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Hitchcock Nature Center Summer Camp begins

Posted at 9:23 AM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 10:23:33-04

HONEY CREEK, Iowa (KMTV) — This month we will see a number of reopenings including swimming pools, aquatic centers and even Fontenelle Forest. The Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek, Iowa, is also bringing back their kids camp this week for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak.

Wild Ones Day Camp is for first and second graders. Kids got to walk on the wild side and experience all nature has to offer.

"We will be working on building some of our outdoor skills, archery, plant identification, hiking, fort building, traditional fun camp things,but also help build kids confidence and leadership skills," said environmental education coordinator, Amy Campagna.

Because of COVID-19, camp hours were shortened as well as class sizes. Only two kids per table.

They all had to go over the rules and expectations. Kids couldn't wait to hit the trails and explore.

"It's peaceful, and I like watching for birds," said kid explorer AJ Herrington.

And although kids are usually taught to share, each had to have their own backpack and crafts.

Then they were off, trails to hike and bugs to find. But the summer camp adventures are about more than just having fun.

"There is a lot of uncertainty, so it's really helpful for adults and kids to feel like they have some control over something," said Campagna. "By teaching some of these outdoor survival type skills, it gives kids a sense of power where they might otherwise feel powerless in the world right now."

This weekend the Hancock Nature Center will have their Little Tike Hike, and their campgrounds, cabins and shower facilities are now open as well.