After School Courses
Backyard Basecamp offers a variety of courses for on-site after school programs. Through exploration and creative play, Backyard Basecamp (formerly UnCamp) helps children increase their connection to and love of the outdoors. Our after school courses combine in- the-field experience and nature awareness practices with classroom learning.
We take kids on nature walks around the school where they journal, map, draw, question, track and listen in their own backyards. We supplement these experiences with sharing, storytelling, field research, reading, games and activities in the classroom.
Kids will walk away from our programs with habits that enable them to respect nature, and ultimately respect themselves.
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Backyard Bushwhackers (Gr. K-2)
Bushwhackers will discover the hidden world around their home Brooklyn! We take neighborhood nature walks around school where we observe and experience the natural world around us. We observe, touch, listen to, collect, question, and play outdoors as we record our discoveries in our field guide with drawings and journal entries. Bushwhackers learn about the importance of a “sit spot” in the outdoors and practice storytelling about their personal discoveries. Wearing weather-appropriate clothing (that’s okay getting a little dirty!) is key to appreciating each season. Back in the classroom, our littles nature-lovers dive further into topics like plants, animals, bugs, and weather - playing games, making foraged crafts, and show-and-telling with the group. Join the Bushwhacker Crew and see your child’s connection to nature grow!
Basecamp Explorers (Gr. 3-5)
The Explorers venture to parks, gardens, and waterfronts to discover the environment’s “invisible school” in Brooklyn! During our walks we observe, touch, listen to, collect, question and play outdoors as we record our discoveries in our field guide with drawings, maps, and journal entries. We discover the power of a “sit spot” and storytelling with a group. Wearing weather-appropriate clothing (that’s okay getting a little dirty!) is key to appreciating each season. Back in the classroom, Explorers use their field observations to identify wildlife, learn about geology and biology, make foraged crafts, and develop conservation habits. Explorers put their activist skills to work to build a service project and share their learning. Join the Explorer Crew and see your child’s awareness and protectiveness towards nature blossom!
Backyard Basecamp Survivors (Gr. 3-5)
Ever wondered what it would be like to survive in the wild? With no shelter and no food...(and no Fortnite)... how would you even LIVE!? Join Backyard Basecamp’s guides as they take you on the “trail” to master the skills of a survivor. You’ll explore the areas around your school and discover the “wild” in the city. You will keep a field guide journal with questions and observations, practice mapping and navigating, learn about weather and practice safety and first aid skills. Of course, you’ll need to master building shelter and feeding yourself with edible plants before you hit the mountains! Remember, wearing weather-appropriate clothing (that’s okay getting a little dirty!) is key to appreciating each season. Join the Crew and prepare for future adventures in the backcountry!