Camp Bowie 2019

Camp Bowie 2019

Discover the wonders of the natural world this summer at Bowie Nature Park’s Camp Bowie! Our day camps are a great way for kids to learn about nature while having fun.  Each week campers will experience exciting nature studies, fun games, arts & crafts, and exploration hikes around our 700 acre park.  Registration begins February 1st.

Camps are held in June and July. Half-day Camps for 5-7 year olds are from 8:30-12:00pm and require a tuition of $75 per week.  Full-day camps are available for 8-12 year olds and are from 8:30-3:30pm.  The cost is $125 a week.  All campers will receive a t-shirt, daily snacks, and life-long memories.

Camp Dates and Themes:

Half Day Camps

Little Adventurers Camp—5-7 year olds (June 10th-14th) – $75   

Get outside and explore with us!  All week we will learn about outdoor survival basics and learn valuable skills using hands-on activities and games.

 

A Bug’s Life Camp—5-7 year olds (July 8th-12th) – $75  

This week will focus on lives of the most abundant creatures on earth.  Campers will learn about these creepy crawlies through games, crafts, and exploration of their different habitats.

 

Full Day Camps

Outdoor Adventures—8-12 year olds (June 17th-21st) – $125  

Campers will learn outdoor skills like outdoor cooking, shelter building, and orienteering through fun games and hands-on activities.

 

Camp Splash—8-12 year olds (June 24th-28th) – $125

Come cool off this summer at “Camp Splash”.   Campers will hike in the creeks, search for water creatures, and enjoy water games each afternoon.  Come prepared to get wet and to have lots of fun!

 

Camp Bugology—8-12 year olds (July 15th-19th) – $125

For every one human, there are 1.5 billion bugs. Come learn about these interesting creatures that have us so outnumbered. Campers will explore bugs that swim, fly, hop and live underground.

 

Astronomy Camp—8-12 year olds (July 22nd-26th) – $125

Come explore the universe with us!  We will investigate stars, satellites, blackholes, space travel and more in our out-of-this-world camp.


Camper Registration Forms can be downloaded online or requested by email, phone or in person.

Registration does not open until February 1st 2019.


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If you are in need of financial aid, scholarships may be available.  Please contact the Program Director for a scholarship application.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Program Director:

Nancy Jackson

(615) 799-5544 ext 2

njackson@nullfairview-tn.org

Programs for Little Ones – Winter 2019

Nature Strollers

Ages: 18 months to 5 years

10:00am to 11:00am

January 7th – The Moon

February 4th – Winter Birds 

March 4th – Signs of Spring

Encourage your little one’s curiosity with nature and the outdoors! During the program, we will read a book, sing songs, play games, make a craft, and go on a child friendly hike.  Each month there will be a new theme.

No registration required

 

Joann’s Puppet Powwow

Ages: Families

9:30 – 10:00am

March 4th – Signs of Spring

Have a seat around our puppet theatre in Joann’s Outdoor Classroom as our naturalists present a series of puppet shows! Every series will revolve around a central environmental theme such as life cycles, hibernation, or pollination. Puppet shows will be followed by activities that enhance the topic addressed in the show.

No registration required but may be canceled due to weather. Call 615-799-5544 for information.

Owl Prowl – Winter 2019

Owl Prowl

All Ages

January 18th

5:00pm-6:30pm

Owls are amazing nocturnal navigators, fantastic flyers, and the silent hunters of the bird world.  Take a night hike with us as we call for owls and hopefully spot these majestic creatures. Meet us at the Nature Center!

Registration is required. Please call 615-799-5544 ext 2 or email njackson@nullfairview-tn.org to inquire about spaces available

Programs Designed for Homeschoolers – Winter 2019

To register for any of the following programs, please contact Nancy Jackson at njackson@nullfairview-tn.org or (615)799-5544 ext 2

 

NATURE EXPLORERS

AGES: 5-7 YEARS OLD

10:00-11:00am

January 14th – Tracks & Traces – Registration opens Jan. 2nd

February 11th – Rocks & Minerals – Registration opens Jan. 15th

March 11th – Weather – Registration opens Feb. 12th 

Bring your children out to a naturalist-led class that will immerse them in the natural world, using different exploration-based techniques to get them engaged.

Registration required – opens at 8:00am on date stated above

 

NATURE INVESTIGATORS

AGES: 8-12 YEARS OLD

10:00-11:30am

January 28th – Tracks & Traces – Registration opens Jan. 8th

February 25th – Rocks & Minerals – Registration opens Jan. 29th

March 25th – Weather – Registration opens Feb. 26th 

Join us monthly as we become scientists and learn the skills necessary to observe and explore our world.  Each month we will have a new topic.

Registration required – opens at 8:00am on date stated above

 

NATURE RANGERS

Ages: 13-18

10am-11:30am

February 20th – Tree ID

Seize this unique opportunity to closely study the park’s ecology using scientific methods. Participants will do hands on field research using lab techniques and data collection to examine the many environments of Bowie.

Registration is required.

 

NATURE SCOUTS

AGES: 8-14 YEARS OLD

Theme: Junior Rangers – Come learn Naturalist skills as we explore everything that makes Tennessee unique.  Participants will have a chance to earn a Junior Ranger Badge at the end of the series.

Class dates: January 30th, February 13th & 27th, and March 13th – 12:00 to 1:30pm

*Must be able to attend all classes

Allow your child’s interest to thrive in this comprehensive science program that uses four classes over an eight-week period to investigate a seasonal theme. This program has a special registration process.  Since this program is more in-depth than our other homeschool-oriented classes, we have created a unique registration process. If you child/ren would like to participate in the theme for the nature scouts class, they will need to write one paragraph on why they are interested. The paragraph must be handwritten. This way we know that all the students in the class are really passionate about the subject. We will have a date that the paragraphs must be handed in by. Participants in the course will be chosen based on the content of their handwritten paragraph as well as the order in which we receive their registration.

Registration is required – Paragraphs are due by January 23rd, 2019

Winter Celebrations

14th Annual Fireside Concert

All Ages Welcome

2:00 to 4:00pm

December 15th

Join the Friends of Bowie Nature Park inside the Nature Center for this annual celebration of the season.  Cozy up next to the fire and listen to some holiday favorites both old and new with Roxie Dean & Tom Jones. Refreshments will be provided in the classroom. 

No registration required.

 

Winter Solstice Celebration

All Ages Welcome

10am to 2pm

December 21st

The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year and the beginning of winter.  Join us as we celebrate!  We will have hot cocoa, activities, and crafts available for you to enjoy at your own pace.  Stop in anytime between 10am and 2pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

No registration required.

 

Memory Tree

All Ages Welcome

12:00 to 3:00pm

December 22nd

You are invited to come and bring an ornament for someone to be remembered this year in a special way and in a special place. Stop by any time between noon and 3pm to place an ornament on the tree.  All past ornaments and those placed on the tree this year, if not picked up, will be given to a charity organization after New Year’s Day.

No registration required.

Programs Designed for Homeschoolers – Fall 2018

NATURE EXPLORERS

AGES: 5-7 YEARS OLD

10-11am

October 15th – Creepy Crawlies – Registration opens Sept. 18th

November 19th – Fall Changes – Registration opens Oct. 16th

Bring your children out to a naturalist-led class that will immerse them in the natural world, using different exploration-based techniques to get them engaged.

Registration required – opens at 8:00am on date stated above

 

NATURE INVESTIGATORS

AGES: 8-12 YEARS OLD

10-11:30am

October 22nd – Nocturnal Critters – Registration opens Sept. 25th

November 26th – Migration and Movement – Registration opens Oct. 23rd

Join us monthly as we become scientists and learn the skills necessary to observe and explore our world.  Each month we will have a new topic.

Registration required – opens at 8:00am on date stated above

 

NATURE RANGERS

Ages: 13-18

10am-11:30pm

October 16th – Owls and Food Chains

November 20th – Fall and Winter Tree ID

Seize this unique opportunity to closely study the park’s ecology using scientific methods. Participants will do hands on field research using lab techniques and data collection to examine the many environments of Bowie.

Registration is required.

 

NATURE SCOUTS

AGES: 8-12 YEARS OLD

Theme: For this semester, we will be studying astronomy! Members of BSAS will be joining us for a special day of solar viewing and night class of stargazing.

October 24th, November 7th & 28th – 12:00 to 1:30pm

December 7th (night class) 5:30 to 7:00pm

*Must attend all classes

Allow your child’s interest to thrive in this comprehensive science program that uses four classes over an eight-week period to investigate a seasonal theme. This program has a special registration process.  Since this program is more in-depth than our other homeschool-oriented classes, we have created a unique registration process. If you child/ren would like to participate in the theme for the nature scouts class, they will need to write one paragraph on why they are interested. The paragraph must be handwritten. This way we know that all the students in the class are really passionate about the subject. We will have a date that the paragraphs must be handed in by. Participants in the course will be chosen based on the content of their handwritten paragraph as well as the order in which we receive their registration.

Registration is required – Paragraphs are due by October 17th, 2018

Night Hike

NIGHT HIKE

All Ages

November 16th

6:00pm-8:00pm

Come experience Bowie Nature Park at night. Meet inside the nature center and then go explore the trails with a Naturalist. We will end up in the Dome Meadow where we will roast marshmallows and make s’mores.

Registration is required. Please call 615-799-5544 or email programdirector@nullfairview-tn.org to inquire about spaces available.

The City of Fairview Invites the Community to a Movie in the Park

Halloween Movie in the Park

On Saturday, October 20th bring the family out to Bowie Nature Park for a Halloween movie treat.  FunFlicks will be screening Disney’s Hocus Pocus.  The movie will begin at 6:30 in the evening.  This is a free event!  Get set for a fun family movie night in beautiful Bowie Nature Park.

 

A traditional “Halloween Ghost Story” turns into a real-life adventure for three kids who break the spell of the Sanderson Sisters. The story is an engaging one and will have even grown-ups pay close attention. The Sanderson Sisters (wonderfully played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy), convicted of witchcraft in Colonial Salem, Massachusetts and put to death some 300 years ago, are brought back to life when the candle of black flame is lit. It’s up to two teenagers and an 8-year-old to stop the wicked witches from succeeding with their sinister plan: to lure the town’s children to their witch house and “drink” their life-force away from them.  With many jokes throughout, this is another example of a movie made for kids, but enjoyed by grown-ups as well. This year marks the 25th Anniversary for this classic Halloween movie.

 

Fairview’s Police and Fire Departments will be cooking and selling candy, food and drinks starting at 5:30pm and leading up to the event.  All of the proceeds from the sale of the refreshments will go towards the Shop with a Cop Event.  Free popcorn will also be provided just before the movie starting at 6:15pm.  Grab some blankets or chairs and come with an empty stomach!

 

The “Shop with a Cop” program matches Fairview police officers with underprivileged children to shop for Christmas gifts. Not only does it build a positive relationship between the child and the officer, it shows a true giving spirit to those who are in need.  Each year the goal is to increase the number of children reached.  As the city grows, so will the number of children.  This way the program continues to help many families in the future.

Fall Fun Day 2018

Fall Fun Day!

October 6th, 2018 

Start the fall season out right.  On Saturday, October 6th bring the family out to Bowie Nature Park’s Fall Fun Day.  The excitement begins at 10am and will go on until 3pm.  The event is free and includes fall and nature themed activities for the whole family.  Children and grown-ups alike are encouraged to wear costumes. Pumpkins for decorating and food from vendors will be available for purchase.

 

Park in the event field behind the playground and follow the signs to begin the fun.  Your first stop will be just outside the Nature Center where you can grab a bag for your candy and get oriented by volunteers at the welcome table.  Next up is the Pumpkin Patch where you can purchase a pumpkin to decorate and then you will be on to the bounce house for some much-needed bounce therapy.  Inside the Nature Center you can enjoy making fall crafts.  Now, just head out the back door where you can get your face painted and find the beginning of the Games Trail with nature and fall related carnival games stationed around this short trail behind the Nature Center.  At each game station, children will win prizes or candy.

This year we are overly joyed to have a few guests from Montgomery Bell State Park joining us.  Ranger Tim Wheatley will be bringing some of their ambassador animals to show and tell about their unique qualities.  He will be presenting at 10:30am and again at 12:30pm.

Another new addition to the festivities includes free face painting by Fantasy Face Artistry.

This is a wonderful community event that could not happen without our amazing volunteers.  Past volunteer groups have included Friends of Bowie Nature Park, Fairview High School’s HOSA club, Fairview Middle School’s Junior Beta Club, and Brentwood Highschool Students.  Volunteers are always needed and individuals are always welcome.  If you would like to volunteer for this event in any way, please contact Nancy Jackson at (615)799-5544 ext 2 or by email at programdirector@nullfairview-tn.org

Programs for Little Ones – Summer 2018

Nature Strollers

Ages: 18 months to 5 years

10:00am to 11:00am

August 13th – Butterflies – A Butterfly Is Patient – by Dianna Hutts Aston & Sylvia Long 

September 10th – Snakes –  I DON’T LIKE SNAKES – by Nicola Davies 

Encourage your little one’s curiosity with nature and the outdoors! During the program, we will read a book, sing songs, play games, make a craft, and go on a child friendly hike.  Each month there will be a new theme.

No registration required

 

Joann’s Puppet Powwow

Ages: Families

10:00 – 10:30am

September 4th – Insects

Have a seat around our puppet theatre in Joann’s Outdoor Classroom as our naturalists present a series of puppet shows! Every series will revolve around a central environmental theme such as life cycles, hibernation, or pollination. Puppet shows will be followed by activities that enhance the topic addressed in the show.

No registration required but may be canceled due to weather. Call 615-799-5544 for information.