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Atelier Heldeberg opened for its 61st summer of learning and outdoor activities. This follows the summer of 2020 when, for the first time in its history, it offered online classes solely because of the pandemic.
The workshop held its first classes in the summer of 1961 when four local mothers decided to set up a series of programs that would give their children both educational and fun activities during the summer.
Initially operating in the Voorheesville High School building, the program eventually expanded to the point where areas were needed outside for the workshop’s field science and adventure classes.
As a result, the workshop purchased a plot of over 200 acres on Picard Road, and over the years the construction of a large pole building and numerous lean-tos allowed all of its yards to move onto what became known with some reverence as “The Earth.”
Composed of a wetland, an orchard of old apple trees and a spectacular scree slope reaching the top of the Helderberg escarpment, The Land is now the site of summer courses in science, music, art. , ceramics, weaving, fly fishing, kayaking, archery, cave exploration and many other activities. It is also the location for weekend classes for families in the spring and fall.
As the summer progresses, the workshop will celebrate its sixtieth anniversary of ‘Adventure in Learning’ by announcing exciting plans for its future serving youth and families on its beautiful grounds below the cliffs. by Helderberg.