Last year, we began offering Sensing the Seasons, a nature study program for LightHouse youth in partnership with the WOLF School Naturalist Academy. Now, Sensing the Seasons is back—virtually—and this time it’s for all ages.
LightHouse Youth Services Coordinator Jamey Gump talks about the origins of the class and how it’s evolved serendipitously into a class for all ages.
“It started from a desire of the community to learn more about the space at Enchanted Hills Camp including the plants, the animals and the land and how those different aspects interact with one another. Last November, it was on the same weekend as Amber [Sherrard’s] Health & Wellness retreat at EHC and there was some overlapping of programming. We noticed that along with the youth, the adult students also wanted to connect with EHC more, specifically around nature and being at camp. So, for our first Zoom-based Sensing the Seasons, we invited all the students who had been up with Amber during the Health and Wellness retreat to the program and we got good participation. We got really good connections between the generations of people going to camp for many years and the high school students who have been going to camp for three to seven years.”
So, how do the Wolf School instructors get students in the right mindset to focus on nature in a virtual space?
“They encourage students to focus on the natural and meditate in their own spaces and go into their backyard or outdoor space if possible,” says Jamey.
What: Sensing the Seasons, during which, participants will learn about how flora and fauna are affected by the onset of fall, learn about recent changes to the space so many of us love and connect with our EHC friends.
When: The class has three sessions over two days: Friday, November 20 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 21 from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm.
RSVP by Wednesday, November 18 to Jamey Gump at firstname.lastname@example.org or