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Summer day camps offered at county parks

Anonymous • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:35 AM

The age-specific camps are designed for children to safely explore their natural world in a fun, hands-on way and discover the wonders of each ecosystem. Each camp session runs Tuesday through Thursday.

The cost for all camps is $30 per child per camp and advance registration is required. To register, call 616-786-4847. A letter with camp details will be sent in advance to those registered.

The camps are:

— Inquisitive Explorers is for kids going into first, second or third grade. Each day, campers will explore a different ecosystem at Hemlock Crossing. They’ll get out the equipment to investigate what moves in the meadow, swims among the cattails and hides under logs in the forest. Every day is packed with time to thoroughly explore what lives in each ecosystem. This camp is from 9 a.m. to noon June 19-21 or Aug. 14-16 at the Nature Education Center.

— Everything Outdoors is for kids going into fourth, fifth or sixth grade. Each day is a new adventure at a different park. Campers will begin the week at Ottawa County’s low ropes course, spend one day exploring the Pigeon River at Hemlock Crossing and the last day meet at Grand River Park for a day full of fun outdoor activities. Camp sessions are from 1:30-4:30 p.m. June 19-21 and Aug. 14-16 at the designated location.

— Wildlife Biology Day Camp is for kids going into fourth, fifth or sixth grade who are interested in biology. During this three-day camp, “junior biologists” will use science inquiry and hands-on investigations to determine which natural community in the park best provides habitat for a special Michigan mammal. This all-day camp is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 31 to Aug. 2 at Grand River Park in Georgetown Township.

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