Stewardship is in our nature at Camp Tecumseh.
Our life aboard planet Earth is a journey among the stars. As we hurtle around the sun at 67,000 mph, the sun’s energy feeds the systems of life which prosper here on Earth.
In the Earthship Journey program, students learn the Earthship code as a way of understanding the remarkable processes of nature. From the cycles that replenish and replace the Earth’s air water and soil, to the relationships between living things in natural communities, students get their hands dirty in four different ecosystems as they learn to understand and appreciate the planet we call home.
Through experiential learning, students discover the value of environmental responsibility. They learn that if something happens to our air, water and soil, we can’t just go to the neighborhood Galaxy Mart to get some more. This is all we have.
Grade levels: Grades 4-6
Subject: Environmental awareness
Length: 2 or 3 days
Standards: Download PDF of Indiana State Curriculum Standards met in the Earthship Journey Program
Each activity in the Earthship Journey program focuses on a different part of the Earthship code: Cycles, Sun light energy, Changes, Relationships, Communities, Differences, and Gifts. Four different natural communities on site at Camp Tecumseh serve as the backdrop for the games, lessons, and investigations that make up the program. Study sites include:
- The Pine Forest – An un-harvested Christmas tree farm planted in the 1940’s creates an ideal environment to study the different stages of the soil cycle and learn about the effects of overpopulation.
- The Meadow – Parts of Northwest Indiana used to be prairie land, so we use our expansive meadow to investigate the plants and animals that populate that community. Students take on the roles of animals in exciting games to illustrate the food chain, and even have time to explore our world-class nature center.
- The Oak Forest – The massive oak trees and maple saplings that make up the oak forest provide the perfect setting for understanding the forest cycle, and the relationships between living things. From rotten log investigations, to tree-themed poetry, students gain a wider understanding of what happens in the forest over the long term. In addition, students get to think like a forester as they calculate the amount of timber trees can produce and learn how to make decisions about when to cut them down.
- Ghost Creek – Along the banks of the Tippecanoe River and ghost creek, students study the water cycle, the amount of water flowing through our waterways, and the animals that call these habitats home. An exciting search for macro-invertebrates in Ghost Creek culminates in a discussion about the health of our rivers and streams.
In addition to these areas of study, each student takes part in several recreational activities including Canoeing, Archery, and an Obstacle Course. These activities provide a great chance to learn new skills and have fun with their classmates and teachers in a different environment.
To see a sample schedule, go to the What to Expect page for our Outdoor Education field trips.
For more information, contact Matt “Mongoose” Radding.