TenneSEA Kids 4 Clean Water, a local nonprofit that teaches kids how to protect and restore the environment by focusing on the quality of local watersheds, is holding a Fall Break Adventure Camp based at the MACC Oct. 9-13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
While the goal is to educate students about the importance of water quality to the environment, campers won't be stuck in a classroom hunched over books or computers. Instead, they'll be learning through firsthand experience as they hike, canoe, cave, help monitor local bird populations and play in the creeks in locations throughout Chattanooga, such as Greenway Farms, Audubon Acres, Cloudland Canyon and the Tennessee River Gorge.
"A lot of these kids haven't seen these parts of Chattanooga, and this gives them a chance to see some of the resources available right in our backyard," said camp director Sara Neumann. "It's important to unplug and be able to get outside and connect with yourself and other people and be in the moment, which is something a lot of kids don't get to do anymore."
The camp is designed for third- through eighth-graders and costs $200 for the week, with an additional charge for after-care for those who request it. Registration for the camp, which is limited to 15 participants, will continue until Friday, Oct. 6 or until spaces are filled.
"I think they're going to have a blast," Neumann said. "They'll not only learn something fun, but create memories that will last the rest of their lives."
For more information, email Neumann at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register online at caribbean-sea.org/camp-2017.