Field Day Summer Camps at Fenner Nature Center
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LANSING, MI – Summer is just around the corner and Fenner Nature Center is gearing up for another exciting season of the Fenner Field School and “Go Wild Day Camps.” New weekly themes such as “Creepy Crawly,” “Animal Architects,” “Winged Wonders,” and many others are sure to inspire even the youngest naturalists to get their hands dirty and discover the world that they live in.
“We are proud to be part of every child’s exploration of the natural world through scientific inquiry, creative nature-art projects, and simple, unstructured outdoor play,” said Liz Roxberry, Program Manager at Fenner Nature Center, “Our new camp themes are sure to ignite exploration about the children’s own role in the outdoor world.”
Roxberry assures parents that camps are both fun and educational. “Environmental education is not restricted to natural science,” she explains. “We incorporate math, history, art, writing, and even engineering into our camp themes. It can be surprising to both children and adults how nature has inspired people throughout the ages, and how much of a role it plays in our daily lives.”
“Go Wild Day Camps” are for children who have completed Pre-K through 4th grade and run Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00 pm. The weekly cost is $165 for Fenner Conservancy members and $180 for non-members.
Children that have completed 3rd through 5th grade are encouraged to attend the Fenner Field School, a two-week nature academy that uses a rich blend of writing, art, math, technology and history to examine the complex and natural influences that have shaped our environment over time.
“Parents that have been searching for meaningful summer experiences for their children that are exciting for the kids will find them at Fenner,” states Roxberry. The Fenner Field School goes beyond the basic nature camp structure by integrating academic subjects that children focus on during the school year into exploration and play out in nature.
Two sessions are available, each focusing on a different environmental theme. From July 7th – 18th, students will learn how to “Be a Forester” by learning the fundamentals of forestry in this engaging two-week field school. Children will work alongside foresters and other natural resource managers as they take core samples, examine tree dynamics and discover the true value of our terrific trees.
From August 4th -15th students will be looking towards the future of natural resource use and management during the “Be a Wildlife Manager” session of the Fenner Field School. Being a wildlife manager is a dynamic career with great opportunities to explore, observe and investigate the natural world around us. During this two-week field school, campers will work with wildlife found in prairie, pond and woodland ecosystems while gaining hands-on experience with live pheasants, turtles and rabbits.
Both sessions encourage the students to learn about the environment and to consider what they can do as citizens to help maintain natural space and be leaders in their community. “They will use scientific methods and tools to identify ecological problems that are impacting their community and then develop their own stewardship project to address those concerns,” said Roxberry.
The Fenner Field School costs $400 per two-week session. For Nature Day Camps as well as the Fenner Field School, extended care is available each day from 7.30 am – 9:00 am for $15 per week, as well as 4:00 pm – 5.30 pm for $15 per week.
For more information about becoming a member, visit Fenner Nature Center’s website at www.mynaturecenter.org . Scholarship may be available to those who qualify.