D.I.R.T. Steward Camp
learn by doing and grow
At Direct Involvement Recreation Teaching, we believe that one of the best ways to learn how to do something is to do it, physically. It is in that spirit we are embarking on the creation of the free D.I.R.T. Steward Camp. This program is designed as a collaborative learning process that invites each participant to share their unique contributions and culture to the program. Our intention is to include kids aged 11+ to engage in intersecting activities relating to the focus areas of the camp while creating and maintaining a safe space for all kids to express their unique selves. The spaces the camp will be in, primarily, are a 30 acre riparian area and an arboretum, both of which are ripe with opportunity for ecological observation and student-led experimentation.
The Skyrman Arboretum, having an array of mature shrubs and trees native to the Pacific Northwestern Region, will be our home base to learn and practice stewardship skills. We will also use this space to support propagation and restoration work along Bear Creek, coming to be known as the Upton Creekside Park.
There will be an introduction to the space the week of July 6th-9th to make sure the camp is a good fit for your youth, followed by two 3 week sessions and one 2 week session.
we will be learning skills related to
streamside and ecological restoration
learning about our local environment (plants, animals, soil, issues, and ways we can improve it)
making art inspired by our natural surroundings
building communication skills
incorporating activities and learning opportunities based on what the individuals in the group are interested in learning.
Our Areas of Focus
Hands-on stewardship knowledge and skills aimed at improving our watershed, including identification of local biota, stream water quality improvement, plant propagation, etc.
Outlets for creativity will be regular. Using a variety of media and art forms, we will gain inspiration from what we sense around us.
The spaces the camp will be in, primarily, are a 30 acre riparian area and an arboretum, both of which are ripe with opportunity for ecological observation and student-led experimentation.
Social and emotional learning through community building circles, mindfulness practices, and focus on healthy communication and relationships.
The emphasis on stewardship will extend beyond land stewardship, to include a focus on personal, interpersonal, and community health.