Co-organized by Spring Creek Project, College of Liberal Arts OSU
Teaching Artist: Madelaine Coffman

For students ages 10 – 14 years old

Crooked Tail Science & Songwriting Camp will cultivate campers’ personal connection to environmental issues through natural science, cultural history, and songwriting.

Campers will spend mornings learning about the Shotpouch landscape and watershed with environmental scientists, and use their notes and observations in afternoon songwriting workshops led by teaching artists. Campers will explore several different aspects of the landscape and learn basic songwriting concepts such as song structure, lyrical and rhyming structures, and melodic movement through interactive exercises.

Each morning, students will spend time exploring the Shotpouch land with a different environmental scientist who will focus on a specific aspect of the landscape (e.g., the watershed, the forest, reptiles and amphibians, beavers, etc.).

Students will also be asked to take notes on thoughts and observations that occur to them in the mornings throughout the week, and they will use these observations as inspiration in their songwriting workshops in the afternoon.

After lunch, the students will work with teaching artists to write their own songs about the animals, watershed, and ecosystem that they have explored in the morning sessions. Participants will learn basic songwriting concepts such as song structure, lyrical and rhyming structures, and melodic movement through interactive exercises. They will be taught basic chord shapes and how to write a simple chord progression to support a melody. By the end of the week, the students will have written songs about their experiences at Shotpouch Creek.

The students will be picked up from The Arts Center and bused to Shotpouch Cabin at 9am, and dropped off at 4pm. They will need to pack their own lunches, refillable water bottles, layered clothing, shoes to hike in, sun hats, and sunscreen. Healthy snacks and workshop materials will be provided.

Through this program, the students will have the opportunity to develop a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural and human history of this land. By combining creative exploration, experience-based science education, and artistic expression, they will have the opportunity to transmit their new understanding outward into the larger community—both through their cumulative performance, and in later conversations with friends and family.

*In this camp, students will be transported by shuttle to the camp location at Shotpouch Cabin. The Cabin is located in the Oregon Coast Range on a 40-acre nature reserve about 25 miles west of Corvallis.*

If you would like to make alternative arrangements for your child’s transportation, please contact Jen Hernandez-Cornelius: 541-754-1551,

Camp Schedule

July 15-19, 2019
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Daily Schedule:

9:00 am   Parents drop off campers at The Arts Center
9:00 – 10:00 am    Students transported to Shotpouch Cabin
10:00 am – 12:30 pm   Morning session of camp
12:30 – 1:30 pm   Lunch (please pack a lunch for your child)
1:30 – 4:00 pm   Afternoon session of camp
4:00 – 5:00 pm   Students transported to The Arts Center
5:00 pm   Parents pick up campers at The Arts Center


$300.00 per student
*Scholarships available! Please contact Jen Hernandez-Cornelius for more information*
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