Hiram College

If collecting rocks, exploring forests, building a gnome home, or launching a first-ever college experience deep in the wilderness sound like summer splendor, Hiram College delivers all this – and then some – to tots through teens.

Beginning June 11-15 with summer youth art camps, children can tap their creative juices designing comics, painting T-shirts and simply exploring art through play and senses. Camps include Preschool Art Adventure (ages 3-4), Elementary Art Exploration (grades K-2), Intermediate Art Skills (grades 3-5), and Art for Older Kids (grades 6-8). Held at the College’s Gelbke Fine Arts Center and taught by art teacher Libby Frato-Sweeney, the weeklong camps end with an art show for families to enjoy their youngsters’ pieces.

“Hiram’s art building is vast and dramatic with soaring walls that turn into instant galleries for the art we create together. The building is nestled among beautiful woods that we wander out into to sketch,” Frato-Sweeney explains.

Knee-deep in the woods, Hiram’s nature camps, which begin June 25, connect little ones with nature’s colors, birds and insects and older camp goers with a close-up look at river wildlife. Camps include BioBuddies (ages 3-4), Half-Day Hikers (ages 5-7), Nature Explorers (ages 8-10), History Rocks (ages 11-14), and Runnin’ the River (ages 13-17).

“The whole purpose is to connect students with nature. They go off on trails and look for salamanders, learn about frogs and tadpoles … things we might think of as mundane, but to kids it’s a brand new discovery,” explains Matt Sorrick, director of Hiram’s Center for Science Education and Northwoods Field Station.

For incoming first-year Hiram students, the College offers a five-day Service Learning Experience (Aug. 16-22) during which participants will take part in community giving activities such as Habitat for Humanity. Hiram also offers the five-day pre-college Northwoods Experience (Aug. 17-22) during which participants kayak, swim, explore, and build a sense of community at the College’s Northwoods Field Station in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Built in the 1970s by Hiram students and faculty, the field station is surrounded by about 100,000 acres of Hiawatha National Forest.

“Students go as a group of incoming freshmen and build a little community,” says Sorrick who adds that this distinctive college orientation program is now in its ninth year.

For details about the camps and pre-college programs, contact Matt Sorrick at 330-569-6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu.