MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - "They really learn respect for the animals, they learn to care," starts Interpretive Naturalist and Day Camp Leader, Carol McElroy when asked what kids learn when they come to Carl Kroening Interpretive Center in Minneapolis.
Animal Discoveries Camp is all about learning what's creeping and crawling around, so you don't have to be scared when you come across the animals in the wild.
"90% of it is the surprise. You don't know how that animal is going to feel. So just carefully touch with one finger and invariably then the child starts petting the animal after that, because some of them are a little strange like a snake or a salamander," says McElroy.
Lucking out with a great day, snack time is outside an atop a tree that came down not far from the building in the north Minneapolis tornado. Then on to catching bugs.
The instructions? Sweep the grass with the net to catch what you cannot see. In the jar and then quick with the lid!
"A beetle! We got a big beetle! That is a humongous," shout Theo Griffin and Griffin Szczepek.
"Oh wow, cool I found a bug shell. Close it and lets go show them," says a proud Piper Merrill.
McElroy continues, "At least they won't have the fear element. It's really important to get these kids out in nature and be comfortable with it."
A full list of Three Rivers summer camps is available here: http://www.threeriversparks.org/events/Groups/summer-camps.aspx
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