STEAM in Nature Summer Camp

2018 STEAM Camp registration will open in early 2018. Please check back then!

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Designed for children ages 7 – 11 years

Tuition: $600



The Southlands STEAM in Nature Camp aims to provide an enriching, age-appropriate summer program that supports children connecting with the land and its creatures through STEAM based programming, using the natural environment as the foundation for learning. The program will afford a multitude of opportunities to become change agents and future leaders.

STEAM has the power to propel minds. Art humanizes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We connect to the beauty around us through art, freeing our curious minds to ask questions to which science, technology, engineering, and mathematics hold many of the answers. Viewed through this lense, we can look far beyond the basics to the complex.

Some program highlights include:

  • Constructing and using simple machines with natural and recycled materials
  • Designing and building bridges and shelters
  • Understand systems thinking with a focus on sustainability and water
  • Participating and creating Southlands’ Valley Quests
  • Developing Southlands’ Character Pillars: confidence, leadership, and responsibility


About our STEAM camp leader, Rachel Van Hazinga:

Hello, My name is Rachel Van Hazinga. For the last two decades, I have developed new and innovative programming integrating science, engineering, arts, math, and technology for both in-school and out-of-school learning environments, offering people a chance to connect their own learning in a deeply personal way. I teach in Deal, NJ which has embraced STEaM and with it the vision of a school with a fluid cross-curricular integration of technology in all subject areas, especially mathematics, arts, engineering, and science.

I hold a Bachelor of Art degree in Art and Psychology. I am a NJ State Certified Teacher in Art K-12 and General Studies K-8. I am currently pursuing a Master’s of Education: Foundations in Education with a self-designed concentration in Problem-Based Learning Using Critical Skill at Antioch University New England.

I have the amazing ability to pull from the breadth of my experiences into the now. I am as crazy about learning as I was as a child so many years ago. I am curious and filled with wonder as I interact  with this world. My calling as a STEAM teacher has been realized and ignited my desire to grow.

To register for this program, please click here.