Conservation Day Camp 2019
Our 2019 Conservation Day Camp is in the books! We completed our first week long camp with over 135 of the coolest 2nd through 5th grade students in Preble County. Kids spent the week dodging rain storms, hiking through the woods and in the mud, and having a fun time while learning. This year's activities included tie-dye shirts and natural dyes, archery, stream monitoring at the creek and wetland, crafting "buzz saws" to demonstration the growth rings in trees, building beaver dams with mud and sticks, creating a Monarch Waystation, fishing, scavenger hunts, group games, animals from Hueston Woods, geocaching, and simulating the population of trees with tennis balls as acorns and kids demonstrating trees! These kids didn't let the spotty weather keep them from having a great time. The handful of 4-year attending campers were recognized; a few of them being current counselors. The week ended with neat demonstrations by the Gratis Fire Department, the Eaton Police Department, and the Dayton Police Department. A crew from the Gratis F.D. educated the kids about safety and explained the workings of the fire and EMS trucks. Officer Jones (Eaton P.D.) and Officer Betsinger (Dayton P.D.) attended camp with their special partners, K-9 Shadow (Eaton) and K-9 Hugo (Dayton), to explain their job duties and special skills. We all spent the last day playing games and enjoying the outdoors! We want to thank our wonderful campers for choosing our camp and making the week extra special. We hope to see you all at Conservation Day Camp 2020!
A Very Special Thank You
The Preble SWCD would like to recognize and extend a very special thank you to all of our presenters, volunteers, and sponsors that made our Conservation Day Camp possible:
Volunteers and Presenters: