Twenty-six children and several adults recently attended the first of two Discovery camp days with Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District, Carnegie Public Library and Pheasants Forever staff.
In the first camp they explored some of the natural treasures in Fayette County. Campers explored the Paint Creek Prairie, Shaw Wetlands and the wooded area behind the cemetery.
The participants received a clinch bag designed by Kayli Merritt, a sixth grader at Washington C.H. Middle School and poster contest winner. The clinch bags contained field guides provided by ODNR Wildlife Division, a nature notebook and colored pencils. The campers learned ways to use their journals to make detailed observations of the environment.
The goal was to get kids outside to explore. A lot of people don’t even know about some of these public spaces like the Paint Creek Prairie and the Shaw Wetlands, said Brigitte Hisey, natural resource specialist at Fayette SWCD. In the last two decades, children have moved indoors. The average boy or girl spends as few as 30 minutes in unstructured outdoor play each day, and more than seven hours in front of a screen, according to research.
The next Discovery camp day will be on July 12. They will be exploring a stream at Deer Creek wildlife area and fishing below the Dam. You must register by July 7 at the library or the Well. Guardians must sign a permission slip. Camp is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The camp is for ages 8 years and up. Be prepared to get wet and wear old shoes because you will be in the creek.
Transportation will be provided. Sign up for details. If you have questions please call Brigitte Hisey at 740-313-3212 or email Brigitte.firstname.lastname@example.org.