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.



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.



September 22, 2017 - September 24, 2017

Through workshop & discussion, best-selling author Patricia Sprinkle ("Women Who Do Too Much" and "Children Who Do Too Little") will present a model for adult women of how to do less, live better, and focus on what God is calling you to do.

The experience is further supported by spiritual practices led by The Rev. Dr. Bayse Holland-Shuey (Assisting Priest for Spiritual Direction and Interfaith Consultant at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Huntsville, Alabama) which will allow attendees to release, restore, and re-center. Come, enjoy the labryinth, the natural setting, and connecting with others in the beauty of God's backyard. Space is limited; early registration is recommended.

Registration open through September 15. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER