Outdoor Adventures All Summer Long with Sequoia’s Treehouse
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open” encouraged former India’s Prime Minister Nehru. No one is more ready to tackle the wonders of the world than children on summer vacation.
Since the beginning, Sequoia’s Treehouse has focused on nature, play, and community. Play based curriculum and spending lots of time outdoors teach children through interactive, exploratory, hands on methods. After opening 1 ½ years ago, founder Sequoia Hartman is proud that “our success lies in our staff, our facility, our lower staff to child ratios, and the connection to nature in our programming, materials, and philosophy.”
Starting June 26th, the Sequoia’s Treehouse is offering Outdoor Adventures Summer Camp for children ages 5-9. Running on a weekly schedule through September 1st, the camp contains adventures indoors and out. Weekly themed sessions are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with extended care after-hours until 6:00 p.m., if needed.
The camp promises “lots of time to explore the acres of wetlands right behind our property while building outdoor survival skills and taking part in activities such as wild edibles foraging, picking berries and making jam, building fire, making shelter, building navigation skills, going on hikes, clamming and oyster gathering, beachcombing, camp cooking, and much more! Children get the opportunity to make candles and soap, make tools from wood and stone, and explore their creativity through crafts and music. We take weekly field trips to local parks, beaches, lakes, and the Puget Sound for further exploration of the Pacific Northwest’s many natural resources, habitats, and beauty. We also take part in other field trips including indoor rock climbing, the Children’s Museum, among others. Swimming is a part of our weekly fun!”
Hartman hopes this offering will provide children with “experiential nature based programming in hopes that children will be inspired by and build a connection to nature while increasing their self-esteem and self-reliance by learning new skills.”
Though new to the South Puget Sound’s educational scene, Hartman and her staff have many years of childcare experience between them. They care deeply about our region and sponsor craft booths at such events as the Lacey Spring Fun Fair, South Bay Grange’s Strawberry Festival, the Hands On Children’s Museum, and Lacey Children’s Entertainment Series.
Ever grateful for her school’s growing success, Hartman offers up “a big thank you! I love being a part of the Thurston County communities. Our main philosophy is for children and educators to explore and learn together” and the region has welcomed this mind-set with open arms. In the past year and a half Sequoia’s Treehouse opened a center, expanded into a home right behind the center, and they will be opening an addl. center building right next door to their current one. Coming in fall 2017, the Treehouse will offer Extended Care for 5-12 year olds and open a Kindergarten classroom in addition to the care already provided at the Treehouse for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age.
Camp is $190 a week and $47.50 for weekly extended care. Enrollment forms, daily schedules, and other registration paperwork can be found online or stop by their 3319 33rd Lane NE location in Olympia. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or call 360-742-3651. Enrollment will be capped at 14 children per week so sign up as soon as you know your dates.
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Children are endlessly curious to explore the outdoors and learn through play and experience. ‘The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences’ Loris Malaquzzi.