Since 2010, Weir Farm National Historic Site has been partnering with Woodcock Nature Center to provide over 550 summer camp participants the experience of plein air ("in the open air") painting. This partnership provides campers with a unique and transformative experience -- to connect to and engage with nature through art. Each week throughout the summer, Weir Farm National Historic Site park rangers bring watercolor painting supplies to Woodcock Nature Center. All Summer Adventure Camp participants get the chance to learn about their local national park, become official Junior Rangers, and Take Part in Art with a ranger!
The park also works with Woodcock Nature Center on their Student Natural Ambassadors Program (SNAP), which brings underserved minority youth from the Norwalk, Connecticut community to Woodcock Nature Center to participate in Summer Adventure Camp and National Park Service programming.
During the following school year, SNAP participants share their summer camp experience with fellow students, teachers, and the community, creating a ripple effect of learning and outreach. Weir Farm National Historic Site and Woodcock Nature Center staff assist these youth with their presentations, bringing this exciting program right into the community.
For more information about Woodcock Nature Center, please visit www.woodcocknaturecenter.org or call (203) 762-7280.