Inside Out

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Dear Friends of LEAPS,

This has been an extraordinary week of learning and art exploration for summer campers. As artists, investigators, naturalists, and deep thinkers, LEAPS’ kids have tried it all. At the start of the program they planted a butterfly garden, with the goal of enticing these magnificent creatures to come to the Preserve.  By day two they’d spotted multiple varieties, and one stayed for a while, letting kids know that they were on the “right track.”

Each day had a rhythm to it. Starting with a brief experience in mindfulness, campers had the opportunity to listen and notice (frogs, the wind, and nearby noises from human activity.) Next they became artists, first observing, then painting butterflies of their own choosing. Kids took their time to mix colors and include detail that took extraordinary patience.

Each child became a butterfly expert, and when they took to the local Langlais paths, they could identify those they’d studied. 

Inspired by Emma, they experienced movement activities that gave them their own version of “flying free.”
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Toward the end of the week the butterflies they’d created had been fit with homemade tails and were ready to fly.


Kites and kids took off this week. In their indoor studio they’d made works of art. Out of doors they noticed, wondered, hypothesized and tabulated. As a gift to the Preserve kids left butterfly signposts – made of the medium Langlais was so fond of.

To our young artists and stewards of their planet ~ may your imaginations continue to soar!
Nancy for the LEAPS’ Team – Susan, Cynthia, and Emma

2 thoughts on “Inside Out

  1. Love this opening quote by da Vinci!
    The butterfly paintings were fantastic.
    And a garden !😊too.
    So fun to watch camp from a far ,
    With all it’s mindfulness, movement, & dancing. 🦋🌄🦋✨🦋🙏🦋🌱🦋💜

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