Summer camp encourages kids to explore nature

Summer camp encourages kids to explore nature

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - River Bend Nature Center is hosting its annual Camp River Bend for kids.

The camp teaches science and promotes getting out in nature.

"We do everything from launching acid-base rockets, using vinegar and sodium bicarbonate," said Lee Williamson, a field guide for Camp River Bend.  "We also have a day where we talk about nature in our local area."

The camp is focused on getting kids outside to see the world around them.

"I think it is important for kids to have experiences in their day to day lives," said Williamson. "That way they can learn things. We saw a lot of wood wasps on one of the trees and I got to show the kids what exactly a wood wasp is."

Jennica Lambert is the exhibit's curator at River Bend Nature Center. Lambert said it's important for kids to get their hands dirty, and just because it is summer, doesn't mean you stop learning.

"There is nothing quite like having a kid roll over a log and see a centipede for the first time," said Lambert. "That sounds terrifying as adults, but it's incredible for that kid."

The camps are growing in popularity. Lambert said it is because of the non-traditional approach.

"Being outside the classroom in the forest is a completely different experience and one that I think that our brains tend to remember," said Lambert.

"Whenever a kid learns something for the first time and has that wide-eyed reaction to something happening right in front of him is what really makes this job awesome," said Williamson.

The next camp will run from July 23-27. For information on how to register, click here.

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