Summers @ Schiff - A healthy dose of fresh air, active fun, exploration in nature, and the integration of environmental education. (AGES 4-13)
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The Fledglings summer program includes many hands-on activities for our youngest stewards. Our littlest ones will use their five senses to explore the wonder of Schiff’s landscapes, plant, and wildlife through a variety of hands-on, engaging, and age appropriate activities including outdoor exploration, stories, nature-themed art projects, and interactive nature games all meant to inspire joy and wonder and increase independence.
Discover why geology is so much more than just the study of rocks, and how it helps us understand the history of the world around us. Join us as we explore the layers of the earth, learn what minerals and fossils are, and take a geological scavenger hunt searching for evidence of erosion, glaciers, lava and so much more! We will have a rockin’ time learning to identify rocks of NJ while hiking to collect rock samples to make rock boxes of our very own!
Plants and animals all have different requirements necessary for survival, but what they do all have in common is the need for a habitat to live in where they have access to food, water, space and shelter. Come discover all the habitats found at Schiff as we search through forests, meadows, streams and more in order to determine who inhabits which habitat and why! Our week will be filled with hikes, playing games, building shelters, going on a stream search and making crafts!
The forest found at Schiff is home to many amazing plants and animals, all working together to benefit one another in a community of their very own. Join us to discover the different layers of the forest as we climb high and dig low, exploring exactly who and what lives where and why! Bark rubbings, wineberry picking, plot studies, leaf creature crafts, and food web games are just several of the fun filled activities that await!
Join us as we learn all about the relationships living and non-living things found in nature have with one another… Who are nature’s farmers, sanitation service, architects, engineers, and recyclers? Discover the importance of a balanced ecosystem as we search for decomposers and catch pollinators, construct homes and hideouts, go on an ecosystem scavenger hunt, and so much more!
The definition of craft is, “to make something with your hands”, and that being said, both men and women have been crafting since the beginning of time. Come join us as we let Schiff Nature Preserve be the inspiration for our hands-on projects using materials and patterns found in nature.
Everyone loves a fun time in the great outdoors. Nature becomes our teacher in this special elective. Join us as we explore a variety of ways to safely survive in the wilderness. Test your skills in telling time and navigating through wilderness areas, constructing shelter, finding food and water (and making it safe to consume), fire making techniques, creating rope and other tools from scratch, and more! This awesome adventure awaits you!
Adventure, friendship, leadership and stewardship! If you like hiking and making a difference, this is for you! Come spend time connecting with the trails of Schiff Nature Preserve while gaining skills with hands-on experiences as we explore and hike with a purpose! Activities will include invasive species removal hikes, replace trail blazes, litter clean-up, and so much more!
The natural world has been inspiring artistic expression for all of human existence. Come discover with us the art of nature, as this elective combines nature exploration with the exploration of different mediums used to create works of art. Some artwork will remain in the wild, and other pieces will be displayed in the Nature Center. Parents will have an exclusive tour of the show at the end of the week.
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Jenny has been part of the Schiff community since 2014 as an instructor with the Summer Nature Program and is excited to be part the magic of Schiff. She has worked as an eighth grade language arts teacher since 2001. Jenny earned BA in English from Montclair State University and also earned her Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. Jenny's passion is providing opportunities for children to learn about, appreciate, explore, and respect their natural environment. When she is not at Schiff she can usually be found hiking local trails with her dog and bird watching.
Christi joined the Schiff family in the fall of 2017 as the co-Director for the Schiff Summer Nature Program. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Wildlife Conservation. Since then, she has worked for the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation as a Grants Manager, Woodlands Wildlife Refuge as a Development Assistant, and most recently spent the last 7 years working at Trailside Nature & Science Center as a Park Naturalist until she deciding to stop working full-time so she could be home with her children. Christi's strong respect for the environment and desire to preserve its natural habitats has encouraged her to dedicate her career to environmental
education and outreach. Christi's love for the environment has also shaped the hobbies she has taken up which include volunteering with wildlife rehabilitation centers, hiking, rock climbing, skiing, and throwing pottery; however, what she loves to do most is spend time with her family. She currently lives in Gladstone, NJ with her husband, 2 young daughters, and two Burmese Mountain dogs... And it's no secret that Christi's eldest dog, Kona, is her heart and soul.