Melanated Earthling Explorers

Summer Camp

Fall in Love with nature through gardening

We're thrilled to announce that the Melanated Earthling Explorers Summer Camp 2024 Interests Form is live! This is your chance to express your interest and secure a spot for your child in next year's transformative camp

Epic Adventures at MEE Camp: Unveiling Our Inaugural Journey!

8/28/2023 RECAP

Hold onto your sunhats, folks! Our first-ever Melanated Earthling Explorers Summer Camp kicked off on August 1,4-August 18 2023, and oh boy, was it legendary! Picture this:: A bunch of enthusiastic kids, A farm bursting with wonders. A summer camp mission out of this world

We embarked on a whirlwind of awesomeness from Mel 'n Nem Farms in Bowie, Maryland. Starting with our energetic MEE Camp Creed, we handed out MEE Camp bookbags like precious treasures (plus a few extra for our resident farm kids on hand to help us out.

Even epic camps encounter tiny hiccups. Our grand transport plan fell through, leading to a parent-kid carpool convoy. Positivity was intact, and we rolled to Chateaux Cocoa, a farm owned by bee-whisperer Darrelynne Strother. In beekeeping gear that looked like something from a sci-fi movie, we faced the hives, buzzing excitement, and bee art to spare (shoutout to intern Faith for the beautiful contributions).

Next stop? Burn Box Pizza in Kettering, where even pizza slices looked like they'd been on a growth spurt. Then, off to the Anacostia River for a boat ride, nature lessons, and a rogue human spotted in the water (major river transformation alert).

The next day, under the guidance of the Garden Mama DeAndrea Johnson, MS, our explorers learned the art of journaling, followed by an insightful farm tour and a hands-on hydroponic gardening session.

Then we went from zero to hundred with foraging tales with Kathy Anderson to Yoga with Stretch Fit Loft; we found ourselves ziplining, pawpaw picking, and enjoying veggie popsicles. Harvesting and composting were on Thursday's menu, but the real star was our mobile kitchen – a kid-friendly wonderland where culinary magic happened.

And who knew farm field battles could be soaked in laughter and teamwork? Team 3 scored big, and even a heatwave couldn't dampen the spirits (114 degrees? a parent said, who left the camp because claimed it was TOO HOT for her and her children). I had to remind her that this was an outdoor camp.

Friday brought drumming, history lessons, song crafting, and a music video. Our MEE Camp Cupcake Toast will become a tradition, sealing the adventure on a sweet note. 2024 will be an even BIGGER adventure, including a fishing trip, horseback rides, farm animals, and a university visit to see a LIVE Hydroponics Farm.

We're thrilled to announce that the Melanated Earthling Explorers Summer Camp 2024 Interests Form is live! This is your chance to express your interest and secure a spot for your child in next year's transformative camp.

Stay tuned; the adventure continues.

Melanated Earthling Explorers: Unleashing Curiosity and Connecting with Nature

Melanated Earthling Explorers is an innovative program that invites children to embark on an extraordinary journey of exploration and discovery. With a focus on understanding our place as inhabitants of this planet and celebrating our ancestral roots, this program offers a unique opportunity for young minds to engage with nature, learn sustainable practices, and ignite a deep connection with the Earth. With this Summer, we will dive into the exciting activities and experiences that make Melanated Earthling Explorers a transformative adventure for children.

Exploring the Natural World:

Melanated Earthling Explorers emphasizes the idea of exploring the natural world, including plants and soil. Through hands-on experiences on a real-life farm, children get to witness the wonders of nature up close. They engage in activities like beekeeping, where they learn about the vital role bees play in our ecosystem. They also dive into hydroponic gardening, discovering sustainable and innovative farming techniques that allow plants to thrive without soil. These experiences not only foster a love for nature but also instill a sense of responsibility as caretakers of the Earth.

vegetable in decorated wall vertical garden

Nature Walks and Connection:

Nothing compares to the magic of a nature walk. Melanated Earthling Explorers guides children through captivating nature walks, where they can immerse themselves in the beauty and diversity of the natural world. They learn about various plant species, observe wildlife, and develop a deep appreciation for the interconnectedness of all living things. These nature walks serve as a gateway for children to connect with nature on a profound level, igniting their curiosity and nurturing a sense of wonder.

Father and Son Walking Along the Lakeshore

Farm-to-Table Harvest:

Understanding where our food comes from and the importance of sustainable agriculture is a crucial aspect of the Melanated Earthling Explorers program. Children actively participate in the farm-to-table experience, harvesting fresh produce and engaging in farm-to-table cooking activities. This hands-on approach allows them to witness the journey from the field to their plates, fostering a deeper understanding of the importance of healthy and sustainable food choices.

From farm to table

Back to Roots Beat-Making Experience:

Melanated Earthling Explorers recognizes the significance of cultural heritage and aims to provide a platform for children to connect with their ancestral roots. Through a unique beat-making experience, children explore the rhythms, sounds, and musical traditions that resonate with their cultural backgrounds. This creative outlet allows them to channel their energy and creativity while honoring their heritage, creating a space for self-expression and cultural appreciation to modernization this incredible day at camp the explorers will team up with local beat producers from the DMV.

Bongos playing in Morocco, Africa.

Melanated Earthling Explorers is an exceptional program that nurtures a love for nature, sustainable practices, and cultural connection in children. By exploring the natural world, engaging in hands-on activities, and honoring ancestral roots, this program empowers young minds to become responsible and compassionate stewards of the Earth. Through these transformative experiences, children develop a deep appreciation for the environment, grow in their understanding of their place in the world, and cultivate a lifelong connection with nature and their cultural heritage. Melanated Earthling Explorers truly opens up a world of exploration, curiosity, and growth for the young ones who embark on this remarkable journey.

Join us on this extraordinary adventure next year.

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