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Kauffman Museum to offer Uncle Carl's Summer Camps

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Uncle Carl's Summer Camps at Kauffman Museum in North Newton will offer six weeks of interactive day camps for children ages four to 14. Instructor Joyce Lent, a naturalist at Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita, will lead "It's a Wild, Wonderful Prairie World," a nature camp for children ages six to eight. Activities will include games, art and science fun as well as outdoor adventures. Hours are 9 to 11:30 a.m., June 2 through 6.

LaDonna Unruh Voth, elementary school art coordinator for U.S.D. 373 in Newton, will teach "Blue Skies, Golden Wheat: Inspiration for Kansas Artists" for ages nine to 12. Hours are 1:30 to 4 p.m., June 9 to 13. The young artists will work in a variety of media, including glazed ceramic tile, fiber arts, kinesthetic sculpture and three-dimensional design.

Voth will also lead "Prairie Art for Kids," for ages six to eight. This camp is scheduled for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., June 16 to 20, and will focus on a variety of art forms. Children will use resources found in Kansas.

Kristin Neufeld Epp, director of New Creation Preschool in Newton, will organize hands-on activities for a camp titled, "Way Back When," which will help campers discover the past and pioneer life. Planned for ages four and five, the campers will meet from 9 to 11 a.m., June 23 to 27.

Chuck Regier, curator of exhibits for Kauffman Museum, will lead "Ooh, Ah! Fantastic Exhibit Design" for ages 12 to 14. Campers will learn about creating an exhibit, including aspects of graphic design and typography, three-dimensional design, artifact care and exhibit installation. The camp will meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 30 to July 3.

Karen Kreider Yoder, fifth grade teacher at Wildwood Elementary School, Piedmont, Calif., will present a camp titled, "Reeling in the Past: Kansas Pioneers and Silk." Yoder will introduce children, ages nine to 12, to silk worms and the part they played in pioneer life in the 1870s in Kansas. The camp will include scientific inquiry, silk crafts, short hikes, research and a field trip. Yoder has raised silkworms for 15 years in California and Japan. The camp is set for 9 a.m. to noon, July 7 to 11.

"Each camp offers experiences you can't find other places," says Andi Schmidt Andres, curator of education at Kauffman Museum. "There's fun and learning taking place simultaneously. We're offering additional camps this year and look forward to introducing more campers to Kauffman Museum."

The cost of $60 for each camp ($50 for museum members) includes a t-shirt. Interested campers are encouraged to apply soon. Some camps fill quickly and offer limited enrollment.

For more information or a brochure with a complete description of each camp, contact Andi Schmidt Andres at or (316) 283-1612.

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