Event Details


06/19/2017 - 06/23/2017


9:00 am - 12:00 pm


The Cabin
801 S Capitol Blvd
Boise, Idaho 83702





About This Event

Meets daily June 19-23rd This weeklong camp is intended for kids entering 4th – 6th grades.  Camp meets Monday-Friday from 9 am – 12 pm  each day at Idaho Botanical Garden. Cultivate your relationship to nature by writing in Boise’s best garden. In this living museum, go on botany walks with Idaho Botanical Garden staff, sharpen your observation skills, and extend your understanding of the natural world while practicing essential tools of poetry and fiction under the guidance of a Cabin teaching-writer.
Please arrive at The Botanical Gardens front entrance, 2355 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712, no later than 8:55 am to meet your Cabin teaching-writer. During the last half-hour of camp on Friday, family and friends are invited to Idaho Botanical Garden for a public reading of student writing.

A collaboration of The Cabin and Idaho Botanical Garden.

Creative writing makes nature come alive.

Foci for Student Learning:

  • Engaging with research and scientific ways of understanding the natural world to find inspiration to write creatively
  • Reflective journaling to process nature and science learning
  • Analyze nature/environmental creative texts to learn about craft
  • Writing, thinking, and talking about conservation/environment and the role of writing in encouraging and defining these concepts
  • Learn to use place as more than a backdrop
  • Producing nature and science inspired poems and stories
  • Reflecting on the artist’s role in questions of our natural environment and conservation
  • Responding to what works in one another’s work
  • Offering constructive critique for peer’s work towards revision
  • Revising for publication

Essential Questions Students Will Investigate:

  • What is the role of an artist in communicating honestly about the natural world?
  • How do we bridge arts and sciences? How does writing do that?
  • Can writers work on ideas related to conservation? The natural world?
  • How do we use nature as inspiration?
  • How do we write about physical experience?
  • What is nature?