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Junior naturalist camps in full swing

June 12, 2013
By Jenna K. Pollock - Emmet County Naturalist , Estherville Daily News

When Junior Naturalist Camps start, I know summer has officially arrived. Emmet County Conservation will host six summer day camp opportunities for grades kindergarten through eighth-grade this Summer 2013.

The first Little Timbers camp for grades K-2 was held Tuesday. Eight campers participated and spent the day exploring the Big Island Grove at the Emmet County Nature Center on High Lake. The theme of native trees provided good discussion of different animals that live in trees, why we need trees, what we use trees for, and why trees are so cool.

The Little Timber campers explored properties of wood by floating rafts on High Lake, crafting Tree Identification Field Guides, hiking through the Arboretum at Wolden, and hiking along the trails with tree identifying signage between Wolden and Peterson Point.

The first Restless Natives camp for grades 3-5 will be held June 18. With an emphasis on the natural history of Big Island Grove, the campers will differentiate between native and invasive species of plants, trees, and animals in the prairies and wetlands of Emmet County. The Restless Natives will also learn about the native people of Iowa and visit the Historical Farmstead at Peterson Point.

The Lost Lakers camp for grades 6-8 will be held June 25.

The campers will test out their sense of direction; learn about map orienteering, as well as modern day GPS devices and the fun recreational activity of geocaching.

Cache in on the fun before summer is over!

There is still time to register for the Junior Naturalist camps in June and July. The Little Timbers camp for grades K-2 will be held Tuesday, July 9. The Restless Natives camp for grades 3-5 will be held July 16. The Lost Lakers camp for grades 6-8 will be held July 23.

Call or email the Nature Center for more information and a registration form: 712.867.4422 or



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