This Summer: Science, Art, Writing with Nina Hastings '14

by Liz Lightfoot '77 P '05, '07, '08, '12
Alumni Relations, Community Outreach, and IDEA Parent-Teacher Allianc

When she attended The Country School, Nina Hastings ’14 loved science, the arts, and writing. Five years after she graduated — and following the conclusion of her first year at Brown University, where she is studying environmental science and history — she still loves those subjects. For the second summer in a row, Nina looks forward to sharing her interests with campers at Summer Fun & Learning.

Nina and some young authors last summer.

During the weeks of June 24-28 and July 15-19, Nina will be leading a Marine and Environmental Science Camp. On daily field trips to the beach (and then back at school), participants will learn about the aquatic ecosystem of Long Island Sound. They’ll collect samples and select their favorite to highlight in a culminating Creature Feature project. Nina, a Madison resident who knows our local shoreline well, will share her vast experiences in marine and environmental science-focused programs in other parts of the world, including the Dominican Republic and Woods Hole.

The week of June 24-28, Nina will also be teaching Eco Arts and Crafts. Using recycled and eco-friendly materials, participants will learn several methods of artistic handiwork. As they compile, construct, draw, cut, paste, and even bake, each day will incorporate lessons about the environment and ways we can help to protect it (and use its bounty to make beautiful things). The camp will also include nature walks and field trips.

The week of July 15-19, Nina will teach another one of her favorite subjects: creative writing. This camp will provide a fun and thoughtful way for students to explore their world and express themselves through the written word. Participants will dabble in poetry, food reviews, nature writing, and flash fiction, to name a few, with activities designed to hook beginning writers and stretch those with more experience. Students will become comfortable sharing their work with a supportive, immediate audience and benefit from collaboration and feedback. Young writers should come prepared for outdoor exploration, candy taste-tests, dance parties, yoga, and more! An experienced and talented writer, Nina spearheaded a weekly Student of the Week blog at The Country School and then worked on the masthead of the student newspaper at Choate. At Brown, she is an editor of The Brown Daily Herald. Nina looks forward to showing camp participants just how much fun playing with words can be!

Nina is one of several alumnae (and several other talented individuals) who will be leading camps this summer. Learn more at