There are still spots up for grabs for the National Park Service’s local nature journaling day camp, Writing in the Woods. The camp is based at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center and includes field trips to outdoor sites in the Fairbanks area. Those interested have until Wednesday to register.
The multi-day camp, which is aimed at urban elementary-age students from Fairbanks, includes science activities, short hikes, recording observations, and experiences in writing and art. Children will also be given instruction in Leave No Trace ethics and outdoor safety and have the opportunity to play nature-based games and engage in unstructured exploration.
According to the Park Service website, the program aims to foster “connections between youth and the natural world” and encourage science literacy through nature journaling. During field trips to nearby natural areas, participants will explore a variety of interior Alaska ecosystems and plant community types with Park Service educators.
Writing in the Woods is offered free of charge by the Park Service and is partially funded by a science education grant from Alaska Geographic and Denali National Park and Preserve.
A two-day session for third and fourth graders will take place Aug. 5-6, and a three-day session for fifth, sixth and seventh graders will take place Aug. 7-9. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with drop-off and check-in beginning at 8:45 a.m. each day.
To receive a registration form for Writing in the Woods, email email@example.com or stop by the Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center desk in the Morris Thompson Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Contact Outdoors Editor Alistair Gardiner at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMoutdoors