Learning in the great outdoors

Marshall County Conservation to hold summer camps


Marshall County Conservation Board Naturalist Emily Herring believes in exposing children to the fun, excitement and educational aspects of the great outdoors, starting at an early age. This summer, she will be leading four summer camps, for kids ranging from age three, to soon to be entering seventh grade.

“Summer days are meant to be spent outside, and this summer, Marshall County Conservation has several summer camps available for youth,” Herring said. “[The camps] are broken down into age groups, so kids can be with friends their own age and do age-appropriate activities.”

For the youngest nature lovers, Crickets Camp will be held from June 20-22 from 9-11 a.m. at Grimes Farm, for little kids, ages three years old to having just left kindergarten.

“Crickets Camp is all about nature play and will have kiddos having hands-on outdoor fun exploring,” she said.

Each participant for this camp must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $10. Register by May 31.

Acorns and Asters Camp will be held June 20-22 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Grimes Farm with the theme of aquatic fun. It is open to youngsters who will have just left first and second grades.

“They’ll get wet and muddy exploring the wetlands and learn about frogs, tadpoles and aquatic insects,” Herring said.

The cost is $20, with registration due by May 31.

Muskrats Camp will be held June 27-29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Izaak Walton League, located south of Marshalltown.

“A little dirt never hurt anyone, and what better way to spend your summer’s day than getting dirty, exploring a little nature, and having fun while doing it,” Herring said.

This camp is for youth just out of third and fourth grades. The registration deadline is June 12 and the fee is $30.

The oldest kids will get to experience an overnight camping experience through the Praying Mantis Camp, held July 11, beginning at 3:00 p.m., through July 12 at 9:00 a.m. at the Izaak Walton League.

“Kids will learn how to build a camp fire, cook over the fire, pitch a tent and operate GPS to go geocaching,” Herring said.

This camp is for youth just out of fifth and sixth grades. The registration deadline is June 30 and the fee is $40. Participants need to bring their own sleeping bags, pillows and toiletries.

To learn more about the camps, contact Herring at: 641-752-5490 or eherring@marshallcountyia.gov. Find registration forms at: www.co.marshall.ia.us/departments/conservation/events-programs