Continuing Education
Workshops/Training

WiNACC Nature Camp

Explore the four natural elements (earth, air, water, and fire) through different perspectives such as a scientist, an artist, or a writer.

Reignite your internal flame. Open your heart and head to the wonders of nature. Discover the magic that inspires children to learn in nature. Create a plan for bringing the natural world to the children you serve.

Participants will:

  • Deepen their connection to the Earth through practices in nature.
  • Explore ways of connecting to the Earth through science, art and writing.
  • Deepen their connection to the Earth both physically and emotionally.

Camp Date:

August 9th, 4:00 - 10 pm and August 10th, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location:

Cedar Valley Conference Center, 5349 County Rd. D, West Bend, WI 53090

Register OnlineRegister Today!

Registrations accepted online until noon on 7/10/19. (Walk-in Registrations aren't available).  However, a waiting list will be established and extra spaces will be filled on a first come, first serve basis until we have 24 registered participants.

Registration Fee: $245

  • Double occupancy - limited to 18 participants

The fee is all inclusive - it includes the cost for participating in all WiNACC Nature Camp learning opportunities and experiences, one night's lodging, all meals (supper on Friday night, breakfast and lunch on Saturday) and continuous coffee, tea and water available throughout the camp.

Notes:

  • Indicate all special dietary needs in your online registration.
  • If possible, when registering let us know who your intended roommate is.  Both parties should list each other as roommates when registering for Nature Camp.
  • If you do NOT have a planned roommate indicated on your registration, WiNACC will match you up with a roommate.  In all effort to make appropriate roommate matches, we will ask in the registration your gender identity and match you with someone with the same.

Please contact Carmen Rivers at carmen.1011@yahoo.com if you have questions prior to registering for WiNACC Nature Camp or making your lodging and (dietary) meals arrangements.

Refunds

No refunds will be granted for this event.

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?

You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.

Check-in:

Check-in will be between 4:00 - 5:00 pm on Friday at the Cedar Valley Retreat Center.

What to Bring:

Participants should be dressed for and prepared to fully engage in outdoor activities during their time at camp (rain gear, layered clothing, comfortable and supportive footwear, sunscreen, safe insect repellent, etc.). Participants should also to bring their own toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, razors, toothpaste, etc.) as well as personal care equipment (hair drier, etc.) if needed.

Directions

WiNACC Nature Camp will take place at the Cedar Valley Retreat Center, W5349 Co. Road D, West Bend, WI. 53090. This beautiful setting will allow us to explore multiple habitats including the lake, forest and meadow.  Click here for diving directions.

Schedule:

FridaySaturday
4:00 - 5:00 pm: Arrival and check-in 
5:00 - 5:30 pm: Introduction and settling in
5:30 – 6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 – 7:30 pm: Mixer to get to know one another
7:30 – 8:30 pm: Fire circle with a possible Drum Circle and Four Direction ceremony
7:30 am: Breakfast
Morning activities will include practices to deepen our connection to Earth exploring four elements (earth, air, water and fire).  We will use meditation, art, writing, and science exploration to connect
12:00: Lunch
The afternoon will focus on reflection and renewal.  It will include a nature walk deepening our connection to the four elements
4:00 pm – Go home

Facilitator:

WiNACC Nature Camp will be facilitated by Susan Schuller, Environmental Education Specialist

Susan Schuller specializes in creating professional development for educators using their place as a context for student learning. She is currently a F.I.E.L.D Corps Coach with the Wisconsin Green Schools Network. For 16 years through UW-Stevens Point, Susan provided statewide leadership through the creation of various workshops, courses (online and face-to-face), and in-service professional development opportunities in environmental education and sustainability for teachers. From 2003-2012 she created and coordinated Global Environmental Teachings providing 12 overseas teacher travel programs in China, Puerto Rico, and South Africa. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from UW-Stevens Point. She is an ad hoc faculty member for UW-Stevens Point teaching courses on environmental and energy education. Being a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she is passionate about exploring the world and creating opportunities for others to learn more about and engage with sustainability issues within their place and community. Susan lives in Stevens Point with her husband and two children where fostering a connection to the natural world is part of their family fabric.

Additionally, we will be joined by:

Anne Johnson, LCSW

Anne’s approach is one that integrates mind-body-spirit which utilizes and teaches healing techniques that help clients grow and gain confidence in their lives. With over 25 years of clinical experience gained from medical, mental health, and holistic practices, Anne uses an intentional blending of a psychotherapy foundation with techniques in therapeutic breathwork, energy healing, horticultural therapy and mindfulness to specifically compliment the needs of any individual.

Tim Dancing Redhawk, M.Div

Tim “Dancing Redhawk” is of Eastern Cherokee heritage, Bird Clan. He has obtained a Masters of Divinity and is ordained in ministry and certified in pastoral care. His Spiritual Leadership combines his Cherokee culture and heritage, his work with death and dying, grief and loss, pastoral care and years of ongoing study with Native American Medicine Elders to provide ceremonies for all occasions. He facilitates Drum Circles, shares in Story-Telling and Teaching workshops, and holds monthly and annual Sacred Ceremonies. He is the Director of Elawei Ama (Quiet Waters) Spiritual Resources and works as a Chaplain and spiritual caregiver to those who are crossing over in Hospice care.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

Registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.