Tuesday morning’s outdoor adventure was part of the Wetland Detective six-day camp sponsored by the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission. Other camp activities have included identifying fish species and learning about macro-invertebrates.
Throughout their adventure, the kids found frogs and salamanders, and identified deer and raccoon tracks on a trail along the Pigeon River in Hemlock Crossing County Park.
Carlee Nagy, 10, caught a slug and frog during the outdoor excursion.
“It was so cool to see them in their habitat,” she said, examining leftover slime from a slug on her fingers.
Kristin Hintz, a naturalist for Ottawa County Parks, said one of the camp’s goals is to provide the field experience for kids to explore the areas they are learning about. Before exploring the outdoors, she provides the students with background information. Once they return, they wrap up the day with a snack as they discuss their findings.
“My favorite thing is really going out and exploring with the kids,” Hintz said. “Their eyes are so open to everything around. Sometimes, as adults, we tend to miss them.”
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