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Porter County Offering Enviro-camps This Summer

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Porter County invites Northwest Indiana parents to engage their children in a fun learning environment by registering them for Earth Camp or Camp Water & Me, two enviro-camps run by the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County and offered through the City of Portage Parks and Recreation Department.

Appropriate for children ages 6 through 12, the enviro-camps help to introduce kids to environmental issues in an entertaining way. Both camps are led by Mr. Abe, the district’s educator who brings environmental education to thousands of students each year in schools around Porter County.

Fee of $10 per child is required upon registration. Online registration is available on the Recycling and Waste Reduction District’s website, www.ItMeansTheWorld.org.  Registration is also available by contacting the City of Portage Parks and Recreation Department, 219-762-1675, or visiting the department at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road, Portage.

Camp Water and Me is scheduled for Monday, July 8 through Thursday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.  Kids will enjoy the beautiful lakefront setting, and hands-on activities and games that will teach them about the important role water plays in the environment and human health. Activities include a journey with Fred the Fish, a beach scavenger hunt, water relay races, sand castle building, water colors and more.

Earth Camp is scheduled for  July 22 through July 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at Woodland Park in the Blue Spruce Room. Children will have a fun-filled week of activities in the park learning the roles that water, trees and worms play in keeping our planet healthy through outdoor, interactive, hands-on experiences. Some activities include the Recycling Olympics, a microscopic exploration of live worms, nature walks, scavenger hunts, Frisbee golf, creating Edible Landfills, making recycling crafts and a keeping Nature Detective journals.

For more information about these camps, contact Abe Paluch, 219-466-8278 or apaluch@ItMeansTheWorld.org.


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