Water wonders

With his red rain boots kicking through the water, Grand Haven resident Curtis Buitenhuis, 7, trapped a common water strider in a plastic container.
Krystle Wagner
Aug 15, 2012


  “It’s fun and pretty hard to catch them because they are really fast,” Buitenhuis said.   Buitenhuis was one of 14 campers in the Inquisitive Explorers camp sponsored by the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission.   The three-day camp started Tuesday and will continue through Thursday at the Hemlock Crossing County Park Nature Education Center. Camp participants range in age from 5 to 8.   Before trudging through the woods, campers learned about common water striders — a water bug that looks a lot like a big mosquito walking on the surface of the water.   Children colored pictures and created their own water striders by using pipe cleaners and other materials.   Campers also conducted a water tension experiment. For Kristin Hintz, a naturalist for Ottawa County Parks, that provides some of the best moments.   Campers put pepper on water and broke the surface tension by dipping a toothpick with soap into the water.

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Bobbi Sabine

Thanks to Ottawa County Parks and Naturalist Kristin Hintz for putting on this program! It's great to see kids getting more exposure to the natural world.
If people want to learn more about the other programs being offered, they can check the Ottawa County Parks website ( miottawa.org/parks), sign up for the free quarterly newsletter, or talk to Parks staff at the Fillmore or Nature Center offices.


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