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KIDS IN NATURE
 
Kids In Nature is an after-school nature program that runs on Wednesdays throughout the school year. Activities are largely informal and experiential, taking place almost exclusively outdoors.  Activities include, but are not limited to, hikes on the Hour Trail, the Garden to Sky Hike and the Hermit Gulch/Memorial Trail, Garden walks, native plant activities and more. Near the end of the school year, up to 40 students can earn the opportunity to experience an extended weekend at the Camp Emerald Bay (courtesy of the Western Los Angeles County Boy Scouts of America and the Conservancy). The Weekender, as it has come to be called, features activities such as hiking, kayaking, ocean play, aquarium experiences, and much more.

The goals of the Kids In Nature program are 1) To provide an in-depth perspective on the topics of: Native and Invasive Plants, Sustainability and Fire Ecology; 2) To give students opportunities to be out in nature, especially away from the heart of Avalon; and 3) To encourage students to be less reliant upon electronic media for their entertainment and recreation. Participants in Kids In Nature are also expected to work together to accomplish goals and solve problems. 2014-2015 will be the 11th year that this after-school program has been in place. The audience varies from week to week, but the program averages over 30 students from Kindergarten through eighth grade per session. Each Kids In Nature session lasts two hours. Complimentary transportation is provided from Avalon Schools to the Nature Center.

Kids in Nature will resume in September 2016. Sessions run from 2:15 to 4:15 pm. 

For questions, contact Morgan Fleming, Education Program Coordinator at 310-510-0954 x224 or mfleming@catalinaconservancy.org

Kids In Nature sessions are held at the Conservancy's Nature Center at Avalon Canyon.
Most Kids in Nature sessions are held at the Conservancy's Nature Center at Avalon Canyon.
Photo by Pat Maxwell
 

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