Wildlife Adventure Camp For Kids in Lamar and La Junta

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Kids – Looking for more things to do on your summer vacation? Interested in learning more about wildlife and the out of doors?

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) will hold kid’s programs June 18-20 in Lamar and July 29-31 in La Junta.

The programs are geared toward youngsters ages 8-12, and will be held from 8 a.m. until noon each day. Parents are welcome to tag along!

CPW Pic 1Children who attend one of the CPW’s “Wildlife Adventure Camp” programs will learn about Colorado’s wildlife and the natural world outside. They will be able to engage in hands-on activities and up-close experiences discovering nature in their own hometowns.

Participants at camp will explore wildlife in our area, go on a nature walk, visit the Las Animas Fish Hatchery, and look for birds at a local reservoir.

Most adults remember their parents telling them to go outside and play. They have fond memories of climbing trees, catching frogs, and spending the summer out of doors.

Children today are growing up with TV, computers, and lifestyles that keep them indoors. Recent studies indicate a 50 percent reduction in the time kids spend outside connecting with nature.

CPW Pic 2Experts say that spending time playing outdoors is important for a child’s physical, mental, emotional and social well-being. In addition, early connections to nature lead to life-long awareness of the world we live in, which in turn reduces stress and enhances creativity and academic growth.

In an effort to reverse the trend to stay indoors, a national effort called “Leave No Child Inside” is prompting parents to get their kids outside to explore, learn about and enjoy the environment.

These events are limited to 25 children, so register early. To register, or get more information, call Linda Groat at (719) 336-6608.


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