The Institute for American Indian Studies' Summer Camp | Kids Out and About Hartford

The Institute for American Indian Studies' Summer Camp

*The event has already taken place on this date: Fri, 08/14/2020
Looking for a unique camp experience for your children this summer that’s both exciting and educational? The Institute for American Indian Studies will be offering six weeks of camp focused on the lifeways and lessons of Native Peoples! Join experienced educators and camp staff on a journey through one, or several, of the themes listed below. Each week, while hiking in the woods, playing games, doing crafts, and making friends, campers will work together to complete a group project. By doing so, campers will not only learn valuable life skills, but will also have a positive impact on future visitors, students, and campers.

Who: Children Ages 6 - 13 (8-13 for week of August 10). 14 - 18 year-olds can apply to be Counselors-In-Training.

When: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm (See below for details).

Where: The Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, CT.

Pricing: $279 for IAIS Members; $310 for Non-Members.Camp pricing includes a Non-Refundable Deposit of $100. Those who submit all registration and medical forms, as well as their deposit, by June 1 qualify for an Early Registration discount!

Camp Sessions and Dates:

Wonderful Wildlife: Woodland and Wetland Ecology

June 22 - June 26

The forests and rivers of the Eastern Woodlands are teeming with life! The Native inhabitants recognized long ago that all living things are connected. These beings depend on each other and their adaptations in order to survive. In this week’s session, children will play games, complete activities, and create crafts as they learn about our four-legged friends (animals), winged friends (birds), and the finned ones (fish), as well as our standing tall, one legged friends (trees).

Natural Designs: Eco Art and Storytelling

June 29 - July 2*

Let your creativity run wild as you learn about arts, crafts, music, and storytelling from a variety of Native American cultures, past and present. For thousands of years, Native Americans have used the teachings of the natural world to represent their cultures, which have deep ties to the land. Work on interactive art projects in outdoor settings based on themes with significance to these diverse cultures. At the end of this session, campers will perform a play based on a traditional Native American story.

*This is a four day camp week. Please contact for pricing

From Dirt to Dinner: Gifts of the Natural World

July 6 - July 10

Native Americans have long recognized that people could not survive without the natural world. Microbes, fungus, and worms help to keep the soil healthy so that plants can grow. Plants and animals provide food and resources for making items that we need to survive. Campers who attend this week will explore how Native cultures used their understanding of the natural world to thrive for thousands of years in the Woodland ecosystem. Try some tasty treats, help our garden grow, and harvest a healthy appetite for knowledge of the natural world.

Outdoor Adventures: Survival Skills

July 13 - July 17

How long do you think you could survive outside without access to modern technology? Perhaps you want to be prepared for hiking, camping, and other outdoor adventures. If so, sign up for this week’s camp session and practice basic outdoor living skills, such as knot tying, navigation, and safe use of fire in an outdoor setting. Explore different techniques from the past and present that people use when they need to survive in a woodland environment with ever-changing weather.

Arrow Dynamics! Not So Primitive Technology

July 27 - July 31

How do you use technology in your daily life? In today’s Digital Age, with access to computers, cell phones and electricity, it is pretty easy to think that technology of the past was simple. In fact, people of the past figured out creative ways to move around, construct shelter, find food, and make tools that allowed them to thrive in their surroundings. In this week’s session, campers will explore traditional technology and skills that people in this area have been using for thousands of years.

Time Travel: Archaeology and Geology

August 3 - August 7

How do people today figure out what life was like for Native Americans a long time ago? Until someone invents a time machine, we have to carefully look for clues. Campers who attend this week will travel through thousands of years of history, from a time before the first people lived here until the present day. Learn about a variety of tools and techniques that scientists, historians, and cultures throughout the world use to make meaning of the past, in order to better understand the present, and plan for the future. Participate in mock digs, uncover hidden history, and piece together puzzles from the past!

Testing Your Limits: Survival Plus*

August 10 - August 14

For campers who want a bit of a challenge, this week’s camp session is next level. Campers will put their outdoor survival skills to the test with longer hikes, orienteering courses, knot tying and fire building competitions. By working together, understanding the natural world, and staying active, the Native inhabitants of the Eastern woodlands thrived for thousands of years. In order to get the most out of this week, campers will need to connect with their inner selves, fellow campers, and the natural world as they complete activities and projects that test their physical limits.

*Please note: This week is intended for campers ages 8 - 13


Have questions? Please contact us.

*Times, dates, and prices of any activity posted to our calendars are subject to change. Please be sure to click through directly to the organization’s website to verify.


38 Curtis Road
Washington, CT, 06793
United States


(860) 868-0518, ext103
Contact name: 
Gabriel Benjamin
Email address: 
The event has already taken place on this date: 
9:00am - 3:00pm (extended camp available with pre-registration)
$279 for IAIS Members; $310 for Non-Members.Camp pricing includes a Non-Refundable Deposit of $100. Those who submit all registration and medical forms, as well as their deposit, by June 1 qualify for an Early Registration discount!


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