use lessons, games, one-time and on-going projects, guides’ expertise, children’s curiosities, and spontaneous discoveries to shape our learning. This program is designed to foster increased awareness of our environment, personal responsibility, and joyful and respectful engagement with nature. Learners are responsible for carrying their belongings, wearing appropriate clothing, and abiding by all safety requirements. Learners may get dirty as they participate in this outdoor course.

Forest School

(Ages 6-12)
Guides: Jennifer Green and Becca Lauzon, Ph.D.

 

In Forest School, we will spend the day immersed in nature, building our capability and confidence to enjoy the rich beauty of the forest in all kinds of weather. We will learn basic survival skills, develop our sensory skills, engage in science-based explorations, go on hikes, make art, sing songs, get silly, and become very dirty. We will use lessons, games, one-time and on-going projects, community circles, free play, guides’ expertise, children’s curiosities, and spontaneous discoveries to shape our learning. This program is designed to foster good decision-making, personal responsibility, self-initiated collaborations, and joyful and respectful engagement with nature. Learners are responsible for carrying their belongings, wearing appropriate clothing, and abiding by all safety requirements.

 

Literacy 1

(Ages 6-9)
Guide: Jenna Chew

In this fun and effective course for emergent learners, we will engage in activities that promote a love of literacy! Enrollees will create a variety of self-motivated writing pieces to continually enhance their speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. We will find creative ways to ensure each child takes pleasure in book making, poetry, and journaling by using words and pictures. Students will also practice reading and sharing their reading experiences in a group setting. Fundamental literacy skills such as letter sounds, spelling patterns, and sentence structure, will be introduced and reinforced through music, play, and other engaging methods. Children of all levels will grow and thrive in this flexible, creative environment.

 

 

Literacy 2

(Ages 9-12)
Guide: Jenna Chew

Literacy 2 is a course for exploring passions and interests through reading, writing, listening and speaking. Whether the learner delights in creating comic books, a collection of poems, or a personal narrative, our goal will be to guide enrollees through the process and inspire the technical and creative success. Students will collaborate with their guide to create a class structure where there are opportunities to learn new vocabulary, review word patterns, and fine tune writing mechanics. Exploring literacy in a safe environment, where we encourage intellectual risk taking, will help set the groundwork for a positive attitude toward being an effective communicator!  

 

 

Math 1

(Ages 6-9)
Guide: Jennifer Green

In this course, learners will be supported in gaining confidence working with numbers as they develop foundational math skills through games and hands-on practice. We will explore number lines, place values, basic operations, patterns, shapes, money, time, and more by learning from natural and built environments around us. Through taking measurements and collecting and manipulating data with operations like addition, subtraction, and basic multiplication, learners will be able to practice problem-solving and critical thinking to explore numbers in fun and useful ways. Learners will use and create charts to interpret and present data in a variety of ways as they expand their understanding of the world from mathematical perspectives.

 

 

 

Math 2

(Ages 9-12)
Guide: Jennifer Green

In this course, we will build on learners’ previous knowledge to foster greater insight into how math can be used to understand the world. Learners will be supported in building their understanding of measurements, measurement tools, and collecting and manipulating data through multiplication, division, and algebraic thinking. We will use and create charts and graphs to interpret and present data in a variety of ways. Learners will also explore concepts like fractions and geometry through hands-on games, puzzles, word problems, and real-life applications that promote creative problem solving.

 

 

Science 1

(Ages 6-9)
Guide: Rebecca Lauzon, Ph.D.

In this course, learners will explore the question “what is science?” while developing observational, questioning, and critical thinking skills. We will make and use models to represent and understand things we observe around us, ask questions both serious and funny, identify patterns and trends in data, and use evidence to support explanations for our discoveries. The course will begin with a survey of scientific topics and learners will identify topics of interest to focus on. Working both independently and collaboratively, learners will identify and work to answer questions about their chosen topics through simple research, conversations with scientists, and hands-on investigations.

 

Science 2

(Ages 9-12)
Guide: Rebecca Lauzon, Ph.D.

In this course, learners will explore the question “what is science?” while developing observational, questioning, and critical thinking skills. We will make and use models to represent and understand things we observe around us, ask questions both serious and funny, identify patterns and trends in data, and use evidence to support explanations for our discoveries. The course will begin with a survey of scientific topics and learners will identify topics of interest to focus on. Working both independently and collaboratively, learners will identify and work to answer questions about their chosen topics through simple research, conversations with scientists, and hands-on investigations.