Taltree Arboretum & Gardens offers summer camps

2013-02-27T00:00:00Z Taltree Arboretum & Gardens offers summer campsTimes Staff Report nwitimes.com
February 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

VALPARAISO | This summer Taltree will offer a series of summer camps specifically geared toward rising third through sixth-graders. The goal in creating these camps is for participants to enjoy a holistic and fun environment where they will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and focus upon specific interests they may have.

June 17-21 - CSI Taltree Camp

During CSI camp, campers will have the opportunity to investigate maggots, flies, worms, and larvae! Campers will go on a “dead things” hike where they will explore decaying plant matter, identify various fungi species, and will reproduce the skeleton from an owl pellet. Campers will be introduced to the Scientific Method where they will investigate and test their hypotheses. They will visit a local laboratory to meet real scientists who investigate things daily, will meet the local police department to learn about what they do at their jobs, and will investigate and present their findings about Taltree’s Detritivores.

June 24-28 - Wacky Water Week

Campers will visit the Grand Kankakee Marsh at the beginning of camp, hike around Taltree’s wetlands, as well as learn about the water ecosystems around Northwest Indiana. They will investigate lakes, bogs, ponds, and streams. While at Taltree, campers will have the opportunity to go fishing, make their own terrarium, and go on two hikes to the wetlands. They will observe swans, participate in wetland themed crafts and play water games. Campers will document their experiences in their Taltree journal, and will have the chance to photograph their experiences.

July 8-12 - Science Quest

During Science Quest, campers will get the opportunity to be scientists. They will confirm or deny several science myths, such as how many times a person burps in a day. They will visit a local cow farm. They will get to participate in several science experiments such as our “Bug Bucket” where they will learn about how larvae can break down food waste.

July 15-19 - Wilderness Safari Camp

Campers will learn how Taltree became an arboretum. They will attend two woodland hikes, go blueberry picking using baskets that they created, and build their own bird house. They will see rehabilitated raptors from a visit by a local animal rehabber, play predator/prey games, dissect owl pellets, and learn about why bluebirds are so important. Campers will be provided with a journal to document their adventures such as the butterfly monitoring hike. They will also come home with special mementos from the hikes.

An open house is planned from 4 to 6 p.m. March 21 with on-site summer camp registration from 4 to 7 p.m. June 14. If registered by April 1, receive $25 off the camp costs.

Camp is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Monday through Friday with activities scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers arriving early or staying later will have activities to participate in such as puzzles, games, and crafts.

Parents will drop off and pick up their campers at the Railway Garden Depot, and must bring an ID to drop off and pick up their camper. Camp activities will take place on Taltree’s grounds, during field trips offsite.

Camp activities are geared toward third through sixth graders. Cost is $50 each week for activities. Weekly tuition is $145 and registration fee is $40.

Call (219) 462-0025.

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