A WisCorps staple out of the Myrick Park Center in La Crosse is back for the school year.
Nature School Day camps are back in full swing, WisCorps Environmental Education Manager, Stephanie Hanna, told Z93.
“It’s all about getting kids outside and connecting with nature.” Hanna said. “Our idea was to help parents, support parents with whatever they’re doing for their child in terms of education and get them outside.
“We match curriculum to the preschool, kindergarten, and first grade curriculum, and it’s about getting outside and learning.”
For those who don’t know, WisCorps has two main functions.
- It is probably best known as a Conservation Corps, hiring young people to be in a crew and do conservation projects throughout the Midwest. These crews build new trails, fix existing trails, build bridges, and other projects.
- It also specializes in environmental education, getting people of all ages and all abilities outdoors and connecting with nature.
This fall, camp topics include:
- Wetland Wonders
- Animal Adaptations
- Park Picassos
- Landforms and Landscapes
- Several other topics relating to the natural world, according to a WisCorps release.
Throughout the week, campers will create crafts, conduct experiments, use their senses, develop fine motor skills and meet WisCorps education animals.
Nature School Day Camps have small class sizes for children to learn in a safe environment. Wearing masks indoors and socially distancing are currently required.
Parents can sign up for a week or more of the day camps, which run from 12:30–3:30 p.m. weekdays for children ages 3-6. There are also extended days until 5 p.m. as an option.
Scholarships are available for children who may otherwise be unable to attend these camps due to financial constraints. For info on how to apply, or donate if you’re able, scroll down to “scholarship fund” under registration HERE.