Camps at Ndakinna Education Center

23 Middle Grove Road, Greenfield Center, NY    (518) 583-9958     www.ndakinnacenter.org

Ndakinna (pronounced en-dak-enna) is Abenaki for "Our Land"

The Ndakinna Education Center is an affiliate of the Greenfield Review Literary Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and charitable organization located in Greenfield Center, New York.

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Our many programs emphasize observation skills, regional cultural awareness, outdoor learning, critical thinking, team building, and character development with a special focus on the Arts of Life.

The Arts of Life integrate traditional skills such as tracking, survival, dance, storytelling, the martial arts, and conflict resolution. The Center is also home to many educational exhibits; including Native tools, baskets, rattles, drums, shelters, clothing as well as a full-scale birch bark canoes and bark long house.

 

 

 

My son had the time of his life at camp!! Can’t thank the counselors and coordinators enough!! A huge thank you to Jessica Bruchac for all of her help! Our son is sure to return for future programs!!
— Tracy L.

Our multi-building facility includes both indoor and outdoor teaching spaces, an animal tracking room with more than 1000 plaster casts of North American Mammal tracks, fitness and martial arts studio, and a gift shop. The gift shop offers visitors a rich collection of educational resources including books about Northeast Native American tribes/nations  (such as the Mohawk, Seneca, Abenaki, Wampanoag, Pequot, and Mohegan), animal tracking, wilderness crafts & skills, and Native storytelling.

We present most of our programs and series year-round at the Education Center and on the adjacent 80-acre Marion F. Bowman Bruchac Memorial Nature Preserve. The beautiful trails that wind through the woods are used for bird and tree walks, animal tracking, and for enjoyment by the participants of our youth, family and adult programs. In the preserve, we also house a a low ropes challenge course, which is used for character development and leadership training during private group sessions and our regular camps.

 

 

 

AGE RANGES:

Youths 5-7 Like the older age group camps, these are also directed by James Bruchac and facilitated by the Ndakinna Education Center. Participants in these camps learn a variety of wilderness skills such as animal tracking, and basic wilderness skills like shelter building. For this age level, Native storytelling is a major component as well as Native and nature based arts and crafts projects. Kids learn several Native games which promote cooperation, teambuilding, awareness, patience, turn-taking, and confidence.

Youth Ages  8-12, 13-16

Directed by James Bruchac and facilitated by the Ndakinna Education Center, participants in these camps learn a variety of wilderness skills such as animal tracking, basic to advanced wilderness skills from shelter building and land navigation to bow and hand-drill fires as well as take part in Native American storytelling, arts, crafts and games.

PROGRAM INFO:

Directed by James Bruchac and facilitated by the Ndakinna Education Center, participants in these camps learn a variety of wilderness skills such as animal tracking, basic to advanced wilderness skills from shelter building and land navigation to bow and hand-drill fires as well as take part in Native American storytelling, arts, crafts and games.


Winter Wilderness Adventure Camp (Ages 8-9, 10-13, Four Days)

Spring Wilderness Adventure Day Camp (Ages 8-9, 10-13, Four Days)

Summer Wilderness Adventure Day Camp (Ages 8-9, 10-13, Five Days, Three Sessions)

Jr Pathfinders Wilderness Training (Ages 10-12, 3 Day Overnight Camp)
Adirondack Pathfinders Wilderness Training (Ages 12-16, 5 Day OVERNIGHT CAMP)

Martial Arts Camp (Ages 8-12, Four Days)

Along with being staffed by expert wilderness staff, Ndakinna camps play host to a variety of special guest including some of the Northeast's best Native American storytellers and folkartists. Most camps take place at the Marion F. Bruchac Memorial Nature Preserve in Greenfield Center, New York with plenty of forest to explore as well as a full-scale Native American elm-bark covered wigwam. Through the various activities participants will gain a greater respect and understanding for the Natural World as well as the Northeast's rich Native American history. 2-6 day camps covering each skill and activity in greater detail. Most camps are limited to 20-30 participants each, divided by age levels, and each age level builds upon the last. See Ndakinna Education Center Events Calendar for complete descriptions.

Nature Studies & Wilderness Challenge Programs

Nature Studies programs focus on the study of the flora, fauna and land features of the Nature Preserve connected to the Ndakinna Education Center. Students will learn through a variety of hands-on activities (journaling, CyberTracker data collection, radio telemetry, plaster casting of animal tracks, etc.).

The Wilderness Challenge program includes a variety of team-based outdoor wilderness skills. Through hands-on experience and interactive games, participants will learn and apply orienteering, shelter building, firemaking, and other skills.

 

REGISTRATION:

Camp registration is now open. To register, call (518) 583-9958 or click the button below: