Science & Adventure camp
Summer camp is always an exciting and fun-filled experience for kids, and ARCHES day camp is no exception. Our summer camp offers a wide variety of activities, including science, arts and crafts, outdoor adventures, and more for boys and girls ages 8-16. We pride ourselves on creating a safe and inclusive environment where kids can make new friends and create lasting memories. The mission of ARCHES is to support community oriented organizations and individuals, particularly involving young people involved with recreation, education, arts, conservation, and humanities, in the state of Alaska. Our Board Of Directors recognize the diverse and important nature of many altruistic endeavors and seek to support as many of those efforts as possible.
$95 for 3 days!
Areas of Interest
No bake baking
Tie dye intro
3D river modeling
Sea life Blubber Lab
Build a Community in Nature (Sims)
Native Plants identification
Meet the Camp leaders!
Certified in Elementary and Early Childhood, and Special Education for Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Issues, Martie ran a small private school in Homer for many years prior to retiring. In addition, Martie has taught music and shotokan karate. Martie’s camp experience includes running the Silver Spurs Horse Camp, as well as leading three student trips to Mexico to work with biologists from the University of Guadalajara on sea turtle projects.
Christie has been a Veterinary Assistant for 6 years with the Homer Veterinary Clinic. She also works for the Alaska SeaLife Center as a Wildlife Response Specialist for the past 6 months. Before that, she volunteered for the Homer Stranding Network collecting data and responding to live animal calls for the last 3 years. On her off time Christie is usually found fundraising for the American Cancer Society's Seward Polar Bear Jumpoff. She has raised over a quarter million dollars since 1999. Christie is also an avid hiker in her free time, she loves exploring all the beautiful places Alaska has to offer!
Susan Marchitti moved to Homer Alaska in 2020. She has been making beaded jewelry for over 30 years. In her class, you’ll learn how to make a simple pair of beaded earrings utilizing Peyote stitch. The directions are easy to follow, and supplies are included for your first pair of earrings. Susan is self-taught and can show you how to expand on the diagrammed instructions to make a larger pair of earrings on your own.
Originally from Oregon, Penny Connealy and her family came on vacation in 1999 and knew immediately they wanted to live here. After earning her BS in Education at Western Oregon College in 2005, they made the move to Alaska. Penny spent two years teaching in remote, fly-in only villages before landing at Ninilchik School in 2007. Her love for science took her to a week long outdoor wilderness school in Jackson Hole, WY and was one of six teachers in Alaska awarded a $10K Alaska SeaLife Scholarship. Penny has received extensive training in Alaska’s Project Wild curriculum. Her hobbies include sewing, bee keeping, greenhouse gardening, food preservation and increasing her knowledge of local native plants as food and medicine. She is also an artist and some of her future goals include learning to weld.
Rob Johnson was born in Connecticut. He was raised in New England. He relocated to Valdez in 2009, then the Kenai Peninsula in 2013. He currently resides in Anchor Point. He holds a bachelor’s degree in ecological biology from Western Connecticut State University. He has worked 7 summers collecting fisheries data for ADF&G. He has also worked as a state park ranger in both Maine and Alaska. As passionate about education and young people as he is about the outdoors, he has worked for 5 years as a special education aide and tutor. In the future, he wants to focus on introducing both special education and mainstream students to the outdoors and gardening.