Opportunities to Come to Camp

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Alabama Folk School Winter 2017 Workshops

2017 marks the ten-year anniversary of the Alabama Folk School. We will celebrate the milestone in style with 3-day, 4-day, and week-long programs in folk art and music.

Classes include:

banjo * blacksmithing * canning and food preservation * didgeridoo * fiddle * folk art painting * garment sewing * Gee's Bend quilting * guitar * gumbo academy * harmony singing * Kentuck Artists in Residence * labyrinth * old time repertoire * polymer clay * songwriting * stone mosaics * ukulele * wooden boat building

Join us this year in celebrating #10YearsOfFolk. Registration is already open for many classes and others will open in the coming months.



Camp McDowell Women's Retreat

This retreat has been postponed to September 21-23, 2018. Please save the date!

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Family Farm to Table - Fall Weekend 2017

November 17, 2017 - November 19, 2017

It's time to re-connect with God's creation and each other! Enjoy a family friendly experience of fun, food, and fellowship on the farm  in Bethany Village @  Camp McDowell.

Camp McDowell is beautiful in the fall; rejuvenate your spirit in the clean, cool air; walk through our woods, play in our pastures, and watch the sun set over Sloan Lake.  The feeling is easy-going, and the results will be restorative!

Our knowlegeable farm staff will guide you in planting, harvesting, and food preparation activities, as well as hands-on care of McDowell farm animals. Adults sip and learn in a "Garden to Glass" class while kids enjoy games and supervised free time.  Faith-based discussion along with traditional camp activities (like hiking and boating) will make this a truly memorable and holy time for you and yours.  Quality time in God's creation is a true gift. Recommended for individuals, couples, and families with or without children 1st grade an older. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


Teacher Workshop - Exploring Alabama’s Living Streams with Alabama Water Watch (AWW)

June 26, 2017 - June 28, 2017

We partner with AWW on this one to not only get out and explore our Camp McDowell streams and creeks, but help teachers become more comfortable with taking their students out into local streams. Teachers go home with a copy of the AWW classroom curriculum, Exploring Alabama’s Living Streams.

For more information about any of these, please contact Maggie Johnston at maggie@campmcdowell.com with “2017 educator workshops” in the subject line.

To register click here!


Teacher Workshop - Mountains to the Gulf Expedition

June 25, 2017 - July 2, 2017

This is our fifth Mountains to the Gulf (M2G) event. Many past participants have called this the most amazing 8 days of a teacher’s professional life!

Camp McDowell partners with several other organizations in an amazing teacher expedition called Mountains to the Gulf. A group of twenty teachers from across Alabama is selected to travel the state of Alabama for a week with some of the Southeast’s top experts on geology, watersheds, herpetology and ecology. Some of the experts who participate are Dr. Jim Lacefield, author of Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks, Dr. Bill Deutsch, founder of Alabama Water Watch, Heather Montgomery, author of many children’s books, and Jimmy Stiles, herpetologist. They guide the teacher group through all ecoregions of the state.

Stops are made along the way at Little River Canyon, Cheaha State Park, Lake Martin, and Dauphin Island. We gather fossils from roadside cuts and stream beds in Southern Alabama. The final two days are spent at Dauphin Island Sea Lab where we explore salt march estuaries and go out on their research vessel to trawl and learn about the living species in our gulf waters. We stay in hotel style lodging along the way and travel in a charter bus.

The partners for M2G included Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education (www.getthetag.com), Environmental Education Association of Alabama, Georgia Alabama Land Trust, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Alabama Water Watch and, of course McDowell Environmental Center.

To register of learn more information go to the Legacy website!

For more information about any of these, please contact Maggie Johnston at maggie@campmcdowell.com with “2017 educator workshops” in the subject line.