Learn Tahoe and Truckee history and natural science at KidZone Museum Summer Camps | SierraSun.com

Learn Tahoe and Truckee history and natural science at KidZone Museum Summer Camps

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TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212;KidZone Museum has an array of hands-on science camps this summer. Little kids can learn about farming while older kids can explore Lake Tahoe in kayaks. The opportunities are endless. Call the Museum at 530-587-KIDS or visit http://www.kidzonemuseum.org. The Museum is accepting applications for camp interns. Campers ages 4-6Farm Camp: Campers will experience hands-on exploration and investigation of farming, growing, composting, natural plants, hikes etc. Your child will be inspired to learn through creative play and discovery. Camp held at different locations: KidZone Museum, Community Garden, Shaw Farm, etc. For more information email or call Christy Mond or 530-412-0376Session I: July 11-15, Plants, Dirt andamp; WormsSession II: July 25-28, Bugs andamp; BeesSession III: Aug. 8-11, Vegetable GardensSession IV: Aug. 15-18, Farm AnimalsTimes: 9 a.m.-noon, Monday-ThursdayCost: $120, KidZone Museum members $100Teacher: Christy MondCampers ages 6-8Junior Entomologists Camp. In various outdoor locations in Truckee, young campers will look under logs, in plants and tree bark in search of hidden insects. They will also learn what these bugs eat and their important jobs in the ecosystem.Dates: July 18-21Times: 9 a.m.-noon, Monday-ThursdayCost: $120, Tahoe Institute for Natural Science and KidZone Museum members $100Teacher: Kirk HardieCampers ages 8-10Sierra Watershed Science Camp. Kids will be outdoors hiking and exploring our local Sierra watersheds while learning to identify the native trees and shrubs. They will collect specimens of plants and make a journal. Each day starts from a different trailhead and includes getting in the creeks and doing water monitoring, macroinvertebrate study and developing science inquiry skills by comparing the health of the various watersheds. Campers will have the option to attain Jr. Botanist award.Session I: Aug. 1-5Session II: July 18-22Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.Cost: $200, KidZone Museum members $180Teacher: Jan EllisJunior Ornithologists Camp. Campers will learn how to identify local birds by sight, sound, and hands-on activities while visiting regional nature areas. Campers will keep a bird species list and learn cool facts about local birds in the Tahoe region. Transportation, binoculars, and all supplies included.Location: Various watersheds.Dates: July 11-15Times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.Cost: $230, Tahoe Institute for Natural Science and KidZone Museum members $205Teacher: Kirk HardieCampers ages 9-11California Explorers Camp. Campers will hike and explore Truckee’s secret historical sites and discover their significance. Campers will hike, compose literature, enjoy outdoor games and learn why geography and the natural environment pay a role in how history develops. We will begin each day at a different location in Truckee so families should be prepared to drop children at a new site each morning and pick up at the end of each day. Enjoy outdoor games and critical thinking strategies.Dates: July 25-29Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Cost: $200, KidZone Museum members $180Teachers: Andie Batie and Maggie BockiusCampers ages 11-12Tahoe Naturalists Camp. Campers will learn about wildlife ecology, forest ecology, water ecology, and geology of the Tahoe Basin while hiking, kayaking, and learning from various natural science experts. Transportation cost, kayak rentals and all activities fees are included.Dates: June 27-July 1Times: 9 a.m-4 p.m.Cost: $260, Tahoe Institute for Natural Science and KidZone Museum members $230Teacher: Kirk HardieFamily Camp all agesKidZone Family Camp at Sagehen Creek. A family fun experience exploring the watershed, animals and solitude of Sagehen Field Meadows. Your weekend overnight adventure includes science explorations, arts, musical entertainment and home-cooked meals under the stars!Dates: Aug. 12-14Times: 3 p.m., Friday night-Sunday at noon.Ages: All family members welcomeCost: Includes overnight camping/cabin, science instruction and meals for the entire family.Teachers: UNR and KidZone scientistsandamp;#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com