Kids at the Open Space Visitor’s Center in Albuquerque are getting a lesson on nature.
The Open Space Explorer Camp is motivating kids to put down the electronics and immerse themselves in the city’s natural surroundings.
“The city of Albuquerque has a lot of natural resources, a lot of trails, and more acreage per capita than any other city,” said Reid Schmidtbauer, Environmental Education Coordinator.
The goal of the camp is to teach children how to be good stewards of the land.
Kids are exploring the Duke City’s backyard while learning about the environment and its natural resources through a hands-on approach.
“We take hikes on the Bosque and the wetland area. Yesterday, we were putting on waders and getting into the wetland looking for different critters that may be there. Today, we are going on a field trip to the Water Authority to learn about how water gets cleaned,” said Schmidtbauer.
The camp runs on a weekly basis into early August and during it, kids will tour the Bosque, explore the Open Space Visitor’s Center garden, and do some hands-on activities like crafts, games, and much more.
Camp leaders say this is a great way to keep youthful minds engaged during the summer months that doesn’t involve staring at a screen.
“The more senses that are engaged, the easier it is to create lasting memories. Kids who learn over the summer have higher test scores and higher participation in class,” said Schmidtbauer.
This is the first summer the city has offered this camp. It’s part of Mayor Tim Keller’s initiative to expand youth after-school and summer programs in the city.
The camp is for kids ages 5 to 11 and costs under $13.
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