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Inspiring and educating children about sustainability and the natural environment through exciting hands-on experiences including school camp, summer camp, workshops and forest school. Based in Cornwall, our focus is green education, and our mission is to reconnect and engage children with the natural world, inspiring them to live more sustainably. 

Environmental Adventure 19th-24th August Blog

Trapeze, climbing and bushcraft projectiles!

Claire Coombe

Today we were joined by Tree and Pema from Sky High Arts who brought a mobile rig to camp and taught the group how to do aerial performance on the trapeze - it didn't take long for everyone to get the hang of it as you can see from the photos! 

While some were swinging from the trapeze, others were engaged in a bushcraft projectiles workshop making spear throwers and learning how to use them to hit the target. After a delicious lunch of homemade soup, crusty bread and Cornish cheese it was time to tackle the climbing wall. Everyone got to the top of the 6m tower and were rewarded with a view across Truro to the cathedral.  

This evening we were joined by Maisie and the pips - no, not the latest music sensation but rather some bats brought along by Sue and Chris who run a bat rescue and rehabilitation service here in central Cornwall. It was a great opportunity to see these incredible creatures up close and find out more about them. Tomorrow, on the penultimate day of camp we can look forward to silk screen printing our very own t-shirts, natural dyeing and a night under the stars in the forest.

Another action packed day at camp

Claire Coombe

Tuesday began bright and early with adventurers having a go at the ancient sport of archery. After lunch Gary arrived and the group got togged up ready for an afternoon of kayaking. We’re fortunate to have the convergence of three rivers on our doorstep with lots of tidal creeks to explore. They headed down to the launch site and paddled their way along the river, stopping off for a dip to cool off! 

Dinner was delicious wood fired pizzas fresh from the cob oven followed by apple and blackberry crumble. In the evening we were joined by some incredible birds of prey which hunt the skies above us here at camp including a Barn Owl, Buzzard and a baby Barn Owl called Stamp. The evening came to a close around the campfire where we got to test out the toasting forks and enjoy S'mores and campfire songs round the fire.

Learning from the experts...

Claire Coombe

Today started bright and early with a harvesting team in the garden picking fresh produce while a cooking crew got to work in the kitchen making pancakes, sandwich fillings and a sweet treat.

The focus for the day was to learn new skills and have a hands on experience under the tutelage of some incredible craftspeople from right here in Cornwall. Blacksmithing, stone carving and green woodworking were all on the menu and environmental adventurers worked in small groups and learnt how to use a wide range of tools to work stone, wood and metal into useful objects and art to take home. 

A delicious dinner was cooked up by the kitchen crew and after dinner we headed out on a Wild Wood walk where we bumped into the Woodsman on our journey. He shared with us the secrets of the forest and the plants and animals which live there before leading us to the lake where he told us the very old story of Husted - the moondog of Moresk. 

Environmental Adventurers unite!

Claire Coombe

Environmental Adventurers from across the globe arrived at camp today ready to begin an action packed, off-grid, fun filled six days of summer camp. It's wonderful to bring together young people from across the world to share this off-grid experience and learn from one another. Those travelling from London had an early start aboard the 08:22 from Paddington Station and the journey was a great opportunity to make some new friends along the way. 

The afternoon began with introductions then a tour to discover how we can live here off-grid in balance with nature. After moving into sleeping structures and learning how the composting toilets work it was time for the first harvesting and cooking crews to get to work preparing a delicious dinner for everyone.    

A dusk meditative walk got everyone thinking about the importance of being in the moment and connecting with nature. We learned some techniques which can help us focus, be in the moment and really experience it rather than have our minds elsewhere thinking of past events or wondering about whats to come tomorrow. Being in nature can be an incredibly powerful and positive experience for our wellbeing if we take the time to appreciate it.

Everyone was excited for their first night under canvas (or in an upturned boat!) and the chance to get tucked up in sleeping bags and chat with follow tent mates! Tomorrow we can look forward to forging toasting forks with a Blacksmith, stone carving and green woodworking.