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Curtis Carman

Summer Camp Success

Beckley Creek Park, Turkey Run Park

Summer is in full swing here at The Parklands. And that means one thing in the education department – Summer Camp! With just one week left in the summer, it is a good time to reflect on the fun that has been had by campers and counselors alike.

Children from Kindergarten to 10th grade have been hiking, biking, and paddling through the forests, meadows, and streams of The Parklands since early June. They have built forts, canoed, mountain biked, shot bows and arrows, and observed a multitude of wildlife. Campers have gotten up close and personal with Northern water snakes, crawfish, Fowlers Toads, salamanders, turtles, insects, and birds of prey.  Along the way, students have learned about the roles these species play in the larger ecosystem of The Parklands of Floyds Fork, bringing into focus the local landscape around them.

Observing our campers and seeing their fearlessness, curiosity, and excitement while they explore Floyds Fork or track a deer along the Sycamore Trail is inspiring and reminds me and my team of the critical role outdoor exploration and nature play in human development. When given the chance to explore the natural world on their own terms, children let their imaginations run wild. Their joy and giggles were contagious causing a deeper appreciation for nature to spread from the campers to the counselors and even other park visitors!

While summer is almost over, it is never too early to think about winter break camp, spring break camp, or next summer! No matter what season it is, there is always fun to be had at Parklands Outdoor Adventure Camp!

For more information on Parklands Outdoor Adventure Camp, follow the link below.