Childcare will be offered throughout the weekend of the Summit between August 10-12.
Activities happening throughout the weekend for kids and families:
Creation Station: Fungi for Kids Doğa Tekin This would be an art and creation station that is fluid and collaborative for the kids (and adults if they would like) at the event to hang out and integrate their experiences through creative expression. There will be a variety of kid-friendly art supplies, a large paper scroll (or a few of them), and an interactive set-up that inspires creation. There will also be informative posters that make the scientific world of fungi more accessible to children. We can think about it as an interactive and informative creative space. It will not be guided at all times, but I will be coming in and out and sticking around for a few hours at times. As a secondary form of engagement, in certain intervals we will have story time and I will read a children's picture book.
Come into the Garden - Nature Based Childcare Shannon Hess Childcare option for families offering songs, stories, play, nature crafts, plant walks, and more - for children of any age *For those parents hoping to attend workshops without children in tow we will have a special area set up to enjoy ourselves and our surroundings; telling stories, playing, creating art with natural materials, learning about plants, and more.
Putting the Fun in Fungi: Mushrooms for Kids of All Ages Maya Elson What do mushrooms eat? What is their poop like? What does it mean to be a decomposer? How can we work with mushrooms to clean water and soil? Join us as we play games, act out ecological roles and explore the amazing world of forest fungi. *Parents who would like to drop off their kids at this workshop are invited to come early and check in with the instructor.
MORE ACTIVITIES TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Doğa Tekin is a recent graduate of Cornell University where she studied mycology, education, and linguistic anthropology. She has taught about fungi to all kinds of folks through Cornell’s mushroom club and various educational experiences. Currently she is working at the Ithaca Children’s Garden, and working on a children’s book on fungi.
Shannon Hess is a certified holistic doula, herbal crafter, and current Waldorf inspired preschool assistant. She has been studying and practicing herbal medicine since 2009, completing a number of herbal apprenticeship programs and studies. She spent a number of years working and learning with the incredible women and children of Herb Haven (now Herb Circle of Shimmering Light); a therapeutic herbal gardening program for women and their children, and is currently continuing her work with children assisting at The Garden, a nature based and Waldorf inspired preschool.
Maya Elson is the Executive Director of CoRenewal. Maya is a teacher, naturalist, mycologist, mother, organizer and lover of the wild. As the Executive Director of CoRenewal and Amazon Mycorenewal Project, she is dedicated to enacting effective and just solutions to environmental and social crises. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College. As one of the founding members of the Radical Mycology network, she’s worked on various fungal cultivation and educational projects in Olympia, WA and the San Francisco Bay area. She’s worked as a campaign organizer with a number of climate justice and wilderness defense struggles over many years. Maya is the founder and a guide for Wild Child Santa Cruz, a nature immersion program for homeschoolers. As an instructor of Mycopermaculture, Fungal Biology, Mycorenewal and Mushroom Identification for both adults and children, she has experience writing curriculum and giving mycology-related workshops. She is available for giving workshops and consultations.