In Palm Springs (Western Regional) and again in Santa Cruz (Camp Works retreat).
We are all about story – so that’s how we introduced the camp directors and staff to Nature’s Theater.
With a beginning, middle, end and a little intrigue and some old fashioned bad acting.
Standing near the glow of our weathered, Middle Eastern genie lamp, we let everyone know the lamp contained the secret ingredient that makes every Nature’s Theater Outdoor Walking Story a success.
To discover this secret – you’ll need to go deeper on your journey with Nature’s Theater…
Kids are not spending time outside like they used to – WHY?
Some of the reasons:
• Parents working more – often both parents have jobs.
• Parents see outside as “Unsafe”.
• Stories have all moved inside – on all kinds of screens.
All those imaginary games children use to play outside, cops and robbers, building forts and epic battles with light sabers have receded into the past. Most kids don’t play that way anymore.
CAMP = OASIS
Camp is a place where children can spend a lot of time outside, away from screens - and parents feel that it’s safe.
And that’s one of the reasons we presented at ACA.
Camps are a perfect place for a Nature’s Theater Outdoor Walking Story.
How fun is it for a kid to play with real live costumed characters and be part of an interactive story as they are in the outdoors – imaginations at full sail?
We took many gifts away from presenting at the camp conferences, but for now, we’ll sum them up into two points.
- We learned that many people and organizations are interested in leading Nature’s Theater Outdoor Walking Stories for their kids and our books will help them do it.
- It’s not easy to communicate what an Outdoor Walking Story is in an elevator pitch or a few sentences.
One man, a director of programming for a San Diego summer camp came up to us after our presentation and said, “Yesterday, when you were telling me about the program, I kind of got what you were talking about, but now, after seeing (and experiencing) how your stories light people up, MY CAMP IS ALL IN.”
Yes, we understand. In describing a Nature’s Theater Outdoor Walking Story, words fall short of the multisensory experience.
That’s why we are committed to visiting more organizations and sharing the Nature’s Theater story. We’ll also create a short video so people can see it in action from a “bird in a tree” perspective.
- Animal Circle Club
- Nature Heroes
For a more guided experience – we can present it to your group. Do you know an organization interested in having us present the Nature’s Theater Story and how outdoor stories (all our programs) positively affect children?
Feel free to contact us at:
The story continues,
Jeff Falyn & Lyndsay Dawkins