Programs

  • $25.00 – Program Price

Date & Time Details: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Gazebo, Nazareth Retreat Center

Address: 135 West Drive, Nazareth, Ky. 40048

Spirit of the Wild Day Camp, (July 17, Grades 8 – 12)

With Amy Pascucci, Gracie Nafziger, Julia Gerwe, Lisa Downs and Danielle Hagler

July 17, 2024

Is your child passionate about nature and interested in cultivating mindfulness in their daily life?

Spirit of the Wild Day Camp is a unique opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of ecology, connect with nature, and develop mindfulness practices. This camp is specially designed to foster a sense of harmony between ourselves and the environment, promoting ecological awareness and personal well-being.

This camp is open to students in grades 3 – 12, so whether your child is a seasoned nature enthusiast or just beginning to develop an interest in ecology, there will be plenty of opportunities for them to learn and grow. We guarantee that your child will leave the camp with a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and ways to reduce stress in their young lives.

Students will take part in mindfulness sessions designed for their particular grade.

The camp will be held July 17 and will take place on Nazareth’s campus.

All students should bring the following:

  • Insect Repellant
  • Hat with wide brim
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Closed toe shoes
  • Water bottle

Leaders

Amy Pascucci
Amy Hettinger Pascucci, program director and Piñatas leader with Forest Pals, grew up exploring in the woods near Bernheim Forest. She received a degree in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky and worked in formal and informal education before also receiving a M.Ed. in Arts in Education at Harvard University, which she followed with a teaching certificate in Waldorf Education.  She taught in the Waldorf community in Anchorage, Alaska, for five years. All this experience prepared her for her favorite work yet, raising her daughters, who with their friends inspired the Forest Pals program.  Amy loves making music with friends and…
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Gracie Nafziger
Gracie Nafziger grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and has always enjoyed the discovery that comes with immersing yourself in nature. She received a  degree in Biology at Illinois Wesleyan University and a Masters in Teaching at Bellarmine before becoming a high school Biology and Ecology teacher for 6 years.  She has been a volunteer in the Naturalist Program at Bernheim since 2020 and has enjoyed every moment of it. Gracie is looking forward to sharing her fascination for learning about nature with the Forest Pals. She loves hiking, swimming in open water competitions, playing board games with friends, and helping…
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Julia Gerwe
Julia Gerwe is an environmental educator, community organizer, and sustainability advocate; though she loves her current position of Executive Director of New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future best! Julia is passionate about connecting collective community well-being to the natural world and loves building community, learning from and with nature, and leading/teaching others. Prior to her work with New Pioneers, Julia served as Member Coordinator with the Kentucky Environmental Education Council’s environmental education-focused AmeriCorps program and spent two years living and serving alongside the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth as an ecological sustainability AmeriCorps member. Julia loves exploring the outdoors, running,…
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Lisa Downs
Lisa Downs has a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans, certification as a Spiritual Director from Nazareth Retreat Center and is a Boundless Compassion Facilitator.   She has served in various roles the past twenty years including Director of Adult Faith Formation, Pastoral Associate, Pastoral Administrator, Spiritual Director, assistant teacher for Spiritual Director’s Internship, and currently is the Director of the Nazareth Retreat Center.  She lives in Bardstown with her husband of 40 years and they have three sons, two daughters-in-law  and three granddaughters.
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Danielle Hagler
Danielle Hagler is the Nelson County Cooperative Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences. Having grown up in Kentucky, but having the opportunity to live in Colorado, Alabama and Tennessee, Danielle values the opportunity to share the natural environment with others.  She has her Bachelor and Master Degrees from University of Kentucky in Community Leadership and Development. Danielle is excited to facilitate a program where youth can slow down and connect with nature.
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