Camp heals with nature

Lyndsay Dawkins leads a group in a recent Nature’s Theater outing. Courtesy photo

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Nature’s Theater is partnering with Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District, and Tuleyome, a regional conservation non-profit, to create a six-day sleep-away program at Eco-Camp Berryessa, using nature and theater arts to help kids heal from the recent fires and connect to nature at the same time.

The camp takes place from June 24-29, and is geared for children ages 8-12.

Nature’s Theater has created a custom performance that offers understanding and empowerment for kids about the fire element. The campers will learn and perform “Fire Spirits” for family and friends at pickup.

The campers interact with the participants as good and bad fire spirits, and will have an opportunity to express themselves in many ways. Family and friends engage interactively, and the experience will be meaningful for all. The campers will have the opportunity for a reprise of the show at Farmer’s Market venues after the camp ends.

“Our Nature’s Theater Camp is all about connecting kids to nature and important issues in fun ways, especially with theater arts, leadership experiences and nature activities”, says Lyndsay Dawkins, co-founder of Nature’s Theater.

In addition to learning and performing the walking play, kids will thrive in a week of imaginative fun with theater games, creature makeup, kayaking, swimming, spirit animals, storytelling and songs around the campfire, yoga, crafts and survival skills.

Jeff Falyn, who has a master’s degree in psychology and is the co-founder of Nature’s Theater, will be at camp for the week and will be a resource for children who need support. Dawkins and Falyn have led kids on Nature’s Theater experiences for over a decade in the Winters area.

“The kids will have memories of a lifetime, gain empowerment and healing around fire and forge a deep connection to nature,” says Dawkins. “We aim to revive a needed human experience in this media-free camp.”

Dawkins adds that support is needed to help make the camp possible for all children, regardless of financial situation.

“We seek donors who are able to sponsor the participation of children who have suffered loss in the fires. Donations will enable kids otherwise unable to participate a chance to attend.”

To donate to the effort, visit the Nature’s Theater website,, where children can be registered for the camp and more information is available.

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