Conservation camp dates

It is time once again to announce the Warren County Conservation District’s summer camp schedule.

Youth Conservation Camp (YCC) is a 12-hour day camp running from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 19 through 21 for students in grades 7 through 9.

“This camp focuses on the philosophy of Learning by Doing,” according to Resource Conservationist Amanda Frederick. “The majority of the time is spent ‘in the field’ where campers learn about trees and plants, soil, aquatics, ecology, wildlife, farming, and more.” The camp is based out of the Conservation District building at 4000 Conewango Ave., Warren, and campers will be bused to on-site locations throughout the county. The application deadline for this camp is May 25.

Children’s Nature Camp (CNC) is geared towards elementary school students from first through sixth grades and is broken up into three age groups. CNC I (July 24 and 25) includes children entering first and second grades. CNC II (July 12 and 13) is for children entering third and fourth grades. CNC III (July 9 and 10) is for fifth and sixth graders for the coming school year. CNC will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the pavilion of the Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area (HRCDA) on Hatch Run Road. “Children will learn and discover the uniqueness and importance of plants and animals in our local environment,” Watershed Specialist Jean Gomory said.

New this year is Kindergarten Nature Camp (KNC). This camp is for children going into kindergarten this fall. Like CNC, KNC will be based out of the pavilion of the HRCDA. The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 26. “This will be a fun filled camp learning about water, plants, animals, and soil,” Conservation Program Assistant Sherry Moore said. “There will be crafts, games, and exploring in nature.”

The application deadline for all CNC’s and KNC is June 22.

The cost for each camp is: YCC – $60 per child; CNC – $40 per child; and KNC – $20 per child.

“The theme this year is The Nature of Oz,” Moore said. “Come with us as we go over the rainbow. Let’s see what’s behind the curtain as we explore science with the Wizard of Wonder. The Scarecrow will lead us down the yellow brick road through the fields with agricultural activities. Click your heels three times – there is no place like home as we explore our own backyard, forest, and streams.”

Further information and application forms can be found at www.wcconservation.org. Questions may be directed to Moore at 726-1441 or smoore@wcconservation.net.

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