Cultural Tourism DC (CTDC) and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) are collaborating to feature CTDC's Neighborhood Heritage Trails during CHAW's Summer Arts Camp running June 24 to August 16, 2013. CTDC continues to demonstrate and deliver diverse culture and heritage with its first-ever summer camp partnership.
Using the Heritage Trails as inspiration, campers grades K–5, will focus on the people and places along the trail through creative arts, field trips, and other activities that bring DC history to life. "When you get a group learning it lends itself to discussion, conversation, and to greater engagement, and to me, having people become engaged in their community is what we strive to do," said CTDC's Executive Director, Steven Shulman.
CTDC's Neighborhood Heritage Trails are the official walking trails of Washington, DC. Each trail sign combines stories, historic photos, and maps of the neighborhood itself. The heritage trails will provide campers with a fun and interactive way to learn about the history of DC. Campers will be able to explore, shop and enjoy a bite to eat all at their own pace.
"I think the Neighborhood Heritage Trails are a wonderful way to learn about the District of Columbia and what's happening now, and more importantly how it relates to the heritage of the community," said Shulman. "The Heritage Trails gives you a taste of what was there. And no heritage trail could be fully complete, but getting that taste gives you the chance to drive deeper into the history."
Heritage Trail visitations will take place as part of CHAW's afternoon Recreation Camp program. Campers will visit a site on the trail and participate in activities designed around the stories featured at those sites. Select trails will be featured over a two to three week time frame.