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KEEN's Windy City Park Rangers

KEEN’s Windy City Park Rangers is designed as an outdoor day camp program held in 4 parks around the City of Ellensburg  9am-3pm M-F between June 20-August 26. 

KEEN’s Windy City Park Rangers (WCPR) is a day-camp/child-care offering in Kittitas County that is open to K-8th grade youth (kids have to be age 5 by June 20) in our community at City parks that are accessible by walking or public bus. WCPR will be at Mountain View Park, North Alder Street Park, Rotary/West Ellensburg/Irene Reinhart Park, and Kiwanis Park.

WCPR is offered on a sliding-scale donation basis from $0/week to $150/week - if you can afford to pay, please help us keep the program sustainable. If you need financial support and child care for the summer, we've got you covered. 

WCPR is a nature immersion program with daily STEM activities mixed in with art, recreational activities, and just plain summer fun. Open to kindergarten through 8th grade students, WCPR provides ‘day-camp’ child care experiences in locations that are easy to access via walking or public transportation.

Place-based learning and outdoor free-play are at the heart of WCPR programming. Nature walks, observation journals, and creative play in the different parks are incorporated into every day. WCPR focuses on what makes each park within the City of Ellensburg unique. For example, Irene Rinehart Park is bounded by the Yakima River and has extensive walking trails and two swimming lakes. At that park, WCPR brings in extensive water play with kayaks and stand up paddle boards during the hot days of summer. In contrast, Kiwanis Park has a restored portion of Mercer Creek and not much other natural habitat. At that park, WCPR focuses on art and science projects, and free play on the playgrounds. 

KEEN AWARDED $276,631
FROM SUMMER EXPERIENCES AND ENRICHMENT FOR KIDS (SEEK)

In the fall of 2021, the Kittitas Environmental Education Network (KEEN) collaborated with the City of Ellensburg to apply for Summer Experiences and Enrichment for Kids (SEEK) funding from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). In early 2022, the team was notified of a $276,631 grant in support of KEEN’s program, Windy City Park Rangers. The grant also provides for scholarships for kids to attend KEEN’s summer camp, Pond to Pines.

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This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission. 

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A Day In Windy City

A Summer Full of Fun!

WCPR is a nature immersion program with daily STEAM activities mixed in with recreational activities and just plain summer fun.

 

Open to kindergarten through 8th grade students, WCPR provides ‘day-camp’ child care experiences in locations that are easy to access via walking or public transportation. Using SEEK grant funding, WCPR will provide critical child care to our community.

Place-based learning and outdoor free-play are at the heart of WCPR programming.

 

Nature walks, observation journals, and creative play in the different parks are incorporated into every day. WCPR focuses on what makes each park within the City of Ellensburg unique.

 

For example, Irene Rinehart Park is bounded by the Yakima River and has extensive walking trails and two swimming lakes. At that park, we bring in extensive water play with kayaks and stand-up paddle boards during the hot days of summer.

 

In contrast, Kiwanis Park has a restored portion of Mercer Creek, playgrounds, and sports fields. At that park, we focus on art and science projects, and free play on the playgrounds.

Program Director - Adrienne Pinsoneault

Adrienne has always been interested in the natural world, initially studying biology, environmental studies, and Spanish before deciding to work in education. After going back to school for her M.A. in education and teaching credential, Adrienne taught high school science in the Bay Area for five years before returning to Washington to be closer to family and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to working as a classroom teacher, Adrienne has worked in after-school programming, adult-education, and taught English abroad. Most recently, she has worked with pre-service math and science teachers at CWU. In her free time, Adrienne enjoys travelling and exploring places around the world. 

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