Northern Door Children’s Center Campers Set Up Garden

This is the summer of flora and fauna for the students of Northern Door Children’s Center’s (NDCC) Camp Cloud summer program. Designed for the 2½ to young five-year-olds, Camp Cloud is an enjoyable, relaxing and educational way to spend the summer in northern Door County.

Thanks to the efforts of NDCC dad Chris Oakdale, the Camp Cloud students have their own raised bed garden in the outdoor play area. Following a design created by Executive Director Cindy Trinkner-Peot, Oakdale built the garden. Hockers Excavating donated the gravel.

Camp Cloud students took a walking field trip to Jerry’s Flowers in Sister Bay for a tour of the greenhouse. Joy Lang, of Jerry’s Flowers, allowed the children to pick out flowering plants and vegetables for the garden and donated them to the Children’s Center. Each morning the children take turns weeding and watering. This week they harvested their first tomatoes.

The fauna portion of the summer included visits from local animal organizations: volunteers Mike and Lori Kemmler from Open Door Bird Sanctuary brought a Barred Owl named Radar; the Door County Sled Dogs and their “mushers” Bonnie Ulrich and Rick Desotelle; and baby goats from Ellison Bay Farm Fresh.

NDCC operates year round. There is still space available for the 2016-17 school year in the “Prescholar” mixed age preschool and 4 Year-Old Kindergarten programs. For more information, call 920.854.4244 or email

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