The LaGrange County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a summer camp opportunity for area youth. Part of a three-day series of day camps, the first session will be held Thursday, June 21, at ParGil Natural Resources Learning Center, two miles north of LaGrange on SR 9.
This is a great opportunity for youth ages 8-12 to experience summer camp for a day with an emphasis on learning about vital natural resources such as water, soil, forests, and wildlife in a setting that’s all about fun.
First person interpreter Wil Reding of Kalamazoo, Mich., will be leading two interactive sessions at ParGil; “History Comes Alive” and “Yas Enna Oyaka.” The first session, “History Comes Alive,” divides participants into small groups and helps them engage in cooperative role-playing using 19th Century tools and methods and available natural resources to survive. The second session, “Yas,” is a first person interpretive storytelling session that teaches young people about wildlife and the rich ecosystems of the north-central United States.
Conservation Camp at ParGil will include a campfire lunch and afternoon snack, and will conclude with a craft session in which each participant will build a bluebird house to take home.
The second Conservation Day Camp will be held at Eckhart Park in Auburn on July 12 with Erik Vosteen leading activities on ancient Native American lore, life practices and technology, plus swimming in the park’s pool
The third and last Conservation Day Camp will be held Aug. 9 at Camp Whitley northwest of Columbia City. Activities for that day will include gun safety with the opportunity to shoot at targets, archery, wildlife activities and wildlife with Rick Glassman of LaPorte County. The day will end with the campers taking time to swim in Troy Cedar Lake before going home.
Conservation Day Camp hours will be 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. for all three sessions, and camp sessions will include lunch and snacks. There is a cost per child per session. Conservation campers can choose to participate in one, two, or all three sessions.
For more information concerning the camps, call LaGrange County SWCD at 260-463-3471 ext. 3, DeKalb County SWCD at 260-925-3710 ext. 3, or Whitley County SWCD at 260-244-6266 ext. 3.