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Love for the outdoors starts with KinderWild Camp!

Primary KinderWild Camp Instructor

Essential Foundations for Preschool Success

Children attending KinderWild Camp must be fully potty-trained and a snack must be provided for each child if attending for a half-day or two snacks and a lunch if attending for the full day. It is strongly encouraged that extra clothes and weather-appropriate gear to be sent with any children attending KWC, though a supply of extra clothes will be available at camp.

Research shows that incorporating outdoor, nature-based education into a child's learning experience provides a holistic approach to development, nurturing physical, cognitive, emotional and social well-being. For some children, KinderWild Camp is their first time being in any sort of classroom environment. Giving these kids the opportunity to play and explore with others their age can be a really valuable experience. 

KinderWild Camp

Three 8-week sessions are available in 2024

KinderWild Camp is held each Friday during an 8-week session. A winter, spring and fall session will be offered in 2024. Each day of KinderWild Camp consists of a morning and afternoon session, each focusing on a different topic. Participants can sign up for a whole day of programming ($48) or a half-day ($24) either in the morning or afternoon.

 

Throughout the day, participants will engage in learning activities, create crafts, and have free play outdoors, often in TFT's outdoor Nature PlayScape, fostering a sense of connection to the natural world. Children develop a sense of awe and respect for the environment, leading to a lifelong appreciation for the importance of sustaining our natural resources.

Each day of KinderWild Camp consists of a morning and afternoon session, each focusing on a different topic. Participants can sign up for a whole day of programming ($48) or a half-day ($24). Throughout the day, participants will engage in learning activities, create crafts, and have free play outdoors, often in TFT's outdoor Nature PlayScape, fostering a sense of connection to the natural world. Children develop a sense of awe and respect for the environment, leading to a lifelong appreciation for the importance of sustaining our natural resources.

Secondary KinderWild Camp Instructor

Jane Feely, Environmental Educator

This is my second year at Trees for Tomorrow (TFT) and my first as a KinderWild coordinator. Prior to working at TFT, I received my BA in biology and MS in fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology. I spent several years as a researcher studying invasive carp before working in a school system as an E.A. for special rights children and eventually beginning here as an environmental educator through WisCorps. Getting the opportunity to introduce new students to environmental science has been an absolute delight!

Jenny Sadak, Environmental Educator

I have been an educator at TFT for 9 years and a coordinator for KWC since its inception in 2020. I have past experiences working with elementary-aged children as a TA and doing youth naturalist programming outside of Grand Teton National Park. I have also worked in water resources, wildlife, and recreation throughout my professional career. In my spare time I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family, traveling, cooking/baking, and gardening. KinderWild has been a fun addition to our programming here and I love seeing the kids get excited to learn a little more about the natural environment and seeing their curiosity grow as we explore outdoors! 

Essential Foundations for Preschool Success

Scholarships may be available for families in need; contact TFT operations manager Mandy Gingerich at ext. 228 or mandy@treesfortomorrow.com. ​

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"I wanted to thank you and Jenny so much for being such great teachers at KinderWild Camp. My son thoroughly enjoyed his days at camp. He usually spends his days at home with me and a few other little friends but getting to go to camp helped him grow so much more socially and emotionally. We have really been working through his confidence in leaving us during the day and feeling safe with other adults. We had a very negative experience with him in daycare last year and this program really helped us all get through that and feel comfortable leaving him with other teachers for a day in preparation for him starting school next year. So thank you again for a positive camp experience and being wonderful teachers! We look forward to coming back in January."   

 

                                                     ~KinderWild Camp parent, fall session