This summer, six acclaimed organizations are joining forces on a unique program for students ages 9-12. Inspired by Nature is a collaboration between the Cape Conservatory, Falmouth Art Center, Falmouth Historical Society and Museums on the Green, Falmouth Public Schools, Northeast Fisheries Science Center/Woods Hole Sea Grant, and Bourne Farm/Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, Inc. Falmouth Public School teachers are involved in the development of the curriculum and the oversight of the summer camp. They work with students throughout the week at each location alongside each organization’s respective teacher, who are experts in their field. Stephanie Weaver, Executive Director of the Cape Conservatory, stated, “Inspired by Nature offers a unique opportunity for the Conservatory to collaborate with five dynamic organizations in Falmouth. Although our offerings are quite different, we are united by the common themes we find in nature and the world around us. Whether it’s through music, marine science, botany, or visual arts, we want to excite the next generation of learners about the fascinating world around us.” Guided by teachers and local experts, students in the Inspired by Nature program will spend one day with each of the host organizations, exploring the important concept of “progression” and how it influences science, technology, art, music, history—every part of our daily existence. Progression focuses on the continuous growth and development of the natural world around us; how things past both form and inform those of the present and future. Through special projects and adventures, students will discover how the concept of progression applies to the environmental, artistic, and cultural spheres. Andrew Lewis, a student who attended the Inspired by Nature program last summer, explained what he enjoyed most about the camp, “I liked going near beehives and hearing the buzz of the bees. I also enjoyed walking in the woods, going to the aquarium, and doing fun animal art projects with Ms. Susan. I made new friends, and learned new things about nature that I had never heard of before.” Inspired by Nature runs June 25-29, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM daily. Tuition is just $175. To register, call the Cape Conservatory at 508.540.0611 or visit capeconservatory.org. INSPIRED BY NATURE DAILY SCHEDULE: Monday, Bourne Farm: Students will explore how a seed progresses into a plant, how an egg progresses into a bird, and how nature is constantly changing around us. They will get their hands dirty and their feet wet as they discover the progress of nature in the early summer. Tuesday, Falmouth Art Center: Students will discover artists who work in progression, designing a series based on their interests. Participants will also begin a collaborative piece that will be displayed at the Falmouth Art Center, encouraging viewer participation as it evolves to completion. Wednesday, Falmouth Historical Society and Museums on the Green: Students will examine the progress, development, and evolution of the town of Falmouth; its history, businesses, and people that helped grow and shape the town to make it emerge. Thursday, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center and Woods Hole Sea Grant: Focusing on the progression of oceanographic sampling and the dynamic marine environment over time, students will take part in fun hands-on activities held at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) Exhibit Center. Friday, Cape Conservatory: Students will explore the progression of music, starting with the songs of our most ancient ancestors and progressing through the rock and pop music we enjoy today. Participants will work together to compose their very own original piece of music! We invite reporters to attend the session at the Conservatory on Friday, June 29, to participate in the song composition process. To attend, please contact Gail Dunford at 508.362.2772 x100. About Cape Arts & Entertainment and Cape Symphony & Conservatory Cape Arts & Entertainment is the home of the Cape Symphony & Conservatory. Cape Cod’s very own orchestra, Cape Symphony, performs at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis. From popular hits to magnificent classics, highlighting hidden gems and putting a new twist on standards, the emphasis is always on fun, surprises, and beautiful music. Led by Artistic Director and Conductor Jung-Ho Pak, the Cape Symphony provides an experience like no other. Cape Conservatory’s commitment to arts education for all ages includes music instruction as well as classes in dance and visual art at campuses in West Barnstable and Falmouth. Its Preschool program is known for blending traditional academics with the arts. Through MusicWorks! Everyday and other community outreach programs, Cape Conservatory brings an array of engaging programs to thousands of students on the Cape and Islands. Visit www.capesymphony.org and www.capeconservatory.org for more information.