With spring in the air, now’s the time to sign up for the North Carolina Arboretum’s 2009 Discover camps for kids. Led by expert environmental educators, the camps provide youth the chance to explore the natural world in a variety of ways.
In the season opener, for example, second- through fifth-graders in the Spring Adventure Camp (April 13-17) will try their hand at crafts and games, venture on hikes, see live animal demonstrations and take day trips to the Botanical Gardens, the Cradle of Forestry and the River Arts District ($195.00/members, $215.00/general public).
With the June 8-12 Eco Challenge, rising sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders will combine Arboretum experiences and leadership-building with day trips to such unique habitats as the Graveyard Fields, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Davidson River ($255/members, $275/general public).
Woodland Ways (June 29-July 3) offers rising 4th- and 5th-graders the chance to explore the games, tools, crafts and skills used by Native Americans in our region. They’ll get to mold pottery, use plants for creating dyes, weave a basket, unearth an “archaeological site” at Bent Creek and learn how people lived off the land ($180/members, $200/general public).
And Mountain Trek (August 10-14) for 6th, 7th and 8th-graders explores the basics of land navigation—using a GPS, map and compass to navigate trails at the Arboretum and at off-site destinations
Registration for all camps is taken on a first-come, first-served basis, by mail or drop-off only. Before- and after-care is available for an additional fee. For more information, visit www.ncarboretum.org or call 665-2492.