Spring Into Nature at CCC’s Environmental Learning Center

This spring break, the Clackamas Community College Environmental Learning Center is offering a range of opportunities for children ages 5 to 8 to explore the renewal and rebirth of nature in spring.

One-Day Camps

Full day: March 27 or March 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Half day: March 30, 9 a.m.-noon

Camp activities include nature-based games, building a bird’s nest, planting scarlet runner beans, a scavenger hunt and take-home activities like books and a baby animal card game.

Participants are advised to dress for the weather, as many camp activities will be outside, exploring and playing around the wetland.

Full-day camps are $130, which includes two Nature Spy Explorer Kits: Spring Into Nature and Bug Safari ($85 value). The half-day camp is $60 and includes the Spring Into Nature Explorer Kit ($50 value).

Nature Spy Explorer Kits

Keep children busy during spring break with Nature Spy Explorer Kits. The kits are mailed to your door and have all the supplies children need to learn, create and play.

Engaging crafts, fun facts and playful activities will help them discover the natural world that surrounds them — from the comfort of home and neighborhood.

Kits include:

  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • Materials for creating nature-themed crafts
  • Nature journal page with fun facts
  • Activities to keep children exploring all week long
  • A storybook
  • There are two kits to choose from: Spring Into Nature ($50) and Bug Safari ($35).

    A limited number of scholarships are available to families with a demonstrated need. To register for camp or to order a Nature Spy Explorer Kit, visit tinyurl.com/2m8y4ps.

    For questions, contact Kids’ Education Coordinator Sarah Bidwell at sarah.bidwell@clackamas.edu.

    The Environmental Learning Center has a rich history as an educational resource for Clackamas Community College, regional schools, industry and the community.

    Located on the former site of a Smucker’s processing plant, the center was created to demonstrate what people could do to reclaim industrial sites, address stormwater issues and restore wildlife habitats in urban areas.

    Each year, thousands of people visit to explore the 5-acre site and learn about watershed health. The site serves as an important stormwater facility for the college campus and provides critical wetland habitat for resident and migratory birds, such as the great blue heron, wood duck and merganser.

    For more information about the Environmental Learning Center, visit clackamas.edu/ELC.

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