It is with a heavy heart that we share with you that our beloved Camp Roots Forest School is permanently closed. The founder and the director of the program have both moved out of state to live closer to family.
We are honored to share with you that two incredible Camp Roots teachers, Tess Golden-Orr and Erin Cole, have started up a new nature immersion program for children and families. Heartwood Nature Programs shares the same philosophy and goals: To maintain high quality, child centered, nature focused affordable programming at St. Edward State Park. Many Camp Roots families have continued with this program and look forward to adding new friends to the community. For further information:
Mindfulness. Stewardship. Connection.
The following Camp Roots Programs are Canceled until Further notice:
*Summer Camp July 6th-August 14th*
Forest School 2020-2021
Dearest Camp Roots community,
The novel coronavirus is shifting fundamentally the way we move in the world right now. The trajectory of the disease and what it means for the coming months is still not entirely clear.
While there is much that is uncertain, one thing we do know is that this is not the end for Camp Roots. There is a group of Camp Roots staff who are committed to waiting out the novel coronavirus and reviving the program that you all know and love when the time is right and safe.
This is just a pause.
It might be a short pause. It might be safe to continue programming in the fall of 2020.
It might be a longer pause. We wish we could peer into the future and see it more clearly. In the absence of that clarity, we can offer with certainty: This is not the end for Camp Roots
Some of our families need the money that they had paid in advance tuition now more than ever. Because of the uncertainty about when we will be able to gather in the forest again, we have refunded that money.
There were many moving pieces that were considered when we made the hard, heartbreaking decision to put programming on hold indefinitely. There were staff and staffing considerations, family considerations, community considerations, health and safety considerations, financial considerations, and so much more. We did not make the decision lightly. Our hearts as are broken right now as we know some of yours are.
We know that this challenging time will pass. We are so hopeful about all the good that will grow from the darkness we are passing through. There already has been so much good - so much sharing and collaboration and opening of hearts. There is sure to be more good to come, and Camp Roots will be part of it.
We are doing our best to move through this time with grace and love for ourselves, for our community, and for the entire planet.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. We promise to communicate regularly. In the meantime, we wish you and your family wellness, safety, compassion, joy, and so much love.
The Camp Roots Forest School Staff
Nature immersion programs in Kenmore, Washington for children and families. At Camp Roots, children and adults have limitless opportunities to explore, experiment, play, and learn.
In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.
- John Muir