CULLMAN, Ala. – The North Alabama Agriplex’s third annual Nature Day Camp took children ages 10-14 on a journey, teaching them about Native American heritage skills including hiking, canoeing, fishing, heritage crafts and storytelling. Campers visited conservation sites and parks to explore their natural world.
The two-day camp, held Thursday and Friday, started at conservation education site Camp Meadowbrook where kids participated in a scavenger hunt, team-building exercises, fished, painted rocks and listened to local game wardens talk about animal skins and skulls.
The second day, the children visited Hartselle’s WaterWorks Center for Environmental Education where they cooled off while racing canoes and kayaks. Afterward they headed to Hurricane Creek Park for an educational hike in the woods before returning to the Agriplex.
The students had a great time learning about the water and wildlife habitats around them. They were able to learn necessary skills that they can utilize in nature anytime. The Agriplex recognizes the importance in a child’s exposure to nature. Children develop social skills with others their age while learning how to be self-sufficient problem solvers.
The Agriplex offers several children’s programs to keep kids involved in nature, where they are offered countless opportunities for discovery and growth through hands-on activities.
“The North Alabama Agriplex works to cultivate a community passionate about preserving our agricultural heritage, educating and feeding our neighbors and growing a sustainable future,” said Director Rachel Dawsey. “We believe all this is based upon having a healthy world around us. Nature Day Camp is a way to help kids connect with the world around them, inspiring them to spend more time in the natural world and to want to protect it.”
The North Alabama Agriplex Board’s Nature Day Camp is a partnership with the Cullman Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism, Alabama Mountains Rivers Valleys RC&D and Cullman County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Find out more about the Agriplex and its programs at agriplex.org.
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