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Growing Roots is a Family event at Camp McDowell for all ages!  These are just some of the amazing things we may do together!
  • Learn together with your children or grandchildren.  McDowell workshops are an affiliate of AMSTI, so teachers get continuing education credits for the hours you are learning!
  • Wade the streams of Camp McDowell and learn how to get your children excited about nature.
  • Discover the unique geology of Alabama by hiking in sandstone canyons.
  • Create art using natural resources. 
  • Swim and tube the waters of Clear Creek and in our new zero entry pool.
  • Awake in the morning and do Farm chores together...milking goats, gathering eggs, feeding farm animals, even picking blueberries to make a cobbler!
  • Open your senses to the natural world through hiking and guided journaling.
  • Create a lifelong bond with your children by sharing nature with them.

Cost depends on your choice of lodging and includes 4 delicious meals and all instruction.  

Lodging options that you will choose at registration:

Bethany Lodges (hotel style, includes linens and towels)

Single room and meals - $150

Family Room and meals - $185 and up depending on number in family

 Scott House (log cabin, bring your own linens and towels)

  Family room and meals - $100 and up depending on number in family







Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM CDT
Friday, June 5, 2020 at 4:00 PM CDT

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Camp McDowell hotel style lodges 
105 Delong Road
Nauvoo, AL 35578

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Maggie Johnston 
Camp McDowell Environmental Center and Farm School 
205-387-1806 ext 107 

Growing Roots for Families at Camp McDowell 

Come join the fun and learning as we celebrate the return of Growing Roots! Connect to Nature and reconnect with your family. Bring your children or grandchildren to explore the woods, streams, canyons and working farm of McDowell with professional teacher naturalists from the McDowell Environmental Center and Farm School.
Families enjoy a hike to Elderfeather shelter