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The combination of Art, Nature, and Neighborhood played a big role in our annual EcoArts Fusion Spring Nature Camp earlier this month at Camp Long. Local youth from Seattle Housing Authority’s (SHA) High Point housing site, ranging from ages 7 to 12, joined us during their spring break to enjoy a memorable weekend outdoors, creating nature-inspired works of art and connecting with our local environment.

EcoArts participants created masterpieces like decorative tote bags and bookmarks embellished with dried flowers. On the first day of camp, youth were given recycled, natural notebooks (created from paper bags and cardstock) and used them to journal about their daily activities and observations. When we weren’t creating art we were going on nature walks, playing in the open field and even discovering salamander eggs in the pond! At some points the weather was cloudy and chilly, so we brought the campers indoors for lunch and to watch a movie (which they were all very excited about).

The week of Fusion Camp was packed with art activities, rock climbing and educational nature walks, but I think everyone’s favorite part of camp was one thing: snack time. Overall, the kids loved the time they spent at EcoArts Fusion Spring Nature Camp and are already looking forward to attending next year.

-Aubrie Kralis
DNDA EcoArts Engagement Coordinator