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Wildlife Words with Zoo Boise Day-Long Camp Grades 3-6 TWO SPOTS LEFT!

August 7, 2017 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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August 7th-11th, week-long camp meets 9am-4pm daily. A collaboration of The Cabin and Zoo Boise.

Goal for poets: rebuild the emotional bridge to the natural world. —Sandra Alcosser

This camp is intended for 3rd – 6th grades. Form a deeper and more enduring wildlife conservation ethic in this all-day partnership camp from Zoo Boise and The Cabin. Start camp at Zoo Boise each morning for zoo-educator-led, hands-on activities for that will provide an understanding of why animals and their habitats are endangered, as well as how people can work for conservation. After a sack lunch in Julia Davis park, head to The Cabin to work with a teaching-writer to hone your creative writing skills and create a collection of poems and short stories inspired by wildlife.

Camp meets Monday through Friday from 9 am – 4 pm each day. Campers are responsible for bringing their own sack lunch each day. Campers will meet each day at Zoo Boise at 355 Julia Davis Dr, Boise, ID 83702, and be picked up from The Cabin at 801 S Capitol Blvd. During the last half-hour of camp on Friday, family and friends are invited to The Cabin for lemonade and a public reading of student writing.

Foci for Student Learning:

  • Engaging with research and scientific ways of understanding the natural world to find inspiration to write creatively
  • Reflective journaling to process nature and science learning
  • Analyze nature/environmental creative texts to learn about craft
  • Writing, thinking, and talking about conservation/environment and the role of writing in encouraging and defining these concepts
  • Learn to use place as more than a backdrop
  • Producing nature and science inspired poems and stories
  • Reflecting on the artist’s role in questions of our natural environment and conservation
  • Responding to what works in one another’s work
  • Offering constructive critique for peer’s work towards revision
  • Revising for publication

Essential Questions Students Will Investigate:

  • What is the role of an artist in communicating honestly about the natural world?
  • How do we bridge arts and sciences? How does writing do that?
  • Can writers work on ideas related to conservation? The natural world?
  • How do we use nature as inspiration?
  • How do we write about physical experience?
  • What is nature?

Our ticketing system charges a $4.50 convenience fee for each camp purchased online. To avoid this fee, register by phone: 208-331-8000.


August 7, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Zoo Boise
355 Julia Davis Dr
Boise, ID 83702 United States
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