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A Lamorinda Camp Exclusive: Meeting Nature Through Miwok Eyes

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Still looking for the perfect camp? Want to learn a little about the local history of Lamorinda? Then come and join us at the Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center and immerse yourself into the abundant world of nature as experienced by the local Native American Tribe, the Saclans/Miwoks.

We will meet daily August 4 to 8, from 8:30 to 11:30am. Youth and open-hearted adults will live as tribal members adopting Native American names and cultural observances. We will use what nature has provided for tools, meals, clothing and shelter. The last morning will conclude with a tribal sharing of food and ceremony with guests.

Educator, Peggy Magilen, will lead this experience, assisted by other members of the Community Garden.

The camp is geared for children ages 8 to 12 years old.
A minimum of 6/maximum of 12 youth participants; a few additional (adult) caregivers welcome.
Cost: $50 per camper to cover materials.

Register today.

Drums!

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This week the Garden has played host to campers who are learning to “meet nature through Miwok eyes.”  And today, there were Drums!

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Meeting Nature through Miwok Eyes

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Sophie Bracinni’s story in the Lamorinda Weekly features an upcoming camp at the Lafayette Community Garden and Learning Center.

The Lafayette Community Garden site has everything that’s required to transport one back to the time when men and women lived in harmony with the land, taking only what they needed and feeling fulfilled in return. It lacks only the Lamorindans of 5,000 years ago: the Saclan tribe.

Peggy Maglien’s ambition is to take a group of children ages 8-12 (and maybe a few adults) back in time Aug. 12-16 and let them experience what it was like to live connected with nature. The camp, “Meeting Nature Through Miwok Eyes,” is offered through the Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department.

Read more here.

Ranger Bruce Weidman (right) and Doc Hale build a Miwok dwelling at Sugarloaf Open Space
Ranger Bruce Weidman (right) and Doc Hale build a Miwok dwelling at Sugarloaf Open Space.