Day Camps Held in June

During the first two weeks of June, over 75 children from the Red Oak area participated in two different camps sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach—Montgomery County at Anderson Conservation Area.  The camps were provided as part of the youth outreach program of Montgomery County Extension and Outreach. 

Mission to Mars took kids on an adventure to turn them into Naturalist Astronaut Scientists at Anderson.  They learned about the solar system and what life would be like on Mars, and how we would get there if we had the chance!  Activities included: missions to find Martians, building robots, a solar system hike, and “living” in a Mars habitat space dome.  Camp participants took home a solar system book, their robot, and personalized space helmets.

Private Eye helped kids learn how to explore the small wonders of our world.  Campers crafted a “shoebox museum” to hold specimens of their choice that they found on the grounds of Anderson.  They were encouraged to continue filling their museum throughout the summer, with a list of items provided to search for.  A magnifying eye piece for examining specimens was given to each camper to use.  In addition, campers had their finger prints done to study with their magnifier. 

A big thank you goes out to Deb Karwal for her work with the camps!  We hope all the kids had an enjoyable and educational experience.  For more information about youth programs from Montgomery County Extension and Outreach, contact 623-2592 or email Margee margee@iastate.edu or Stephanie slangner@iastate.edu

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