Teaching Children to Appreciate Their Natural Environment

Teaching Children to Appreciate Their Natural Environment
Imagine the first time you caught a frog or chased a dragonfly.

Those are experiences the Piedmont Wildlife Center aims to foster in children early while teaching them to appreciate their natural environment.

For the first time, the center is bringing its popular Durham-based youth intersession camps to Wake County this fall.

“There are people that would like to connect to nature and understand wildlife issues,” said Gail Abrams, director of the center.

After conducting outreach programs, she recognized the need for nature camps in the Wake County area.

The center, which has provided intersession camps at its Durham location since 2009 based on the year-round school calendar, now has programs catered to the Wake County “track-out” schedule.

“Our mission is basically connecting people and nature,” Abrams said. “These camps get people experiencing nature.”

Two weeks of camp will be offered in Raleigh at Umstead State Park at the Reedy Creek entrance off of I-40, in addition to three weeks of camp at the home location in Durham off N.C. 54.

“We offer a very unique experience that most people will never have,” Abrams said. “We are one of only a few organizations in the area that take kids out and really connect them to nature firsthand.”

Mary Neese, the center’s Nature Mentor, said the Raleigh camps are designed to be and fun with many hands-on activities.

Neese said when children are in school all day they do not have…
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