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2019 Events and Outings 

February 1, 2019 – SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION DAY: representatives from Rapp Nature Camp and many other summer camps will be at Rappahannock County Elementary School’s auxiliary gym from 8-10 am.

March 10, 2019, 4pm (DST) at the Rapp Co Library – PERENNIAL CAMPERS’ ORIENTATION MEETING. Rapp Nature Camp is happy once again to announce a series of nature education outings for adults – our “Perennial Campers!” We will have a special orientation meeting  March 10, 2019 at 4pm at the Rapp Co Library to be followed by five excursions to interesting habitats in Rappahannock and surrounding counties.

March 30, April 7, May 4, May 19, September 1, 2019 – PERENNIAL CAMPERS’ OUTINGS: Some of our topics for study and observation will be tree identification, butterflies and dragonflies, migrating birds, and sky phenomena. For more information see Activities for Adults page.

April 27, 2019 – PLANT SALE AT WATERPENNY FARM:  Look for Rapp Nature Camp’s booth.

June 17 – 28, 2019: SUMMER CAMP SESSION 1 for campers age 8 to 12. Theme for study will be “Landscapes”.

July 1 – 12, 2019:  SUMMER CAMP SESSION 2 for campers age 12 to 16.  Theme for study will be “Landscapes”.

Aug 16 – 20, 2019: ADULT SESSION NATURE CAMP AT VESUVIUS. Lyt will be an instructor there this year.

CLOUDY PACKET

Camp Director Lyt Wood has been busy with an ongoing study of clouds and weather. His 18-page Cloudy Packet includes:

  • Introduction to taxonomy of clouds
  • “Key to Clouds”: a key to identification of the 10 genera and 35 species of clouds
  • “Observation Tips”
  • “Cloudy Words”
  • “Cloudy Checklist”
  • Suggested reading and other resources about clouds and weather

Cloudy Packet is useful as an introduction to what has become known as “Cloudspotting,” and as an educational tool. Cloudy Packet is available on request HERE.

“There is nothing in this packet that should be taken seriously. It is meant to be a guide, an incentive, a fun way to encourage everyone to LOOK UP. The clouds in our planet’s atmosphere are always forming, changing, moving and dissipating in wonderful ways, but are, more often than not, ignored and overlooked. (Underlooked?) Even when we want to discern some clues about what the weather will be like tomorrow, or in an hour, almost everyone has a habit of looking DOWN, into one or another hand-held device. What has become known as “cloudspotting” is lots more fun, and far more instructive.”

–from the introduction to Cloudy Packet © 2017 by Lyt Wood

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Past Events:

2018 ANNUAL PLANT SALE AT WATERPENNY FARM

Saturday, April 28th, 2018 – 9am-3pm

  • Free plants!
  • Shiitake logs!
  • Live music!
  • Figs, pawpaws, Japanese maples, ferns, nectar and pollen plants
  • Food provided by RCHS Culinary Arts program

More information to be announced here and at waterpennyfarm.com

  • Perennial Campers, March 18, 2018, 4:00 pm Sunday, CCLC shelter ~ 12763 Lee Highway, Washington
    Spring Nature Camp for Adults. Rapp Nature Camp’s “Perennial Campers” will have a chance to take part in Mushroom Hunts, Bird Hikes, Introduction to Birds and Birding, Clouds and Weather, Tree ID, and still-water paddling on the Shenandoah River to observe nesting orioles and carp breeding activity. Lyt Wood, camp director, will provide details on these and other seasonal explorations, and describe Rapp Nature Camp’s experiential, imaginative, phenomenological approach to Nature Observation. No charge and no preregistration is necessary for this initial orientation meeting.
  • Adult Session at Nature Camp, Vesuvius, Virginia: August 18 – 22, 2017: Lyt Wood will be an instructor at Nature Camp’s popular Adult Session, which features many naturalists and professionals in science and education. This year’s theme will be “Then and Now: 75 years of Nature Camp.” Lyt will lead sessions and activities on Environmental Education in Your Community, Flying Things, Cloudspotting, and a field trip to Spy Mountain Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. More information is available at naturecamp.net.
  • 2017 Rapp Nature Camp Session: June 5-16, 2017
  • May 12, 2017, 8:00pm, Rappahannock County Library:  In conjunction with Shenandoah National Park personnel, Camp Director Lyt Wood will speak on “Hiking the Trails of Rappahannock County.” The speakers will focus on some of the lesser known trails that begin in Rappahannock County at the lower (eastern) side of the park. This presentation is sponsored by the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community.
  • Waterpenny Plant Sale: April 29, 2017 – 9 am til supplies run out!
     Find us on Waterpenny Farm off of Route 211, East of Sperryville, Virginia
       Camp music by The Bubbleheads!
       Stringband music by Mudlarks!
       Free plants!
    • Butterfly nectar plants
    • Pollinator plants
    • Ferns
    • Tree seedlings
    • Figs
    Opportunity to donate to Rapp Nature Camp!
  • March 15, 2017, 1:30pm, Washington Fire Hall, Washington, Virginia
    Rappahannock County Garden Club (meeting open to public)
    Camp Director Lyt Wood will give presentation on Rapp Nature Camp’s educational program:
    “Children and Nature: What is right for our times?”