A Week of Wonder, by Amy Berkheimer

Yakima Area Arboretum offered a Nature Camp to Children’s Village One 2 One recreation program, and it was so much fun!

The first morning each person chose an animal or a plant found in nature, and that is their name while at camp.  It gave us the opportunity to do nature yoga – where each kid made up a yoga pose according to their nature name, and it kept us all laughing.

Central Washington University’s STEM program brought their reptiles for show and tell. Snorkel the tortoise was a huge hit as he traveled around the grounds enjoying the clovers.  Some of the kids were scared at first, but most of them ended up petting the snakes, holding the stick bugs, and touching the bearded dragon.

Throughout the three days of camp, the kids went on nature walks and were able to catch bugs, frogs, and snails!  We collected leaves from the trees while walking and made leaf impressions.  We painted rocks, made fox masks, enjoyed apple chips from Seneca, played games, toured the vegetable garden, learned about the 300,000+ bees that live at the Arboretum, and finished off the week with a slip-n-slide, sprinkler, and popsicles.

A special thank you goes to Yakima Downtown Rotary for their financial support of the Children’s Village Nature Camp.  We couldn’t have done it without you!  

We would also like to thank the staff of the Nature Camp:  Bull Trout, Pika, Flamingo, Cactus, Butterfly and Emu!  They gave our kids a great day-camp experience, while being patient, funny, kind, and a pleasure to hang out with.

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