Pre-Season Nature Instruction Clinic

2020 Clinic Dates: Sunday June 14 – Friday, June 19

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The Nature Instruction Clinic is a unique, national training program that puts Camp Pemigewassett at the forefront of the camping world’s commitment to environmental education. This pre-season, 5½-day-long “Nature Instruction Clinic” is designed for instructors at day camps, resident camps, outdoor education centers, docents and seasonal staff at nature centers and national and state parks, and for select students from the University of New Haven (for which they receive academic credit). Our goal is to facilitate better programming and instruction in a wide variety of camp and outdoor situations and settings. Each year, the Clinic is designed to meet the specific needs of the participants.

History of The Nature Clinic

In 1992, former Director Rob Grabill, former Associate Nature Head Russ Brummer, and Larry Davis, longtime and now emeritus Head of the Nature Programs, attended the International Camping Congress in Toronto in order to present a workshop entitled, Building a Camp Nature Program: 12 Keys to Success. Prepared for an audience of 30 or 35, they were surprised when over 100 showed up. People were sitting in the aisles and standing against the walls. The questions following the presentation clearly indicated that they had struck a chord. One that was frequently repeated was, “You’ve said that there must be ‘a well-trained and enthusiastic staff.’ Where can we find these people?” This got them thinking and they looked to see what was “out there.” The answer was “not much.”

So, we decided that we needed to do it ourselves – and the “Camp Pemigewassett Nature Instruction Clinic” was born.

The first clinic was in 1993, with eleven participants including Pemi’s current Head of Nature Programs and current clinic instructor, Deb Kure. The clinic is capped at 16 participants.

The Nature Clinic offers practical instruction and includes curriculum materials focused on:

  • Teaching techniques
  • Lesson planning
  • Use of local resources
  • Field trip experiences
  • Exploration/observation skills
  • Experiential learning
  • Availability and use of reference materials
  • Starting/maintaining a Nature Center

Post-clinic, participants will be prepared to create and lead:

  • Single-session lessons
  • Day-long lessons
  • Week-long courses
  • Summer-long experiences
  • Nature experiences for large groups
  • Interpretive walks and experiences for park and site visitors

…and to teach the following activities:

  • Birding
  • Insect Ecology, Collection, and Preparation
  • Natural Dyes
  • Cooking with Wild Foods
  • Rocks and More
  • Weird Science
  • Stargazing
  • Nature Drawing and Journals
  • In the Dark (the wonders of nature at night)
  • Environmental Sculpture
  • Pond and Stream Ecology
  • And many more

All necessary material and equipment is provided at no extra charge, including a 200-page reference book and CD containing lesson plans, bibliographies, sample display labels, recipes for wild foods, lists of resources, and much more.

They Will Also Learn:

…to create simple museum exhibits and activities that will teach when you’re not there.
All necessary material and equipment is provided at no extra charge, including a 200-page reference book and CD containing lesson plans, bibliographies, sample display labels, recipes for wild foods, lists of resources, and much more.

Further Reading

How to Apply to The Nature Clinic

Print the simplified version of the Nature Clinic Brochure, which includes a registration form. Complete the form and return by June 1 to the address provided, along with your $50 deposit.

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Full-color 2019 Nature Instruction Clinic Brochure>>