Drawing Inspiration from the Parks

Drawing Inspiration from the ParksEvery year John Brantingham, Ann Brantingham, Scott Creley and I teach art, science, and poetry at a weeklong volunteer camp in Sequoia National Park. We watch bears, hike to see marmots and the world’s largest tree, and help with park maintenance or meadow restoration, and reflect on our explorations in drawing and writing. The work you produce may be used in media published by the national parks, and constitutes the bulk of your volunteerism. John Brantingham’s writing and poetry is featured this summer on the Visitor Guide that you get when you enter Sequoia or King’s Canyon!

One of the most exciting aspects of the trip is that we get to stay in Wolverton volunteer campground, which operated as a boyscout camp from approximately 1939 until 1975. The Camp Wolverton’s history goes back much farther than that though, a grinding mortar from the Native Americans who used the area is found within the camp. Beginning in 1939 Wolverton was used as a summer camp for the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal program that helped pull the U.S. out of the Great Depression. From 1942-1945, during World War II, Wolverton and other CCC camps housed soldiers for summer training, rest, and recuperation. Concientous objectors, primarily Mennonites, may have used Wolverton as a base for National Park construction and maintenance projects as well. Campwolverton.com has an exceptional history of Camp Wolverton for further reading.

We are full for this year, but if you would like to find out when sign ups begin for next summer, please join our mailing list.

John on SEKI Visitor Guide

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