December 14, 2018

How Sweet it is Camp provides children Valentine weekend fun

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Valentine’s weekend could be a little sweeter for children and their parents thanks to Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center.

Children ages 7-12 are invited to participate in the “How Sweet it is Winter Mini Camp” Feb. 15-16 at Touch of Nature, located about eight miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road.

The camp is filled with fun for the youngsters and also gives their parents a chance to enjoy a little time for themselves.

Many activities planned

A wide variety of fun times are planned for the children. They will enjoy games, crafts, a dance party and participate in singalongs and musical activities. They’ll also learn about trees and how maple syrup is produced, winter birds, animal tracks and discover other fascinating facts about the natural world around them.

Stephanie “RockCat” Jaros, outdoor learning specialist with the Girls Scouts of Southern Illinois, will tell the campers all about snakes, including why these slithery creatures are actually pretty sweet, too.

Overnight and day camp options

The camp begins at 5 p.m. on Feb. 15 and concludes at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 16. Those who participate in the entire session will pay $70. Children that have previously participated in any of the center’s Eco Camps will get a $10 discount as will additional siblings within the same family when registering for the event.

Or, children participate in the Feb. 16 day camp only for $40.

Registration now open

Sign up now online for the “sweet” winter eco camp. Since some activities will be outdoors, appropriate attire is necessary. The complete suggested “packing list” is also on the website.

 Additional Information is also available by calling 618/453-1121 or emailing