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Greene County Parks & Trails Staff Naturalist Mel Grosvenor helps with knot-tying with a camper at last year's outdoor adventure camp. Submitted photo.
Greene County Parks & Trails Staff Naturalist Mel Grosvenor helps with knot-tying with a camper at last year's outdoor adventure camp. Submitted photo.
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XENIA — Greene County Parks & Trails is now accepting registrations for its 2014 series of summer camps and program for local children, says the agency’s chief naturalist.


“Summer is about getting outside, exploring, running around and creating memories with both old and new friends,” said Greene County Parks & Trails Chief Naturalist Cris Barnett. “Our series of camps and programs offer something for everyone and throughout Greene County as well.”


For more information or to register, call Greene County Parks & Trails at 937-562-6440, email abotkin@co.greene.oh.us or log on www.gcparkstrails.com to view the 2014 Greene County Parks & Trails Summer Activity Guide. Program fees are based on living in Greene County as designated by those living in or outside Greene County.


Nature’s Rainbow — Spend the week on a treasure hunt looking for all the colors of the rainbow. How many places can we find pink or orange? Can we find yellow or blue or green? Put on your spy glasses and explore. The camp will be 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. June 23-27 at the Narrows Reserve, 2575 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek. Cost $50, $55 non-resident. Ages 5-6.


You’re All Wet — Slippery salamanders, splashing fish and creeks full of critters to explore will all be part of this week’s fun. Water games, crafts and activities will help campers discover the importance of water in nature. Prepare to get wet. Please be dressed in appropriate clothing for exploring the creek. The camp will be held 9:30-11:30 a.m.or 1-3 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1 at the Narrows Reserve, 2575 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek. Cost $50, $55 non-resident. Ages 5-6.


Riverwalkers — Basic Outdoor Survival Skills course campers will learn basic survival skills including campfire building, cooking, using a pocket knife, plants, knot tying and lashing techniques. Each camper will receive their own pocket knife. The camp will be held 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 16 - 20. The camp will be at Narrows Reserve Sperling Lane Entrance in Beavercreek. Ages 9-15. Cost $90, $100 non-resident.


Art in Nature — Paper mache critters, animals painted on canvas, drawings and sketches of your favorite things in nature are all part of this week. All campers’ art work will be part of an art show at 2:30 p.m. Friday. The camp will be 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Narrows Reserve. June 23-27. Ages 9-15. Cost $90, $100 non-resident.


Grossology — Nature is full of some of the coolest, ickiest things. Learn what animal eats its own dead skin or needs gravity to swallow its food. What animal’s eye is bigger than its brain? Spend the week exploring the strange things in nature. The camp will be held 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 23-27 at the Narrows Reserve. Cost $80, $90 non-resident.


Photo Camp — Be prepared to use the park as your subject. Digital cameras necessary for this hands-on class. Learn about close-ups, wildlife, black-and-white, exposures and lighting. Camper’s photographs will be displayed at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, for friends and families to view. The camp will be 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 30 to July 3 at the Narrows Reserve. Ages 9-15. Cost $80, $90 non-resident.


Fishing Camp — Spend two days fishing, learning about tackle, poles, reels and more. Guest speakers will show campers how to fly fish and the cool equipment found on a fishing boat. Campers need to bring their own poles, reels, tackle boxes; bait will be provided. Limited equipment is available for loan. The camp will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 30-July 1 at Spring Lakes Park, 2191 Ferry Road, Bellbrook. Ages 10-15. Cost $50, $60 non-resident.


Nature at Night — Whooo is flying in the dark? Have fun learning about the different animal adaptations and how they stay active at night. Campers may tent camp or sleep under the stars. A complete list of supplies needed will be provided. Breakfast and dinner included. Camp July 1-2 at the Narrows Reserve. Cost $30, $40 non-residents.


Watercraft 101 Camp — In this hands-on class, campers will learn how to canoe, as well as about boating safety, life jackets, emergency responses and boating laws. Campers need to have a swimsuit, beach towel and water shoes. Funded in part through the Ohio Department of Nature Resources. The camp will be 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 7-11 and Aug. 4-8. Ages 9-15. It will be held Spring Lakes Park, 2191 Ferry Road, Bellbrook. Cost $100, $110 non-resident.


Awesome Animals — Campers will visit with animals from the nature center and explore the park looking for other awesome animals. Which animal eats as much as they weigh every day? Which animal relies on another to provide their food? The camp will be held 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 7-11 at the Narrows. Cost $80, $90 non-resident.


‘ExStream’ Exploration — Sometimes we can play in it, sometimes we can feel it — but sometimes we can’t even see it. Campers will go creekin’, play our version of Olympic water sports and enjoy other activities as well as discover where water might be hiding. The camp will be 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 21-25 at the Narrows. Cost $80, $90 non-resident.


Advanced Outdoor Skills — Campers will build on their basic Outdoor Skills to build a lean-to to sleep in, cook their supper over a fire and use a map with compass to find buried treasure. Dinner, snack and breakfast provided. Ages 9-15. Must have completed Basic Outdoor Skills. The camp will be 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 28–Aug. 1 at Russ Nature Reserve, 2380 Kemp Road, Beavercreek. Cost $100, $110 non-resident.


Fossils Rock — Hunt prehistoric sea creatures, try cool experiments and start your own collection of fossils or rocks. The camp will be 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 4-8 at the Narrows.


Nature’s Playground — This is one of our most popular camps. Forts, off-trail games of capture the flag, climbing trees — all the things our parents-grandparents did will be enjoyed. The camp will be held 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 11-15 at the Narrows. Cost $80, $90 non-resident.


Jr. Campers Ultimate Challenge — This week will challenge you to a down river canoe float, a chance to create new habitat, use GPS to find geocaches and more. Bring your friends and make some new ones as teamwork is needed to conquer what’s ahead. The camp will be held 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 21-25 at the Narrows. Cost $90, $100 non-resident.


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