Exposure to natural, green spaces promotes learning, boosts creativity, improves physical fitness, and reduces stress. Unfortunately, urban kids spend more time indoors when access to green space is limited or unsafe, and as “screen time” increases.
This past August, Isles hosted Camp Carrot, a three-week summer camp designed to excite kids about the environment, nutrition, and physical fitness. Camp Carrot explores the outdoors, developing their connection to the natural world. They water and care for plants, harvest vegetables, and cook lunch together. They also practice mindfulness, collect natural garden objects to create mandalas and stretch bodies and minds with yoga class in the morning sun.
Students explored other natural resources in the county. With a guide, they hiked up Baldpate Mountain to marvel at its views and ecosystem, explored the Abbott Marshlands to learn about water quality and creatively built outdoor shelters. We visited Howell Living History Farm to learn about history, agriculture and animals. Camp Carrot gives urban kids a chance to connect to green spaces and the natural world. They also learn ways to restore the environment where its been damaged, and learn to be future leaders. If you’re interested, help us grow this project in 2019!
Read more highlights in our 2018 Annual Report.