Summer Fun for Your Kids at the Rock Creek Nature Center
As summer approaches, a lot of parents are looking for fun and educational summer activities for their children. And the Nature Center in Rock Creek Park. offers some wonderful programs for young nature lovers. The Park runs through the city, and it has some of the most amazing natural beauty you can find anywhere. There is the creek itself. Then there is the basic geology, with amazing rock fromations and rock outcropping. And don't forget the greenery and wildlife - deer, foxes and coyotes.
Here are some of the camps they are offering for children between nine and fifteen:
- Hikers Camp: this could be the answer to preventing childhood obesity, with hikes of six to eight miles each day. In addition to the healthy exercise, participants get a chance to learn about the history and geology of the park
- Junior Ranger Camp: Children get familiar with the park from nature hikes, can learn about astronomy at the planetarium, and learning about the historic gristmills that thrived along Rock Creek.
- Astronomy Camp: young star gazers can hang out at the Planetarium, star gazing and enjoying twilight nature hikes.
Art in the Park Camp: this is for young artists, writer and poets who want to hone their craft, inspired by the scenic backdrop of this beautiful park.
Environmental Stewardship Academy: this program is designed for middle-schoolers to teach them to enjoy the park's natural resources and to respect and care for the environment. They also get hands on experience with resource management.
The Nature Center is on Glover Road just south of Military Road NW. Just follow the signs.
These classes are very popular with DC young naturalists, and many are already filled. Those that are not full are almost full.
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