ASHEVILLE, NC – A new half-day camp developed by The North Carolina Arboretum provides little ones an opportunity to express their creativity while exploring the world around them. Eco Artists Camp is open to kindergarteners and first graders (as of fall 2011 enrollment) and will take place July 4 through 8 from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. this summer.
Campers will study how plants, bugs, and animals large and small take food and turn it into energy, and how this “food energy” moves from one living thing to another in an ecosystem. They will discover how all living things have a special job in the web of life and what our planet would be like if even one of those creatures didn’t come to work. Students will take their newfound knowledge and turn it into art by helping with a larger-than-life classroom project.
According to Jonathan Marchal, Youth Education Coordinator for The North Carolina Arboretum, Discovery Camps have become more popular each year. “We have been looking for additional ways to make our programs available to more children, in particular those children who are entering or have just completed Kindergarten,” said Marchal. “This camp offers an opportunity for these children to enjoy time in wild places outdoors while learning about the world around them, creating works of art, and meeting new friends. It is also a great alternative for parents who prefer to have their child spend a portion of their day at camp, rather than a full day.”
Eco Artists Camp is $100 for Arboretum members and $120 for the general public. The camp is open to rising kindergarteners and first graders. For information about Eco Artists Camp, or any of the Discovery Camps, call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.